Silver Spring, Md. (Friday, August 7, 2020) Kansas’ Topeka Public Schools (TPS) today announced it is partnering with Discovery Education on a new initiative supporting the expansion of innovative equitable learning experiences for all students. Through this new partnership, TPS is investing in Discovery Education to provide TPS’s approximately 1,300 teachers dynamic, digital resources that improve their capacity to provide the district’s almost 14,000 K-12 students new, more personalized lessons and activities. The new lessons and activities will serve as the foundation for more equitable learning experiences for all students at home, in the classroom, or wherever learning is taking place. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.
“As part of our effort to provide all students equitable learning opportunities, we are expanding online learning,” said Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent of the Topeka Public Schools. “Through this new partnership, all educators and students will now have access to the engaging, high-quality digital resources available from Discovery Education.”
The Topeka Public Schools is strengthened by diversity, and is dedicated to educational equity and promoting an inclusive environment for all students. To engage its diverse student body in the highest quality learning in the classroom or remote environment, the district sought a flexible, digital resource that would propel students’ academic and social-emotional development. Following a period of rigorous review, TPS selected Discovery Education Experience for use in all 33 district schools and programs.
Experience—Discovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platform—connects educators to a vast collection of compelling high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, and professional learning resources. Together, these resources give educators everything they need to facilitate instruction in any learning environment and create lasting educational impact.
Discovery Education’s team continues adding, contextualizing, and organizing exciting new content and timely resources to Experience each month in response to current events and the ever-evolving needs of educators. These resources, sourced from trusted partners, are aligned to state and national standards, and help educators bring the outside world into teaching and learning every day.
Finally, Experience is designed to work within school systems’ existing infrastructure and workflows. Through expanded partnerships with Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, and now Clever, integrating Experience into existing IT architecture is easier than ever.
TPS middle school and elementary teachers and students will also receive access to Discovery Education Coding. With Discovery Education Coding, students will gain a secure understanding of coding concepts, like algorithms, sequences and variables, and develop critical computational thinking skills through decomposition, logical reasoning, and imaginative problem-solving. In addition, students and teachers alike will be able to demonstrate their creativity and build confidence by creating their very own apps and sharing them with their classmates and colleagues.
To help TPS’s educators integrate their new digital resources into instruction in the coming school year, Discovery Education will provide selected district educators dedicated professional learning. Through these interactive professional development sessions, participants will learn best practices for integrating technology and digital content into teaching and learning in ways that will maximize the power of their digital resources, increase student engagement in instruction, and improve students’ academic achievement. These educators will then share their knowledge with their peers so that all educators are prepared to use these resources for instruction.
TPS’s partnership with Discovery Education also provides district teachers access to the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.
“Discovery Education is incredibly excited to partner with the Topeka Public Schools on this new initiative,” said Steven Weniger, Discovery Education’s Senior Manager of Education Partnerships. “Going back to Brown v. Board of Education, the Topeka Public Schools has been at the center of the movement to make education more equitable for all. Today, the district is led by Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson, a nationally known leader in improving educational equity and a featured speaker for Discovery Education who shares innovative education strategies. Discovery Education is honored to be a part of the Topeka Public Schools’ rich history of improving educational equity, and we look forward to supporting the implementation of Dr. Anderson’s vision for using digital resources to create equitable learning activities for all students.”
For more information about Topeka Public Schools, visit the district website here.
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Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
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Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, August 5, 2020) — Illinois’ Peoria Public Schools (PPS) and Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—today launched a new partnership that supports teaching in-class, online, or wherever learning is taking place. Through this multiyear collaboration, all PPS educators serving the district’s more than 13,700 students in grades K-12 are now empowered to integrate Discovery Education Experience into instruction and support students’ continuity of learning now and in the future, either in a classroom setting or at home.
PPS is a rapidly growing, world class school system located three hours from St. Louis, Chicago, and Indianapolis. The talented team of educators use time-tested, research-based teaching strategies, an engaging curriculum aligned to the highest standards, and the latest educational technologies to deliver differentiated instruction to all students. With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, PPS sought a dynamic digital resource that would continue fostering the creativity and talents of the district’s students as it prepared and inspired them to succeed in our ever-expanding global economy.
Specifically, the district sought a resource that supports the continuity of learning in the in-class, remote, or hybrid scenarios; replaces existing supplemental solutions with one, collection of high-quality, standards-aligned vetted resources; and increases student engagement and rigor. Following an extended trial, PPS selected Discovery Education Experience.
“The COVID-19 Pandemic has made Peoria Public Schools and school districts across the country rethink how we can achieve our mission to ensure that each student reaches his or her full academic and personal potential and is a well-balanced citizen,” said Lisa Gifford, the district’s Literacy & Social Studies Coordinator. “Tools like Discovery Education Experience, which support excellent, engaging instruction in either the physical classroom or remote environment, will play a critical role in helping Peoria’s teachers fulfill their mission now and in the future.”
To help PPS educators integrate their new digital resources into instruction in the coming school year, Discovery Education will provide division teachers dedicated professional learning. Through these interactive professional development sessions, participants will learn best practices for integrating technology and digital content into teaching and learning in ways that will maximize the power of their digital resources, increase student engagement in instruction, and improve students’ academic achievement.
PPS’s new partnership with Discovery Education also provides district teachers access to the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.
“We are incredibly excited to be partnering with the Peoria Public Schools,” said Dak Jordan, Discovery Education Manager of Education Partnerships. “The district’s innovative approach to addressing the challenges of teaching in the COVID-19 era mark them as leaders in the effort to ensure the continuity of learning for all students.”
For more information about Illinois’ Peoria Public Schools, visit the school system’s website here.
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Richmond, Va. (Tuesday, August 4, 2020) — University of Richmond’s School of Professional & Continuing Studies will begin offering two new online graduate courses this fall designed to support educators teaching in online learning environments.
The courses, designed for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, and other educational professionals, were developed in partnership with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.
“We’re excited about our new partnership with Discovery Education, which will allow us to have an immediate impact on supporting the professional development of educators,” said Jamelle S. Wilson, dean of the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies. “Courses offered in this partnership respond directly to the pressing need that schools across the state have to adopt varied models for teaching and learning as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The first of the two courses is entitled Digital Video Development for Learning and Teaching. This course focuses on helping current educators develop the skills needed to capture, edit and publish quality video segments enhancing the educational experience. The course also examines the best ways to curate new and existing visual elements critical for creating engaging online learning environments.
The second course now available to educators is entitled Technology Integration Coaching. Through this course participating educators investigate the basic tenets of instructional coaching and delve into new strategies for improving their digital literacy and effective application of technology within the online or in-class learning environment.
UR is the latest institution of higher education to join Discovery Education’s Impact Network. Each member of the Impact Network offers working educators online access to Discovery Education’s high-quality graduate-level professional learning content.
“The students participating in University of Richmond’s online graduate level courses this fall will join a powerful cadre of educators working to create high quality learning experiences while maintaining continuity of learning amidst the challenges of shifting to a partial or fully online learning environment,” said Kelli Campbell, Discovery Education’s President, International & University.
For more information about these courses or to register, visit urspcs.info/DiscoveryEd.