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APRIL 19, 2018

EDspaces 2018 Scholarship Open for Education Administrators

Developing Future Learning Environments

 

(Silver Spring, MD) — Key decision makers at schools, colleges or universities involved in the design, build, management or renovation of an educational facility are invited to apply for a Scholarship to attend EDspaces 2018, November 7-9 in Tampa, FL.

 

Now in its eighth year, the EDspaces Scholarship Program funds registration and hotel accommodations for facility planners, superintendents, purchasing officers, and related staff employed by schools, districts, colleges and universities. The program also assists school and college officials in making more effective decisions for their ongoing and future facility construction or renovation projects and to take part in the discussion on the impact of technology, pedagogy and space on student learning.

 

“As a past EDspaces Scholarship recipient, I have really enjoyed the high caliber content of the speakers and sessions on topics highly relevant to the trends in education today,” says Dan Case, Associate Director of Academic Technology at Carroll College. “The tours of innovative spaces add tremendous value to the entire conference experience.”

 

Last year, scholarship recipients had bonds and plans for more than $12 billion in renovation and construction projects for 2018–2020. The program provided key decision makers from more than 100 universities, community colleges and schools/districts with high-quality education and high-quality professional development.

 

This year, visionary keynotes include Michael Horn, author of Amazon bestseller, Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, and a joint presentation by Chris Lehmann, Science Leadership Academy CEO, and Diana Laufenberg, Executive Director of Inquiry Schools, who will co-present an inquiry-based talk about schools’ purpose.

The EDspaces Scholarship Program is a competitive application process. Eligibly is determined upon completion and submission of an application online. Applications provide information about planned renovation, re-purposed spaces, or construction projects. Scholarship applications are evaluated based on the projected number and value of potential building projects and additional eligibility criteria. Completed applications are due by May 2, 2018.

EDspaces is the conference advancing the conversation about the future of learning environments. It is where innovations are unveiled and collaborations form, bringing together education’s creative change agents who plan, design and manage innovative learning environments. Leaders from school districts and colleges, architects, interior designers, dealers and exhibitors engage and participate in the ongoing transformation of the learning environment. This growing event was honored in Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 for three categories in 2017. www.ed-spaces.com

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Discovery Education Adds Dynamic New Content to Award Winning Digital Services

 

–New Digital Assets Support the Creation of Dynamic Digital Learning Environments-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (April 19, 2018) –  Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today it has added a variety of new digital assets to its award-winning supplemental and digital textbook services. This new content empowers educators to create dynamic digital learning environments that engage students and boost academic achievement.

Discovery Education continues to power its services with some of the best content from Discovery Inc.’s family of networks. New episodes of Science Channel’s Secrets of the Underground are now live in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Social Studies Techbook. In addition, Discovery Channel’s MythBusters are back and will soon be added to Streaming Plus andScience Techbook.  Also, new episodes of Street ScienceOutrageous Acts of Science, and America: Facts vs. Fiction are scheduled to be added to Streaming Plus and the Social Studies and Science Techbooks in the coming weeks.

Discovery Education has also developed many new educational assets in-house.  Among the resources recently added to Discovery Education’s digital services are:

  • Spotlight on Strategies Videos. Available in all Discovery Education services, the Spotlight on Strategies series offers creative, research-based instructional strategies developed for teachers, by teachers. New strategies added to Discovery Education services include “The 4Cs,” “Pause and Play,” “Eye Spy,” and “Placemat.” Each short video is hosted by the teacher who designed the strategy and offers easy-to-implement ideas for integrating digital assets in meaningful and practical ways.
  • STEM Career Profiles: Recently added to Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the new STEM Connect service, these new profiles showcase professionals using STEM in their careers and explore the skills students need to succeed in diverse fields such as architecture, biomedical engineering, and entrepreneurship.
  • Exclusive Multilingual STEM Content: Available in English and Arabic, the series Ask Grandpa introduces elementary students to core science concepts through a clever, interactive story. New elementary and middle school math clips cover topics such as equations and inequalities and measurement with engaging animations and real-world examples. All programs are included in Discovery Education Streaming Plus in the U.S. and worldwide.
  • Unique Financial Literacy Resources: Debuting in Discovery Education Streaming Plus, the ‘Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids’ financial literacy series, developed in partnership with Jackson Charitable Foundation, prepares elementary students with the knowledge, tools, and practice they need to make informed decisions to reach their goals and dreams.
  • Timely Health Resources: On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Fighting Back Virtual Field Trip, has been added to Discovery Education Streaming Plus. Developed in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), this virtual field trip takes students to the community of Huntington, West Virginia as they bring to light their story of hope, healing, heart, and a hard-won stake against the national opioid epidemic.

“Over the last few years, digital content has become an integral part of teaching and learning in my classroom,” said Melissa Murray, a second grade teacher in the Marysville Joint Unified School District. “Discovery Education’s dedication to constantly updating and improving its digital services is one of the many reasons I look to them to power my digital learning environment.”

“High-quality digital content specifically developed for diverse student audiences and curated by experts for ease of access is, in my opinion, among the most powerful teaching resources available to educators today,” said Marty Creel, Discovery Education’s Chief Academic Officer. “We are pleased to add this content to our family of digital services, as we truly believe it empowers educators to create the dynamic learning environments today’s students demand and deserve.”

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas that helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information across all subject areas. Students can access a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, videos, and more, they are empowered to become content creators with a suite of content creation tools that help teachers and students safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of new STEM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are award-winning digital textbooks aligned to rigorous standards, supportive of a comprehensive curriculum, and updated regularly at no cost. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, Discovery Education’s Science Techbook helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities. The Social Studies Techbook series uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, multimedia reference library, interactive maps, and more.

Discovery Education’s STEM Connect enhances core curriculum and brings STEM to life in classrooms.  A cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource built on a 4Cs STEM skills framework, STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience that includes real-world challenges, career connections, and hands-on activities.

For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus and other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

 

 

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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries worldwide. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement, and is powered by Discovery Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Rutgers University SEL Expert Discusses How to Promote Positive School Climate during April 26, 2018 Webinar

 

Webinar, hosted by Aperture Education, features Danielle Hatchimonji, associate director of Rutgers’ Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab

 

Charlotte N.C. (April 16, 2018) — Positive school climate supports academic success and can reduce discipline rates, yet districts may not know the best way to achieve this. Social-emotional learning (SEL) company Aperture Education will host a free webinar at 1 p.m. EDT April 26, 2018 with Danielle Hatchimonji, an SEL expert at Rutgers University, who will discuss the role of social-emotional and character development in creating a positive school climate. To register for the webinar, Promoting Positive School Climate: A Social-Emotional & Character Development Approach visit: https://bit.ly/2qv8NOx.

“It’s easy to recognize positive school climate when you experience it. It’s also easy to see the impact it has on teachers and students, but getting to that point can be difficult,” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education. “We partnered with Danielle Hatchimonji from Rutgers University to provide insight and tips on how to focus on social-emotional learning and character development to help schools improve school climate and student success.”

Hatchimonji is the Associate Director for Rutgers University’s Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab. Her primary interests are in the development, implementation and dissemination of school-based programs to promote social and emotional well-being in children and adolescents, specifically students with trauma histories.

During the webinar, Hatchimonji will define school climate, explain why it is important to address school climate, and discuss how school climate intertwines with social-emotional learning. Participants will receive takeaway ideas and useful tips to start building a positive school climate at their school or district.

Aperture Education provides SEL assessments, interventions and resources for schools, parents and organizations. The webinar is part of its ongoing support of educators, administrators and out-of-school-time providers in implementing social and emotional learning programs within their schools or organizations.

About Aperture Education

Aperture Education is a social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its social and emotional learning (SEL) solution, Evo Social/Emotional features the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills. The Evo Social/Emotional online system includes both the DESSA and the DESSA-mini, a universal screener of social and emotional competence administered in less than a minute. Evo Social/Emotional also provides growth strategies and foundational practices to strengthen social and emotional skills. Its data helps SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and helps educators understand students’ SEL strengths and needs. For more information, go to www.ApertureEd.com.

 

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APRIL 16, 2018

Aperture Education Becomes an Approved Vendor for Social-Emotional Learning for Chicago Public Schools

 

Charlotte N.C. (April 12, 2018) — Chicago Public Schools has added Aperture Education to its list of vendors approved to provide social-emotional learning (SEL) products to its schools. All vendors were selected after they applied and had their products vetted by the district. Following this period, products were approved by the board of education.

Aperture Education is the publisher of Evo Social/Emotional, an online SEL assessment and intervention system for students in grades K-8.The system uses the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) to measure students’ social and emotional competencies. Evo Social/Emotional also provides growth strategies and foundational practices to strengthen social and emotional skills. Aperture Education was selected as a vendor in the district’s curriculum and materials category which includes “curricula and materials that support the delivery of structured interventions to address student barriers to learning before, during and after school.”

“We understand how important social-emotional learning is in helping students succeed, both in and out of the classroom,” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education. “Chicago Public Schools is a leader in supporting the social and emotional health of its students and we are pleased to become an approved vendor for the district.”

Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s third-largest school district. It adopted a revised Student Code of Conduct in 2012 focused on social and emotional learning and has a dedicated Office of Social and Emotional Learning which provides SEL training to administrators, teachers and counselors to support social-emotional learning.

Aperture Education supports educators, administrators and out-of-school-time providers in implementing social and emotional learning programs within their schools or programs.

 

About Aperture Education

Aperture Education is a social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its social and emotional learning (SEL) solution, Evo Social/Emotional features the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills. The Evo Social/Emotional online system includes both the DESSA and the DESSA-mini, a universal screener of social and emotional competence administered in less than a minute. Its data helps SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and helps educators understand students’ SEL strengths and needs. For more information, go towww.ApertureEd.com.

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Arlington, Va., April 9, 2018 — The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) strongly opposes arming teachers, and instead, recommends a number of other steps to make schools safer. “Arming teachers has no empirical support and is an ill-conceived and counterproductive idea that has potential for making schools less safe,” said Laurie VanderPloeg, President of the Council for Exceptional Children (www.cec.sped.org). President VanderPloeg is currently the Director of Special Education, Kent Intermediate School District (Grand Rapids, Mich.).

CEC believes the possession of a firearm in schools should be limited to carefully selected, specially trained school resource officers.

“All children and youth are entitled to a safe and positive school environment conducive to learning without fear,” added President VanderPloeg. “Arming teachers is not the answer to ensure the safety of our nation’s schools, children, youth, and educators.”

CEC noted that this nation must come together to enact comprehensive policies and practices that support school and community safety and protection and commonsense gun violence prevention measures.

School safety policies must:

  • Use an interdisciplinary approach that reinforces a partnership between education, juvenile justice, mental health, social welfare, law enforcement, and community engagement systems.
  • Require implementation of evidence-based practices that address prevention and response while ameliorating the stigma associated with mental health challenges.
  • Focus on the impact of mental health challenges on children and youth’s social, educational, and employment outcomes.
  • Confront and remedy the national shortage of special educators and specialized instructional support personnel who are trained to address the complex needs of children and youth with mental health challenges.

CEC will continue to advocate for policies and meaningful actions not only to address violence in our nation’s schools and communities, but to create evidence-based solutions that are rooted in safety, prevention and an interdisciplinary approach.

APRIL 12, 2018

Texas School Adopts Milo and robots4autism Curriculum for Students with Autism

Congressman and special needs advocate, Pete Sessions, visits Tom C. Gooch Elementary to see students interact with Milo, the facially expressive humanoid robot

 

(Dallas, TX) April 11, 2018 — RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics and the creator of Milo and robots4autism, today announced its partnership with Tom C. Gooch Elementary School in Dallas, TX, to break down barriers for students with special needs and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The school adopted Milo and the robots4autism curriculum in early April, and within days were seeing results with students. On Wednesday April 4, 2018, Texas congressman and special needs advocate, Pete Sessions, showed his support of the newly implemented technology by visiting the school to see Milo in action.

 

“As the proud father of a young man with Down Syndrome, I am always interested in new tools and unique ways to help kids with disabilities learn and grow with their peers,” said Congressman Sessions. “When I first met Milo, RoboKind’s humanoid robot, I was blown away by its ability to help kids with autism unpack social and emotional skills. It was amazing to see Milo in action at Gooch Elementary School. I am delighted that North Texas schools are using this leading-edge tool to better connect and teach our kids.”

 

One in five students at Gooch receive special education services, and enrollment for special needs students continues to increase every year. Congressman Sessions visited four classrooms, including 4th grade, art, 1st grade, and a preschool program for children with disabilities. His support for Milo at Gooch Elementary has had a positive impact on the implementation process and quick adoption among teachers, para-professionals, and students.

 

“Unlike with traditional therapy, with Milo you can quantify the outcomes of the therapy, and more efficiently find the student’s deficits in communication and work on them directly,” said Gooch Elementary Principal Kim Ashmore. “The improvement in the social intelligence of our students with access to Milo is already minimizing these disruptions, and will lessen the need for whole school strategies.”

 

Teachers at Gooch Elementary use Milo the facially expressive social robot, coupled with the comprehensive robots4autism curriculum, to teach social behaviors and emotional identification to students with ASD. Lessons include teaching students to calm themselves down when they get overstimulated, how to appropriately greet others, and how to take turns when conversing with another person.

 

“If you visited Gooch Elementary, you wouldn’t believe that students had only been working with Milo for a few days,” said Greg Firn, the Chief Operating Officer of RoboKind, who visited the school to help train the staff. “They’re so comfortable interacting with him that it seems like they’ve been using Milo for much longer.”

 

Many students with ASD prefer objects to people, and Milo offers a non-threatening way for them to practice their communication skills. The robot never gets tired or frustrated, but continues to deliver lessons in a way the student can understand. Through the robots4autism curriculum, students learn to tune in on emotions, express empathy, act appropriately in social situations, self-motivate, and reciprocate interactions. Milo and his curriculum have been shown to increase vocabulary and verbalization in students with ASD, as well as enable them to make friends among peers and decrease the frequency of meltdowns.

 

“Milo has made a phenomenal impact on so many students with ASD and other disabilities,” said Fred Margolin, the co-founder of RoboKind. “It’s our mission to ensure that every student has the opportunity to reach their highest potential, and Gooch Elementary has taken a huge step by adopting Milo for their students. With the support of Congressman Pete Sessions and a number of other government officials and entities, we have been able to bring Milo to even more students in the great state of Texas.”

 

Currently, Milo is in 290 school districts in 27 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. Since the company launched in 2011, Milo has delivered more than 250,000 lessons to children with ASD, and currently works with thousands of children daily.

 

About RoboKind

RoboKind is a Dallas-based company whose mission is to create cost-effective and inclusive education for all. Working closely with the ASD community, RoboKind has developed robots4autism and Milo, the most advanced, facially expressive humanoid robot, who has proven effectiveness in engaging ASD learners at 70% as opposed to the 3% for traditional therapy. Milo never gets tired, never gets frustrated, and is always consistent, which is important when teaching through repetition. His friendly demeanor and patience encourage ASD learners to step out of their shell and gives them the courage to interact with their environment.

 

The team behind robots4autism is constantly refining the curriculum through feedback from families and practitioners. RoboKind is dedicated to opening and creating pathways for all ages and groups so they can thrive in the real world through cost-effective means. To learn more, please visit RoboKind.com.

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Louisiana Public Broadcasting Renews Long-Standing Commitment to Students Statewide Through Continued Collaboration with Discovery Education 

 

–Renewal of 15-Year Partnership Supports the Creation of Digital Learning Environments Across Louisiana-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (April 11, 2018)– Discovery Education, one of the leading providers of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced a renewal of its 15-year partnership with Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB). LPB’s continued collaboration with Discovery Education renews the public broadcaster’s commitment to students statewide by empowering K-12 educators to create digital learning environments with high-quality content from Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

 

Louisiana Public Broadcasting Educational Services Department is committed to providing extensive information, lesson plans, materials, and digital resources to support formal education in K-12 classrooms statewide. Through its long-term partnership with Discovery Education, LPB offers educators a host of digital resources, such as Discovery Education Streaming Plus, that help teachers build vibrant learning experiences for all students.

 

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. The streaming service helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information. Students can access a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, articles, videos, interactives, and more, and are empowered to become content creators with a suite of content creation tools that help teachers and students safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, interactive learning courses, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of new STEM/STEAM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

 

“For more than 40 years, Louisiana Public Broadcasting has worked to provide state residents intelligent, informative and educational programming. As part of that effort, we are supporting educators statewide as they use digital content to create dynamic learning environments that improve academic achievement,” said President and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting Beth Courtney. “Our partnership with Discovery Education plays a critical role in that effort, and we are excited to continue this incredibly fruitful collaboration.”

 

The Discovery Education Community will also continue supporting Louisiana educators’ efforts to create more personalized learning experiences across the state. This global community of education professionals connects members in 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 proud to continue its long-standing partnership with Louisiana Public Broadcasting,” said Kelly Hines, Discovery Education Senior Manager of Community Engagement. “Together we are ensuring educators in Louisiana have access to the innovative digital content they need to create learning environments that will nurture the academic growth of today’s students.”

 

For more information on Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s education division, visit http://www.lpb.org/ education.

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus and other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

 

 

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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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KinderLab Robotics Meets Rigorous Review Standards to Join STEMworks Database

POSTED BY KINDERLAB ROBOTICS ON APRIL 11, 2018 IN PRESS RELEASES

KinderLab Robotics and STEMworks both aim to develop 21st-century skills by providing effective STEM education and inspiration

(Waltham, MA) April 11, 2018 — KinderLab Robotics, the creators of KIBO™, a robot kit designed to teach children ages 4–7 to build, program, decorate, and bring their own robot to life without requiring any screen-time, today announced its acceptance to STEMworks, an online honor roll of high-quality STEM education programs.

As the demand for STEM education continues to grow, many organizations have identified achievement gaps in STEM literacy based on gender, race, and economic inequalities. KinderLab Robotics seeks to increase STEM literacy and prepare young children for the demands of a 21st-century society that will require them to learn sequencing, think computationally, problem-solve, and collaborate. The overarching goal of offering students access to a plethora of tools and resources is to create a new population of young people who are STEM-literate, and to improve the economic competitiveness of our future workforce.

We are excited to be part of this group of programs that are providing students the tools they need to develop 21st-century skills,” said Mitch Rosenberg, the CEO of KinderLab Robotics, Inc. “KinderLab Robotics and the other STEMworks programs have similar goals of reducing inequality and providing young students access to high-quality STEM tools. Our acceptance to STEMworks provides us the opportunity to introduce our award-winning, researched-based STEM programs to child care centers, public and private schools, libraries and museums, and more.

Since 2010, STEMworks has worked with national and state education leaders to bring the most effective STEM education programs to hundreds of thousands more students every year. STEMworks provides a mechanism for identifying programs that go beyond impressive marketing materials to provide truly effective STEM education and inspiration. Programs listed in STEMworks have been rigorously reviewed for effectiveness using research-based design principles.

KinderLab Robotics can be very proud of joining the STEMworks honor roll,” said Dr. Mark Loveland, Project Director for STEMworks. “The level of effort involved in completing an application that clearly communicates both impact and inspiration is no small task.

KinderLab Robotics’ KIBO programs establish a passion for STEM education at a very young age, when children are excited to learn and are less distracted by gender, sports, or peer pressure. To learn more about KIBO and KinderLab Robotics, click here.

About KinderLab Robotics, Inc.

KinderLab Robotics is the creator of KIBO, a robot kit based on 15 years of child development research, that enables young children to build, program, decorate, and run their own robot. Developed specifically for teachers by Professor Marina Umaschi Bers at Tufts University, KIBO is used in all fifty states and 52 countries, and has proven efficacy in helping kids learn STEAM—and getting them excited about it! KinderLab offers a complete suite of teaching materials that help integrate STEAM elements into a wide range of curricula, including reading literacy, cultural studies, and art. For more information, please visit KinderLabRobotics.com.

About STEMworks

STEMworks is a searchable online honor roll of high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs. STEMworks helps companies, states, and individuals make smart investments in their communities by evaluating and cataloging programs that meet rigorous and results-driven design principles. In November of 2017, STEMworks was acquired by WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency that partners with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. For more information, please visit stemworks.wested.org.

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Legends of Learning Offers Free Games and Inspiration for Educators Preparing for Earth Day

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — April 11, 2018 — Every April, science takes center stage as educators, families, and children celebrate Earth Day on April 22. This year, Legends of Learning is offering educators six free games to use for Earth Day lessons and heighten students’ interest in the environment and science.

 

Legends of Learning is offering the free Earth Day games, in addition to free lesson plans and more than 100 science activities and resources for students in grades 3–8. The games are part of more than 1,000 games and simulations for science education hosted on the Legends of Learning platform.

 

One of the Earth Day games, The Mayor, puts the student in the role of mayor of a city and poses questions such as:

●        What would you do if you were mayor and your city was contributing to the greenhouse effect?

●        How will you use the city budget to help or hurt the progression of the greenhouse effect?

Every choice has a consequence. If the student makes the correct decisions they will win.

 

“As teachers we are always looking for real-world, newsworthy events to tie into our students’ learning experiences,” said Teresa Cobble, a middle school science teacher from Lovinggood Middle School and Legends of Learning Teacher Ambassador. “Earth Day provides a unique opportunity for me to engage with my students and help them see outside the classroom walls. Legends of Learning’s games meet them where they are and the children love the gaming element.”

 

Engaging students in science requires a variety of techniques. Research has found that students boosted their test scores by the equivalent of over half a letter grade in three weeks when their teachers used digital games in the classroom. The research, conducted by Legends of Learning in partnership with Vanderbilt University and published by the Journal of the Learning Sciences, demonstrates the benefits of game-based learning for students when compared to students who were not exposed to such games.

 

 

About Legends of Learning

American children need new education heroes, teachers dedicated to using new, engaging methods to teach curriculum. Legends of Learning helps educators make their classrooms fun, engaging, and productive learning environments through research-driven, curriculum-based games. We use ongoing original research to create a learning game platform filled with an epic range of lessons for stronger subject mastery and classroom engagement. All games are based on the NGSS and state curriculum standards. Teachers can don their masks with Legends of Learning at legendsoflearning.com.

 

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Defined STEM Adds Portfolio Assessment Manager for Project-Based Learning

The new tool allows school district administrators and teachers to assign and assess student portfolios to measure growth over time  

 

(CHICAGO, IL) April 11, 2018 —In an effort to support project-based learning, Defined Learning today announced its latest extension to Defined STEM, the Portfolio Assessment Manager. The all-encompassing new platform is designed to help teachers grade project-based assignments and create student portfolios to measure growth over time.

 

Districts across the country are using project-based learning to help their students develop and apply critical 21st-century skills. Many standardized tests do not measure these critical skills and district leaders need an assessment system to support an analysis of student experiences with these applications and skills. Defined STEM’s new Portfolio Assessment Manager provides school district administrators and teachers with valuable information and support related to each students’ strengths and areas for growth as they progress through performance tasks and across grade levels. With the Portfolio Assessment Manager, district administrators can share assessments with all of their teachers to ensure that they assign and assess the standards, skills, and competencies the school district wants to meet.

Teachers can choose the standards, skills, and competencies they feel are appropriate for any assignment, all while tracking their students’ progress. “Schools and districts can use this feature as a reference to evaluate students and see exactly where they are,” said Joel Jacobson, co-founder and chief operating officer of Defined Learning. “It provides evidence to measure students’ growth over time and display students’ strengths in specific areas.”

 

The Portfolio Assessment Manager makes all the information that teachers and students need accessible in one location and also integrates with tools like Google Classroom. “Portfolio Assessment Manager not only delivers data, it connects with districts’ existing edtech ecosystems to give them a clear path to a thoughtful implementation of project-based learning,” said Jacobson.

 

For more information about Defined STEM, visit DefinedStem.com.

 

About Defined Learning

Defined Learning is a K–12 educational media company that combines technology, creativity, and curriculum expertise to provide useful and relevant products to schools. Defined Learning’s flagship service, Defined STEM, is a platform that enables teachers to provide application of knowledge to students through the use of project-based learning, real-world careers, and meaningful reading and writing activities. To learn more, visit DefinedLearning.com.

 

 

APRIL 11, 2018

New K to 5 Science Kits Feature Digital Simulations from Science Education Leader Carolina Biological

Building Blocks of Science®|3D inquiry-based units meet the Next Generation Science Standards and enable teachers to test students’ understanding using digital simulations


            BURLINGTON, NC, April 10, 2018 – During the recent NSTA conference, Carolina Biological Supply Company, the leading school science supplier and an NSTA show sponsor, launched the new Building Blocks of Science®|3D hands-on unit kits for students in grades K to 5. This complete, inquiry-based program integrates engineering into every grade and includes everything teachers need for their entire class for every lesson and activity with hands-on materials, print, and digital simulations and components for one all-inclusive price. The program is a core curriculum that combines interactive investigations, literacy components, and digital resources to teach students science content and investigative skills. It meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Performance Expectations and exposes students to science phenomena – all in just 30 minutes a day.

Written by science educators at Carolina, Building Blocks of Science|3D was developed to explicitly meet the NGSS and align to the Common Core State Standards in Literacy and MathAll 18 kits in the series are available now in English or Spanish. The program can help elementary teachers fit science into busy school days.

Building Blocks of Science|3D comes in K-5 grade-based kits, three per grade. Each addresses a specific bundle of NGSS performance expectations based on an anchoring phenomenon. The series provides an entire school year’s science curriculum, which enables teachers to teach science daily with 30-minute lessons. To give an example of the topics, the Kindergarten units are Push, Pull, Go,centered around recognizing forces and their resulting motions on the playground; Living Things and Their Needs  concentrates onrecognizing the needs of living things and their behaviors to obtain them; and Weather and Sky focuses on recognizing how weather affects students’ daily lives. The three units for Grade 3 include Forces and Interactions, which delves into interactions between forces at an amusement park; Life in Ecosystems explores the amazing diversity of life in the ecosystems students live in; and Weather and Climate Patterns, which teaches students that weather and climate are connected.

Each unit of the program includes a Teacher’s Guide, eTeacher’s Guide, Digital Resources and Simulations, and Interactive Reader access on Carolina Science Online®, and enough reading books and hands-on lab materials for a class of 24 students for kits in grades K–2, or 30 students in kits for grades 3–5, all in one comprehensive package. The Teacher’s Guide includes objectives and standards, materials preparation steps and class-time requirements, background, vocabulary, procedures, assessments, ideas for cross-curricular extensions, and blackline masters for assessment, student procedures, and data sheets.

            “Building Blocks of Science|3D is composed of lessons containing hands-on investigations, simulations and digital activities centered around science and engineering phenomena that will engage students in STEM learning for the whole school year,” said David Heller, Director of Curriculum Products and Development, at Carolina. “NGSS Performance Expectations require students to build knowledge in a thoughtful, progressive order. The Building Blocks of Science|3D learning framework creates a conceptual learning progression in each of the NGSS three dimensions, across science disciplines, and across grade levels. Students are able to interconnect the knowledge and skills needed to meet performance expectations.”

Teachers need a variety of ways to deliver concepts and differentiate instruction in order to reach every student. The Building Blocks of Science|3D hands-on investigation kits, a variety of digital media, and printed resources all work together to make every student a confident learner. The program meets an important NGSS requirement by providing students with multiple opportunities to interact with each of the three dimensions. Digital simulations offer formative assessment that gives instant feedback to students. The program’s 99 simulations give a straightforward and quick way for teachers to assess student understanding. The custom-created simulations are directly tied to the phenomena in the units.

Features

Building Blocks of Science|3D units include 4 to 6 lessons with several investigations. The program encourages students to build upon existing ideas using the “5 E’s”—engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate. Each unit offers opportunities for students to make sense of scientific content by developing claims and supporting those claims with evidence and reasoning.

Lessons begin with an Anchoring Phenomenon and video to spike students’ interest and make science relevant to their lives. Engineering is integrated into every grade and called out specifically for the teacher in the Teacher’s Guide. Each new lesson scaffolds on prior lessons, culminating with a performance assessment task in the final lesson.

Teaching Tips, Digital Tips, and Differentiation Strategies for teachers are also embedded throughout the lesson. Student Investigation Sheets are provided to help students record and interpret information in each investigation. Teacher versions with sample answers are also included.

Pre-unit and post-unit assessments are provided. At the end of each investigation, specific strategies are included to utilize Student Investigation Sheets and Tell Me More questions as formative assessment tools. Also, cumulative assessment for each unit allows students to demonstrate their understanding of content by responding to questions in a variety of formats, both print and digital.

Student Readers enable teachers to differentiate their instruction with appropriate informational text at an on-grade and/or below-grade level of reading. Both literacy readers have the same cover, art, and content to support whole-class discussion of the reading. Following the investigations students read the informational text, providing for stronger contextual understanding of the lesson content.

Digital Portal
           To meet the changing needs of the modern classroom, Building Blocks of Science|3D provides a digital experience for students and teachers through an online portal. Whether there is one computer in a classroom or 1-1 accessibility, teachers and students can access the program in a digital format. This includes access to the Teacher Guide, interactive Student Readers and Literacy components, digital simulations for every unit, interactive whiteboard activities and summative assessment.

Materials Equipment Kits
           The program units include the equipment needed for each science lesson and investigation in materials equipment kits. The materials are packaged in sturdy plastic tubs and are equipped with either a three-use or single-use format. Refurbishment kits are available to replenish the consumable items used during the investigations.

Availability

            Building Blocks of Science|3D hands-on investigation kits are available now, for each grade K-5. They include a print-format Teacher Guide, one big book (K), a set of 24 (grades 1-2) or 30 (grades 3-5)  Building Blocks of Science|3D Literacy Series™ student books, a class kit of hands-on materials to supply 24 (grades K-2) or 30 (grades 3-5) students, and digital access. Prices start at $321.95 for one kit through Carolina. Refurbishment sets are also available for subsequent use of the kit. For information, visit Carolina’s website or www.buildingblocksofscience.com, call (800) 334-5551, or
e-mail curriculum@carolina.com.

Carolina Biological Supply Company
           From its beginnings in 1927, Carolina (www.carolina.com) has grown to become the leading supplier of biological and other science teaching materials in the world. Headquartered in Burlington, NC, Carolina serves customers worldwide, including teachers, students, and professionals in science and health-related fields. The company is still privately owned by descendants of the founder,geology and biology professor Dr. Thomas E. Powell Jr.

APRIL 10. 2018

Working and Living on Mars: Students Win National Generation Beyond Competition to Design Orbiting Science Lab, Living Space for Astronauts on Mars Mission

— Student Winners from Portland, OR and Skokie, IL; Announced at USA Science & Engineering Festival —

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, April 9, 2018) – Lockheed Martin is working on technologies that will make deep-space travel possible, like building the spacecraft that will go to Mars. As part of its Generation Beyond K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiative – developed in partnership with Discovery Education – the company on Friday announced the winners of a nationwide contest asking students to design a Mars-orbiting science lab and living spaces, or Mars Base Camp Habitation Module, that will dock with NASA’s Orion deep space spacecraft.

A roundtrip to Mars will take up to three years. In addition to basic necessities like food, water, oxygen and power, astronauts will need a habitat in which they can live comfortably and safely. The contest asked middle schoolers to submit their best design ideas for a Habitation Module that will provide all of the systems and living spaces that a crew needs for a long mission. The contest ran from August – December 2017 and students could enter as individuals or as a team.

The individual winner is from Skokie, Illinois and the team winners reside in Portland, Oregon. Their winning entries are available at:www.generationbeyondinschool.com.

“Lockheed Martin is already developing design concepts for a Mars Habitat, and the 2017 Generation Beyond Video Challenge Contest was a great opportunity to hear innovative new ideas from the next generation of engineers, builders and explorers who will help us get there,” said Tony Antonelli, a former NASA space shuttle pilot who heads advanced civil space programs for Lockheed Martin. “The goal of Generation Beyond is to spark student interest in STEM, and this contest is one of many ways we’re using exciting topics, like space travel, to engage students in learning.”

The Habitation Module is a component of Mars Base Camp, which is Lockheed Martin’s vision for the spacecraft that could one day take astronauts to the red planet. The Mars Base Camp concept would transport astronauts from Earth, via an orbiting gateway at the Moon, to a Mars-orbiting science laboratory where they can perform real-time scientific exploration, analyze Martian rock and soil samples, and confirm the ideal place to land humans on the surface in the 2030s.

Along with hosting video challenge contests in 2016 and 2017, the Generation Beyond program includes curriculum that is used in thousands of classrooms around the country, and the curriculum incorporates lesson plans and interactive content. Lockheed Martin also created an app calledMars Walk that simulates what it’s like to explore the surface of Mars. Classroom resources are available at generationbeyondinschool.com and theMars Walk app is available for download on iPhone or Android.

 

To learn more about Generation Beyond, visit www.generationbeyondinschool.com.

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About Lockheed Martin:

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Insight ADVANCE Wins 2018 EdTech Award for ‘Best Professional Development Learning Solution’

The awards, presented by EdTech Digest, honor leaders, innovators, and trendsetters who are creating a better future for learning with the help of technology

 

(ENCINO, CA) April 10, 2018 — As part of the 2018 EdTech Awards, Insight ADVANCE, creator of groundbreaking tools for teacher observation, has won the 2018 Cool Tool Award for “Professional Development Learning Solution.” The tool was also honored as a finalist in two other categories: “Collaboration Solution,” and “Video-based Learning Solution.”

The EdTech Awards recognize companies and people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. The edtech ecosystem is now more than 15,000 companies strong, with hundreds of thousands of educators and students using technology to enhance, improve, and transform their everyday work. Now in its eighth year, the US-based program is the largest and most competitive recognition program in all of education technology, recognizing the biggest names in edtech—and those who soon will be. This year’s finalists and winners were narrowed from the larger field and judged based on various criteria, including pedagogical workability, efficacy and results, support, clarity, value, and potential.

“We celebrate who’s who and what’s next in edtech,” said Victor Rivero, the Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest who oversees the awards program. “In no other field is the human spirit more alive than education, where educators and supporting technologists are literally shaping our future. Thus, we very proudly recognize, acknowledge, honor, and celebrate the biggest names in edtech—and newer talents shaping the future of edtech.”

Insight’s ADVANCE Suite offers educators video-based technology that provides an unprecedented opportunity to improve their practice with the ultimate goal of improving student achievement. Used in schools, districts, and universities across the country, the ADVANCE Suite allows teachers to upload video of classroom instruction; share it with peers, coaches, and observers; and then receive detailed, specific, and timely feedback.

Dr. Michael Moody, the CEO and co-founder of Insight ADVANCE, said, “Given what we know about the ineffectiveness of traditional professional development, this award acknowledges the fact that the field is thinking differently about how to effectively serve the educators in our schools. Kids deserve the best instruction we have to offer, and we are humbled by the opportunity to support the teachers, coaches, and administrators in schools across the country doing the challenging work of educating our kids.”

About the EdTech Awards

Recognizing cool tools, trendsetters, and leaders in the education and technology sector, the mission of the annual awards program is to get workable technology solutions for education widely known about and well thought of, with the purpose of reshaping the education culture and creating a new and better future for students. Over the years, the best products and brightest minds have been featured, helping millions of students, teachers, parents, administrators, and others in and around education. For more information, please visit EdTechDigest.com/TheEdTechAwards.

About Insight ADVANCE

As a team of former teachers, coaches, school leaders, and district administrators, Insight ADVANCE is passionate about changing the status quo when it comes to supporting educator growth. Based on years of on-the-ground experience in states, districts, and schools across the country, Insight ADVANCE has developed a suite of products that connects self-reflection, coaching and peer collaboration, observation, and evaluation to permanently impact how all educators involved in teacher growth are supported. The ADVANCE Suite of tools breaks new ground in proving how educator observations, whether on video in person, can generate data that powerfully drives professional growth. To learn more, please visit InsightADVANCE.com/AboutUs.

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Arlington, Va., April 9, 2018 — The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) strongly opposes arming teachers, and instead, recommends a number of other steps to make schools safer. “Arming teachers has no empirical support and is an ill-conceived and counterproductive idea that has potential for making schools less safe,” said Laurie VanderPloeg, President of the Council for Exceptional Children (www.cec.sped.org). President VanderPloeg is currently the Director of Special Education, Kent Intermediate School District (Grand Rapids, Mich.).

 

CEC believes the possession of a firearm in schools should be limited to carefully selected, specially trained school resource officers.

 

“All children and youth are entitled to a safe and positive school environment conducive to learning without fear,” added President VanderPloeg. “Arming teachers is not the answer to ensure the safety of our nation’s schools, children, youth, and educators.”

 

CEC noted that this nation must come together to enact comprehensive policies and practices that support school and community safety and protection and commonsense gun violence prevention measures.

 

School safety policies must:

 

  • Use an interdisciplinary approach that reinforces a partnership between education, juvenile justice, mental health, social welfare, law enforcement, and community engagement systems.
  • Require implementation of evidence-based practices that address prevention and response while ameliorating the stigma associated with mental health challenges.
  • Focus on the impact of mental health challenges on children and youth’s social, educational, and employment outcomes.
  • Confront and remedy the national shortage of special educators and specialized instructional support personnel who are trained to address the complex needs of children and youth with mental health challenges.

 

CEC will continue to advocate for policies and meaningful actions not only to address violence in our nation’s schools and communities, but to create evidence-based solutions that are rooted in safety, prevention and an interdisciplinary approach.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the educational success of children and youth with exceptionalities that accomplishes its mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development. Learn more about CEC at www.cec.sped.org.

 

 

APRIL 6,2018

Edgenuity Solutions Chosen in National Review of Edtech Tools

 

LEAP Innovations’ annual edtech tool review and Match Day event pairs selected edtech providers with educators for in-depth evaluation of learning solutions

 

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. – APRIL 05, 2018 – Edgenuity, a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services for the K-12 market, today announced its participation in the LEAP Pilot Network & Elevate’s annual product selection event, Match Day, on April 7.

 

The LEAP Pilot Network & Elevate are a part of LEAP Innovations, a Chicago-based nonprofit that works with educators to design and implement a personalized approach to learning. As a member of the 2018-19 cohort of the LEAP Innovations Pilot Network & Elevate Programs, Edgenuity was selected as an edtech provider that could effectively meet the math and literacy needs of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and suburban students.

 

On Match Day, Edgenuity will have the opportunity to conduct pilot demonstrations of its Courseware and UpSmart solutions for LEAP educators. Edtech providers go through a rigorous curation process, led by LEAP’s assembly of educators and national experts in learning/cognitive science, pedagogy, and personalized learning, who independently review and make recommendations. Only 30 percent of applicants pass curation and are then invited to meet with educators on Match Day for in-depth demos tailored to schools’ individual needs and goals.

 

“LEAP’s Match Day provides a great platform for us to meet with Chicago-area educators face-to-face and demonstrate the value of our Courseware and UpSmart solutions,” said Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity. “As more schools in the LEAP network demonstrate readiness for innovation and personalized curriculums, Edgenuity is there to meet their needs with targeted, relevant and engaging learning opportunities.”

 

After experiencing in-depth reviews on Match Day, school teams will have the option to participate in year-long pilot programs with the edtech company of their choosing. During this time, schools will receive on-site coaching from LEAP as well as assistance with personalization, implementation and troubleshooting from each company.

 

“Just like students must be the center of their learning, educators must be at the center of technology decision making and implementation design. By bringing educator voices into the review process, we’re able to curate tools that respect personalized learning pedagogy and reflect the real needs of educators and students,” said Kristen Howell, Director of the LEAP Pilot Network. “We are excited to make innovative programs from Edgenuity more accessible to teachers, as an additional tool to support teaching and learning.”

 

42 Chicago-area schools applied to participate in the 5th Cohort of the Pilot Network & Elevate, and will be meeting with 26 edtech providers on April 7.

 

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About Edgenuity

Edgenuity is a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services for the K-12 market. Nationwide, Edgenuity is in use by more than 20,000 schools, including 20 of the 25 largest school districts, to meet academic goals and improve student outcomes. We offer initial credit courses, honors and Advanced Placement courses, credit recovery, intervention and test readiness. These solutions, in addition to Edgenuity’s instructional services and professional development offerings, help students, educators and districts achieve success in their online and blended learning programs. For more information, visit Edgenuity.com.

 



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APRIL 5, 2018

Hoonuit Reveals Industry’s First Professional Learning Delivery System For Relevant & Effective PD
System allows schools to expand their reach to equally support all educators and impact instruction


MINNEAPOLIS (April 4, 2018) – Hoonuit, a leading provider of education analytics and professional learning, announces the first Professional Learning Delivery System in the market designed for districts to finally be able to create relevant, personalized and effective professional learning and deliver it equitably.

The latest technology innovation by the company features an unprecedented course creation toolkit. This allows for on-demand video encoding, transcriptions and closed captions, including the ability to translate into nine languages and read those languages aloud. Schools and districts will be able to fully customize courses, assessments and learning pathways – and it will also give them the power to build their own micro-credential programs.

To read the full news release, please visit here.

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California’s Beaumont Unified School District Selects Discovery Education to Support STEM Teaching and Learning in District Elementary School

– Discovery Education´s Digital Resources and Comprehensive Professional Development System to Create Authentic STEM Teaching and Learning Environments for Elementary Students-

Silver Spring, Md. (April 5, 2018) – California’s Beaumont Unified School District (BUSD) today announced that Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, has been selected to support the development of STEM teaching and learning environments in the district.  Beaumont USD’s Palm Elementary School is the focal point of this new collaboration, which seeks to create the area’s premier STEM school through a unique combination of Discovery Education’s award-winning digital resources and robust STEM-focused professional development services.

Beaumont USD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan outlines the district’s commitment to creating viable 21st-century learning environments for all students and optimum learning and working environments for educators.  As part of the effort to meet these goals, Beaumont USD is creating a strong culture of STEM that will transform instruction as it contributes to a positive climate in the district’s Palm Elementary School.

To achieve this goal, Palm Elementary School’s educators will soon begin integrating Discovery Education’s digital resources into classroom instruction. Those resources include:

  • Discovery Education’s award-winning Science Techbook.  Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series empowers educators to transform science instruction. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (5E) model, each Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include bilingual text-to-speech and leveled reading tools, and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.  The Science Techbooks series also includes valuable STEM/STEAM resources.
  • Discovery Education Streaming Plus.  A comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, Discovery Education Streaming Plus helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information. Students can access a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, videos, and more, and are empowered to become content creators with a suite of content creation tools that help teachers and students safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of new STEM/STEAM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.
  • Discovery Education’s latest digital service, STEM Connect.   STEM Connect enhances core curriculum and brings STEM to life in classrooms.  A cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource built on a 4Cs STEM skills framework, STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience that includes real-world challenges, career connections, and hands-on activities.

“Beaumont USD is dedicated to providing students engaging new learning opportunities that will increase their interest in STEM and nurture the important 21st Century skills needed for future success,” said Beaumont USD Superintendent Terrance Davis. “We believe Discovery Education is the right partner to help us build the classroom environments that will help us achieve this goal, and we look forward to beginning this important initiative.”

To support the integration of dynamic digital resources into classroom instruction, Palm Elementary School’s educators will also participate in a new professional development initiative from Discovery Education called STEMFormation.  A three-year system for professional learning designed to build and sustain a culture of STEM teaching and learning, STEMFormation helps create a shared STEM vision, develops educators and administrators, cultivates inquiry-based, transdisciplinary instruction, and prepares our future workforce.

The Discovery Education Community will also support Palm Elementary School’s educators’ efforts to create more personalized learning experiences. This global community of education professionals 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 excited to launch this new collaboration with the talented team at Beaumont USD’s Palm Elementary School,” said Andrew Bradigan, Discovery Education Regional Vice President. “We admire Beaumont USD’s commitment to creating a world-class STEM school, and look forward to supporting Superintendent Davis and the Palm Elementary faculty on this innovative effort.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s professional development programs and other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

 

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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries worldwide. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.