-Registration is open for the live, no-cost, Tundra Connections webcast series capturing the annual Canadian polar bear migration-


Silver Spring, Md. (Nov. 8, 2016) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, is again teaming up with Polar Bears International on a series of no-cost, live virtual field trips during the annual polar bear migration in Churchill, Manitoba. The Tundra Connections webcasts take students beyond classroom walls to learn about the bears and other arctic wildlife, the environment, and careers on the tundra.


Tundra Connections includes three live events, each targeted for specific grade levels:


  • Arctic ABCs; Monday, Nov. 14, 12:00 p.m. ET

With content tailored for K-3 students, this virtual field trip explores polar bears and other organisms living in the arctic. Students will go through the alphabet “arctic style” and learn new vocabulary along the way.


  • Ice Bears in Your Backyard; Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1:00 p.m. ET

Students will learn how water around the globe is tied to polar bears in the arctic. The virtual field trip discusses why the conservation of ice and water supplies is important to all creatures – not just polar bears.


  • STEM on the Tundra: Cool Jobs!; Wednesday, Nov. 16, 12:00 p.m. ET

This virtual field trip helps students understand how daily choices impact the world. Students will see how teams on the tundra are using STEM skills to support conservation, and they’ll learn about careers not typically associated with the tundra.


For more information and details about free registration, visit the Tundra Connections Virtual Field Trip website here.


“Events like Tundra Connections excite students about what they’re learning in the classroom,” said Erica Phillips, Vice Principal, Sir Charles Tupper School, Nova Scotia. “A virtual trip to the tundra opens students’ eyes to a unique part of the world, and helps them see how they might use the STEM skills they are learning in the classroom in a future career.”


Participants can interact with each other and share their knowledge by using #CelebratewithDE during the webcasts. Discovery Education will also host an online collaborative project to prepare students for the live events. Tundra Connections is part of Discovery Education’s Virtual Field Trip series, which takes students to some of the world’s most iconic locations for rich and immersive learning experiences.  To view a list of archived Virtual Field Trips, visit the Virtual Field Trips homepage here.


“Discovery Education is proud to present educators worldwide the upcoming Tundra Connections Virtual Field Trip at no-cost ,” said Discovery Education Director of Educational Programing and Production Kyle Schutt.  “These types of events empower educators to transport students to fascinating locations for one-of-a-kind learning experiences without ever having to send home a permission slip.  We encourage all educators to join us on the tundra!”


For more information about Discovery Education’s STEM resources, Virtual Field Trips, and other initiatives and services, visit


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Educators Select Califone as Top Classroom Audio Solution
Audiovisual education technology company receives T.H.E. Journal Readers’ Choice Award for Best Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement System Maker

Chatsworth, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2016) – In an increasingly dynamic education landscape, teachers rely on technological tools and equipment to develop the most powerful and time-effective instructional strategies. Califone International, a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual (AV) for use in education, has been recognized as a top education technology provider in T.H.E. Journal’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2016. Selected by an audience of educators, Califone earned a silver award in the category of Best Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement System Maker.

The 2016 award program marks T.H.E. Journal’s second year of inviting readers to nominate their favorite classroom products and providers. Categories range from hardware solutions to software programs. Each category has a platinum, gold and silver award winner.

To view the full news release, click here.


Union City School District Nourishes Student-Driven Learning through “Making”
Title 1 District adopts the Dremel Idea Builder to aid in scaling the makerspace environment, reinforce a design-thinking model in STEAM education

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (November 8, 2016) – Makerspaces are expected to reach accelerated classroom adoption in less than one year, according to the K-12 Edition of the 2016 New Media Consortium Horizon Report. As educators continue to embrace a transformative shift in classroom instruction and design, the Union City School District in New Jersey pioneers district-wide STEAM curriculum through the integration of 3D printing technology with the Dremel Idea Builder.

As a Title 1 district with 98 percent minority enrollment and nationally known for an above-average graduation rate, UCSD leaders credit much of the district’s success to a mission for technology equity. Marcos Navas, a Dremel Idea Builder Ambassador and technology facilitator at UCSD, scales a design-thinking model to work within the district’s number of STEAM initiatives. From project-based lessons in STEAM curriculum to summer-long STEAM camps, Navas facilitates “making” in projects big and small.

To read the full release, click here



WASHINGTON, DC — Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of The Center for Education Reform (CER), today congratulated Donald Trump on his victory and called on the president-elect to unite the nation’s families and communities around improving education through innovation and opportunity.

“On behalf of the millions of people we represent who are working across the nation to bring excellence in education to all students and learners at every level, we offer the new President our support and counsel to help advance dramatic change in education throughout America.

“For the last 23 years the Center has pursued its mission faithfully, regardless of the political composition of our elected officials. Our work spans three presidential administrations and we have seen governors and legislators through dozens of terms. No matter what the differences in the viewpoints of our elected officials, our commitment to expanding opportunity has never changed or constricted – nor will it now.

“Our hope is that in the coming days President-elect Trump and his transition advisors will consider all good ideas and begin to learn from the myriad people working throughout the nation who are transforming their schools and communities.

“President-elect Trump – We believe there is much you can do to address the hopes and dreams of all who elected you. We hope you will embrace innovation, applaud and incentivize ambitious state efforts to create opportunity for all learners at all levels, reject the status quo and think hard about all those you appoint to support you and the needs of citizens everywhere.

“We will provide concrete recommendations for you to consider in the days and weeks ahead. Until then, congratulations. And welcome to Washington.”


About the Center for Education Reform

Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.