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Park Ridge and Discovery Education Featured on Education Talk Radio

Park Ridge and Discovery Education Featured on Education Talk Radio

The principal of Park Ridge Elementary School, one of Discovery Education’s most inspiring partners, was featured in a Wednesday interview on the Education Talk Radio podcast. Principal Joe Balchunas and Discovery Education’s Senior VP of National Partnerships, Coni Rechner, were both interviewed live by the show’s host Larry Jacobs about how the past two years

Park Ridge Elementary Hits Reset Button, Overcomes Adversity in 2 Years

Three years ago, students at Park Ridge Elementary School were struggling. The Broward County Florida school’s overall test scores were failing, attendance had plummeted, and the Deerfield Beach community was not engaged with the school. District leadership wanted to help breathe new life into the challenged school, which had become one of the lowest-performing schools

How St. Vrain Valley Schools Became a STEM Leader

Discovery Education’s latest article is a deep dive into St. Vrain Valley Schools, a Colorado school district with a powerful story of reinvention. Read the introduction below and then download the full article for free. St. Vrain Valley Schools in Colorado is on a roll. In just under a decade, the district of 32,000 students

Celebrate the Solar Eclipse with these Classroom Resources

A total solar eclipse will be visible on a special path across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. This astronomical event is a rare opportunity to witness the awesome beauty and power of our sun and consider the science and math that makes a total solar eclipse possible. The path of totality will

3 Often-Overlooked Essentials of School Transformation

This column was submitted by Richard Long, Ed.D., Executive Director of Learning First Alliance. Amid the excitement of schools shifting from 20th– to 21st-century learning environments, there are several realities that educators —and their communities—need to manage. These realities highlight key, often overlooked aspects of school transformation: communications and expectations about what students should learn

Experience Discovery Education’s New Look and Features

Arriving just in time for back-to-school, a series of powerful new enhancements are set to launch on Discovery Education services. Starting August 18, Discovery Education users will be able to experience new features designed to facilitate collaboration, creativity, and student engagement, while saving teachers time. A Fresh New Look and Feel The most obvious update

Developing Responsible Citizens with Social Studies Techbook

Social studies instructors know why understanding the foundations of civic life is important. But demonstrating that to students isn’t always easy. Our new white paper, “Developing Responsible Citizens with Social Studies Techbook,” examines research-based classroom practices to show how modern social studies instruction that leverages a digital platform can engage students, helping to prepare them

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