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Teaching Scientific Explanation to Middle School Learners

Teaching Scientific Explanation to Middle School Learners

On almost a daily basis, there are articles in the news that seek to provide a scientific explanation for how or why a given natural phenomenon occurred. The topic may be climate change, nuclear energy, genetically modified food or something else that impacts the everyday lives of middle school students. Students need to be able

Q&A: Harrisburg’s Cheryl Capozzoli on How Anything is STEMpossible

Meet Cheryl Capozzoli, the STEM Coordinator for Harrisburg School District, in Pennsylvania, where over the past three years, STEM learning has really taken off. During Discovery Education’s recent STEM Symposium event in Florida, we had a chance to catch up with Capozzoli, and learn how she has been helping to drive the district’s STEM efforts.

STEM Symposium: 3 Visions for the Future of STEM Learning

Education leaders all across the country are searching for innovative strategies for building a solid STEM foundation. Earlier this year, Discovery Education brought several leaders to Pensacola, FL, for a peek behind the scenes at Santa Rosa County Public Schools, where a powerful STEM vision is beginning to blossom. During the event, we spoke with

Seattle Educators Treated to Day of Instructional Leadership

Fresh from our San Francisco Powerful Practices event, the Discovery Education team visited Seattle-area educators on March 10 for a jam-packed day of instructional leadership, led by keynoter George Couros. Couros, a thought-provoking educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning, shared a message on how innovation and technology can empower students. “Technology

3 Reasons Not to Miss Our Powerful Practices Event in Seattle

On March 10, Discovery Education will bring its free Powerful Practices instructional leadership event to educators in Seattle, WA, and here are just a few reasons you might want to consider attending. Keynote speaker George Couros was a huge hit for the crowd gathered at the Feb. 24 San Francisco Powerful Practices event. Couros shared an

Powerful Practices Keynoter George Couros Shares Inspirational Message in San Francisco

Education leaders hailing from across the West Coast and beyond gathered in San Francisco, CA on Friday for a whirlwind meeting of the minds. Discovery Education’s fifth Powerful Practices event provided local educators with a fertile soil for generating new instructional leadership ideas. They shared their own experiences, and heard fresh stories and strategies from

How to Conduct Close Readings of Difficult Primary Source Texts

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That

Q&A: Framingham Schools’ Peter Färdig Speaks out on Vital Role of STEM

Meet Peter Färdig — a K–8 STEM coordinator in the Framingham Public School System, one of the largest districts in Massachusetts. All across Framingham’s schools, students are expanding their horizons with Discovery Education Streaming and Discovery Education Science Techbook, which are helping drive the district’s STEM program. Recently, Färdig was invited to participate in Discovery

Science Techbook a ‘Game Changer’ for 5th Graders at Asheboro Schools

We love hearing about student success in districts using Discovery Education Techbook. Over the years, we’ve gathered many such success stories, and it’s time to add Asheboro City Schools in North Carolina to that list. Asheboro’s newspaper, The Courier-Tribune, recently reported on local student achievement through their usage of Science Techbook, writing that the digital

Powerful Practices: Q&A with Fallbrook Union’s Dr. Candace Singh and Eric Forseth

Every student is entitled to a high-quality, engaging STEM education. But it won’t happen without careful planning. It is the role of educators to help create inspiring and student-centered learning opportunities that give students a firm pathway to success. At Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, students are thriving in STEM-powered classrooms where 1:1 mobile learning

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