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4 Steps to Measure Growth in an Inquiry-Based Science Classroom

4 Steps to Measure Growth in an Inquiry-Based Science Classroom

By Jeanette Edelstein I loved science as a young kid. A paper model of the solar system hung across my bedroom ceiling. I marveled at the sight of tiny onions pulled from grass clumps in my backyard.  And I dutifully gave my cats checkups with the real stethoscope I got from my dad. So what

See the Difference Math Techbook Made in Richmond County Schools

Just one year after its introduction in Richmond County Schools (NC) in 2015, educators could already see how Discovery Education Math Techbook had helped students across every middle school grade attain consistent gains on end-of-year tests. According to student achievement data from the district, Techbook has helped turn the tide for students across Richmond County

5 Stories of Superintendent Leadership from AASA and Discovery Education

Despite wielding tremendous influence in their respective school districts, the lives of superintendents can become isolated if they don’t have peers to reach out to. That can be tolling, even when they’re not in the midst of making weighty decisions. With this in mind, we developed a five-part content series that demonstrates best practices for

EdReports.org Gives Math Techbook Highest Possible Rating

A panel of expert reviewers at EdReports.org recently weighed in on Discovery Education’s Math Techbook and gave the digital textbook its highest possible rating. You can read EdReports’ review of Math Techbook here. Among more than 50 courses reviewed by EdReports at the middle-school level, Discovery Education’s are the only ones to receive a perfect

Meeting Students in the Middle: Guidance for Engaging Middle School Learners

Whether you’re an educator or a student, middle school can be tough. As students enter their adolescence, more is expected academically than ever before. During these pre-teen years, students must become more focused, organized, and disciplined to succeed in school – a shift that is complicated by the rapid changes they find themselves going through

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

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