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Top 5 Reasons to Tune In to Fall VirtCon

Top 5 Reasons to Tune In to Fall VirtCon

VirtCon is a virtual conference that brings the Discovery Education Community together to hear cutting-edge keynotes, inspirational and thought-provoking presentations, and engaging discussions with the community around the globe.          Here are five reasons to tune in on Saturday, October 21. 1. What’s Hot Now From Virtual Reality in the classroom to participation in collaborative

Save the Date! Fall VirtCon 2017

Discovery Education Fall VirtCon 2017 On Saturday, October 21st from 9AM to 3PM ET, fall into learning with Discovery Educators from around the globe for Fall VirtCon. Join us for VirtCon, where your peers from the Discovery Education Community will present the very best of their practice, share ideas and instructional tools, and demonstrate the

Fall Virtual Events- Join Us!

Learn from your peers. Connect with experts. Share the world with your students. We are excited to share a calendar full of virtual events to support you in your own professional learning and provide opportunities to connect your students to experts and other classrooms from around the globe. We hope you’ll join us for an

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

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

New STEM Framework Certifies Discovery Education’s Techbook and PD

Implementing a powerful STEM education program can be an enormous challenge. Today’s educators must capture students’ attentions, develop their problem-solving skills, and prepare them for the challenging 21st-century careers to come. To achieve that, school districts need to know that they’re using tools proven to be effective. So it was with great honor that we

How to Tap the Power of Teacher Leadership

The following is an excerpt of our latest whitepaper, “Teacher Leaders: The (Not So) Secret Catalyst for Change.” While teacher leaders have always been an important part of a school’s culture, this type of leadership continues to gain much-needed attention and momentum in school systems nationwide. There is such a strong need for teacher leadership

Busting the Myth of Student Engagement

The following is an excerpt of our latest article on student engagement, “Demystifying Student Engagement,” written by Jaime LaForgia, director of professional development content, Discovery Education. Picture a student-centered classroom full of inquiry and engagement. Seventh-grade students are in groups — some around a computer conducting a virtual lab from Discovery Education Techbook, others working with

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