DE Prof Development

As educators, we have an exciting opportunity to capitalize on dynamic ways to reach and inspire young people. By motivating students to engage in mediums they understand, we can help them reach their highest academic and personal potential. Investing in professional development is critical to achieving this success.

Whether you currently use one or more Discovery Education digital services or are just getting started, the Discovery Education Professional Development team is committed to helping professional learning communities around the world maximize their technology investment by connecting rich digital content with research-based instructional strategies. Whether you invest in a comprehensive professional development program customized for your district’s needs or choose one or two courses to support your local district’s goals, Discovery Education will deliver a comprehensive and engaging program with a focus of improving teaching and learning.

Achieving your established outcomes is an essential part of high quality professional development. Please see our Case Studies which demonstrate the success our partners have had with Discovery Education Professional Development.

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January 2010
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Day of Discovery – Anoka MN

Last week, the DEPD team, together with a few DEN account managers, hosted a successful Day of Discovery in Anoka MN. Even though temperatures were extremely cold, we were greeted warmly by over 150 educators and administ
rative personnel.

The day began with a brief opening session by Mike Bryant, which included an overview of Discovery Education and a quick review of streaming. A very special guest, Philippe Cousteau, followed Mike with and endearing, insightful and motivating speech about the progression of education throughout our country. Philippe talked in a warm and witty way about his experience with education and with teachers who made an impact on him when he was a student. The floor was then opened to the teachers who asked Philippe about his travels and his experiences with the marine life that he has encountered.

It was difficult for our DEPD team to follow Philippe! After all he IS the grandson of the famous Jacques Cousteau! However, we pulled it off effortlessly. The Anoka teachers rotated through several of our team members’ sessions: multimedia presentations, builder tools, student access, and 50 ways. Overall, the enthusiasm was high, and the interest level was peaked. We heard much positive chatter in the hallways between sessions; the teachers could not wait to get back to their classrooms to start using DE with their parents.

As with all good things, though, the day had to come to the end. We wrapped up the day with a quick debriefing and then bid all of our new teacher friends farewell. Overall, it was a successful day, and we were thrilled to have impacted so many educators in Minnesota.

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