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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April 2010
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Science Sizzles in the summer at Detroit Public Schools

DPS 1June 5th and June 12th marked the launch of an exciting partnership between Detroit Public Schools and Discovery Education. Science educators joined Discovery Education Professional Development Specialists at Cooley High School for a hands-on in-depth look at Discovery Education Science. Using the “5 E Model: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate” of teaching science, DEPD Specialists guided the educators through learning how to create 21st century lessons with rich digital media.Educators learned how to activate student’s prior knowledge by engaging their students with Science related images, video segments, and audio files. They also learned how to effectively encourage students to explore, pose questions, and think about new science concepts with interactive virtual labs, explorations, and integrated science simulations. The culminating activity allowed educators to find media content via a curriculum standards search to enhance their science lessons for summer school students.

 DPS 2DPS educators are excited about the wealth of Science resources available to them through Discovery Education.  Here’s what a few of them shared on their way out….

  •  “Thank you for taking us to the land of “what Could be”….thank you…thank you….thank you!”
  • “Amazing program, I would LOVE to use this throughout the school year. It would greatly improve the ability for the students to interact and be more engaged in the material. The students would love the opportunity to work with this program and to have more interaction overall.”
  • “I really feel that this will be a fantastic addition to the Detroit Public Schools Science Curriculum.”
  • “I feel as though I have an interactive tool to take back to my students.  Students will be more receptive to learning and will be encouraged to take responsibility for their learning.”
  • “Today’s training introduced me to a new way of acquiring and diseminating science information and practices. I am very excited about using this website and look forward to using the website to enrich, enhance and introduce these concepts to my summer school students.”DPS 3

We look forward to working more with the Detroit Public School Educators in the weeks ahead.

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