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USADA True Sports Awards Now Open!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), in partnership with Discovery Education, announce the kick-off of the second year of The USADA True Sport Awards , promoting honesty, respect, teamwork, and healthy choices.

The USADA True Sport Awards program encourages teachers, coaches, school administrators, and other youth program leaders to motivate young people to lead safe and healthy lifestyles, free from performance-enhancing drugs, using the life lessons learned through sport as its platform. The program provides a powerful opportunity for educators and community leaders to win local program funding, support and prizes for their efforts to influence positive beliefs and behaviors in their communities. In year one of the program, which was awarded the 2010 Mom’s Choice Award® for online family-friendly resources, more than 600 educators across the country participated, and 50 winners in 19 states were awarded prizes.

In addition to The USADA True Sport Awards, USADA and Discovery Education are partnering again to offer free curricula for both middle school and high school students that help educators and community leaders impart the critical life lessons that contribute to the development of ethical and healthy individuals. These curricula are tied to national education standards, are implemented easily into classroom or other youth group educational settings, offer self-assessment tools, teachers’ guides and student activity materials, and are available at and at

Those who teach, coach and/or influence youth groups in the middle school age range are encouraged to integrate USADA’s 100% Me curriculum, which focuses on ethics and decision-making themes for student and athletic programs, into their classroom and/or other instructional activities. With these materials, educators can promote values-based decision-making, find facts on nutrition and dietary supplements, and help students make the connection between body type and body image.

USADA’s That’s Dope curriculum supports those who teach, coach and mentor youth in the high school age range in teaching important ethics and anti-doping lessons. With this powerful resource, educators, coaches, and others can teach students how to maximize athletic performance safely and ethically, and get “the dope” about various products and substances from dietary supplements and energy drinks to anabolic steroids.

For the USADA middle and high school curricula, or to enter the USADA True Sport Awards program, please visit: or .

Entries are due November 1, 2010.

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Going to AAEA in Little Rock? Come meet Danny Forster!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

If you’re going to heading over to the AAEA Conference in Little Rock Arkansas, have we got an opportunity for you! Discovery Education is going to be hosting a reception and we’d love to invite you to come. But that’s not the best part… Our special guest for the event is none other than the host of Discovery Channel’s Build It Bigger, Danny Forster! So if you’re going to be at AAEA, sign up here to attend the reception and meet Danny in person.

Please feel free to download the invite and share with colleagues.

AAEA VIP Reception Invitation

Keep Your STAR Status for 2010-2011: New Ways to Demonstrate Activity

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

As the new school year approaches, now is the time to make sure your STAR status is intact. We’ve added a couple other options to help you demonstrate how you actively contribute to the community.

There are lots of ways to stay active:

Report at least two events from this past school year

Report one event and upload a resource to the Educator Resources library on the DEN site

Report one event and tell us one other way you have shared the power of Discovery with your peers (e.g., newsletter, podcast, etc.)

When you log into the DEN website ( you’ll see “Report Event” in your profile. Or, you can go directly to:

Keep your STAR status because we have many new things planned for our STARs in the fall including a special promotion that will only be accessible to active STARs.

Maintain Your DEN STAR Status!

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

As the new school year approaches, make sure your STAR status is intact.  All you have to do is report at least two events from this school year. 

When you log into the DEN website ( you’ll see “Report Event” in your profile.  Let us know how you’ve shared the power of Discovery with your colleagues and you’re all set.

Discovery Education at AETC 2010

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

We are thrilled to be one of the sponsors for AETC 2010! We’d love to visit with Alabama educators in our booth (#502) and during our conference breakout sessions.

Discovery Education – Where Learning Comes Alive

Created by the Discovery Channel, and the energy that revolutionized media over twenty-five years ago, Discovery Education empowers educators to engage students and transform classrooms by providing dynamic curricular resources, comprehensive assessment services, and customized professional development plans with ongoing support that improve student achievement.

Discovery Education is the #1 provider of digital services to U.S. schools reaching 1 million educators, 35,000,000 students, and is in 60,000 schools


A Day in the Life of Discovery Education: 11 am – 12 pm, East Hall / Ballroom A

Beyond the Stream – Integration Strategies for Discovery Education streaming: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, East Hall / Ballroom A

Oh, the Humanities!: 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm, East Hall / Ballroom A

See what they know. Teach what they need. Transforming Learning with Discovery Education: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm, East Hall / Ballroom A


Driving Instruction with K-12 Formative Assessment: 10:30 am – 11:30 am, North Hall / Room E

Click here for the take-away resources from all the Discovery Education presentations.

In addition to our presentations, we are excited for Danny Forster‘s visit to the Discovery Education booth on Wednesday. Danny, the host of the Science Channel series, Build It Bigger, will be signing autographs and speaking with educators from 2 pm – 3 pm in Discovery Education’s booth (#502). The first 100 visitors will also receive an autographed copy of a Build It Bigger DVD.

Are you planning to attend ISTE 2010 in Denver this summer? If so, Discovery Education would like to invite you to a special reception for Alabama educators.

Alabama ISTE Invite

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Join Philippe Cousteau for a Spotlight on the Gulf Spill

Friday, May 28th, 2010

f08494e0-f.jpgSpotlight on the Gulf Spill,
How it Affects Us Now and in the Future.
Questions, Answers and More Uncertainty.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
1:00PM ET

Join Philippe Cousteau, grandson of the legendary Jacques Cousteau and Discovery Education Chief Spokesperson for Environmental Education, as he takes you and your students to the Gulf through pictures and stories from his recent trip to evaluate the effects of the Gulf Oil Spill.

He will discuss the effects on regional wildlife and ecosystems as well as focus on how the oil spill will affect us now and into the future.

Register now!

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Attend the SMART/Discovery Education Content Creation Seminar (ISTE 2010)

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Are you coming to ISTE 2010 in Denver? Do you love using your Discovery Education content on your SMARTBoard? Would you like to help create MORE for yourself and for others?

Attend the SMART/Discovery Education Content Creation Seminar!!

Discover how to create professional, interactive and sharable SMART Notebook™ software lesson activities built from the award winning Discovery Education service on Sunday June 27 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM in beautiful Denver, Colorado.

SMART and Discovery is offering this seminar to SMART Exemplary Educators and to Discovery Education Network educators who are enthusiastic about designing lesson activities to increase student engagement and participation. You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your ability to use both Discovery’s and SMART products in your classroom and create content that you can share with other educators around the country.

You’ll learn tips and tricks for using SMART Notebook software’s interactive design and delivery tools and the Lesson Activity Toolkit. Experts from SMART and Discovery will be on hand throughout the seminar to guide and assist you in your lesson creation.

There is NO FEE to attend, but you must RSVP by June 20 to secure your spot. No more than 100 total participants will be accepted. If you are currently a user of both technologies, or if you only use one but wanted to learn more about the other, this opportunity is for you.

When: Sunday, June 27
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Light Breakfast and lunch will be provided
Location: Room 607 (Street Level), Colorado Convention Center

RSVP here.

DEN 3.0

Friday, May 14th, 2010

den30-for-blog.jpgIf you participated in our Spring Virtual Conference or our Teacher Appreciation Week, then you already know that change was in the air.  Well, today we go live!  The next generation of the DEN community website is up and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  It features an all new look and feel, designed to keep you abreast of what’s going on around the DEN.  From webinar archives, a brand new hotbox, STARs in the news and the DEN on Twitter, it’s your one stop shop for what’s going on around the DEN.

We also have a brand new forum system that we think you’re going to love.  Stop by and say hello and let us know what you think of the new site!

Celebrating Teacher Appreciate Week – DEN Style

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Are you a Discovery Educator Network STAR? If so, you NEED to check out the DEN blog every day this week for some exciting announcements, give-aways, and exclusive opportunities for DEN STARs.

Need more convincing? How about a FREE Prezi Pro account? Our friends at Prezi have very generously agreed to provide all STAR Discovery Educators with a free Educator Pro account for a year (normally $59).

And, that is just the beginning. Visit the DEN blog every day for new opportunities.

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Discovery Honored by Three BESSIE Awards!

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Discovery Education has been honored with three 2010 BESSIE Awards  from the ComputED Learning Center for Discovery Education Digital Science Solutions, Discovery Education streaming  Plus and Ready Classroom.

Discovery Education Science  won a BESSIE for Best Science Website.  The first digital core instructional material to be approved for statewide adoption in Oregon, Discovery Education Science is designed for elementary and middle school science classrooms.  Correlated to the state science curriculum standards and organized around an inquiry-based framework, these digital solutions cover the physical, earth and space, and life sciences, and encourage student exploration, stimulate critical thinking and deepen students’ understanding of science.  Discovery Education Science also includes a formative assessment tool that provides information on which skills and concepts have been mastered, while directing individual students to remedial activities that address areas in need of improvement.

In addition, Discovery Education streaming  Plus , the digital media-based learning service scientifically shown to increase academic achievement, won a BESSIE for Best Digital Library Website.  Discovery Education streaming  Plus has more than 150,000 digital learning objects, including videos, interactives, images, articles, and more, that integrate seamlessly into any curriculum.  Aligned to state standards and assessments, and searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, the rich video content and other digital assets from Discovery Education engage today’s media-savvy students in learning.

Ready Classroom , an online resource center designed in partnership by Discovery Education, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready  Campaign and the Ad Council, also won a 2010 BESSIE for Best Disaster Preparedness Website.  The website provides elementary and middle school educators with natural disaster preparedness resources and tips on how to integrate this critical information into their curriculum.

“We are honored to join Discovery Education and the Ad Council in accepting the 2010 BESSIE Award for the Ready Classroom,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.  “By providing teachers with resources and information to share with their classes on preparedness, we hope Ready Classroom will encourage students and their parents to take steps to ensure their family is prepared for natural disasters and other emergencies.”

“We are very appreciative of this recognition by the ComputED Learning Center,” said Kelli Campbell, Senior Vice President of Content and Product Development for Discovery Education.  “We strive to develop outstanding instructional resources such as Discovery Education streaming Plus and Discovery Education Science, while also offering resources and guidelines that help educators, administrators and parents address the needs of the whole child, such as the Ready Classroom website.”

This is the 16th year of the Annual Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES).  The ComputED Gazette and Computer Learning Lab, San Diego’s leading computer education resource, sponsor the award program.  Targeting innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence, the program selects winners from titles submitted by digital resource publishers from around the world.

I’m honored to work for such an awesome and inspiring organization!