Over the next few days, you may hear of some organizational changes taking place at Discovery Communications, Inc., the parent company of the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC…and yes, Discovery Education. Therefore, I wanted to take a few minutes and proactively address any of your concerns and how these changes may affect Discovery Education and specifically, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN).
Over the past few months, David Zaslav, the new CEO of Discovery Communications, Inc., has made strategic changes throughout the company to make Discovery a leaner, more aggressive organization. As a result, Discovery Education is now under the leadership of Bill Goodwyn, president, Domestic Distribution and Enterprises, a 20 year veteran of Discovery. His focus over the next year is two-fold. First, to refocus Discovery Education in the K-12 environment, strengthening already incredible products such as unitedstreaming and implementing a new product line bringing the best educational media and resources to classroom teachers in specific content areas. Second, to leverage the amazing resources of Discovery, providing once in a lifetime opportunities for teachers across the country. An early example of this was the DEN’s participation in the Planet Earth premiere.
So what does all this mean for the DEN? The answer…all good things. Bill is committed to the DEN and is amazed at its members’ level of expertise, enthusiasm and willingness to share with others across the country. The DEN team is equally excited about the future, which is filled with opportunities including access to the Discovery Channel media, webinars with Discovery Channel film makers, and once in a lifetime event opportunities.
Already in 2007 we have had some great moments ranging from major media events like the Planet Earth world premiere to incredible DEN gatherings at conferences such as FETC, PETE&C, CUE and IL-TCE. Looking forward, the DEN team stays committed to supporting your efforts and providing the best possible opportunities including the DEN National Institutes, the Discovery Media Challenge and a new improved DEN presence. We look forward to what the future brings and know that, with your support, the DEN will continue to grow and thrive.