Good evening and welcome to our LAST edition of “This Week at DE” for 2020! My name is Paul Ilse and I’m the CEO of Discovery Education. It has been such a pleasure getting to watch these videos each week and I’m thrilled to serve as our last host for the year. For this video, we wanted to do things a little differently and highlight our top five favorite things from 2020. So let’s get into it!
#1: Virtual Field Trips. COVID-19 threw a wrench in things this year, but we’re so proud to have been able to virtually take students beyond their homes or classrooms through new virtual field trips. We transported students to Manitoba, Canada with the polar bears, introduced them STEM career professionals and exercised with NFL players!
#2: DENVSI and VirtCon. Our one-of-a-kind professional learning experience in the summer shifted to virtual, but that didn’t stop hundreds of educators from participating. They found new ideas, resources and an expanded professional learning network to support instructional and leadership goals.
#3: Equity Talks. We continued our live webinar series featuring our nation’s top education leaders, all with the goal of providing support and guidance to educators in the wake of COVID-19.
#4: New curated content in Discovery Education Experience. Our outstanding content team developed timely, high-quality collections to respond to everything happening in the world. New channels included the ‘Viruses and Outbreaks’ and ‘Dissent, Equity and Inspiring Change.’
And my favorite moment of 2020…
#5: The launch of our Keeping you Connected to Curiosity campaign. It’s so important for us at Discovery Education to keep all students and teachers connected to curiosity. The initiative includes reimagined services, exclusive, thought-provoking content and a series of events and community activities.
Looking back on everything from this year makes me so proud to lead an organization that puts students and teachers at the forefront of everything we do. We can’t wait to share more in 2021 as we continue to learn and grow with you. Thank you for being a part of the Discovery Education family, and for all the important work that you do as educators. We’ll see you next year!