Author Archives: Frank Smith

7 Steps to Change School Policy, from a Serial Circumventor

7 Steps to Change School Policy, from a Serial Circumventor

This column was submitted by Colorado’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, Sean Wybrant, a Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher at William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs District 11. After an eight-week long project in a senior English class, one of my students had this to say: “If I would have known we

How St. Vrain Valley Schools Became a STEM Leader

Discovery Education’s latest article is a deep dive into St. Vrain Valley Schools, a Colorado school district with a powerful story of reinvention. Read the introduction below and then download the full article for free. St. Vrain Valley Schools in Colorado is on a roll. In just under a decade, the district of 32,000 students

Celebrate the Solar Eclipse with these Classroom Resources

A total solar eclipse will be visible on a special path across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. This astronomical event is a rare opportunity to witness the awesome beauty and power of our sun and consider the science and math that makes a total solar eclipse possible. The path of totality will

3 Often-Overlooked Essentials of School Transformation

This column was submitted by Richard Long, Ed.D., Executive Director of Learning First Alliance. Amid the excitement of schools shifting from 20th– to 21st-century learning environments, there are several realities that educators —and their communities—need to manage. These realities highlight key, often overlooked aspects of school transformation: communications and expectations about what students should learn

Experience Discovery Education’s New Look and Features

Arriving just in time for back-to-school, a series of powerful new enhancements are set to launch on Discovery Education services. Starting August 18, Discovery Education users will be able to experience new features designed to facilitate collaboration, creativity, and student engagement, while saving teachers time. A Fresh New Look and Feel The most obvious update

Developing Responsible Citizens with Social Studies Techbook

Social studies instructors know why understanding the foundations of civic life is important. But demonstrating that to students isn’t always easy. Our new white paper, “Developing Responsible Citizens with Social Studies Techbook,” examines research-based classroom practices to show how modern social studies instruction that leverages a digital platform can engage students, helping to prepare them

Vote: Techbook, DEN Nominated for THE Journal Readers Choice Awards

Discovery Education Techbook and the Discovery Educator Network have both been nominated for the third-annual THE Journal’s Readers’ Choice Awards. The online awards recognize outstanding contributions in education, and the winners are selected by an online poll. Survey respondents can vote for their favorite “software, hardware and services they consider most vital to the job

Phelps vs. Shark: New Techbook and Streaming Resources Available Now

What scientific factors would help decide a race between the Olympic Games’ most accomplished swimmer and the world’s most efficient predator? Students and teachers can now explore this question and more with the arrival of Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White digital resources in Science Techbook™ and Discovery Education Streaming Plus. Subscribers can access

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