Arkansas’ Corning School District Enters New Age of Digital Science Instruction Through Partnership with Discovery Education

Arkansas’ Corning School District (CSD) is entering a new age of digital teaching and learning through a partnership with Discovery Education. Through this new collaboration, educators districtwide have begun integrating Discovery Education’s award-winning suite of digital resources into science instruction for all students in grades 3-8 as well as grade 10. With these exciting new resources, CSD’s students are connecting to their inner curiosity in new ways through engaging digital learning experiences investigating the mysteries of the universe. Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.

Located in northeastern Arkansas, the Corning School District provides comprehensive education for approximately 900 prekindergarten through grade 12 students and is accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education and AdvancED. With a graduation rate in the top 1% of Arkansas school districts, CSD prides itself on preparing students for success beyond graduation.

To support CSD’s continuing efforts to prepare students for college and career success, the school system sought to enhance their science curriculum. Following a careful review process, CSD selected two resources from Discovery Education for use. Those resources are:

The Discovery Education platform

Connecting educators to a vast collection of high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, intuitive quiz and activity creation tools, and professional learning resources, Discovery Education provides educators a recently enhanced learning platform that facilitates engaging, daily instruction in any learning environment.

Discovery Education’s team continues adding, contextualizing, and organizing exciting new content and timely and relevant resources to the platform each month in response to current events and the ever-evolving needs of educators. These resources, sourced from trusted partners, are aligned to state and national standards, and help educators bring the outside world into teaching and learning every day.

The K-12 learning platform is designed to work within the school systems’ existing infrastructure and workflows and provides safe, secure, simple access methods for educators and students. Through expanded, lasting partnerships with Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Brightspace, and Clever, integrating Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform into existing IT architecture is easier than ever.

Discovery Education Science Techbooks.

The Discovery Education Science Techbook series—which is currently used in classrooms across the United States and Canada—is a comprehensive, research-backed science solution for grades K-12. Delivered through Discovery Education’s K-12 platform, the Science Techbook series drives engagement with exclusive phenomena and interactive content. Virtual and hands-on investigations, STEM activities and a variety of instructional supports enhance the delivery of impactful, blended instruction, in person or at a distance. Digital teacher editions also provide flexible pacing options, embedded teacher notes, and Pathways for Learning to address diverse learners.

“The Corning School District is dedicated to preparing all our students for success in any field they choose,” said Shelley Smith, CSD’s Federal Programs and Curriculum Coordinator. “The new digital resources from Discovery Education will not only help students excel in the sciences, they will help them develop the soft skills—communication, collaboration, creative, and critical thinking skills—integral to success in the Information Age.”

The district’s partnership with Discovery Education also provides all district teachers access to the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

“Discovery Education is excited to partner with the Corning School District on their efforts to evolve science instruction districtwide,” said Tomi Rael, National Partnerships Coordinator at Discovery Education. “Superintendent Jennifer Woolard and her talented team have charted an exciting new direction for science instruction in Arkansas, and we look forward to supporting the Corning School District on this effort every step of the way.”

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