As school systems nationwide begin to look towards Winter Break, Discovery Education and select social impact partners present curated professional learning resources at no cost to support educators’ continued professional learning. Spanning critical topics such as social-emotional learning (SEL), computational thinking, and STEM, this new professional learning content inspires educators to reimagine teaching and more deeply engage students. Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.
Designed to support educators’ work to create immersive learning experiences every day, the curated content strengthens teacher effectiveness, empowers school leaders, and increases student engagement. Among the SEL and STEM professional learning resources from Discovery Education and educational initiatives created in collaboration with leading social impact partners are:
Social-Emotional Professional Learning Resources
Create a SEL-focused teaching strategy with on-demand e-learning modules designed to strengthen understanding of trauma-informed educational practices and policies that foster a student-centered learning environment from Ready, Set, RISE! – a unique educational initiative from Kaiser Permanente, Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Healthier Generation), and Discovery Education.
Educators can strengthen their social-emotional learning and teaching skills with professional learning videos and companion guides focused on empowering students with emotional and social intelligence. Available from Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School & Life, a program from Discovery Education, The Allstate Foundation, and Wings for Kids.
Deepen educator capacity around SEL and its application to a variety of learning environments with professional learning resources such as from the Social-Emotional Learning Coalition, a network of partners committed to bringing critical, culturally relevant social-emotional learning resources into core instruction to support educators and students nationwide.
STEM Professional Learning Resources
Computational thinking is a critical skill set for solving problems. Ignite My Future in School, an educational partnership with Tata Consultancy Services offers virtual Professional Learning in-depth TECHademy sessions by geographic regions.
Find out how to kick-start STEM lessons with 5-minute refreshers designed to help educators prepare for hands-on activities. Created by Siemens STEM Day, a partnership from Discovery Education and the Siemens Foundation, these grab & go professional learning resources help foster meaningful and real-world connections for K-5 teaching and learning.
Take your instructional skills to the next level with professional learning modules that provide strategies, tools, and resources designed to help educators support students towards life-long success. Discover more ways to empower educators with opportunities that help students realize their full potential from TGR EDU: Explore, a program created in partnership with TGR Foundation.
“Supporting educators in their development is a critical piece of a student’s success story. With professional learning in key areas like social-emotional learning and STEM, I know teachers just like me can remain resilient in the face of uncertainties, empowered with the knowledge that advances careers and strengthens the teaching practice,” said LeAnn Simmerman, Teacher of the Gifted and STEM Coach at Maury County Public Schools
Educators can find even more professional learning resources and digital content in the Discovery Education K-12 learning 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.
“Discovery Education is proud to support teaching and learning across the country with diverse, high-quality, and standards-aligned resources,” said Dr. Karen Beerer, Senior Vice President of Teaching and Learning at Discovery Education. “It takes all of us working together to ensure equity of access in education so students can reach their full potential.”
For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.
The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.