North Carolina’s Hoke County Schools (HCS) has launched a new partnership with Discovery Education creating modern and innovative learning environments supporting science instruction. Through this new collaboration, educators districtwide are now integrating Discovery Education’s award-winning suite of digital resources into science instruction for all students’ grades K-12. These exciting new resources are connecting students 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 south central North Carolina, Hoke County Schools is a trusted community partner ensuring an inclusive and supportive environment that provides authentic learning opportunities preparing future-ready students. To support the district’s new 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, which specifically focuses on improving the school system’s capacity to create modern and innovative learning environments, HCS sought to enhance their science curriculum across all grades. Following a careful review process, HCS selected two resources from Discovery Education for districtwide 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.
“Hoke County Schools is a student-focused learning community that fosters high expectations for all stakeholders, promotes lifelong learning, provides individualized support, and prepares students for success,” said Dawn Ramseur, Hoke County Schools’ Executive Director of Digital Teaching and Learning. “This new partnership, and the digital classrooms we are creating across the district, play a critical role in the continuing ability to meet this mission. We look forward to continuing to build on this powerful relationship.”
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 incredibly excited to support the great work of the Hoke County Schools,” said Katie Houston, Associate Partnership Manager at Discovery Education. “The talented team at Hoke County Schools has charted a bold course for building dynamic digital learning environments that will prepare students for the world beyond the classroom, and we look forward to continuing supporting this innovative effort.”
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.
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