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Fifteen Ideas to Start the Year with a STEM Culture

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Getting Started with Building a STEM Culture. As another school year kicks off, it’s important to examine simple ways to integrate STEM into classroom culture.

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6 Ways to Encourage STEM at Home

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Research studies across the board all seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to family involvement: When families are involved with their children’s learning from the beginning and throughout their academic careers, students don’t just succeed — they shine.

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Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – March 2017

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March is National Women’s History Month! . This month we are going to highlight women who have made an impact through STEM. Across history, women continue to make an incredible impact on our culture through their innovations, ideas, skills, and perseverance.

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Five Ways to Teach Women’s Equality Day

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Did you know that women were allowed to vote in Sweden in 1718? though it was rescinded shortly thereafter in 1772). During the short lived “Age of Liberty” in Sweden, landholding-women were provided limited opportunities to vote!

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

10 Reasons Superintendents Are Taking the Digital Leap

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School districts across the nation are in the midst of a challenging digital migration — but they aren’t making the leap alone. Discovery Education asked three experienced superintendents to round up why making the transition from paper textbooks to digital, interactive learning tools makes a difference.

Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – December 2016

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During the holiday season, we see all the amazing sights, sounds, and joy shared by all; however, we sometimes forget all the work that it takes to make this time so special. STEMtistic of the Month. 78% of adults plan on using their smartphones for holiday shopping. 28 % of Millennials plan to do ALL of their holiday shopping online. Why does this matter? Commerce and business is the backbone of our country.

Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – January 2017

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To kick off the year, we wanted to examine a topic and career path often overlooked in STEM. Using STEM skills is incredible important in the everyday life of our brave law enforcement officers.

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STEM Strategies that Work – November 2016

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STEM Culture is something that is developed over time through intentional strategies which highlight STEM careers, STEM skills, and the interconnectivity of the world around us all. Each month we are highlighting some of the strategies we see in classrooms from our DEN and STEM educators building pathways for their colleagues to implement a STEM culture. “Pause – Rubric – Reflect” Inspired by: Jessica Vasquez, Maury County Public Schools, TN.

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Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – June

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Water, Water, (Challenges) Everywhere…. This month we look towards a Glocal (Global & local impact) challenge in society: water. Whether we look at issues with water pollution, access to drinkable water, using water as an energy source, or changing weather patterns; water is impacting us all.

Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – May

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In May, We Celebrate Teachers! This month we celebrate the individuals who challenged us, molded us, and helped inspire us all for who we have become today.

Creating and Maintaining a Positive Classroom Culture (Part 1)

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As we all continue to decompress from our most recent school year, many of us are thinking of ways in which we can improve the culture of our classrooms. Being a Content Specialist (“Department Chair”) for five years, I had the opportunity to observe dozens of teachers and hundreds of lessons.

Red Ribbon Week Resources – Warning, Take Only As Directed

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A week dedicated to educating youth and encouraging participation in drug prevention activities, the Red Ribbon Campaign is October 23-31, 2016.

Creating and Maintaining a Positive Classroom Culture (Part 1)

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As we all continue to enter into the “hum” of the school year, it is imperative to also begin the reflection process about what has worked and what has not in terms of our classroom culture. Starting a new marking period is a great time to review classroom expectations, try new things with and solicit ideas from your students about how to make your class even better.

#CelebrateWithDE – National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month and you can celebrate at any grade level. We’ve collected some engaging resources for you to inspire your students to try their hand at various approaches to poetry, with an eye towards nature, self-expression, and performance. Poetry is a beautifully vulnerable way to express oneself – be sure to model experimentation and risk in writing for your students. As G.K. Chesterton said, “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”

Live Event – Scientist or Guinea Pig: Science in Space

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Scientist or Guinea Pig: Science in Space Live Webcast Event. Wednesday, November 16 | 11:00 – 11:30 AM (ET) and 1:00-1:30 (ET). Content Target Audience: Grades 6-8, though all are welcome. Do you like being poked, prodded, and analyzed? If you said “yes,” then you may have a future as an astronaut. Astronauts don’t just conduct scientific experiments, they are part of an experiment themselves.

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Powerful Practices: Q&A with St. Vrain Schools’ Michael O’Toole on Fostering Future Scientists

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At St. Vrain Valley School District , students apply their passions for science in the real world. Thanks to a series of community outreach efforts, students at the Longmont, CO school district are being immersed in their science education through a career context.

STEM Strategies that Work – January 2017

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STEM Culture is something that is developed over time through intentional strategies which highlight STEM careers, STEM skills, and the interconnectivity of the world around us all. Each month we are highlighting some of the strategies we see in classrooms from our DEN and STEM educators building pathways for their colleagues to implement a STEM culture. “Fishbowl Discussions” Inspired by: Lauren Goodin, Santa Rosa County District Schools, FL.

Discovery Education STEMinar – October 2016

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STEM is truly everywhere when we look at the world around us! This month, we will explore how STEM and sports are interconnected in ways that students typically don’t think about. STEMtistic of the Month : On average, only 2% of the employees for an NFL team consists of players and coaches.

#CelebrateWithDE – Helen Keller’s Birthday

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Born on June 27, 1880, Helen Keller is known for her determination and accomplishments. An early illness left her deaf and blind, but she went on to great things, including being the first deaf and blind person to earn a B.A. To celebrate her upcoming birthday, encourage your students to learn about her life and achievements. She is a fantastic role model for meeting life’s challenges with creativity and strength. Featured Resources. Content Collection: Helen Keller.

STEM Strategies that Work – April 2017

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STEM Culture is something that is developed over time through intentional strategies which highlight STEM careers, STEM skills, and the interconnectivity of the world around us all. Each month we are highlighting some of the strategies we see in classrooms from our DEN and STEM educators building pathways for their colleagues to implement a STEM culture. “ Engineering with STEM Bins “ Inspired by: Elizabeth Olerich & Smokey Graff – Hickman Mills C-1 School District, MO.

Five Ways to Teach Women’s Equality Day

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Did you know that women were allowed to vote in Sweden in 1718? though it was rescinded shortly thereafter in 1772). During the short lived “Age of Liberty” in Sweden, landholding-women were provided limited opportunities to vote!

#CelebrateWithDE – International Day for Monuments and Sites

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Encourage your students to think about the cultural significance of monuments and commemorative sites on the International Day for Monuments and Sites, coming up next week. Around the world, people use specially designed statues, buildings, and works of art, or designated natural spaces, to memorialize, commemorate, and honor people and events in history. Thinking about the importance of honoring history and culture is a great exercise for students of all ages. These examples are just starters.

Building School 2.0: Be One School featuring Rachael Postle Brown

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From guest blogger Rachael Postle Brown. Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase share a powerful story in chapter 5 of their book Building School 2.0. The story is one that describes the feelings of a failed teacher and the reaction of the teacher’s administrator.

Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need

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By a show of hands (aka: tweets, likes, shares, comments, etc), how many of you would like the to transform teaching and learning? Do you believe that if you had the opportunity to reach down and make revisions, you could dramatically change student engagement and achievement?

#CelebrateWithDE – World Soil Day

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World Soil Day, celebrated annually on December 5, is a global day to raise awareness of the importance of soil as a critical component of our ecosystem. Soil is a mixture of tiny rock particles, minerals, and decayed plant and animal material. It is the part of the ground in which plants grow, and without soil, there would be no plants on the land. Without plants, there would be no animals or people!

#CelebrateWithDE – Read Across America Day

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Discovery Education joins teachers, students, parents, and communities in celebrating reading and instilling a love for literature at all ages. Below are some of our on-demand events, literature series and resources in the Discovery Education library along with instructional ideas for use in your classroom as you celebrate Read Across America Day. On-Demand Virtual Experiences. Read Across America Event – Live Read Aloud. Discovery Education Streaming.

#CelebratewithDE – Valentine’s Day

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Looking for something sweet to do with your classes on Valentine’s Day? Start with our Content Collection featuring curated resources from our curriculum team to engage students, and then try some of our special activities to help them celebrate. Discovery Education Valentine’s Day Content Collection. Discovery Education Streaming. Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection. Ready Set Learn with Paz: A World of Friends: Valentine’s Day for Paz. Discovery Education Streaming.

#CelebrateWithDE – Thanksgiving

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Most Americans are familiar with the traditions of Thanksgiving. In fact, beyond the earliest grades, many students can recite the story of the Pilgrims and could create a shopping list for a Thanksgiving dinner. So, use our Thanksgiving Content Collection to help your students build a solid understanding of the holiday, and then use the resources below to take a fresh look at some of our Thanksgiving lore. Featured Resource: Thanksgiving Content Collection.

#CelebrateWithDE – Labor Day

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Celebrate the achievements of workers throughout history with resources and ideas for exploring Labor Day. Established as a national holiday in 1894, Labor Day recognizes workers and the labor movement. Today, the holiday is marked with parades, news stories, and personal celebrations on the first Monday in September. Featured Resource. Content Collection: Labor Day. Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources.

5 Stories of Superintendent Leadership from AASA and Discovery Education

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Despite wielding tremendous influence in their respective school districts, the lives of superintendents can become isolated if they don’t have peers to reach out to. That can be tolling, even when they’re not in the midst of making weighty decisions.

This Charlotte District is Taking a Content First Approach to Digital

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With more than 140,000 students, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina is one of the largest public school districts in the region and has long been recognized as a leader in instructional innovation.

#CelebrateWithDE – April Fools’ Day

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In celebration of April Fools’ Day, we look at pranks, lies, deceptions, and half-truths throughout history. The Trojan Horse. Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook. Grades 9-12, Video Segment. The Trojan Horse is story of the Greeks building a huge wooden horse, hiding men inside, and then tricking the Trojans into wheeling the horse inside their walled city.

Building School 2.0: Being Reflective In Our Practice -featuring principal Paul McGuire

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From Guest blogger Paul McGuire. This time of year, our focus begins to shift to planning for the next school year. Sure there are lots of tasks that need to be accomplished before the end of this year, but we do need to spend time putting plans in place for the what is coming next.

STEM Strategies that Work – February 2017

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STEM Culture is something that is developed over time through intentional strategies which highlight STEM careers, STEM skills, and the interconnectivity of the world around us all. Each month we are highlighting some of the strategies we see in classrooms from our DEN and STEM educators building pathways for their colleagues to implement a STEM culture. “But Why Should I Care?” ” Inspired by: Erin Leone, Mehlville School District, MO.

#CelebratewithDE – Election Day Resources

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There is plenty to talk about in this election cycle, but it may seem challenging to discuss some of the particulars in your classroom. Whether you teach the early grades or high school seniors, you may wish to focus on the election process rather than the specific slings and arrows of this election. Discovery Education has a robust selection of resources to help your students learn about the election process so they can be educated and informed voters or future voters.

Influential Educator Keynotes Southeast Powerful Practices Event

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Classroom, curriculum, and central office leaders from across the Southeast and beyond met in Atlanta, Ga., for a jam-packed day of workshops with nationally renowned educators. More than 100 education leaders met on Oct. 14 for Discovery Education’s fourth Powerful Practices event, an instructional leadership experience for educators. The session kicked off Friday morning with a keynote address from Erin Gruwell, the influential educator behind the book and film, Freedom Writers.

Learn the 5 Principles to Making a Digital Transition

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By Marty Creel, Chief Academic Officer and Vice President, Curriculum & Instruction, Discovery Education. All across the country, school districts are adapting to digital curriculum to give their students the competitive edge they will need once they leave the classroom. Making this transition to digital learning can be fraught with fresh challenges, but there are a few best practices that will help newcomers navigate their way to success.

Are My Biases Impacting the Classroom?

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From guest author Shana White. DEN Community Member, Lower School Physical Education Teacher, and Coach at Wesleyan School, Peachtree Corners, GA. We all come into classrooms with preconceived notions, or biases, about groups of people or, in some cases, particular students.