Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – March 2017
MARCH 7, 2017
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.
Discovery Education STEMinar – November 2016
NOVEMBER 9, 2016
STEM is not just about exploring the world around us, but a reason to take action and bring change to the world in a positive way. This month we examine ways you can make an impact on the world and your community through STEM!
Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – February 2017
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
February 11th is National Inventors Day! Thomas Edison was born 170 years ago on February 11th, and he made a enormous impact on life as we know it! Edison is credited with inventing over 1,100 items, however he was only scratching the surface of innovation.
Discovery Education’s Top 9 Ideas of 2016
DECEMBER 20, 2016
With 2016 quickly coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on what the year brought us. We’ve reviewed some of our best articles, white papers and case studies posted to the Discovery Education Blog this year to bring you a sampling of some of the most powerful education leadership ideas we read. Each post below includes a link to a more dense article or downloadable document so you can fully explore the topic.
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.
Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – January 2017
JANUARY 10, 2017
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.
Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – May
MAY 9, 2017
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.
STEM Strategies that Work – November 2016
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
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.
#CelebrateWithDE – National Poetry Month
APRIL 24, 2017
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.”
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.
Creating and Maintaining a Positive Classroom Culture (Part 1)
JULY 29, 2016
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.
Powerful Practices: Q&A with St. Vrain Schools’ Michael O’Toole on Fostering Future Scientists
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
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.
Red Ribbon Week Resources – Warning, Take Only As Directed
OCTOBER 20, 2016
A week dedicated to educating youth and encouraging participation in drug prevention activities, the Red Ribbon Campaign is October 23-31, 2016.
Live Event – Scientist or Guinea Pig: Science in Space
NOVEMBER 15, 2016
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.
STEM Strategies that Work – April 2017
APRIL 13, 2017
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.
STEM Strategies that Work – January 2017
JANUARY 13, 2017
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.
#CelebrateWithDE – International Day for Monuments and Sites
APRIL 17, 2017
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.
Discovery Education STEMinar – October 2016
OCTOBER 4, 2016
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.
5 Stories of Superintendent Leadership from AASA and Discovery Education
MAY 9, 2017
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.
#CelebrateWithDE – Read Across America Day
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
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
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
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 – World Soil Day
DECEMBER 2, 2016
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!
Building School 2.0: Be One School featuring Rachael Postle Brown
JUNE 20, 2016
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
JUNE 7, 2016
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 – Thanksgiving
NOVEMBER 15, 2016
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 – April Fools’ Day
MARCH 28, 2017
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.
STEM Strategies that Work – February 2017
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
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.
This Charlotte District is Taking a Content First Approach to Digital
AUGUST 1, 2016
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.
Building School 2.0: Being Reflective In Our Practice -featuring principal Paul McGuire
JUNE 8, 2016
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.
Creating and Maintaining a Positive Classroom Culture (Part 1)
DECEMBER 5, 2016
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 – Election Day Resources
OCTOBER 24, 2016
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
OCTOBER 24, 2016
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
SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
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.
STEM Strategies that Work & STEMinar LIVE – May 2017
MAY 15, 2017
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. “ Genius Hour “ Inspired by: Elizabeth Olerich & Smokey Graff – Hickman Mills C-1 School District, MO.
Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – April
APRIL 7, 2017
We are celebrating the 3 rd rock from the Sun: the Earth! This month we are highlighting something very dear to us all and worth protecting for our future, the Earth.
What’s for Lunch? Jonathan’s Apple Pie
MARCH 14, 2017
Please note, your access to the resources highlighted in this blog post will depend on the specific services you are licensed to receive. Pi Day is all about celebrating mathematics and how we use math in our everyday lives. Pi is everywhere around us where we see circles, cylinders, and spheres.
#CelebratewithDE – Weather Month
MARCH 23, 2017
From deciding whether or not to bring an umbrella to school to thinking about meteorology as a career path, the weather matters to everyone! We’re certain your science scope and sequence includes the basics about weather appropriate to your grade level. So, we invite you to celebrate Weather Month by reviewing the instruments that help us measure it and then having a little fun with it by using some of our lesser-known resources. Measuring Weather.
#CelebratewithDE – First Day of Spring
MARCH 16, 2017
Bring spring to life with your students this year. Spring begins on March 20, 2017 and we’re celebrating the season with the arts – drawing and singing. Within each grade band, we’ve selected a focus, resources, and activities to get your students excited and knowledgeable about spring! Grades K-2. For this grade band, lead a discussion about what signs show students that spring is here (e.g., flowers blooming, birds chirping, grass turning green, etc.)
STEM Strategies that Work – March 2017
MARCH 15, 2017
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. “ Ideation and Prototyping “ Inspired by: Haydee Taylor-Arnold, Ladue Schools, MO.