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Setting Students up for Success During the Summer with Digital Learning Resources for Parents & Families 

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Ignite at-home learning and foster quality family interactions this summer with family resources from Discovery Education and our corporate and community partners! 

  1. HEALTH & WELLNESS
    Healthy habits are essential for students to maintain balance, even during the summer. Fortunately, families can learn to make healthier decisions together with a variety of interactive eTools that can be applied to improving students daily lives. These simple on-the-go resources include practical tips, activities, information, and more! 
  1. SCIENCE, STEM & EXPLORATION
    Discovery Education’s  STEM resources make cutting-edge scientific exploration and innovation easily accessible through fun, ready-to-use interactive content. Families can assist students as they dive into unique project-based challenges and other activities that inspire passion and productivity in crucial 21st century learning areas. 
  1. SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING
    As families face the challenges of the new normal, social and emotional wellness have become even more crucial. Students and families can develop new skills to persevere through these obstacles compassionately with easy-to-use virtual resources that unlock the power of Social and Emotional Learning. Parents can help students actively engage in the fundamental SEL skills they’ll need to mature as students and people 
  1. FINANCIAL LITERACY & ECONOMICS
    During these difficult economic times, parents can lean on Discovery Education’s versatile financial literacy eLearning resources to help put students on the path to a brighter future. Using a variety of self-paced digital lessons, activities, and more, students are able to develop important financial habits which they can turn into tangible success down the road.  

 

 

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Encourage STEM Exploration in Any Environment with NEW After School Resources

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The mission of the STEM Careers Coalition is to inspire STEM exploration and encourage consideration of STEM pathways for all students, in any environment. As we’ve witnessed over the last year, learning doesn’t only take place in the classroom. Out-of-classroom time provides the opportunity for students to expand their understanding of STEM principles while exploring career opportunities.

New resources developed specifically for after school spaces offer step-by-step sessions designed to give young people unique STEM challenges, questions to consider, and ways to explore their career path in STEM outside of the classroom. These sessions will prompt young people to begin considering their own workforce readiness, and then use various tools and strategies to investigate their own passions as they work toward uncovering STEM careers that are best for them.

Each sequential activity can be completed in 45-60 minutes and includes detailed instructions for implementation, as well as opportunities to extend the learning and connections to real-world careers. The activities encourage students to consider the power skills necessary to prepare for success in the workforce and beyond. Read below for an overview of the eight sessions included in the series!

  • In Building Community, students work together on a STEM challenge focused on artificial intelligence to deepen their understanding of the value of collaboration and consider the role it plays in achieving their goals.
  • Attitude and Growth Mindset utilizes the testimonial of a STEM professional describing why they love their career to initiate an investigation their own passions as they work toward uncovering STEM careers that are best for them.
  • The third session, Respect, teaches students about the practice of networking, including preparation of a toolkit that will help them to begin networking for future educational and career opportunities.
  • Confidence Building has students review job postings as they consider the range of skills that employers and college admissions officers look for during the application process, and then reflect on their own skills and experiences to create a working draft of a personal academic resume.
  • In Confronting Failure, students reflect on their own failures and investigate the importance of a growth mindset when it comes to finding failure’s connection to success, and ultimately plan to share their learnings with peers through a social campaign.
  • The Critical Thinking session helps students hone their engineering design skills with a STEM challenge focused around manufacturing.
  • Session seven, Celebrating Difference, Sharing Similarities, provides students with an overview of the scholarship application process and empowers them to consider the qualities that make them unique before they use scholarship search engines to find scholarships they are eligible to apply for.
  • In Setting Goals, students have the opportunity to put all they’ve learned into action by using career pathways to find career possibilities that match their interests and experiences.

Through this series, students are able to develop tangible skills and identify supports that will serve them as they embark on their future!

Explore the after school series and other STEM resources at STEMCareersCoalition.org or in the STEM Careers Center within the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform.

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Leadership for Deeper Learning: Excerpt 06

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Leadership for Deeper Learning[To celebrate our upcoming book, Leadership for Deeper Learning, I am publishing an excerpt each day for a week before its release. We interviewed leaders at 30 different ‘deeper learning’ schools around the world in 2019 and 2020. We then followed up those interviews with site visits, observations, on-site photographs and videos, and additional conversations. Our goal was to try and parse out What do leaders at innovative schools do that is different from their counterparts in more traditional schools? As you might imagine, we saw some fantastic leading, teaching, and learning. We describe what we saw in detail in the new book and, in Chapter 7, articulate a Profile of a Deeper Learning Leader that’s based on empirical research, not just anecdotes. We think that this book makes a unique contribution to what we know about leadership in deeper learning schools. The book is written for a practitioner audience and is full of concrete, specific examples to get folks thinking about possibilities. Also, every main chapter concludes with Key Leadership Behaviors and Support Structures. If you order it, let me know what you think!]

Excerpt 06

As we have learned in previous chapters, principal Michelle Schmitz brought a new vision of elementary education to the plains of Western Missouri. The entire vision for EPiC Elementary was created by tapping into the wisdom of others. The school was founded by leaders asking the community, “If you could have the chance to do education differently, what would it be?” Michelle reflected on the inception of the EPiC Elementary model:

We invited all of our stakeholders in the community, including council people, business people, students, and staff . . . every faction of a stakeholder that you could think of. We walked in there and we asked the question and it changed our lives. They started saying stuff like, “We want our kids to collaborate. We want our kids out in the community. We want our kids to do education differently.” From that point on in our community, we knew that we had the backing to really just blow up education and what it looked like.

Michelle went on to say:

We started to think about what school could look like. We focused on three timeless pillars. [Our first pillar was] empowering creativity, because creativity can take you for a lifetime. That’s a skill that you’re going to need well beyond high school and college. We also talked about equipping learners, meeting students where they are. So every single child in our school, no matter what their level, they’ll move forward. We also talked about engaging communities. What that means is going out in the communities, talking with experts, being different, having our doors open so the community can come in.

Looking at that, that’s our innovative start. Kids here get to create. We continue to learn – and continue to try to be like our environment around us – so that when kids come to school, they do not downshift. They actually upshift. We really embrace our environment, and want it to be the same inside the school as outside.

Leadership for Deeper Learning, Chapter 6

 

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Support a Healthy Work Environment with Digital Workplace Training to Combat Opioid Epidemic

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As teachers, administrators, operations and other support staff begin the return to school this fall, it’s important that everyone’s health is being considered. The Operation Prevention program, created in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Discovery Education, now offers a four-part digital module series to educate professionals in the workplace about the opioid epidemic and provide resources for prevention.

Across the United States, 75 percent of employers report negative impacts in the workplace due to opioid misuse. Yet, only 17 percent feel prepared to address the growing issue. To help solve the problem, the Drug Enforcement Administration partnered with Discovery Education to create Operation Prevention–an award-winning, nationwide program educating students, families, and professionals about the science behind addiction while promoting lifesaving discussions in the home, classroom, and workplace.

The new interactive four-part workplace module series builds on the success of Operation Prevention in homes and schools by providing workplaces across the United States with no-cost, self-paced resources focused on treatment seeking activities, resource location, effective communication, and more.

“Opioid misuse threatens the whole country, from the living room to the classroom to the workplace,” said Sean Fearns, Chief of Community Outreach and Prevention Support at DEA. “Opioid misuse prevention and education at all levels and stages of life is essential to a healthy society. The Drug Enforcement Administration is proud to launch the new workplace educational modules in partnership with Discovery Education to expand our prevention efforts to reach professional environments nationwide.”

“At Discovery Education, we share the DEA’s passion for abating the opioid epidemic. By providing comprehensive, no-cost resources to employees and employers alike, Operation Prevention empowers all to understand the science behind addiction and how to seek out the resources for prevention,” said Lori McFarling, President of Social Impact at Discovery Education.

Operation Prevention program resources for grades K-12 include new culture-based resources that use the wisdom of Native practices of wellness combined with the insights of modern science to help Native and non-Native students avoid the dangers of substance misuse.

Learn more at operationprevention.com or in the Operation Prevention channel in the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform.

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Staying Centered with Flexible SEL Resources 

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Explore a variety of  K-12 resources and curated content collections in the Social-Emotional Learning Center, designed to keep social-emotional connection at the heart of every learning experience. 

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is such an important area of focus in education because of its unique power to enhance all other subject areas indirectly. By better understanding and managing emotions, both educators and students are more engaged in the process of learning. 

Being centered in our emotions is necessary for us to truly listen to others and effectively express ourselves. By integrating social-emotional competencies into core curriculum, educators are helping students become better learners and better people. 

Discovery Education’s no-cost, transdisciplinary SEL resources help anchor classrooms in empathy while enabling students to set and achieve positive goals, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. 

Flexible Instructional Resources & Professional Learning 

  • Bring everyday SEL skills to life for K-5 students with fun, hands-on Soar with Wings resources for in school or at home. Educators can access a series of professional learning videos offering tools and strategies for incorporating SEL into lessons. 
  • Empower elementary students to be confident inside and out with Amazing Me classroom and family resources focused on building self-esteem, promoting positive body image, and countering bullying. These evidence-based resources help connect on SEL and health to body confidence. 
  • Help boost teacher performance and student outcomes by cultivating trauma-informed education in schools. Ready, Set, RISE! e-Learning modules help educators plan, implement, and sustain collective care and wellbeing at school utilizing trauma-informed teaching methods. 
  • Give students the power to control their own emotional state using the Six Sustainable Happiness Skills. Visit Discover Your Happy to explore science-based resources that encourage educators, students, and families to harness the benefits of sustainable happiness. 
  • Students today can discover powerful lessons about social-emotional resilience through a knowledge of history. Discover the testimonies of witnesses and survivors of genocide available at Teaching with Testimony, along with standards-aligned instructional tools that help put empathy into action. 

The recently launched SEL Center offers a curated collection of hundreds of resources designed to help educators integrate SEL into core instruction, and to help all students develop social and emotional competencies. A partnership between Discovery Education and likeminded leaders across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors, the SEL Center is available to DE users as well through a no-cost public-access site. 

Looking for a fun way to spotlight SEL this summer? Celebrate International Friendship Day on July 30 with the help of no-cost SEL resources from Discovery Education! 

 

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