Portsmouth Public Schools Becomes Latest School System in Virginia to Select Discovery Education to Support Student Academic Achievement

SILVER SPRING, MD (Wednesday, September 8, 2021)Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS) today announced a new partnership with Discovery Education support the district’s five-year strategic plan, Expedition to 2025: Objective. Promise. Hit. Through this new collaboration, educators and students across the district will have access to a suite of award-winning digital learning resources from Discovery Education. With these resources, district educators are empowered to promote excellence in education by engaging all students in meaningful learning experiences at home, in the classroom, or wherever instruction takes place. Discovery Education is the world’s leading educational technology company whose industry-leading digital platform supports learning wherever it happens.

PPS is a thriving urban school division serving over 13,300 students. The district consists of three high schools, three middle schools, and 13 elementary schools, as well as preschools, alternative schools, and adult education. The District Strategic Plan—Expedition to 2025: Objective. Promise. Hit.— is a multi-pronged approach that sets out five goals for the PPS with specific goals and action steps to ensure the school system achieves these goals. To achieve the plan’s first goal of providing educational opportunities for all students that ensure high academic growth, the district sought out a suite of dynamic digital resources capable of supporting in-person or distance learning. After a review of potential solutions, PPS selected the Virginia Discovery Education Science Experience for use in all K-12 grades. Virginia Discovery Education Science Experience includes:

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By connecting educators to an extensive collection of high-quality, standards-compliant content, ready-to-use digital lessons, intuitive quiz creation tools, and professional learning activities and resources, Discovery Education provides to educators a newly improved learning platform that facilitates engaging everyday teaching in any learning environment.

The Discovery Education team continues to add, contextualize and curate exciting new content and timely and relevant resources to the platform each month in response to current events and the ever-changing needs of educators. These resources, from trusted partners, are aligned with state and national standards and help educators bring the outside world into everyday teaching and learning.

The K-12 learning platform is designed to work within existing school systems infrastructure and workflows and provides safe, secure, and simple methods of access for teachers and students. With extensive and long-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.

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The Discovery Education Science Techbook series, currently in use in classrooms across the United States and Canada, is a comprehensive, research-based science solution for K-12 students. 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 teaching materials enhance the delivery of impactful blended learning, in-person or remotely. Digital Teacher Editions also offer flexible pacing options, built-in teacher notes, and Pathways for Learning to appeal to diverse learners.

The Virginia Edition of the Discovery Education Science Textbook has been approved for statewide use by the Virginia State Board of Education in September 2020 and has been recently selected for use by Chesapeake Virginia Public Schools in May this year.

“A high-quality science education helps students develop the important skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity that we know drive academic success,” said Laura Nelson, Science Supervisor. K-12 from Portsmouth Public Schools. “Adding Discovery Education’s digital resources to our already powerful science curriculum helps our educators meet the needs of our current strategic plan, as it simultaneously helps students learn the skills needed in both K-12 and future success.”

K-5 PPS teachers and students will also have access to Discovery Education Coding. With Discovery Education Coding, elementary and middle school students are inspired to learn important coding concepts while developing computational thinking skills through decomposition, logical reasoning, and problem solving. Based in part on the award-winning Discovery Education Coding service used by teachers in the UK, the US version of Coding offers a wide range of coding resources that help students take coding from concept to reality.

To help the school system recognize the full return on its investment in education technology, Discovery Education will provide dedicated PPS educatorsprofessional learning. Through these interactive professional development sessions, participants will learn best practices for integrating their new digital resources into teaching. Effective professional development will maximize the power of these resources, increase student engagement in learning, and support students’ ongoing academic development.

The district’s partnership with Discovery Education also allows all teachers in the district to access 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, sharing of ideas and inspiration.

“Portsmouth Public Schools has a comprehensive plan to meet the changing needs of its diverse student population and Discovery Education is delighted to support this effort,” said Kelly Hoce, Senior Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We look forward to starting the year with the talented team at Portsmouth Public Schools integrating these new resources into teaching.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visitwww.discoveryeducation.com and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media viaTwitter andLinkedIn.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the world’s leading educational technology company whose industry-leading digital platform supports learning wherever it happens. Through its award-winning multimedia content, innovative teaching materials and classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators provide equitable learning experiences that engage all students and promote greater academic achievement globally. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessible in more than 140 countries and territories. Inspired by global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with trusted districts, states and organizations to provide teachers with cutting-edge edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Discover the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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