Colorado’s Harrison School District Two Selects Discovery Education to Help Advance Strategic Plan
Silver Spring, MD (September 25, 2017) – Colorado’s Harrison School District Two (HSD2) announced today the selection of Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, as their new partner in advancing the district’s Strategic Plan: 2016-2021. As part of this new collaboration, HSD2’s curriculum committee has selected Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook ™ and Science Techbook ™ for use in the district’s middle schools. Educators will begin incorporating these resources into classroom instruction beginning this fall.
In the past year, HSD2 has enhanced the district’s WiFi network and expanded its 1:1 digital learning initiative. To bring the dynamic digital learning environments created by the HSD2’s 1:1 initiative alive and to achieve Strategic Plan: 2016-2021’s vision to provide equitable education for every student through personalized learning, the school system is integrating compelling digital resources into classroom instruction districtwide. This effort kicks-off this fall when HSD2 middle school social studies and science teachers begin integrating Discovery Education’s award-winning digital textbooks to their modern digital classrooms.
Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost. The series encourages all learners through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. The Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips. Techbooks are platform neutral and can be used in one-to-one or one-to-many configurations and in any instructional environment.
The Social Studies Techbook series uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, multimedia reference library, interactive maps, and more.
Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, Discovery Education’s Science Techbook helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities. In addition, a host of new STEM/STEAM resources have recently been added to the Science Techbook that encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems.
“Harrison School District Two is committed to providing each student an educational experience that prepares them to be college-ready, career-minded, and contributing to the common good of the community,” said Harrison School District Two Superintendent Dr. Andre Spencer. “We believe our transition to digital classrooms will transform students’ perception of the world around them, and we are proud to partner with Discovery Education on this initiative.”
The Discovery Education Community will also support the HSD2’s educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. 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.
“The team at Discovery Education is excited to work side-by-side with Dr. Andre Spencer and the entire HSD2 team on this important initiative,” said Discovery Education Manager of Educational Partnerships Scott Burns. “We look forward to supporting the district’s efforts to build modern digital learning environments that will help prepare students for success beyond the classroom.”
For more information about Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook, Science Techbook, or other resources, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
About Harrison School District Two
Harrison School District Two (HSD2) is the fourth largest school district in the Pikes Peak Region serving just over 11,000 scholars in 22 schools. HSD2 is well known for innovative and out of the box thinking with regard to education. The District recently launched its strategic plan named, Mission Possible II (2016-2021) to provide equitable education for every scholar through personalized learning. The District has received numerous state and national awards for increasing achievement for all scholars.