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Discover Financial Services and Discovery Education Unite to Empower High School Students to Take Control of Their Financial Futures

-- Exciting ‘Pathway to Financial Success in Schools’ program provides classrooms nationwide with extensive resources to cultivate more financially literate students of tomorrow --

Silver Spring, Maryland (November 29, 2017) – In an effort to bring financial education into more classrooms and promote fiscal responsibility among high school students, Discover Financial Services, a recognized leader in the financial education space, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced their collaboration to launch Pathway to Financial Success in Schools, a standards-aligned suite of materials to provide students, educators, and their families with tools and expertise to make intelligent financial decisions and achieve their personal goals.

Pathway to Financial Success in Schools aims to increase financial literacy for high school students through interactive instruction and practice exercises. The free, multi-year program offers a comprehensive curriculum of resources to families and classrooms nationwide. Providing unique e-learning experiences, organized into eight financial literacy themes – each crafted for flexible use as single-class learning experiences or thematic lessons – Pathway to Financial Success in Schools teaches financial education to students from 9–12 in a fun and engaging way.

“Collaborating with Discovery Education to bring free financial education to high school classrooms across the country continues our commitment to providing students and their parents with the personal finance skills they need to help them achieve a brighter financial future,” said David Nelms, Chairman and CEO of Discover. “We hope that by completing this important program in high schools, students will gain meaningful experiences and useful knowledge that they will hold onto for the rest of their lives.”

Helping people achieve brighter financial futures is at the core of Discover’s mission. One way Discover has delivered on this mission is through Pathway to Financial Success, a five-year program launched in 2012 that brought financial education curriculum to more than 1,900 highs schools and more than one million students through $13 million in grants provided to the schools. 

Discover is continuing its commitment to financial education through Pathway to Financial Success in Schools, a new and exciting financial education program developed by Discovery Education in consultation with Discover. Discovery Education’s established network of schools, teachers and guidance counselors will enable Discover to continue to deliver free financial education, reaching additional schools and students. The development of a  21st century curriculum that incorporates parental involvement will help teachers across the country give both students and families the tools they need to make good financial decisions.

“Discovery Education salutes Discover Financial Services’ commitment to teaching our country’s youth such vital life skills,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Pathway to Financial Success in Schools encourages students to make informed money decisions, and provides educators and families with resources that can be used both in the classroom and at home. We hope this program helps to break the cycle of financial illiteracy, creating a lasting impact on generations to come.”

Pathway to Financial Success in School content themes, include:

Unit 1: Being Financial Responsible

Being Financial Responsible resources will help to provide a strong foundation for building a financially responsible future.

Unit 2: Using Financial Services

Using Financial Services resources will help to provide students with insights into the growing financial landscape, assisting them with the efficient planning of future financial goals.

Unit 3: Financing Your Future

Financing Your Future resources will help students map out their financial journey and higher education financing options.

Unit 4: Getting Paid

Getting Paid resources will help provide students with the tools they need to navigate the working world – both before and after they have landed a desired career.

Additional program elements, scheduled to launch in 2018, will include classroom and family extension activities for each module and an educator guide to accompany in-class instruction.

“Through Pathway to Financial Success in Schools, Discovery Education and Discover Financial Services are providing students nationwide with engaging tools that make it simple to understand how to make smart financial choices in every aspect of their lives,” said Jacqueline Prester, Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools, Massachusetts. “Fifty two percent of teens say they want to learn more about how to manage their money. It’s exciting for educators to be empowered to teach students financial literacy and healthy money management habits.”

Pathway to Financial Success in Schools resources are available at PathwayinSchools.com and will become available through Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Discover Financial Services

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, 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.

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