New York’s Yonkers Public Schools Joins Forces with Discovery Education to Create Culture of Student Inquiry Districtwide
- Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Streaming Plus Digital Resources Will Help Create Immersive Learning Experiences in All 39 District Schools-
Silver Spring, Md. (August 8, 2018) – New York’s Yonkers Public Schools(YPS) today announced it has engaged Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to support its efforts to build a culture of student inquiry in classrooms districtwide. Through this new partnership, teachers in all 39 YPS schools will receive access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus. An award-winning digital service, Discovery Education Streaming Plus empowers teachers and students with thousands of high-quality learning resources and a suite of innovative content creation tools they can use to create immersive learning experiences that ignites the spirit of curiosity in each learner.
The fourth largest school district in New York State, YPS serves 27,000 students from 100 cultures and nationalities. To meet both the individual needs of their diverse student population and the school system’s goal of creating a culture of student inquiry districtwide that fosters high levels of student achievement and nurtures the growth of 21stCentury skills in all students, YPS has partnered with Discovery Education. District leaders believe the integration of Discovery Education Streaming Plusinto the school system’s existing curriculum will help encourage greater student ownership of the learning process, support more personalized instruction, and heighten student engagement.
Discovery Education Streaming Plus is an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. The streaming service helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information. Students can access a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, articles, videos, interactives, and more, and are empowered to become content creators with a suite of content creation tools that help teachers and students safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, interactive learning courses, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of new STEM/STEAM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.
“The Yonkers Public Schools are committed to creating a culture of student inquiry that will prepare all learners to seize the opportunities of today and tomorrow,” said Alex Servello, Yonkers Public Schools Executive Director of Digital Learning and Innovations. “We believe that by partnering with Discovery Education to bring innovative digital resources into our classrooms, we will help our students reach their highest potential and inspire in them a life-long love of learning.”
Educators across YPS will be supported in their efforts to build a culture of student inquiry by the Discovery Education Communityor DEN. A global community of education professionals, the DEN 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.
“We are excited to support the great team at the Yonkers Public Schools in their effort to create a strong culture of student inquiry districtwide,” said Discovery Education Partnership Manager Gabrielle Frey. “Together we will ensure that all educators have access to the innovative digital content they need to create learning environments that nurture the academic growth of the district’s students as they prepare for a successful future.”
For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus and additional digital 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
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., 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. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.