Texas’ Spring Branch Independent School District Approves Strategic Partnership with Discovery Education Supporting New, Five-Year Strategic Teaching and Learning Plan
- Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Content and Professional Development to Support District’s Efforts to Design Learning Environments and Experiences Meeting the Needs of All Students-
Silver Spring, Md. (August 9, 2017) – Texas’ Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD) today announced it has approved a new strategic partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. Through this new relationship. SBISD’s educators will be empowered with Discovery Education’s unique blend of digital content and professional development services to design learning environments and deliver learning experiences that value and build on the individual talents, needs, interests, and aspirations of all SBISD learners.
The launch of this new partnership directly supports Spring Branch T-2-4, which commits the district to the goal of doubling the number of students who complete a technical certificate or military training through a two or four-year degree. This ambitious goal will be reached through the school system’s strategic plan, The Learner’s Journey, which builds on some of SBISD’s strongest assets, such as the area’s supportive community and people, and is undergirded by the district’s core values of Every Child, Collective Greatness, Collaborative Spirit, Limitless Curiosity, and Moral Compass.
To support The Learner’s Journey and help reach Spring Branch T-2-4’s goal, SBISD’s K-12 educators will soon begin using Science TechbookÔ as a core instructional resource for science lessons. Also, middle and high school teachers will receive access to Discovery Education’s Social Studies TechbookÔ and Math TechbookÔ, which will enable educators in those subjects to design and deliver dynamic digital learning experiences for all students.
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.
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. 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. Discovery Education’s Math Techbook is a digital textbook that connects students to math through real-world problems worth solving, combines conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application to help all students develop a long-lasting mastery of mathematics.
In addition to offering dynamic digital content to SBISD educators, Discovery Education will also conduct sustained, job-embedded professional development for teachers districtwide. This immersive professional development, provided by Discovery Education’s expert faculty, will help district educators evolve their teaching practice to better meet the needs of today’s learners and effectively use their new digital resources.
“At Spring Branch ISD, we hold non-negotiable the beliefs that each student should have an equal opportunity for success after high school and that all students can achieve more than they think possible,” said SBISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri. “Discovery Education shares these beliefs, and is dedicated to providing Spring Branch’s teachers the high-quality digital content and capacity-building professional development they need to turn these beliefs into reality for all students.”
The Discovery Education Community will support the SBISD’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.
“Discovery Education is proud to be a part of Spring Branch Independent School District’s effort to double the number of students who complete a technical certificate or military training through a two or four-year degree,” said Phillip Mikula, Educational Partnerships Director for Discovery Education. “We look forward to working with Dr. Muri and his tremendous team of teachers and administrators on our joint mission to create learning experiences that value and build on the individual talents, needs, interests, and aspirations of every child.”
For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content services, digital textbook series, and professional development 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.