Texas’ Spring Branch Independent School District Expands Partnership with Discovery Education Supporting Five-Year Strategic Teaching and Learning Plan
-Award-Winning Social Studies Techbook Added to Complement of Digital Textbooks Powering District Classrooms -
Silver Spring, Md. (December 14, 2017) – Texas’ Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD) today announced an expansion of their ongoing partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. In the newest phase of this collaboration, Middle School and High School social studies teachers will begin creating immersive World History and Civics and Government lessons with Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook™.
This Fall, SBISD educators districtwide began integrating Discovery Education’s Science Techbook into classroom activities. At the same time, SBISD math teachers in grades 6-12 began using the Math Techbook for teaching and learning, and middle school social studies teachers began using the Social Studies Techbook for instruction. The district’s ongoing transition to dynamic digital content as a core instructional resource 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.
Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that support a comprehensive curriculum, are aligned to rigorous standards, and are updated regularly at no cost. The Techbook series encourages all learners through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. In addition, the Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips.
The Social Studies Techbook 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.
“The talented team at Spring Branch ISD is dedicated to increasing student achievement and developing a culture of high expectations for all students,” said Dr. Scott Muri, Superintendent, SBISD. “The continuation of our partnership with Discovery Education helps us meet these goals and helps prepare our students for career and citizenship success.”
The Discovery Education Community will continue supporting 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.
“We are honored to deepen our partnership with Spring Branch ISD,” said Phillip Mikula, Discovery Education’s Director of Educational Partnerships. “Together with Dr. Muri and his talented team, we are creating modern digital learning environments that ignite students’ natural curiosity and support the success of all learners.”
For more information about Discovery Education’s Techbook Series and other services, 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.