PB Public Schools Adopt Dynamic Digital Textbooks

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Missouri’s Poplar Bluff Public Schools and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, announced today an expansion of their partnership that brings Discovery Education’s award-winning digital social studies and science textbooks to junior and high school classrooms district wide. Discovery Education will support the school system’s digital transformation, which is rapidly evolving in partnership with Mooresville Graded School District and helping to prepare students for success in the 21st century.

“We are thrilled to expand our collaboration with Discovery Education to provide our educators with resources that are relevant to the 21st Century learner, as well as critical to preparing students to be competitive in the global economy and meeting students’ instructional needs,” said Patty Robertson, assistant superintendent of curriculum at Poplar Bluff Public Schools. “Our partnerships with national leaders like Discovery Education and Mooresville Graded School District support us as we strive to educate all students to their full potential, and inspire them to be lifelong learners who possess the skills and knowledge necessary to be productive members in our changing world.”

Over the past two years, Poplar Bluff Public Schools has worked closely with Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD), which is nationally recognized for the success of its digital transformation and long-time partnership with Discovery Education, in order to ensure their conversion to digital learning environments continues to positively impact student outcomes and engagement. The school district has hosted teachers from MGSD for numerous professional development days throughout the year, including the “Mooresville Institute,” which focused on the effective integration of digital technology into instruction.

The expanded six-year partnership with Discovery Education will support the district’s goal of providing creative and meaningful learning experiences for students to improve learning outcomes by integrating Discovery Education Science Techbook™ into junior and high school classrooms, and Social Studies Techbook™ for all junior high students. Discovery Education’s digital textbook series promotes collaboration, creativity and participatory learning. The series delivers individualized resources and engages students in learning concepts through rich digital assets, including virtual labs, video clips, an interactive glossary and more. Poplar Bluff junior and high school students will also continue to use Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital library of more than 150,000 learning assets aligned to state and national curriculum standards.

As part of its efforts to provide dynamic and interactive learning opportunities to all students, the school district issued MacBook Airs to 800 junior high students for use at school and at home during the 2013-2014 school year. This coming school year, 1,400 high-schoolers will also receive a laptop as part of the 1:1 learning initiative.

“Discovery Education is proud to be a partner working towards Poplar Bluff Public Schools’ mission of achieving excellence through learning: every child, every hour, every day,” said Jason Barnes, vice president, Discovery Education. “We look forward to continuing to support Superintendent Chris Hon and the entire Poplar Bluff team in their digital transformation with the highest quality digital resources and customized, effective professional development.”

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) will continue to support Poplar Bluff educators in their efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with digital media. 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.

For more information on the Discovery Education Techbook series and other Discovery Education services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

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.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate 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.