With one of the most extensive international platforms in the media industry, Discovery is a truly global company, reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories. Globally, Discovery’s networks and employees partner on a wide range of initiatives focused on making a positive impact in their local communities. From the Discovery Learning Alliance‘s teacher professional development, educational technology, hit broadcast series, and community development, to Discovery en la Escuela, an educational programming block throughout Latin America providing comprehensive trainings for teachers, Discovery is an active global citizen, building and expanding partnerships with the communities and people it serves each day.
Discovery Learning Alliance
Discovery Learning Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization using the power of media to transform education and improve lives in marginalized communities around the world. Launched by Discovery Communications in 1997, Discovery Learning Alliance has opened new doors to learning in 16 countries. DLA’s school-based interventions increase student retention, enrollment, attendance and learning. Through teacher training, community action mobilization, and youth clubs, DLA’s approach transforms schools into centers of learning for students and communities. Through mass media, DLA addresses critical education, development and public health issues for tens of millions of people in the developing world. Through innovation and partnership, DLA empowers children to achieve their full potential, because education changes everything.
Discovery En La Escuela (DEE)
Launched in 1997, DEE is the longest running CSR project at Discovery Networks Latin America/ U.S. Hispanic (DLA/USH). DEE is an educational initiative that is marketed through paid television services. It utilizes Discovery’s world class programming to stimulate the teaching and learning experience. Discovery en la Escuela rests on three key pillars:
- Programming: “Discovery en la Escuela” is a programming series that airs on Discovery throughout Latin America Monday through Friday. Argentina: 10:00 a.m. local time; Colombia: 8:00 a.m. local time; Mexico: 9:00 a.m. local time; Brazil: 6:00 a.m. local time; Central America: 7:00 a.m. local time.
- Resource materials (teacher’s guide for each show, Scientist of the day, Infinite Curiosity and more) available on the Discovery en la Escuela website (www.discoveryenlaescuela.com), the first educational website in Latin America* to use Responsive Design for easy access on any mobile device and computer. It also has a presence on social media. (Facebook.com/discoveryenlaescuela) and Twitter (@Discoveryesc).
- Professional development for teachers is available both on-site via affiliates and virtually through monthly webinars.
Discovery en la Escuela has provided Professional Development to over 32,000 teachers, has contributed to the curriculum enhancement in more than 31,000 schools, both public and private, and provided enrichment to more than 2 million students throughout Latin America. From the southern-most classroom in Base Esperanza in the Argentine Antarctic, to Mexico’s border with the USA, Discovery en la Escuela ensures that the door to imagination never closes. As of September of this year, DEE has made available capsules with accessibility to support the learning process of children with sensory disabilities. The capsules are available through the Discovery en la Escuela website and benefit children with visual and hearing disabilities, integrating them into the classroom environment in a unique and inclusive way, making it possible to learn along with their classmates.
Discovery en la Escuela is also available 100% in Portuguese in Brazil as Discovery na Escola.
* Discovery en la Escuela is mainly available in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Dominican Rep. and Venezuela.
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, standards-aligned multimedia content, professional development, 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 partners with like-minded organizations around the world to create a broad range of free classroom and family learning resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell. Discovery Education’s engagement programs deliver dynamic tools and experiences in traditionally under-funded areas such as STEM, financial literacy, environmental education, health & wellness, life skills and college & workforce readiness.
Toyota Teen Drive365 Challenge
Toyota and Discovery Education’s Toyota Teen Drive365 Video Challenge invites teens across the country to create short videos to inspire their friends to drive more safely and avoid risky behavior behind the wheel. The Video Challenge is one component of Toyota and Discovery Education’s Toyota Teen Drive365: In Schools initiative, a comprehensive program offering a range of tools designed specifically for school educators and teens. Resources offered include tools to help teens prepare for the responsibility of driving, such as quizzes, parental discussion points, and a financial calculator; classroom resources for educators, including standards-aligned lesson plans for grades 9-12; and Heads UP!, an interactive game which allows teens to virtually experience the real dangers of distracted driving. To learn more about TeenDrive365: In School, visit http://www.teendrive365inschool.com/
Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. Each January, students nationwide are asked to create a short video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem.
To enter the video competition, students need to think critically about the world around them; identify an everyday problem relative to their lives; brainstorm real-world solutions using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles; and produce a 1-2 minute video explaining their innovative solution. Discovery Education and 3M prepare them for this authentic learning experience with engaging videos, interactives, science lesson plans and more which bring STEM to life. The Young Scientist Challenge gives students the opportunity to hone the critical skills they need for college and career success – including an exclusive summer mentorship with real 3M scientists and the opportunity to win $25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”