New Jersey’s Plainfield Public School District Forms New Partnership with Discovery Education to Create Digital Learning Environments Districtwide

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 1:56 pm

– Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Science, Math and Social Studies Techbooks to be Integrated into Instruction Districtwide-

Silver Spring, MD (October 16, 2018)– New Jersey’s Plainfield Public School District(PPSD) announced today the formation of a new partnership withDiscovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. This new collaboration enables PPSD’s educators to integrate Discovery Education’s Science, Math and Social Studies Techbooks into classroom instruction districtwide, creating dynamic digital learning environments for all students that will prepare them for life beyond the classroom.

The Plainfield Public School District is dedicated to supporting the development of all students and to ensuring every one of them meets their fullest academic potential. To meet this goal, PPSD designed the 21stCentury Life and Careersstandards, which guides the district’s efforts to create real-world learning experiences that preparestudents for lifelong success as citizens and workers in a global society. These standards evolve as students progress through their education, they are integrated across all content areas, offer specialized programs aligned to student interests, and include career exploration opportunities. To help build the digital learning environments needed to support these standards and the district’s real-world approach to education, K-12 students will have access to Discovery Education’s Science, Math, and Social StudiesTechbook. 

Discovery Education’s award-winning Techbooks 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. Currently, Discovery Education Techbooks are used by more than 3 million students in all 50 U.S. states and several Canadian provinces.

TheScience Techbook, was built on the 5E model, helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientiststhrough hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities. Discovery Education’s Math Techbookis a digital textbook that connects students to math through real-world problems, helping all learners develop long-lasting mastery of mathematical concepts.TheSocial Studies Techbookuses 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.

“The Plainfield Public School District is committed to creating innovative learning environments that prepare all students for college and career success,” said Plainfield Public Schools Superintendent Ronald E. Bolandi. “We strongly believe that our curriculum and lessons must replicate real-world challenges, ignite student curiosity, and strengthen students’ problem-solving capacity. By collaborating with Discovery Education, we believe we are partnering with an organization aligned to our goals and invested in our success, and we look forward to beginning this great initiative.”

PPSD’S educators will also be supported by the Discovery Education Community as they 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 honored to collaborate with Plainfield Public School District on their effort to create real-world learning experiences,” said Ricardo Garcia, Discovery Education’s Partnerships Manager. “We look forward to supporting Superintendent Bolandi and his wonderful team of teachers and administrators across the district as we begin this exciting new project.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning 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.

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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.