Commonwealth Charter Academy and Discovery Education Extend Collaboration Bringing Digital Content to Students Across Pennsylvania

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 7:41 am

Silver Spring, Md. (February 24, 2020) – Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA), a statewide public cyber charter school that serves Pennsylvania students in grades K through 12, today announced the extension of its multi-year collaboration with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

This renewed partnership, which brings the award-winning Discovery Education Experience to K-12 students statewide, assists CCA in providing personalized educational programs and services to Pennsylvania students in grades K through 12 at no cost to families.

CCA was founded in 2003 as a statewide K-12 public cyber charter school and provides an online education to all Pennsylvania students, including those living in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie, Allentown, and Scranton, at no cost to families.  Through the use of online Live Lessons, recorded lessons, workbook projects, career pathways programs, and more, CCA helps its nearly 10,500 students gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to become productive, contributing members of their communities.

CCA offers students a personalized approach to learning that combines an evolving and growing curriculum with the latest instructional practices.  To continue providing the school’s students custom educational experiences and K-12 online classes, CCA’s educators will use Discovery Education Experience for instruction.

“CCA’s focus is to meet students where they are in their educational journey by providing programs and services designed to match their skills, interests and academic needs,” said Dr. Maurice Flurie, CCA’s president and CEO.  “Discovery Education Experience is an important component of CCA’s educational delivery system and we are excited to continue this partnership.”

Discovery Education Experience—the latest iteration of Discovery Education’s popular Streaming Plus service—is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K–12 curricular areas.  Discovery Education Experience assists educators in creating real-world learning opportunities that engage all students and lead to improved academic achievement.  The service’s standards-aligned content is assignable and can be bookmarked and saved for later use and remixed to meet the varying needs of diverse student populations in a safe and secure environment.  In addition, the service’s up-to-date, high-quality, and ever-growing digital content collections, as well as a library of immersive virtual field trips and viewing parties, are drawn from trusted partners.

Students in elementary, middle and high school who have regular access to Discovery Education’s comprehensive, K-12 digital content service have higher attendance rates and are outpacing their peers on state assessments in reading, mathematics, and social studies. Additional findings tell a consistent story of how access to Discovery Education’s supplemental content services can be linked to higher student achievement, especially for racial/ethnic minorities and students impacted by poverty, disabilities, and limited English proficiency. Click here to learn more.

CAA’s educators will continue to use Discovery Education’s ScienceMath, and Social Studies Techbooks to create immersive learning experiences for students. Currently accessed by more than 9.2 million students across all 50 states and Canada, Discovery Education’s award-winning Techbooks are fully interactive, comprehensive digital textbooks. Updated regularly at no cost, Discovery Education’s Science, Math, and Social Studies Techbooks include detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports that immerse students in instruction.

In addition, the Discovery Education Community will continue supporting the school’s teachers. 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.

“For years, Discovery Education has partnered with Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Charter Academy to provide its students a host of unique learning opportunities,” said Jessica Rivera, Discovery Education’s Senior Manager of Partner Success. “We look forward to continuing this great partnership, which is helping students across the state maximize their personal potential.”

For more information on Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Charter Academy, visit the school’s website here.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum and 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.