Mississippi Columbia School District Partners With Discovery Education To Create Digital Extracurricular Learning Environments

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 3:45 pm

Silver Spring, MD (October 24, 2018)– Mississippi’s Columbia School District(CSD) announced today it has selectedDiscovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, as its partner in creating digital learning environments in its before and after school programs. By integrating Discovery Education’s award-winning digital content into its innovative X-STREAMextracurricular program, the Columbia School District is creating one-of-a-kind digital learning experiences that increase participating students’ love of learning.  

CSD is committed to ensuring that all students reach their potential to become responsible, productive citizens through a quality K-12 education. To reach this goal, the district utilized Federal funds to create the X-STREAM program, which helps students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, particularly in reading, science, and math.  Focusing on X-ing out learning gaps by providing eXplicit instruction and eXperiences in STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math), X-STREAM offers participants a broad array of enrichment activities that complement the students’ regular academic programs.  

The X-STREAM before school programs “XL Period” operate five days per week for 45 minutes per day immediately before the regular school day.  The X-STREAM after school programs “Power Hour” operate three days per week for two hours per day immediately following the regular school day.  During the program hours, students have time to explore hands-on activities, complete individual assignments, or work collaboratively in small groups while acquiring 21stcentury skills. Beginning later this fall, X-STREAMwill be supported by Discovery Education’s Streaming Plusdigital content service. 

“Every member of the Columbia School District team is dedicated to making sure that each of our students graduates prepared for success in college or the career of their choice,” said Lisa White, Columbia School District’sDirector of Federal Programs. “Initiatives like our X-STREAM program are critical to this effort and we believe Discovery Education’s digital content will play an important role in motivating our students to come to the program to learn in a new and fascinating way.”

CSD’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 proud to be a part of Columbia School District’s efforts to support the success of all students,” said Hope Johnson, Discovery Education’s National Partnership Coordinator. “We look forward to supporting educators across the district as they create unforgettable learning experiences for students participating in the X-STREAM program.”