Strategic Planning

Washington SD Partners With Discovery Education to Prepare Students for College and Careers

The new partnership between Highline Public Schools and Discovery Education is part of the district’s plan to improve digital literacy skills for students.

Washington’s Highline Public Schools (HPS) is collaborating with Discovery Education to support its plan to make all students tech-savvy and tech-literate by graduation. The collaboration provides access to Discovery Education’s digital content and professional learning services.  

HPS has partnered with the company to support its Strategic Plan for 2013-2017, which was developed with input from parents, students, community members and district staff. The plan outlines objectives to ensure that each student is prepared for college and careers, including an objective to make sure every student graduates tech-savvy and tech-literate.

Source: Discovery Education.

“Key components of the district strategy include providing technology devices to every student; partnering with local technology organizations to provide resources and access to leading-edge technology and industry professionals; and providing current and continuous professional development for teachers, leaders and staff to ensure seamless integration of technology-driven approaches,” according to a prepared statement.

Through the partnership, classrooms within HPS have access to the following:

  • Digital content on Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital service that contains thousands of standards-aligned resources that supplement K–12 curriculum. The digital resources include videos, images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interview, audio books and more for students to use. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, skill builders and multimedia activities.
  • Professional learning opportunities through Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps, which trains participants on how to propel the district’s transition model to modern digital learning environments. In total, 35 teacher leaders and their principals from five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school will participate in the Digital Learning Corps.
  • Access to the Discovery Education Community, a global network where educators can share ideas.

“Highline Public Schools is committed to creating engaging personalized learning environments that ensure district graduates are college and career ready,” said Susan Enfield, the district’s superintendent, in a prepared statement. “The addition of Discovery Education’s dynamic digital resources and robust professional development will help our educators innovate and lead us in meeting this critical goal.”

Further information about HPS’ districtwide plan is available on the HPS site. To learn more information about Streaming Plus, Digital Leader Corps and other services, visit the Discovery Education site.

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