The five-year partnership will support an initiative centered on integrating technology into the classroom. The instructional digital conversion, which was introduced as a school system priority last year by BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance, calls for a fundamental curriculum-driven shift in teaching and learning through the integration of technology.
The partnership will provide classrooms across the district with access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a library of more than 200,000 digital learning resources that support all subject areas and learning styles. In addition, Discovery Education will deliver professional development to support district teachers as they implement S.T.A.T.
“To prepare every student with the skills they will need, we must ensure our schools are equipped with engaging, high-quality content that blends with digital learning,” said Dr. Dance. “As we celebrate Digital Learning Day, we are excited to provide educators access to Discovery Education’s digital resources.”
Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus content will support the school system’s strategic plan, Blueprint 2.0, and its focus on enabling all students to be globally competitive upon graduation. Ten Baltimore County elementary schools, called “lighthouse schools,” will begin S.T.A.T. implementation during the 2014-15 school year, with each school providing individual digital learning devices for all students in grades 1-3 and implementing blended learning environments. The district’s goal is to fully adopt 1:1 personalized learning environments for all schools and grade levels by the 2017-2018 academic year.
Educators also will receive curriculum-based professional development from both Discovery Education and the school system’s organizational development and technology staffs. In addition to participating in extensive professional development, BCPS school leaders, staff development teachers, and educators will take part in a Teacher Leader Corps (TLC) learning community, a program that showcases creative ways to motivate students and invigorate curriculum using the latest innovations in teaching and learning.