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Prince George's County Educators Visit Discovery Education Science Institute

This story comes to us from Christina Scripps of Discovery Communications:

From October 4-7, eight select educators from Prince George’s County School District, along with more than 40 other educators from across the country, attended the exclusive Discovery Education Science Institute at Discovery Communications’ global headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.  This professional development event was hosted by Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications whose networks include Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel, and was conducted by the Discovery Educator Network (DEN).

The DEN is a global learning community of educators who are passionate about using educational technology and digital media in the classroom to engage students in learning. Launched by Discovery Education in June 2005, the DEN fosters teacher collaboration and helps educators share resources, ideas and classroom-tested strategies for engaging students in learning and ultimately improving academic achievement.

Educators selected included:

  • D’Netra Bland, Technology Teacher, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School
  • Renee Henderson, Instructional Technology Coach, Prince George's County
  • Tanisha Johnson, Instructional Science Coach, Howard B. Owens Science Center
  • Melissa Kochanowski, ESOL Teacher Coach
  • A. Joy Long, Seventh-Grade Science Teacher, Charles Carroll Middle School
  • Felicia Martin, Science Specialist, Howard B. Owens Science Center
  • James Scaringi, Science Teacher, Charles Carroll Middle School
  • Michael Tummings, Teacher, Tall Oaks Vocational High School
  • Tameka Woodruff, Science Teacher, Gwynn Park Middle School


During the Discovery Education Science Institute, the educators learned from experts how to leverage the latest technological tools and resources to engage today’s 21st Century tech-savvy students in immersive, inquiry-based science instruction. In addition, participants learned creative ways to evaluate students’ understanding of science content through the use of Web 2.0 technologies and digital storytelling. Attendees also worked on the development of model lessons featuring dynamic digital content that can be seamlessly integrated into existing science curricula.

In addition, attendees heard from national experts in Science education, including Dr. Cindy Moss, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education.  During her presentation, Moss outlined successful strategies and techniques Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools implemented that doubled district students’ science scores on end of course exams.

“I applaud the educators from Prince George’s County who attended this event for their commitment to engaging their students in science lessons through the use of digital media and technology,” said Discovery Education Chief Science Specialist Brad Fountain, a former public school principal. “Through their participation in the Discovery Education Science Institute, these educators have gained new skills to apply and share with Prince George’s County School District peers to improve student academic achievement.”


Check out more information about the Discovery Educator Network, as well the Discovery Education program.