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Displayed from: Mar 08, 2018 , until: May 08, 2018

Fort Wayne Community Schools and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will kick off FWCS’ STEM/STEAM initiative with a special leadership retreat on March 22. During this invite-only event, FWCS teachers and administrators, as well as local business and community leaders, parents and others, will gather at the FWCS Family and Community Engagement Center to create the vision for the seven schools involved in the initiative.

FWCS recently entered into a new collaboration with Discovery Education that will build a culture of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education at Irwin Elementary, Portage Middle School and Wayne High School, and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) culture at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, Weisser Park Elementary School, Memorial Park Middle School and South Side High School. During the Leadership Retreat led by Discovery Education, participants will examine the future needs of the workforce across the greater Fort Wayne region, engage in hands-on activities that model the lessons students will experience and chart a roadmap for FWCS’ STEM/STEAM journey.

“We are excited to bring business and community leaders together with our educators to build partnerships for the work we have ahead of us,” FWCS Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson. “An initiative of this size and importance requires the best thinking of our entire community, and we look forward to partnering with Discovery Education to create a premiere STEM/STEAM education for our students.”

As part of FWCS’ expanded collaboration with Discovery Education, a variety of digital resources will support the district’s efforts to accelerate STEM/STEAM learning at the seven schools. The new resources include Discovery Education Streaming Plus, STEM Connect and Discovery Education’s Science and Math TechbooksTM, which are digital textbooks.

Discovery Education’s professional development services will also play a critical role in helping the staff at the seven schools create a strong culture of STEM/STEAM education over the next four years.

“Discovery Education is proud to support Fort Wayne Community Schools’ efforts to advance STEM and STEAM education,” said Kelly Hoce, Director of Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We are excited to begin this exciting new initiative and support the talented FWCS team as they grow a vibrant culture of STEM/STEAM teaching and learning and support the success of students districtwide.”

Since 2008, FWCS and Discovery Education have partnered to bring digital resources that empower teachers, enhance curriculum and inspire students to classrooms across the school system. Students and teachers district-wide currently have access to Discovery Education Streaming, a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas and aligned to state standards.

About Discovery Education  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content services, digital textbook series and professional development resources, visit Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or on Instagram and Pinterest.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.