Northampton Community College (NCC) announced the launch of a new online initiative supporting K-12 educators teaching online or in the classroom. The initiative, which features innovative professional learning content from Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—is comprised of seven online learning modules. Through these modules, which will be available on-demand, educators will learn valuable strategies for engaging all students wherever learning is taking place.

Educators can take any or all of the modules, allowing them to learn on their own time and at their own pace. These modules focus on helping current educators develop the skills needed to feel confident and successfully navigate the fully online or hybrid learning environment. Topics such as online assessments, digital citizenship, fostering learner engagement, creating a sense of community, and using technology to help meet individual learner needs are all addressed in NCC’s online learning modules. 

“Northampton Community College has built strong relationships with school systems across Eastern Pennsylvania. Through these relationships, we’ve heard loud and clear the needs of educators working to adapt to teaching in the COVID-19 landscape,” said Dr. Mark Erickson, President of Northampton Community College. “Working closely with our partners at Discovery Education, we’ve designed a series of learning opportunities for educators that will help them and their students thrive in whatever learning environment they are operating.”

To support K-12 educators implement evidence-based, high-yield instructional strategies, improve student achievement, and propel their careers forward, Discovery Education has collaborated with institutes of higher learning for more than a decade. These collaborations have created immersive online professional learning and graduate-level coursework delivered through advanced degree programs that help K-12 educators develop their instructional practice, improve students’ academic achievement, and further their careers. Included in the partnership are no-cost professional learning resources from TGR EDU: Explore, an educational initiative from the TGR Foundation, A Tiger Woods Charity, and Discovery Education. These resources are available at tgreduexplore.org and through Discovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platform.

NCC is the latest institution, and the first community college, of higher education to join Discovery Education’s Higher Education Network. Each member of the Higher Education Network offers working educators online access to Discovery Education’s high-quality graduate-level professional learning content. Other institutions offering Discovery Education affiliated programs include Buena Vista UniversityUniversity of Findlay, Lehigh University, Louisiana Technical University, University of Richmond, Northern Vermont University, and Wilkes University.

“Discovery Education is honored and excited to welcome Northampton Community College to our robust network of institutions of higher education,” said Susanne Thompson, Discovery Education’s Managing Director for Higher Education. “The educators, both teachers and educational leaders, participating in NCC’s new online professional learning modules will not only tap into lessons Discovery Education’s expert professional learning team have gathered from working with educators nationwide, but will also receive access to our award-winning digital services, which they can immediately use in remote, hybrid, or in person classroom instruction.”

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