Envision and Discovery Education Announce Multi-Year Educational Partnership to Amplify the Voice of Students in 2016 Presidential Election Process
Chase the Race in School to Advance Envision’s Mission of Facilitating Conversations around Civics and the Election Process among Today’s Youth
February 22, 2016
Washington D.C. - Envision, a leading experiential education organization, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced a multi-year educational partnership that will provide students and educators with tools to engage, captivate and energize the youth voice on the importance of democracy and civic engagement throughout this year’s Presidential election, leading up to the 2017 inauguration. This program, Chase the Race in School, complements Chase the Race 2016 – Envision’s program that will give 12 high school students across the United States the opportunity to play an active role in the election process by serving as onsite reporters at a number of key political events.
Through this partnership, Discovery Education will amplify Chase the Race by helping Envision extend the discussion into classrooms nationwide. Chase the Race in School will leverage Discovery Education’s expertise in developing classroom activities that inform students – and future voters – of the election process in engaging ways, and will provide educators with free, supplemental activities and interactive content. These activities will be accompanied by four video vignettes featuring Chase the Race reporters.
Key components of the partnership include:
- An all-new program, http://www.ChasetheRaceinSchool.com, that will house all program assets, including Chase the Race classroom activities and interactive content, made available exclusively to educators
- A series of video vignettes created by Discovery Education and hosted by Chase the Race 2016 reporters that will provide students and educators with a unique perspective on how the U.S. election process works and complements the Chase the Race in School classroom activities
- An interactive, in-person event in January 2017, hosted by Discovery Education at Envision’s Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit, held in Washington, DC and featuring a panel discussion from Chase the Race journalists and a keynote from Malala Yousafzai
- A virtual, livestreamed “Town Hall” event hosted by Discovery Education during the Summit
- The use of Discovery Education curriculum to enhance Envision’s respected career exploration programs, particularly in the STEM fields
“Partnering with Envision was a natural fit because of its focus on the importance of civic engagement and the emphasis on the youth voice in the election process,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education. “The Chase the Race 2016 reporters will have the unique role of serving as conduits between the candidates and America’s youth, and will make sure that topics impacting the next generation are part of the campaign. The engaging digital content available through this program will be invaluable to educators looking to teach the election cycle and founding principles of American government.”
“Through our Chase the Race program and 2017 Presidential Inaugural Leadership Summit, students will receive a behind-the-scenes look at the United States’ democratic process, and through their voices and commentary they have the potential to energize an entire new generation of voters,” said Envision CEO Duncan Young. “We are thrilled that by partnering with Discovery Education, we are expanding access to the content our Chase the Race reporters produce to millions of their peers across the country.”
For more information, visit www.ChasetheRaceinSchool.com.
Envision helps students turn their career and life aspirations into reality. The Envision family of programs (http://www.envisionexperience.com) enable students of all ages to explore their interests and gain learning experience beyond the classroom. Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students from more than 145 countries, with programs designed to connect high aspiring students with the leadership, scholarship, and career skills needed to success in today’s competitive college and career landscape; providing unique, real world experiences that enable students to discover their passion, try out a future career, and positively impact the world around them.
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 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 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 www.discoveryeducation.com.