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Midland School District
P.O. Box 630
741 Main Street
Pleasant Plains, Arkansas 72568
Phone: 501-345-8844
Fax: 501-345-2086

Midland High School ranked #17 among all public, charter and magnet schools the state of Arkansas according to U.S. News and World Report.  

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-Karen Wells, a Library Media Specialist and Teacher at Midland High School, Selected as ‘Discovery Education Program Champion’ Through Competitive Application Process-

Silver Spring, Md. (December 7, 2015) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, is pleased to announce that Karen Wells, a Library Media Specialist and Teacher at Midland High School and a distinguished member of the Discovery Educator Network, has been named aDiscovery Education Program Champion for the 2015-2016 school year.

Chosen through a competitive application process, Wells was selected based on her passion for social studies and exemplary use of Discovery Education’s programs. Wells joins 13 fellow Program Champions who will represent specific topic areas – including STEM, health and wellness, and social studies. These educators will share various resources and supporting programs – available at no cost from Discovery Education and its partners – with their colleagues and peers around the world. Champions will also represent Discovery Education and its partners at education events and virtual conferences, and help shape the development and implementation of future Discovery Education programs, to ensure optimal efficacy and classroom relevance. To kickoff this new initiative, Wells and the other Program Champions recently attended a two-day launch event at Discovery Education’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.

Wells will share her passion with others on the topic of social studies. Specifically, Wells will inform educators worldwide about Discovery Education and the USC Shoah Foundation’s Auschwitz: The Past is Present initiative. A global education and communication initiative, this program provides students a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and the importance of its remembrance through survivor video testimonies, standards-aligned classroom activities, and a virtual experience featuring a Holocaust survivor.

"I believe that the partnership between Discovery Education and the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education will help ensure that students around the world realize the importance of taking a stand when injustice is being carried out,” said Wells. “The Auschwitz: The Past is Present initiative is an excellent way for educators to incorporate awareness and remembrance into their specific curricular areas. As educators, we must continue to enlighten our students about why and how horrific events such as the Holocaust can occur, and how they must be ever diligent to make sure that evil is kept at bay." 

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is a global community of education professionals who are passionate about transforming the learning experience with digital media. As one of the largest professional learning communities, the DEN has impacted more than one million educators worldwide, and connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

“Discovery Education is proud to recognize Karen as a Program Champion,” said Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and instructional implementation for Discovery Education. “Karen is an outstanding educator and has a wealth of experience using Discovery Education’s programs and resources. I look forward to continuing to work with Karen to support the success of all students.”

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