About Discover Data

Discover Data is a 21st Century education initiative powered by the Nielsen Foundation in collaboration with Discovery Education and the National AfterSchool Association that introduces students across the country to relatable, real-world applications of data and the professionals using that data to innovate for the future.

Break down problems and find better ways forward using data.

Our global world is increasingly dependent on the universal language of data. Join us as we give students nationwide a voice in this ever-evolving conversation, and empower a new generation of data-driven thinkers to shape the future. Access standards-aligned resources that show students how to turn their ideas into action through the unlimited potential of data.

Background on Discover Data and DE digital learning

Educational design

Discovery Education uses the research-based Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to develop standards-aligned high quality digital content to provide differentiated and equitable access to education for diverse student audiences. Review this whitepaper to Learn more about Discovery Education’s pedagogical philosophy, used to design the resources available on this site.

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Since 2018, the Discover Data program has reached over 600,000 students with data resources and educational tools. These tools can help to improve student understanding of the role that data plays in daily life and student interest in learning more about data-centered careers.

Student learning

Discovery Education has conducted several research studies on its streaming platform, which now offers the Discover Data curriculum. These studies show that students in classrooms that frequently use DE digital resources have higher levels of engagement and achievement compared to their peers in classrooms with little or no use of these resources.

Additionally, external research suggests that access to Discovery Education digital resources helps to aid students’ scientific understanding and exposes them to future academic and career opportunities in science.

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About the partners

The Nielsen Foundation is a private foundation originally funded by Nielsen, a global data and analytics company. The Nielsen Foundation envisions a more equitable world where everyone counts. The Foundation’s mission is to support organizations that give voice and opportunities to historically excluded groups and communities. The Foundation supports organizations that encourage educational access and persistence, promote economic mobility and well-being, and advance representation in media and technology. Across these focus areas, the Foundation’s grantmaking is firmly grounded in its commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I).

Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in nearly 100 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. The mission of the NAA is to foster development, provide education, and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community. As the national membership organization for professionals who work with and on behalf of children and youth during out-of-school time, the NAA provides a voice for the afterschool profession. We exist to inspire, connect, and equip afterschool professionals.

Data Equity includes enabling students in underrepresented communities to have equal access to the data revolution.