Education is key to social and economic empowerment. Discovery Learning Alliance (DLA) is a non-profit charitable organization using the power of media to transform education and improve lives in developing areas. Together with public and private sector partners, we are improving student learning and teacher effectiveness in the classroom, reaching millions through mass media distribution and empowering communities with transformative educational opportunities.
Angola, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa, Uganda, Venezuela
Aric I. Noboa
Education, MDG, Technology, Teacher Training, Charitable, Communities,
Also Known As
Discovery Learning Alliance, Inc.
One Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA
Management & Technical Assistance (S02)
Management & Technical Assistance (B02)
Management & Technical Assistance (Q02)
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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.
How does this organization make a difference?
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Discovery Learning Alliance's Learning Centers reach nearly 200 communities, providing education and enrichment opportunities for more than half a million students and 1.5 million community members.
One of the most important indicators of the success of the initiative is that 80% of Learning Centers are self-sustaining beyond the training period.
Evaluation results to date have shown that the Learning Center project is having the following positive impacts.
· Students have more positive attitudes about school and teachers.
· Students have more confidence about their abilities in various subjects, including math and science.
· Nearly all students express a high level of enjoyment of the videos and appreciation for their effectiveness.
· Teachers feel they are better able to keep the interest of students and notice that their students are paying more attention in class.
· Teachers believe they are better teachers than before the program.
· Teachers are using more interactive teaching styles than before the program.
· Teachers have a positive assessment of the program.
In addition, Learning Centers report:
· Increased student enrollment
· Increased student attendance
· Increased pass rates
· Increased class participation
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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
Learning Center Project
Quality education is fundamental to community development and central to universal education and the Millennium Development Goals. In collaboration with Ministries of Education and funding partners, DLA provides schools with…
A television and DVD player, or other appropriate technology;
Two to three years of teacher training, based on teachers’ professional development needs;
DLA’s award-winning video programming produced in collaboration with local educators. These programs are translated into the language of instruction and mapped to the curriculum.
Relevant programming and extensive teacher professional development are opening doors to learning in 16 countries reaching over 1 million students.
Evaluations demonstrate that in participating schools…
Teachers show increased effectiveness in the classroom;
Students show improved cognitive skills and motivation, and enhanced language skills leading to increased pass rates and test scores;
Schools report increase enrollment, pass rates, and test scores;
Parents and community members are more involved in the school (an important catalyst for improved education outcomes). Learning Centers are also a catalyst and venue for addressing important community issues including HIV/AIDS, the environment, teen pregnancy and malnutrition.
Global reach: Angola, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Inside Story - TB
INSIDE STORY: TB is a media-based initiative designed to educate the sub-Saharan African public about the basic science of Tuberculosis. At the center of this initiative is a unique feature-length film that brings together the best of fiction and non-fiction storytelling in order to unravel the mysteries of TB. Audiences are engaged and transported to a vibrant, inner world where hard-to-grasp science is transformed into a compelling visual reality. INSIDE STORY’s aim is to demonstrate the science of how TB works in a personal, practical, and memorable way. Misunderstanding is replaced with facts, demystifying the virus, and motivating informed health decisions.
At the center of many of the challenges in TB prevention, treatment and education is a misunderstanding of the science. In addition, many organizations working at the community level confront significant TB message fatigue. Engaging, innovative approaches are needed.
Using state-of-the-art animation, INSIDE STORY explores the dynamic inner world of the human body, revealing the unseen world of TB. The film offers audiences an unforgettable experience – for many, a look inside the human body, and a window into how the immune system, TB, and antiretroviral therapies work.
Focus group testing in four countries found this illustrative approach useful across various levels of literacy and education.
Emerging from grassroots requests, stakeholder interviews, extensive research and focus group testing, INSIDE STORY was developed in collaboration with a diverse coalition of experts and activists. With no other African film or TV program currently focused on the basic science of TB, INSIDE STORY has a unique opportunity to powerfully answer this need and make a tremendous impact, providing stakeholders with a valuable tool to scale up education, prevention, and treatment efforts.
Young Adults (20-25 years)
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
Aric I. Noboa
Aric Noboa is responsible for the vision, growth, and management of Discovery Learning Alliance, a nonprofit organization using the power of television to transform education and improve lives in under-served communities around the world.
Together with various production teams, Noboa has been honored with over 30 industry awards including the New York Festivals, Promax, CINE, Telly, and Freddy Awards. For his work developing a feature film about the science of HIV, Noboa was invited to join the St. George's House Windsor Castle Leadership Initiative on HIV/AIDS, a gathering of 30 social entrepreneurs from Africa, Europe, and the U.S.
After graduating from James Madison University, Noboa became a Congressional staffer to a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. His speech writing and legislative work focused on education, the environment, commerce, and the political status of U.S. territories. Noboa left his position as Senior Legislative Assistant to work on a hospital ship in Benin, West Africa, where he led a community health education team working in rural areas throughout the country.
Returning to the U.S. to pursue documentary film and television, Noboa managed post production for two of Discovery's international networks. He then relocated to South Africa to develop production strategies and mechanisms for the Alliance and eventually became the organization's Executive Producer.
Noboa is now based at Discovery Communication's headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?
Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?
Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?
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