Bill Goodwyn - Participant

A 25-year veteran of Discovery Communications, Bill Goodwyn serves as Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital textbooks and curriculum-based digital content in U.S. schools.

As a global leader in educational transformation, Discovery Education reaches over half of all K-12 classrooms, one million educators, 35 million students in the U.S., as well as 50 countries around the world. Goodwyn has expanded into new services that make Discovery Education a leader in educational transformation, most recently with the launch of the Discovery Education Techbook series in 2010.  Discovery Education’s Techbook was one of the first digital textbooks adopted in multiple U.S. states.  Under Goodwyn’s leadership, Discovery Education has been a pioneer in the digital textbook space and now offers a full range of Techbooks, including K-8 Science, High School Science, Middle School Social Studies and will expand to include a series of Math Techbooks for the 2014-2015 school year.

Goodwyn has also spearheaded the development of Discovery Education’s public-private partnerships, delivering needed resources to educators, students and parents at no cost, including the award-winning Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge and other programs that support educators in enhancing their curriculum in traditionally-underfunded academic areas such as STEM, environmental education, health and wellness and workforce readiness.

In 2011, EdTech Digest recognized Goodwyn with their Leadership Award, acknowledging him for his passion and commitment to excellence in education, and for setting trends in the educational industry. Under Goodwyn’s leadership, Discovery Education has been recognized with a number of prestigious industry honors, including awards from the Association of Educational publishers, Software and Information Industry Association, ComputED Learning Lab, Ed Tech Digest, Learning Magazine and Tech and Learning Magazine.  Discovery Education has also been named a 2012 Edison Award Finalist and has been named by Fast Company as one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education.

Goodwyn has been awarded the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's Vanguard Award, the highest honor for Young Leadership, and was inducted into the Cable Center's Cable TV Pioneer Hall of Fame and CableFAX Daily's Sales Hall of Fame. His industry and civic commitments have included board positions with the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), CTAM's Educational Foundation, the T. Howard Foundation (diversity in media), the Alexander Youth Network and the UNC-Chapel Hill Journalism and Communications School Board of Advisors.

Goodwyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives with his wife, Leigh, and their two children in Charlotte, N.C.



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Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Education