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DEN Gurus

The DEN community is full of talent. Every STAR has his/her own special talents, skills, and passion for utilizing digital content across the curriculum. We want to continue to provide opportunities for STARs to share their knowledge with the community so we began the DEN Guru program.

 

What is the DEN Guru Program?


DEN Gurus are STAR Discovery Educators who possess expertise in one or more pedagogical topics (e.g., Differentiated Instruction, Project Based Learning, etc.), have demonstrated their expertise through a variety of professional experiences, and advocate for the meaningful integration of Discovery Education digital content across their area(s) of expertise.

DEN Gurus will are promoted throughout the community as thought leaders in the educational field and have the opportunity to share their expertise in a variety of ways.

DEN Gurus may:
* be featured as regular contributors to the Global DEN blog.  
* present their own featured DEN webinars. 
* represent the DEN at a major educational conference during the year (registration and travel expenses covered by the DEN) or choose a guaranteed spot at the DEN Summer Institute (travel expenses covered by the DEN)
 

Who are the current DEN Gurus?

Class of 2010 Class of 2011Class of 2012Class of 2013
Traci Blazosky
Tim Childers
Patti Duncan
Lee Kolbert
Nancy Sharoff 
Cheryl Lykowski
Dean Mantz
Rita Mortenson
Kathy Schrock
Jennifer Wagner
David Fisher
Conni Mulligan
Karen Ogen
Elaine Plybon
Linda Rush 
Tracy Carpenter
Lea Anne Daughrity
Kelly Hines
Robin Martin
Kati Searcy


 


How do I apply to be a DEN Guru?


Through a competitive application process we accept up to five DEN Gurus each May. Applicants must be STAR Discovery Educators and agree to fulfill all requirements associated with formal recognition as a DEN Guru.

DEN Gurus are frequently called upon to share their expertise during virtual conferences, monthly webinars, pre-conference events, and the DEN Summer Institute. We want to know about your areas of expertise and presentation experience. The application will ask you to provide information about your experience, your motivation, and will also require you to submit a proposed session topic and description that demonstrates your expertise and incorporates Discovery Education.

Applications for 2014 are being accepted. Click here to apply.

Timeline
Application deadline – March 14
Finalists Announced –  March 21

DEN Guru Finalist Presentations – April 21-24

DEN Gurus Announced – May 22 at the DENny Awards 


Questions?
If you have any questions about the DEN Guru program please refer to the DEN Guru FAQ document and/or contact Porter Palmer at porter_palmer@discovery.com.

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I love the DEN because of all the opportunities it gives me to connect with other educators that are passionate about learning, students, and technology. I also love the DEN because it supports teachers in their endeavor to try new technology in the classroom. Most of all I love the DEN for giving teachers opportunity to share how technology makes teaching more fun, engaging and meaningful to students.
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