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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. 

Who are the current DEN Gurus?

Class of 2010 Class of 2011Class of 2012
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 
Class of 2013Class of 2014 
Tracy Carpenter
Lea Anne Daughrity
Kelly Hines
Robin Martin
Kati Searcy
Sandi Dennis
Dennis Grice
Dacia Jones
Sandy MacDougall
Dave Tchozewski


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.

Application window opens –  February 
Application deadline – March 
Finalists Announced –  March 

DEN Guru Finalist Presentations – April 

DEN Gurus Announced – May at the DENny Awards 

If you have any questions about the DEN Guru program, contact Porter Palmer at

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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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