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Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education

-Annual Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute to be Held at Loyola University in Chicago, IL-

Silver Spring, Md. (March 3, 2016) — Beginning today, educators across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. passionate about transforming teaching and learning with digital media and educational technologies, are invited to apply to participate in the 2016 Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute (DENSI). This year, the DENSI, an immersive, week-long professional development experience focused on professional learning, leadership, and networking will be held July 17–22 in Chicago, IL.  A global community of education professionals supported by Discovery Education, the DEN connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration. 

DENSI 2016 will feature a number of interactive seminars and hands-on workshops from keynote speakers, the Discovery Education team, and the DEN that will energize participants’ own teaching and learning. In addition, DENSI will provide opportunities for participants to connect, collaborate, and share resources, ideas, and strategies for integrating the latest technologies and digital content into instruction. Upon completing the DEN Summer Institute, educators will return to their local communities prepared to share new strategies and techniques for integrating digital resources into curriculum and instruction with peers across their school system and around the world.

Eligible applicants have until 6 p.m. ET on April 1 to submit their application for this unique professional learning event.  To apply, educators must complete a written application, as well as submit a video detailing their efforts to use digital content and technologies to support student achievement. Additional details and the complete DENSI application are available at

“Participating in last year’s DENSI was among the best professional learning experiences I’ve ever had,” said Dawn Gardner, Instructional Technology Specialist, Richland County School District One, Columbia, S.C. “DENSI 2015 not only gave me the unique opportunity to learn skills I could immediately share with my colleagues, it also renewed my passion for teaching.  I encourage all eligible educators to apply to participate in this amazing event today.”

Participation in the annual DEN Summer Institute is open to educators recognized by Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, as STAR Discovery Educators. STAR Discovery Educators are active members of the DEN and proven leaders in transforming teaching and learning. More information on becoming a STAR Discovery Educator can be found at

“Discovery Education is pleased to make the 2016 DEN Summer Institute possible,” said Lance Rougeux, Vice President of Learning Communities at Discovery Education. “We understand the role vibrant professional learning communities play in supporting educators as they evolve their teaching practice, and we encourage eligible educators everywhere to apply to participate in this unique event.”

To learn more about the DEN and Discovery Education’s other services and initiatives, visit

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