DEN Virtcon

Light Up Your Lessons
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

Exclusive to Current Discovery Education Partners!

Connect live with the Discovery Education team and educators from around the globe to share best practices on designing engaging learning experiences for your daily classroom.

Join members of the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) for VirtCon: Fall 2021. This event is packed with powerful sessions that bring the most relevant, engaging content, instructional strategies, and professional learning into the work you do every day. DEN VirtCon will ensure you have the strategies and support you need to put amazing content into practice. Best of all, you’ll gain new ways to meet the needs of your students in and out of the classroom, while connecting with your most valuable resource—each other! To learn more, scroll down to see the agenda and speakers.

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Agenda at a Glance

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Highlights in Education We’ll kickoff with an empowering message from Dr. Robert Marzano of Marzano Resources about strategies that are working in education.
7:10 PM – 7:40 PM ET
Lightning Content Hear from the DE team as well as community members about their content favorites within Discovery Education for Grades K-5 and 6-12.
7:50 PM – 8:30 PM ET
Spotlight on Learning Join a session led by a fellow community member to hear practical ways to use Discovery Education in the classroom and engage students in their learning. Topics forthcoming.

Sessions & Speakers

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET | Highlights in Education

During his 50 years in the field of education, he has worked with educators as a speaker and trainer and has authored more than 50 books and 300 articles. His practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies are widely practiced by both teachers and administrators.

Dr. Robert J. Marzano Founder Marzano Resources

7:10 PM – 7:40 PM ET | Lightning Content

Break out into a K-5 or 6-12 room and hear from the Discovery Education team as well as community members about their content favorites within DE.

Lightning Content: Grades K-5

Joanna Barney Gifted and Talented Teacher, Grades 3-5 Fort Mill School District, SC
Renee Cunningham Media Coordinator Union County School District, NC
Melinda McCleskey Talented & Gifted Teacher Ascension Parish School District, LA
Carrie Willis STEAM & Technology Director Valley Preparatory School, CA

Lightning Content: Grades 6-12

Brandi Bergeron Academic Technology Coordinator Episcopal School, LA
LeAnn Simmerman Teacher of the Gifted, PBL/STEM Coach Maury County School District, TN
LaStelshia Speaks Special Education Teacher Baltimore County Public Schools, MD
Emily Strickland 7th Grade Math Teacher Greenville County School District, SC

7:50 PM – 8:30 PM ET | Spotlight on Learning Sessions

Select a session led by a fellow community member to hear practical ways to use DE in the classroom and engage students in their learning.

Daily Wellness Escapes

Escape the hustle and bustle of the academic day using DE resources and mindfulness activities that will calm and re-center students and teachers in 2-3 minutes by practicing self-regulation and refocusing techniques.

Maria ReGester Technology Integration Coach Department of Defense Education Activity

I Love QFT with DE!

Learn about the question formulation technique. Learn how students’ love for discovery and wonder, match perfectly with Discovery Education’s “safe to explore” platform.

James Staton Teacher on Special Assignment Encinitas Union School District, CA

Low Interest but High Impact Learning Opportunities

Explore how to use DE resources in engaging ways when the content of learning is low interest, but necessary. Access templates, resources and hear tried and true ideas to keep students engaged with choice, critical thinking, and new learning.

Emily Fagan 5th Grade Teacher Buncombe County School District, NC
Jennifer Tatum 6th Grade Teacher Buncombe County School District, NC

Real Equity, Real Resources – Using DE to Engage Students

Get past the single story and show multiple perspectives through Discovery Education resources. Learn about tools that easily and comprehensively help you reach a variety of students through small group, blended, and independent learning time.

Jodi Zeis Supervisor of Instructional Technology Coaches Frederick County School District, VA

SOS Strategies Across Content Areas

Explore how Discovery Education SOS Instructional Strategies can be adapted to fit any content area. Find a new favorite strategy as you hear examples of how they can be used across Science, ELA, Math, and Social Studies activities.

LaTonia Simmons 6th Grade Science Teacher Cobb County School District, GA

Take a Trip! Virtual Field Trips 2.0

Take your students beyond the classroom walls and into some of the world’s most iconic locations for rich and immersive learning experiences — no permission slips required. You can travel together or send them off on their own to explore with the new slides options that have been created for many of the Discovery Virtual Field Trips.

Rita Mortenson Technology Coach Verona Area School District, WI
Lisette Venegas Curriculum and Instruction Specialist Verona Area School District, WI

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost to attend this event? No, this event is free to attend. Will this event be recorded? Yes, this event will be recorded and shared with registered participants after the event. What do I do if I need technical assistance? If you are unable to join the meeting, please visit the Zoom Support Center for useful information. Reminder: before the event, we highly recommend you test your connection by joining a test meeting at Have other questions about this event? Contact the DE Community team at