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DENSI 2014 Reflections

Waiting at the airport. The plane ride. The drive from the airport home. During all of those times and more, I’ve reflected on the week that was the DEN Summer Institute. I haven’t put any of my thoughts down on “paper” yet, and I don’t know if I will, but thinking about the impact the week […]

Session Archives from DENSI 2014

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The DEN Summer Institute wrapped up last week. It was a great week with over 125 educators gathering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN to learn, share, and collaborate with each other. From what I saw throughout the week, they also had a little fun! On Tuesday and Wednesday, attendees had a chance to attend […]

Top 10 Things I Learned at DENSI 2014

We often live our lives by habit, performing daily routines on autopilot without much thought or reflection. It is easy to live the way we have always lived, to teach the way we have always taught, and to learn the way we have always learned. I am so grateful for opportunities like DENSI because they […]

August 2014: DENSI 2014 Takeaways

The Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute was held in Nashville, TN during the third week of July 2014. As a DEN Guru I was both a presenter and an attendee. It was an amazing week with a creative, dedicated, passionate group of Discovery STAR Educators and Discovery Education staff with special Discovery Communication guests, too. […]

DENSI 2014: Day 5 Recap

So, it is Day 5 of DENSI, which means today was all about un-conferencing. The notes and resources for today were kept in the Google spreadsheet, so I’m not going to go through and list them, but I will give you a quick rundown of today (at least in my experience). Tired people showed up […]

DENSI 2014 – Wednesday update

This post by Monique Liles We started off the sessions with a bang and a fun and interactive assessment using Kahoot. I will definitely be using Kahoot to teach the student handbook as a back to school activity. The DENSI2014 sessions started off with the great Dr. Lodge McCammon. He taught us strategies for maximizing teacher effectiveness, […]

DENSI 2014 – Thursday Update

This post by Monique Liles We started out another day of mind bending professional development with a Family Feud warm-up game. We listened to an inspirational speaker, Adam Bellow, who reminded us of what school should be like for kids and why we are teachers. His humorous and engaging presentation hit close to home for […]

DENSI 2014: Day 4 Recap

It was another amazing day at DENSI! We started with the emotion and inspiring keynote by Adam Bellow. I think we were all in tears!! Maybe next year we can just have an Adam Bellow Day were we can just let Adam tell us stories all day! We were also treated to another episode of […]

DENSI 2014: Day 3 Recap

Our first day of sessions was just as hectic and brain-meltingly awesome as I expected.  I especially LOVED all the toys that Steve Dembo brought for us to try out this afternoon in the DENovation session! I have to start making a list of all the things I want need to get for my classroom, which should be […]

DENSI 2014: Day 2 Recap

Our Outing! Day 2 of DENSI means one thing: ADVENTURE! Today’s adventure took us on a tour of Music City, with stops at the Ryman Auditorium, the Parthenon, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. After breakfast, we all boarded the buses, and the luckiest of the DEN stars chose bus #2, led by the […]

DENSI 2014 – Monday Update

Now the DENSI2014 conference can kick into full swing. Sunday of DEN-S-I is a special day because participants participate in a passion project that is often designed to give something back to the community. This year was no different.  LC members and some of the principals who remained from the Principal Summit volunteered to make […]

DENSI 2014: Day 1 Recap

So, this is my 2nd year at DEN, and what a different experience I have had so far. Last year I came in early for the leadership council preconference, was well rested, and super organized. This year, on the other hand, has been so different. I had to miss the precon because of a wedding on Saturday […]

DENSI 2014 – Sunday Update

Leadership Council (LC) members arrived on Friday. Principals from 50 schools across North America had already been here for a couple of days.  On Friday evening and Saturday the two groups had the opportunity to mix, share and network. Saturday’s unconference sessions were attended by both groups, each of which brought wonderful insight and perspective […]

DENSI 2014 – From the Blogging Team!

July 11 – Friday, 8 am Today’s the day the LC Pre-Con starts so many of us are on our way!  Your DENSI 2014 Blogging Team will arrive today from various parts of the United States and Canada and we just want you all to know… …we’re on the way to DENSI 2014!!  “I’m on my way […]

Top 10 Reasons to Attend DENSI 2014

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend the DEN Summer Institute: 10. It’s free. Once accepted, you are just responsible for travel to and from Nashville. 9. You’ll learn a bunch of new stuff to take back to your students. 8. It’s a great chance to expand your personal learning network (PLN). 7. You’ll go on an outing with more than […]

DENSI: What is all the fuss about?

As teachers we often work in isolation. The daily demands of classroom instruction, lesson planning, assessment, curriculum integration, meetings, continued professional development and district directives leave us with precious few minutes to spare for our personal and family life. How do you recharge and connect with like-minded educators? DENSI 2014 is your answer! If you […]

Apply to Attend #DENSI2014

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The Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute (DENSI) is a unique weeklong residential style professional development opportunity that brings together STAR Discovery Educators from across disciplines and geography with a common mission to energize their own teaching through the power of collaboration, technology, and fun. This year, we’ll be gathering on the banks of the Cumberland […]

Where in the World is #DENSI2014

You did it! You earned another hint about the location of the DEN Summer Institute, so here it is. But first, let me recap the previous hints: Hint #1: Not in eastern time zone Hint #2: Contiguous US Hint #3: In a state I’ve previously visited (that ruled out Oregon and Alaska as an FYI) […]

Where in the World is #DENSI2014?

Happy new year! I hope you are staying warm out there. Based on my Facebook feed, it looks like a lot of DEN members have enjoyed a couple of extra days of winter break. I see all of the reports of cold weather and it makes me dream of summer. Specifically I start thinking about […]