The deadline to apply for the DEN National Institute this summer is April 12 at 5PM (Eastern Time)! If you are even thinking about it, why not take a chance and apply. It is a fantastic experience where you can learn from the best.
If you are thinking about applying but are a bit uncertain, I thought I would recount a bit about my experience. I had been a STAR for a year or two and really hadn’t been that active in the DEN when I read about the National Institute. It sounded great! However, I am not a technology expert. I am a classroom teacher who loves to learn and tries to use technology to engage and motivate my students. While I was a bit intimidated and knew no one who was there, I was quickly put at ease by the friendly greetings of the Discovery Staff. Very quickly we were grouped with others from our state and region, so I quickly met a few others. (I was the only one from Massachusetts.) I learned so much that week. I learned from experts, I learned from peers, and I learned that there was a whole world out there of committed, energetic, and knowledgeable educators who care as much as I do.
Go on … give it a try … APPLY!