from Blog Chairman, John Christopher
Happy New Year Colorado DEN STARs!!
Our Colorado Leadership Council has officially launched! All of the LC members are excited and looking forward to a great year!
Here’s what you will find in this month’s Colorado DEN Newsletter:
- Colorado Blog
- Meet Your Colorado LC!
- Upcoming Colorado Events
- Upcoming Global DEN Events
- Maintaining your STAR status…it’s easy!!
Your Colorado Blog
As our LC gets up and going, you will be able to visit theColorado Blog – http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/category/colorado/ on a regular basis. The blog will allow you to stay up-to-date on all of the latest news and events around Colorado and the DEN. In addition to events, we hope to utilize the blog as a tool to share great Discovery Education tips and tricks, as well as highlight the great work our Colorado STARs are doing in their classrooms.
Meet Your Colorado LC
As I already mentioned, all of the members are excited about the launch of the Colorado Leadership Council. Here are the members of the 2011-2012 LC:
Chairperson: Jennifer Jensen
Events Team: Gwynn Moore (Coordinator), Christine Archer-Davison, Angie Wulff
Blog Team: John Christopher (Coordinator), Cate Beck, Shannon Wentworth, & Jason Cochrane
Visit the Colorado Blog to be formally introduced to all of the LC members.
Upcoming Colorado Events
- Learning 2.0: A Colorado Conversation – Saturday, February 25th
Learning 2.0: A Colorado Conversation, is a conference/unconference/meetup for teachers, administrators, students, school board members, parents, community, and anyone else who is interested in education. There is NO COST for attendees to join the conversation. Our Events Team is currently in the process of putting together a DEN STAR event, so be on the look out for future information.
- EdCamp Denver – Saturday, April 28th
EdCamp is an unconference devoted to K-12 Education issues and ideas. (This is a free event.)
- Technology in Education Conference – June 19th-21st
TIE will once again be held at the Cooper Mountain Resort. Be sure to keep your eye on our blog and newsletters for more information regarding a DEN STARs event!
Upcoming DEN Global Events
- DEN SCIcon2012 – Saturday, January 28th
DEN SCIcon focuses on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their science classes through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content. Visit this link to learn more and register for this virtual conference:http://links.discoveryeducation.com/scicon2012
- Digital Learning Day – Wednesday, February 1st
Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized educational experience.
- Spring Virtual Conference – Saturday, April 21st
Plans are just getting underway for this annual DEN event. The Colorado LC will be hosting an in-person event so mark your calendars now!
- DEN Summer Institute – July 21-26 in Bozeman, MT
Up to 125 STARs will be invited to attend the DEN Summer Institute. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with fellow STAR Discovery Educators from all over during an exclusive, intensive, week-long networking and professional development event. We encourage all STARs to apply! Visit the DEN Blog to learn more!http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/2011/12/19/den-summer-institute-2012/
- DEN Webinar Series
The DEN offers some amazing webinars for STARs! An upcoming event will be with DEN Guru Rita Mortensen on February 7th. Visit the Webinar page to learn about all of the scheduled webinars. If you aren’t able to attend the live webinars, remember that you can access them via the archives.
Maintain Your STAR Status
You don’t want to miss out on any of the exciting DEN events, so be sure to maintain your STAR status each school year. There are several ways for you to stay active in the DEN:
- Report at least two events from this past school year
- Report one event and upload a resource to the Educator Resources library on the DEN site
- Report one event and tell us one other way you have shared the power of Discovery with your peers (e.g., newsletter, podcast, etc.)
And it’s never too late to become a STAR!! If you have colleagues who want to become a DEN STAR, share the information from the DEN web site. The link to apply is at the bottom of the page.
We hope 2012 is off to a great start for you and your students!