Eleven years ago I was visiting my daughter’s elementary school and her teacher said, “Hey Sheryl, you HAVE to see this!” She went on to show me a “United Streaming” video clip and we both gushed over it. Back then, this was the latest technology in our district. My school didn’t yet have United Streaming, but we begged and eventually got it. Fast forward to Spring 2012. I attended the Spring Social Learning Summit meeting at Hylton High School in Prince William County. I received an invite via email and on a whim, decided to go. I had no idea what I would experience, but thought that I might learn more about how to use Discovery Education.
From the moment I entered the meeting, I was wowed by the knowledge and openness to sharing among the DEN members. Max and Cynthia were the organizers of the event. They were so organized, inspiring, and it is because of them that I joined the DEN. I left that day eager to learn and help others use DE in their classrooms. Soon after this, I attended the Silver Spring Day of Discovery and joined the Virginia Leadership Council. This year, I will be helping to plan Northern Virginia’s Spring VirtCon and hope that my enthusiasm can inspire others as Max’s and Cynthia’s did for me. Max and Cynthia, THANK YOU!!!!
This is the time of year when people share things they are thankful for. In the DEN, we are thankful for all of you – the fantastic educators who love to share, collaborate, and learn from each other. Working with you over the years has been wonderful and the DEN wouldn’t be what it is without you. There are over 5,000 STARs in the DEN and we know the community has grown over the years because people have been sharing with their colleagues and showing how great the community really is.
With that in mind, we’d love to hear your DEN story of thanks. Is there a person who got you started with the DEN? Did some of your colleagues drag you along and now you’ll never go back? Is there a great story about how you became more involved? It’s time to give a big THANKS to those that have helped you.
Post it to your blog, Tweet it #DENthanks, or just email the person. Then tell us about it.
We’ve created a brief form for you to use to give thanks and tell your #DENthanks story. We’ll be sharing these on the DEN blogs and can’t wait to hear how so many wonderful educators got involved in the DEN.