DEN: The Discovery Education Network!
The DEN is a community of educators who share. Nope- that is too general…..it is a family of dedicated, passionate believers in the well-being of students, who become part of your life and stay there. Over the past two years, I have been blessed beyond measure with these friends called DEN STARS. Tonight I decided that I had to pledge my love to them all again.
There are many educational communities and forums that you can join but none that compare to the DEN. I have a 24/7 hotline to the smartest people that I know. When I need a SKYPE date- they are there! When I need a shoulder to cry on- they are there! When I need a quick app or technical fix- they are there. When I want to share a school victory or a family tragedy- they are there. In the past few months I have watched as DEN family members have put their arms around one who has lost a family member; cried with one who experienced a tragedy in their school community; counseled one going through a divorce; rally around the PurpleFeet Foundation; and the list goes on and on.
Every day, I mean EVERY DAY, I receive a text, Facebook message, email, or Tweet from someone in the DEN. This summer I met and was re-introduced to the sweetest girls I will ever meet. We planned a pre-conference of our own before DENSI and met at the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. From the moment we laid eyes on each other- we bonded. We have a weekly texting-fest and catch up on each others lives. Next Tuesday- we will hold our 1st Reunion Hangout.
In October, I travelled out west to speak at a math conference. When my DEN buddies found out, they were eager to give travel advice, well-wishes, and even one (Brandon) tracked me down at Disney to take his one-second video with me. That is real DEN love. I realize that this blog is rambling but I just had to share my thoughts tonight. I get so giddy when I think of my friends and the memories we share. I can’t wait to continue the journey.
Why join the DEN? Because, hands-down, it is the best investment in people that you will ever make. Do it NOW! You will not regret it.