Posts By Porter Palmer

About Porter Palmer

Special education teacher turned DEN Princess. Lover of ALL things shiny, purple, and all things DEN. Has the best job in the world, supporting educators as they grow professionally and make differences for kids. I love helping the DEN grow!

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Fun

    Here’s a quick idea or two for St. Patrick’s Day. Use the resources in the content collection (US or Canada) to share the history and significance of St. Patrick’s Day. Click on the word Materials for suggested lesson ideas that you can adopt or adapt. Challenge your students to write creatively. Ask your students, “What […]

  2. Applying to the DEN Summer Institute


    We are currently accepting applications for the the DEN Summer Institute. This week-long residential style professional development opportunity brings STAR Discovery Educators from all over together to energize their own teaching. This year, the DEN Summer Institute will take place at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN from July 13-18. The institute is free, but there is […]

  3. Shared Values, Vision, and Goals

    Earlier today, a blog post written by Bill Goodwyn came across my feed. Bill is the CEO of Discovery Education, so I made sure I read it. Don’t think it is just because of his title that I read the whole thing. Really, I read it because every single time I have been around this […]

  4. In Search of Class of 2014 DEN Gurus


    We know that the DEN community is full of talent. Every STAR has his/her own special talents, skills, and passion for utilizing digital content across the curriculum. To recognize that talent, we established the DEN Guru program. DEN Gurus are STAR Discovery Educators who possess expertise in one or more pedagogical topics, have demonstrated their expertise […]

  5. Integrated Physics and Chemistry Course Added to Science Techbook for Texas

    Just last week, we added a new Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC) course to the Discovery Education Science Techbook™ for Texas. Built from the ground-up and developed specifically for Texas school districts, the new IPC course is fully aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. Now available for educators statewide, Science Techbook […]

  6. Great Leaders Summit

    This summer interact with some of education’s most respected and innovative leaders in a vibrant small-group setting for a professional development event hosted by NASSP in cooperation with Discovery Education and the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. July 20-24, 2014 Discovery Education Global Headquarters Silver Spring, MD   Learn more about the event here.

  7. Apply to Attend #DENSI2014


    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 […]

  8. A New DEN Summer Institute Hint!

    In case you haven’t seen it, the bright minds of the DEN Community have created a Google Doc to help solve this mystery. They seem to be down to seven states. We have actually narrowed it down to nine. I suppose the hints have been a little tricky. I mention the collaborative doc because that’s […]

  9. 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) […]

  10. DEN Weekly Update 1-31-2014


    This week’s DEN Weekly Update is full of great information for you! Here are just a few things to make sure you explore: February DEN Calendar Digital Learning Day Future@Now DEN Connects: Olympics Click through to learn about these great opportunities and more. Your DEN Team

  11. We Love Groundhog Day and So Will You


    Flashback with me if you will to February 2, 2010. The DEN Groundhog made his first appearance and our lives have been forever improved. If you missed the event, here it is for your viewing pleasure. Watch live streaming video from discoveryecducation at As you can see, we have long loved the groundhog and […]

  12. Future@Now: Feb. 26


    Join Discovery Education for the second annual Future@Now forum to discuss the transition from traditional classrooms to digital classrooms. Built off the discussions from last year, this new agenda focuses on the critical steps necessary to successfully implement digital learning. Future@Now: Roadmap to the Digital Transition will give attendees the opportunity to hear practical advice […]

  13. DEN Digital Learning Day: Feb. 5


    Digital Learning Day, organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education, is an annual celebration of innovative teachers and common-sense, effective applications of digital learning in schools that support teachers, improve learning, and provide options for students to achieve at their highest potential. For members of the Discovery Educator Network, digital learning is not just a […]

  14. DEN Weekly Update 1-24-2014


    This week’s DEN Weekly Update is full of great information for you! Here are just a few things to make sure you explore: Techbook Live! Digital Learning Day Future@Now DEN Connects: Olympics Keep reading to learn about these great opportunities and more. Your DEN Team

  15. DEN Weekly Update 1-10-2014


    This week’s DEN Weekly Update is full of great information for you! Here are just a few things to make sure you explore: Digital Learning Day Leadership @ Now Board Builder in Action Webinar DENapalooza 2014 Keep reading to learn about these great opportunities and more. Your DEN Team

  16. 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 […]

  17. Science Techbook Approved in TX State Adoption Process

    The Texas State Board of Education has approved the use of the Discovery Education Science Techbook series as a core instructional resource for elementary, middle, and high school science courses through its state adoption process.  All K-12 Discovery Education Science Techbook courses were adopted by the state, with 100% coverage of the Texas Essential Knowledge […]

  18. #DENchat is Amazing. Really. It is.

    The nice folks over at eSchool News created a list of 11 Amazing Twitter Chats for Educators and guess who made the list! That’s right. #DENchat. There are a lot of reasons it made the list including the awesome conversations and topics. However, I think the best part of it is that #DENchat is the […]

  19. 2014 DEN PreCon at PETE & C

    Join the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) team for a full-day pre-conference extravaganza: Discover (or rediscover) the Joy of Teaching and Learning.  This year teachers and administrators will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from each other, as well as our fantastic lineup of presenters, around relevant topics that include Common Core, STEM, assessment, […]

  20. Student Board Builder Challenge

    Have your students participate in Discovery Education’s new Board Builder Challenge: Holidays around the World. The challenge is open to students in all grades. The prize-winning board will be selected based on the most interesting content and the best use of the features of Board Builder. The prizes are a New Year’s Gift for the […]

  21. A Sincere #DENthanks

    Hello my friends! I try to say “please” and “thank you” like my momma taught me. Sometimes though, in the hustle and bustle of things, I forget. For the past 2 years, I have seen friends on Facebook do a daily thankfulness post for the month of November. For whatever reason, I don’t. I thought […]

  22. Featured Board: Story Elements Soup


    Hopefully you have already discovered Board Builder for teachers. Your students have had it for a while now, but just a couple of weeks ago this super cool tool made its way to your Builder Tools. I’ve been thinking of how I would use this in a classroom. My first thought was to create a […]

  23. Discovery Education & #GivingTuesday – “Explore STEM Careers at Discovery” Livestream

    Discovery Education is a company fueled by innovation, full of forward-thinkers who are passionate about harnessing the power of media and technology to better address and empower today’s 21st century learners. For #GivingTuesday, Discovery Education will hold a livestream event for students nationwide to hear from our company’s best and brightest employees. Students will have the opportunity […]

  24. Join Us for the State of the DEN

    Tuesday evening at 7pm ET, we’re holding the somewhat annual State of the DEN address. Come join us and find out about all of the great things going on and ways that you can connect, collaborate, and learn with others in your DEN community. We’ve update a bunch of stuff around the DEN, so let […]