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. Happy DEN Teacher Appreciation Week 2014


    Hi all! I hope you are ready for a great DEN Teacher Appreciation Week. We’ve been working hard to bring some pretty special treats your way this week, just to show you how much we love and appreciate you. I decided to be sneaky and send a message on Sunday just so I could be […]

  2. Take the DEN (and Peter H. Reynolds) to Work Day: May 9


    For DEN Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re giving you the gift of time. Gather your students and join the Discovery Education team at the top of each hour starting at 9am ET for Take the DEN to Work Day. We have 30-minute lessons already prepared  for your students. As a super special bonus, we a have creativity […]

  3. Featured Board: Celebrate Earth Day

    It is Earth Day, and I have a special Board to share with you created by Rae Ann Smith, a teacher at East Petersburg Elementary School in PA. She challenged her students to use the resources on this board to learn about Earth Day and explore what kids can do to help preserve the planet. […]

  4. DEN Weekly Update 4-18-2014


    This week’s DEN Weekly Update is full of great information for you! Here are just a few things to make sure you explore: DEN Spring VirtCon 30 Minutes of Discovery Social Studies Livestream Spotlight on Strategies Click here to learn about these great opportunities and more. Your DEN Team

  5. DEN Weekly Update 4-11-2014


    This week’s DEN Weekly Update is full of great information for you! Here are just a few things to make sure you explore: DEN Spring VirtCon Wacky Weather Livestream Spotlight on Strategies New Content in Discovery Education Streaming Keep reading to learn about these great opportunities and more. Your DEN Team

  6. Making Stuff with Discovery Education: Blabberize

    Join me tonight at 7pm ET for April’s Making Stuff with Discovery Education. We will focus on using Blabberize with images from Discovery Education. Please join us on Thursday, April 10, from 7:00pm – 7:30pm ET for a quick overview of Blabberize, including sound instructional practices, how to use it with Discovery Education,  and a  tutorial. Here is […]

  7. Join the DEN Leadership Council

    Enrollment is now open for the 2014-2015 DEN Leadership Council (DENLC). DENLC members are the most active members of the DEN. They mentor new STARs and each other. DENLC members host local events supported by Discovery Education. They support social media efforts and contribute regularly to the DEN blogs. Being a part of the DEN […]

  8. Class of 2014 DEN Guru Finalists


    The DEN is so full of talent, we were overwhelmed by exceptional applications this year. The judges were faced with the difficult task to select only 12 finalists. Congratulations to these STAR Discovery Educators on being named a 2014 DEN Guru Finalist: Joli Barker McKinney ISD, TX Sandi Dennis City Schools of Decatur, GA Mauri […]

  9. Top 10 Reasons to Attend DENSI 2014

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    Top 10 Reasons to Attend the DEN Summer Institute: 10. It’s free. Once accepted, you are just responsible for travel to and from Nashville. 9. You’ll learn a bunch of new stuff to take back to your students. 8. It’s a great chance to expand your personal learning network (PLN). 7. You’ll go on an outing with more than […]

  10. STARs in the News: Joli Barker and Elaine Plybon

    Late last week, the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) announced its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2013-2014. It comes as no surprise that the list includes STAR Discovery Educators Joli Barker and Elaine Plybon, two DENmazing Texas educators. Take a minute to send a little congratulations their way via Twitter or […]

  11. 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 […]

  12. 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 […]

  13. 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 […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. 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 […]

  16. 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.

  17. 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 […]

  18. 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 […]

  19. 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) […]

  20. 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

  21. 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 […]

  22. 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 […]

  23. 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 […]

  24. 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