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DEN Community Member of the Week: Patti Harju

Patti Harju is a technology teacher and 2nd grade classroom teacher at St. Stephen School in Michigan. She has been using Discovery Education resources for about 8 years. She shared “I loved all the resources and found great ways to engage my students. However, I was just scratching the surface of DE’s resources. I became a


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Calendar of Cool: The Pied Piper Lures Children out of Hamelin

  June 26, 1284 is the day when, according to legend, the Pied Piper led all of the children out of the prosperous German town of Hamelin. The Pied Piper has been the subject of much speculation and literature. There is no solid proof that he ever existed – some believe that the children of the


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SOS Series Celebrates the 10th Birthday of the DEN!

This week we are excited to celebrate 10 years of the Discovery Educator Network by bringing you a new SOS series for the summer. We’re calling this series SOS Twists and we are featuring your best resource, each other, in the posts! Each week during July and August you will hear from fellow educators who are taking the SOS strategies and giving them a unique “twist”. You will see examples of what those strategies look like in real classrooms, and we hope you will be inspired to use the SOS strategies with your students.



Lively Lessons: Independence Day

This week, citizens across Canada and the United States celebrate their respective Independence Day. The Constitution Act, 1867 united the British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a single nation called Canada. Each year on July 1, parades, firework displays, barbecues, and celebrations are held in honor of Canada Day.


Fun Fact Friday: President Atchison?

Did you know that Senate President David Rice Atchison was commonly considered President of the United States for a single day in 1849? It’s true! According to Wikipedia, outgoing President James K. Polk’s term ended at noon on March 4, which was a Sunday. His successor, Zachary Taylor, refused to be sworn into office on


5 Ways to Use Discovery Education: June Edition

Another Monday evening and another 5 Ways to Use Discovery Education webinar series in the books. We had a great turn out for June. Apparently the learning never stops.  Each month, we are highlighting DEN Community members as they share five unique strategies, tools, or resources for using Discovery Education in your classroom.  In case you


DEN Weekly Update: June 26, 2015

This issue of the DEN Weekly Update is full of great information for you. Here are just a few of the things to look forward to reading: Join us for the Live Stream from DENSI Learn what inspired the creation of the DEN from Coni Rechner Don’t miss the Summer Series on the Discovery Student


One Idea With: ASCD Author and Consultant Pete Hall

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews best-selling ASCD author and consultant Pete Hall. Author of numerous articles and books including Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom (ASCD, 2015), Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Learning Environment (ASCD, 2015), Lead On! Motivational Lessons for School Leaders (Eye On Education, 2011), Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success: