Reach STAR Status in the DEN

As the DEN grows, we want to encourage our members to grow with us.  Therefore, we are enhancing the Discovery Educator Network so that we can offer special recognition and opportunities to members that actively participate.

The most significant change to the structure of the DEN is the addition of a new level of membership. Beginning September 1, 2006, every unitedstreaming user who registers on the Discovery Educator Network website will be considered a Discovery Educator. A new membership level—Tinystar_1STAR Discovery Educator Tinystar_1 —has been added to recognize the outstanding efforts that many members have shown in the past year as they have shared their expertise and insights with others.  You will be receiving an email on September 1, 2006 detailing your specific level.


Tiny2_1 Facilitate and report at least two events. Any time you share the power of Discovery Education with 3 or more educators, you are hosting an event.  Examples include:

  • Facilitate trainings, workshops or presentations that incorporate Discovery Education products such as unitedstreaming, Discovery Education Health Connection, Cosmeo, and Learning Adds Up.
  • Share an integration idea over lunch with a group of educators.
  • Demonstrate a skill involving unitedstreaming to co-workers before, during, or after school.
  • Present unitedstreaming integration ideas during local, regional, state, or national conference sessions.


Tiny2_1Complete any combination of two of the following:

  • Attend a STAR Discovery Educator event such as a face-to-face workshop, webinar, Digital Connections session, or a regional or national DEN event.
  • Recruit others to become Discovery Educators.
  • Disseminate information related to Discovery Education products and services with the use of a tool such as a newsletter, podcast, blog post, or journal article.
  • Upload a resource to the Discovery Educator Network website.
  • Contribute to Discovery Educator Network website blogs and/or discussion boards.

Each year on July 31, we will review the participation of STAR Discovery Educators around the world.  Educators who continue to share, connect and inspire others, as measured by the activities described above, will maintain their STAR Discovery Educator status and continue to enjoy exclusive STAR benefits.  Some of these benefits include the opportunity to attend regional and national institutes, participate in exclusive contests and promotions, download resources and publish personal blogs on the DEN website, and maintain access to a Discovery Educator Network Field Manager.  Educators unable to actively participate over the next year will not retain their STAR status, but will still be welcomed to participate on the Discovery Educator Network website.   

Breakdownfl2_2 Over the next year, we want to provide opportunities for you to grow along with us.  If you have any questions, please contact your North Florida DEN Field Manager, Danielle Abernethy. If you are in South Florida, please contact Karen Seddon.


So who’s ready to be a DEN Tinysuper ?


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  1. Christine Brink said:

    Me Too! And I hope to bring more stars from Flagler County. Danielle, our media specialist at Matanzas High School should be emailing you soon about having you come and visit!!

  2. Tom Turner said:

    I already know I’m a SUPER STAR! But that’s another story. I usually have a high opinion of myself anyways. At my next team meeting I will be going through and discussing the merits of joining up with DEN and what a COOL and AWESOME DEN manager we have for North Florida.

  3. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    I definetley plan on getting more teachers involvd in DEN. We already have next week’s Milk and cookie sessions agendas set (Closed Captioning and Cosmeo) so the following week will definetly be Joining DEN!

  4. Debra Gastelum said:

    I know where a galaxy of potential superstars are…

    I hope I can encourage my faculty members to participate in DEN. We have some of the most highly trained teachers in the state! Honestly!

    I just hope I can get them to join so we can all benefit from them and each other.

  5. Cheryl Cyrus said:

    Yes, yes and yes! Count me in to be a Super Star! With so many new teachers this year, I am never at a loss to introduce and train with all the available resources that Discovery has so generously provided! I am truly never out of resources to share and support our teachers with new “discoveries”.

  6. Wendy Norton said:

    I know hwat you mean about training new teachers and other faculty. I have been feilding questions on unitedstreaming since school started and am real happy at the number of teachers using unitedstreaming. I have also done some Cosmeo trainings on parent nights and it seems to be catching on.

  7. Sylvia Vigo-Smith said:

    Wendy’s right, the teachers that were introduced to unitedstreaming in our Osceola county school during pre-planning have jumped right in. One teacher on my team seems ready to throw out the textbook and use unitedstreaming instead. I’m hoping we can get her DENed before the year is out, adding one more to the wonderful Florida team of Super Stars.

  8. Michele Futch said:


    I agree with that teacher that wanted to throw the textbook out! At about $100 a book, just think how much money we could save. We could put that $ directly into technology instead!!!

  9. Nathan Guteras said:

    I will let my teachers know to join DEN. I think they will benefit from the newsletter and vast ideas for intergration of United Streaming along with their lesson plasn and thematic units.

  10. Michele Futch said:

    I think a teacher without DEN is not truly a teacher!!! If this sounds like you or someone you know, you better get involved while you can!!! It is truly the opportunity of a lifetime.

  11. Shannan Romer said:

    I can’t wait to be a SUPER STAR and to influence some of my co-workers to join as well.

  12. Angel Spurling said:

    I am ready to be a Super Star! I have already encourged other teachers from surrounding schools to get involved!

  13. Christy Smith said:

    I look forward to being a STAR DEN MEMBER this year! Now that we are all into the swing of things, my new teachers are ready to begin the discovery adventure. 🙂 Our events will be beginning soon!

  14. Tommy McClellan said:

    I am working on being a STAR DEN member this year! Thanks Danielle!

  15. Debra Gastelum said:

    A teacher without DEN is still a teacher no doubt. (I would hate to think I haven’t been a teacher for the last 14 years of my life.)

    Maybe a better way to state it is that a teacher without DEN is like an island unto themselves. Being a part of DEN makes you connected, united, and certainly more aware of the wonderful resources available that will help us become better teachers.

    After all, who wants to reinvent the wheel by ourselves when we can build a space ship as a team? 🙂

  16. Michele Futch said:

    Don’t take my comments personally! I am just doing what a blog allows me to do…state MY OPINION.

    I just think MY DEN experience has made me grow personally and as a teacher more in the past 6 months than my previous teaching years combined. It has been a very enlightening experience for me. Is it the same for everyone? No. But, like anything else we are involved with, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it! If that offends anyone, I am sorry.

  17. Donna Harris said:

    I want to reach for the stars!

    Discovery is the key to success!

  18. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    I wish I had DEN when I was in the classroom – I would definetly of been a better teacher! I have enjoyed the opportunity of showing this to new and experienced teachers giving them the opportunity to enrich their lesson plans. The “good” teachers always find ways of enriching lessons DEN just makes it easier and saves time!

  19. Debbie Bohanan said:

    I love the new label. It’s very cool to be considered a Discovery Star.

  20. Debbie Bohanan said:

    I think Discovery should create a new shirt with a gold star on the front and the globe with Discovery under it in the center of the star. How cool would that be?

  21. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Discovery is such a great network of teachers. I enjoy being a part of it and recruiting new members by showing them the power of unitedstreaming in the classroom.

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