Reach STAR Status in the DEN

Den_logo_finalAs 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—STAR Discovery Educator—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.

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.

Complete 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.   

Over the next year, we want to provide opportunities for you to grow along with us.  If you have any questions, please contact your DEN Field Manager.



  1. Gina said:

    What a honor to not only be a Discovery Educator but now a “Star” Discovery Educator!! How exciting! Can the logo have the earth be the shape of a star or is Discovery totally against that? Thought it would look cool. I must still be in logo contest mode.

  2. Glenda Jenkins said:

    I think this will pull more educators in to the DEN. Once they are registered and start seeing the possibilities that are offered, they will be anxious to become a STAR Educator.

  3. Sylvia Vigo-Smith said:

    This is a great idea! It definately gives me something to strive for, but even if this status wasn’t available, I would still think the DEN was great. Thanks for the opportunity for giving us another way to show why educators are the best STARS on the planet!

  4. Frank Bobo said:

    This sounds fantastic. I can’t wait until I host another workshop to keep the good news moving in Louisiana. Thanks Discovery Learning.

  5. Stevie Kline said:

    I too am honored to be a STAR Discovery Educator. If any of you get a chance to attend a DEN Institute, do it. I had the privilege of attending the NE one at Valley Forge and the energy and information there was exhilarating.
    THANKS Discovery! I am looking forward to an even better year sharing the website and resources.

  6. Lori said:

    The Illinois Technology Conference for Educators (IL-TCE 2007) is accepting proposals for general sessions. We’d love to have some Star DEN educators submit proposals to present how they are using unitedstreaming and DEN resources.
    Go to if you are interested in presenting and attending Mar 1-2, 2007

  7. Michele Futch said:

    I am proud to be a North Florida Star Educator and DEN member. I wouldn’t be the STAR member that I am if it weren’t for our fearless leader, Danielle! She is really a positive and energetic person to be around. She keeps me motivated and always wanting to do more!!!

  8. Mary Z. Cox said:

    Here’s a second for Danielle. 🙂
    She has such energy and passion to expand United Streaming. It is not easy to get the attention of the overworked and overwhelmed and she is succeeding in North Florida. 🙂
    Best wishes,
    Mary Z. Cox

  9. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Someone needs to blow Karen Seddon’s horn too. She has motivated me beyond my wildest expectation! She even changed my name to Debbie Discovery, DD for short!

    It’s wonderful to be considered a star and I love the new DEN video for new educators joining the program. I forwarded the link to my family too! Very cool.

    Thank you for giving us the star treatment. I have learned more over the last year just by being a part of this great network. Thanks for the inspiration, motivation, and renewed enthusiasm! Discovery is a great network and I am proud to be one of your stars!!!

  10. Janet Hallstrom said:

    I am honored to be one of the many “Star” Discovery Educators out there. Danielle is a fantastic Star Trooper. It is great having such a great organization as the center of our universe. Why not use a universe with glowing stars as our logo?

  11. Deborah Dotson said:

    The STAR DEN status is a great way for me to get other colleagues involved in the UnitedStreaming when their administrations don’t think that this technology is cost effective for their schools. I know individual teachers who have so many great ideas that they can now join the DEN and have a means to share their innovative lessons.

  12. Terri Stice said:

    I think the STAR DEN status is a great idea! It definately gives me something new to strive to achieve with Discovery! Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to become a STAR!

  13. Virginia Richard said:

    I love being a part of the DEN. The resources, access to the DEN field manager, and the technical support makes it all worth while and I love being able to blog now. I also like the fact that educators who like to share what they are doing in the classroom have the opportunity to access resources and ideas in an instant. Keep up the great work you are doing with the North Florida DEN. Virginia Richard

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