Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the PA DEN blog!

We are so excited to have this space as a way to reconnect the tremendously vibrant PA DEN community.

A lot has transpired since the last postings on our state blog.  Discovery has renewed its commitment to connecting and supporting educators in powerful ways to enhance student learning.  PA now has a Leadership Council that will work to maintain excitement and facilitate collaboration among the membership.

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce our Leadership Council:

  • Peggy Barger – Events Co-Planner (Western PA)
  • Bridget Belardi – Events Coordinator
  • Jennifer Dorman – Co-Chair/Blog Coordinator
  • Kristin Hokanson – Chair
  • Jim Hopton – Event Co-Planner (Western PA)
  • Vicki Green – Events Co-Planner (Southern PA and Delaware)
  • Katie Leach – Events Co-Planner (Northeastern PA)
  • Marti McGrath – Events Co-Planner (Central PA)
  • Martha Perez – Events Co-Planner (Central PA)
  • RJ Stangherlin – Blog Contributer and Events Co-Planner (Eastern PA)
  • Erik Wittmer – Events Co-Planner (Southern PA)

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We were thrilled to see so many PA DENers stopping by the Discovery booth at PETE&C.  The booth was certainly hopping with the residual excitement from the DEN pre-conference event that was opened by Will Richardson ("A Web of Connections: Why the Read/Write Web Changes Everything") and closed by Steve Dembo ("The New Permanent Record").

Bridget Belardi, our Events Coordinator, set up a PETE&C wiki.  We encourage all DENers who attended and/or presented at the conference to contribute their notes, ideas, links, and etc. to the wiki and we invite all PA DENers to visit.  RJ Stangherlin and I both began processing the wealth of information we took away from the conference on our blogs and we invite you to contribute to our dialogue.

Throughout his opening keynote, Will reinforced that the power of affinity networks to inspire, engage, support, and sustain life-long learning is immeasurable.  I have learned so much from the interactions with my DEN family and know that many of you feel the same.

One thing to keep in mind is that our network is only as valuable as the willingness of our members to continue to contribute, collaborate, and communicate.  The Leadership Council is inspired and motivated to sustain our vibrant community, but we cannot do this alone.  We invite you to subscribe to our state blog and post comments with reflections, questions, and any other ideas for ways that the Leadership Council with the support of the DEN directors and managers can best build upon the talents and enthusiasm of our membership to grow our learning network.

Thank you for continuing to support each other through the DEN!


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  1. Jannita Demian said:

    Congrats to the PA Leadership Council! We are thrilled to have you on board!

  2. Bridget Belardi said:

    Yay, PA! I’m so happy that we’re back in full force! Here’s to sharing resources, making connections, and expanding the network!

  3. Patricia A. Hawkenson said:

    I am EXCITED to see the state blogs slowly coming back! I read them all and learn so much. The knowledge gained here makes me look good back in WI! Thanks!

  4. Keith Schroeder said:

    So goad to see that the state groups are coming back! I can’t wait to get one going in Wisconsin. Keep up the good work!

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