DEN National Institutes: Message from the DEN Team

Today, we sent out notifications to all STAR Discovery Educators who applied for one or more of the DEN National Institutes.  First of all, we must say that the response was overwhelming!  For every spot we had to offer, there were 2 or 3 or even 4 applications for that spot.  We are thrilled with the response, at the same time it does pose one big problem.  We genuinely want every STAR Discovery Educator to be able to attend one of the institutes and we hate sending out emails that have to say otherwise.  However, please know that if you were not extended an invitation to attend at this time and were placed on the waiting list, the following is true:

  1. There is a waiting list.  It is not just our way of being sympathetic or polite.  We anticipate that some STAR DEs will not be able to accept their invitations and we will open the spots accordingly.  Reminder: if you were extended an invitation today, you have until April 27 to let us know if you will accept or decline the invitation.
  2. This is not a reflection on you!  All the applications were great and demonstrated the tremendous talent and passion of our community.  You are a STAR DE for a reason and we recognize that fact.  But, we could only accept a certain number of STAR DEs this year and thus, we had an application process.
  3. We spent a lot of time with the review process over the past few weeks and looked at as much information as we possibly could to make our decisions (e.g., activity level, reporting events, etc.).

Again, we want to thank everyone who applied and welcome any questions you may have.  Feel free to send us an email ( or

The DEN Team


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