Take Your DEN Experience to the Next Level!


Just when you think the DEN can’t get any better. We are proven wrong. I know you all probably received this information, but the information is so exciting I had to post again. DEN Gurus are here! Check out the post below.

In the past four years the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) has grown in many different ways including the variety of ways educators may participate in the community.  You can be a Discovery Educator and participate in the online community.  You can apply to become a STAR Discovery Educator and engage in both online and in-person activities.  And STARs who want to shape the direction of the community can apply to become part of the DEN Leadership Councils.  So, what is next?

It goes without saying that within the DEN community we have an overabundance of talent.  Every STAR has his/her own special talents, skills and passion for utilizing digital content across the curriculum.  We want to continue to provide opportunities for STARs to share their knowledge with the community so we are pleased to announce another membership level – DEN Gurus.

DEN Gurus are STAR Discovery Educators who possess expertise of one or more pedagogical topics (e.g., Differentiated Instruction, Project Based Learning, etc.), have demonstrated their expertise through a variety of professional experiences, and advocate for the meaningful integration of Discovery Education digital content across their area(s) of expertise.

DEN Gurus will be promoted throughout the community as thought leaders in the educational field and have the opportunity to share their expertise in a variety of ways.

DEN Gurus will:

  • be featured as regular contributors to the National DEN blog
  • present their own featured DEN webinar
  • represent the DEN at a major educational conference during the year (registration and travel expenses covered by the DEN)

How do I apply?

Through a competitive application process we will accept up to five DEN Gurus in the inaugural year.  Applicants must be STAR Discovery Educators and agree to fulfill all requirements associated with formal recognition as a DEN Guru.

All application materials must be submitted by November 15, 2009 (5 PM ET).

The application includes:

  • At least one of the following that demonstrates your ability to communicate your mastery of the topic for which you are applying to be a DEN Guru:
    • Video of you presenting about your topic
    • Podcast of your presentation
    • Screencast of your presentation
    • Archive of live broadcast
    • Submit at: http://links.discoveryeducation.com/denguruapp
    • Make sure to include your first and last name as part of the file name


Application window opens – September 30, 2009
Application deadline – November 15, 2009 (5 PM ET)
DEN Gurus Announced – December 1, 2009


If you have any questions about the DEN Gurus program please refer to the DEN Gurus FAQ document and/or contact Lance Rougeux at Lance_Rougeux@discovery.com.


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