Apply to Become a DEN Guru

hero 150During the past five 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.  STARs who want to shape the direction of the community can apply to become part of the DEN Leadership Councils.

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 last year we announced 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. The current DEN Gurus were featured in THE Journal.

DEN Gurus will:

  • be featured as regular contributors to the Global 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 this 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 March 14, 2011 (5 PM ET).

Some of the requirements include:

  • Expertise Artifact Link- Share a link to an artifact that demonstrate your expertise. This might be:
    • PowerPoint/Keynote/Slideshare presentation
    • Handout(s)
    • Website
    • Blog
    • Wiki
    • Webquest
    • Articles in which you have been featured/published
  • Presentation Experience- What sessions have you presented? To whom?
  • Proposed Session Information- During the week of April 18-22, 2011 finalists will be asked to present their sessions via webinar. On the application you’ll need to provide a proposed topic and description making sure the connection to Discovery Education products and/or services is evident.


Application window opens – February 21, 2011
Application deadline – March 14, 2011 (5 PM ET)
DEN Guru Finalist Presentations – April 18-22, 2011
DEN Gurus Announced – May 17, 2011 (DENny Awards)


If you have any questions about the DEN Gurus program please refer to the DEN Guru FAQ document and/or contact Porter Palmer at


Here’s the link to the application.


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