Days of Discovery at Discovery Education’s World Headquarters!

On May 6, 2011, the Discovery Education team hosted more than 80 Administrators from Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. and North Carolina for an Administrator’s Day of Discovery.

The day was framed by two essential questions:

  1. How can digital content and tools from Discovery Education be leveraged to meet the needs of educators while increasing student achievement and transforming 21st century students into self-directed learners?
  2. As administrators, how do you facilitate the shift from students as consumers to students as producers?

Our featured speaker for the day was Dr. Jack Dale, Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools.  Dr. Dale connected with the audience by sharing his vision for teaching and learning in the digital age.  Following Dr. Dale’s featured presentation, Hall Davidson of Discovery Education delivered his keynote presentation: Taking Leadership in the Digital Age: Linking Engagement, Assessment and Achievement.

Administrator’s continued to network with one another throughout the day as they participated in a series of breakout sessions delivered by Discovery Education’s team and two DEN STARs from Montgomery County Public Schools, Lori Miller and Margie Gaudino.  A special thanks to all of our presenters as their energy and enthusiasm helped make the day a success!

On May 7, 2011, the Discovery Education team hosted more than 180 area educators for the Beyond the Textbook Day of Discovery.  Participants travelled from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., New Jersey, and North Carolina.  It should also be noted that a group of 18+ educators from Camden City Public Schools in Camden, NJ coordinated bus transportation for the event.  Thanks to all for helping to build the DEN community and spread the DEN spirit throughout the day!

Matt Monjan of Discovery Education kicked off the day by engaging his audience with his keynote presentation: Consumer to Creator: the Student as both the Learner and the Teacher. This set us up for the day, and helped make the transition into the various concurrent sessions. We offered a total of 20 concurrent sessions throughout the day.  These sessions were delivered by the DEN team including: Matt Monjan; Lindsay Hopkins; Whitney Mihoulides; Kyle Schutt; Porter Palmer; Hall Davidson; and myself.  Nevertheless, we could not have been this day a success without the help of our DEN STARs who presented.  A special thanks to Bridget Belardi, Mark Perlman, Jennifer Brinson, Beth Poss, Dawn Berkeley, Fred Delventhal, and Tracy Carpenter!  Every presentation was engaging and enriching, and all participants were truly engaged.

Following the day, Discovery Student Adventures sponsored a screening of Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice.

For a more detailed play-by-play of the May 7th Beyond the Textbook Day of Discovery, visit RJ Stangherlin’s blog. RJ travelled from the greater Philadelphia area to blog this event!


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