Help ME Help YOU!

If you have seen Jerry Maguire you can appreciate the title of this post. At a pivotal point in the movie, Jerry Maguire (played by Tom Cruise) begs his pro football client (played by Cuba Gooding, Jr.) to “help me help you!”

As entertaining as it might be, I’m not going to follow you into a locker room and act out a dramatic plea for help. However I do need you to “help me help you”.

I’m working with an amazing group of DEN Leadership Council members who have signed up to be Rising STAR mentors. Back in May we launched The Rising STAR program to help welcome new STARs to the DEN. In addition to this formal program, we are also looking for new and innovative ways to support all STARs (new and seasoned) to ensure you are getting the most out of the community.

So, help me help you. Think back to when you first became a STAR. Or think about your involvement in the DEN now. What tools, resources, connections, webinars, etc. do you need? What can this group create or do for you? This is your opportunity to let us know what we can do to help you. Leave your comments below, or if you would prefer to send them directly to me you can send your ideas in an email to:




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  1. Diana Loiewski said:

    I love the webinars that pertain to my students and I often am able to sign up and use with my classroom.
    I would like to see more student focussed webinars.

    Thank you for all that you do!


  2. Deb Thonus said:

    In-person events are the most effective for developing connections with other educators, but that isn’t always possible. The next best things are online, live interactions like Skype, webinars, etc. I was planning to propose an unconference session at DENSI to brainstorm ways to increase the effectiveness of the Rising STARs program. Four people from my Rising STARs cadre are going to DENSI, and I see a lot of mentors are coming, too. What do you think?

  3. Therese Conner (a.k.a. Peg BundyII) said:

    I really need help finding a simple blank picture, with lines in the right places, that I can attach to my assessment so my students can label the parts of a plant. I teach K-2 and the diagrams I found were far too hard for the little ones. Can you teach me how? I’m a new DEN Star and making my lessons for the coming year.

  4. Therese Conner (a.k.a. Peg BundyII) said:

    It would be great to have a parent webinar that we could use, say at a PTA or similar meeting. For Miami-Dade,we need it in English/Spanish/Creole. It would also be nice to have the glossary in Creole too.

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