DEN Gone Country Mini-Institute Announced

Yes, it has been a long time coming, but the TN Leadership Council can now (finally!) announce our “DEN Gone Country” Mini-Institute!  You will want to read this article in its entirety to see exactly what is happening and how to apply.

Nashville is not only the home, but the capitol of Country Music.  Music Row and the surrounding streets and avenues have some of the most exciting music and fantastic history of any place in the United States.

The DEN Gone Country event will be held in Nashville, TN, from Friday, September 20th, to Sunday, September 22nd.  Included in the event will be the following:

  • Friday evening we will cruise down the Tennessee River onboard the General Jackson.  This 3-hour dinner cruis will be at no cost to attendees.  (You will need to arrive in Nashville early enough to make the 7PM launch time).
  • Saturday will be at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  We will engage in Professional Development that includes time spent with a Nashville songwriter for half a day and a fiddle player for the other half of the day.  This training is tied to Common Core Standards.  All participants will leave with a full curriculum to take back to their classroom, school, or district.  (Lunch is on your own).
  • Saturday evening will be spent learning to line dance!  We’ll hit a local establishment for dinner, dancing, and DENny stuff.  (Dinner is at the expense of the attendee).
  • Sunday morning we will tie it all together with DE Streaming.  Currently, we are planning on meeting at the downtown branch of the Nashville Library.  We will finish at noon-ish!

If you are selected to attend, travel and lodging costs will be at your expense.  Once we have a list of attendees, we’ll begin to help you select roommates at the hotel in order to defray those costs for you.

In order to apply, we need you to complete the wufoo form listed below.  This is an application only.  You will be notified by August 15th of your acceptance.  So, don’t make any plans until then!

Oh!  One more thing!  While it is not necessary, we will give your application extra credit points (yeah, just like in your classroom) if you pair up and bring another DEN Star from your state with you!

But you need to hurry.  Space is limited to 40 participants.  We will have a waiting list in case plans change at the last minute.  So, without further delay, here is the wufoo link!

Click Here to Apply!

Questions?  Feel free to post them in the comments.  We’ll be checking often.



  1. Techy Nana said:

    Wow, Tim, this is a great event! I know the attendees are going to have a wild and rockin’ time in DEN Country. Congrats!

  2. Anne Truger said:

    I just applied! Hoping to get my DEN family fix in September since I missed DENSI this year : )

  3. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    I have applied! Keeping my fingers crossed looks awesome!!

  4. Molly Hay said:

    Just a few more days to see if I will be going to Nashville. Can’t wait!

  5. Tim Childers said:


    You can bring anyone with you that has applied and been accepted. 🙂 We’re announcing things tomorrow, so have them apply tonight!!

  6. Lisa Linn said:

    Gosh, I thought the CA DENni was incredible and would love to apply for TN -More DEN awesomeness! I figured I could coerce Katie (Techy Nana) to come with, but I can’t do the AND the hotel. *sigh* So, do you have any idea how much the hotel may cost? Or the general location so I can shop?

  7. Tim Childers said:

    Lisa, the hotel is $120 per NIGHT per ROOM (that includes taxes and fees). We are asking attendees to book 2 to 3 in a room. There is also a free shuttle to and from the airport. Right now, I have TWO spots left. Want one of them?

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