DENSI 2014 Reflections

Waiting at the airport. The plane ride. The drive from the airport home. During all of those times and more, I’ve reflected on the week that was the DEN Summer Institute. I haven’t put any of my thoughts down on “paper” yet, and I don’t know if I will, but thinking about the impact the week had on not only the 125 educators in attendance, but the hundreds, if not thousands, of students is incredible. I know my team, especially Porter, puts so much time and effort into this event. It makes me proud to be a small part of it. My experience at the DEN Summer Institute the last two years as a member of the DEN Team has been very different than in 2010 in Boston, when I attended as an educator. One wasn’t better than the other, they are just different.

I love hearing about the DEN Summer Institute from attendees. I enjoy hearing what they love and how the connections and experience will change what they do in their classrooms and schools. I love seeing the smiles and the laughter. I love seeing the friendships made. I love seeing educators grow.

Over the past few days, I’ve spent time reading DENSI reflections from various attendees. Their experiences and thoughts about the event and how it has impacted them is very special. Below are the posts people have shared about their experience. Some of these educators are first time attendees. Others have been there before. Please take some time and read these posts. Comment and share your thoughts as well. If you’ve never been to the DEN Summer Institute, apply for next year. It’s an incredible experience.


Mary Ann Sansonetti-Wood –

Susan Bowdoin –

Melissa Remus –

Gina Powell –

Zulma Whiteford –

Wanda Hanley –

Dacia Jones –

Howard Martin –

Kathy Schrock –

Rafranz Davis –

Patti Harju –

Barbara De Santis –

Mark Case –

Julie Wenger –

Wendy Norton – 

Robyn Thiessen –




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