2016 DENny Awards: Innovation category

We know amazing things are happening in the classrooms and schools of Discovery Educators every day. In this annual celebration, we take some time to officially honor goodness within the Discovery Education Community.

This year we received hundreds of nominations, and we are pleased to recognize Community members in a variety of categories today, including Innovation, which honors Community members who create their own paths for sharing.


DENny Award recipients in the Innovation category are:

  • Heather Hurley, Arlington County Public Schools, VA.  Heather has a long history of leadership within the Discovery Education community, but her creativity was truly on display when she shared her Spotlight on Strategies bulletin board.  Her brilliant idea has not only inspired others to follow suit, it was the foundation for the SOS Bulletin Board Kit that was shared during Teacher Appreciation Week.   This is Heather’s fifth DENny Award (2015, 2013, 2012, 2009) spanning eight years, the only person to have done so.
  • Dacia Jones, Durham County Public Schools, NC.  Dacia represents the very best of the DEN.  She has an amazing wealth of resources and makes it a priority to share them with the members of the Discovery Education community.  She has presented at Days of Discovery both locally and in Canada, and is a leading advocate for using virtual field trips to take students around the world without leaving the classroom.  This is Dacia’s fifth DENny award (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012) in five years, the longest active streak.
  • Paul McGuire, Ottawa Catholic School Board, Ottowa, Canada.  Paul has attempted to push the boundaries of the way Community members connect with each other, creating Voxer groups for principals and organizing book studies around instructional and trending topics.  Paul isn’t content to sit back and wait for others to come up with ways to participate, he comes up with ideas and runs with them.  This is Paul’s first DENny Award.
  • Brandon Wislocki, Irvine Unified School District, CA.  Brandon received more nominations than any other DENny Award recipient in 2016.  At last year’s Summer Institute, he went out of his way to hunt down first-timers and make them feel welcomed.  His Get to Know the Community video series has been an incredibly popular weekly feature on the blogs, and he always finds a way to bring out the best in every DEN member he interacts with.  While he could steal the show, he turns the spotlight on each DEN STAR and gives them a chance to shine in the spotlight.  This is Brandon’s second DENny Award (2014).

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