2015-09-10 / Lifestyles

Area teacher returns to DENSI


Edie Erickson, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School teacher, is pictured with Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and innovation for Discovery Education. 
Courtesy photo Edie Erickson, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School teacher, is pictured with Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and innovation for Discovery Education. Courtesy photo SILVER SPRING, Md. – Edie Erickson, a teacher from St. Francis de Sales School in Manistique, recently joined 127 fellow educators from across the U.S., Canada, and United Kingdom for the 2015 DEN Summer Institute, an immersive, week-long professional development experience.

A global community of education professionals supported by Discovery Education, the Discovery Educator Network connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration. The six-day professional learning experience was held July 12-17 at American University in Washington, D.C.

DENSI 2015 featured a number of interactive seminars and handson workshops designed to support educators as they combine the latest technologies and digital content to create authentic digital learning environments that engage students and improve achievement. In addition, DENSI provided an opportunity for participants to connect, collaborate, and share resources, ideas and strategies for integrating the latest technologies and digital content into classroom instruction.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in the 2015 DENSI. During this experience I learned from and connected with other enthusiastic educators from around the world who share a passion for using the latest technologies and digital content to support the success of each learner,” said Erickson. “I am excited to share the new, creative strategies and techniques for integrating technology into classroom instruction with my colleagues at St. Francis de Sales School so even more students can benefit from this great professional learning opportunity.”

Participation in the DEN Summer Institute is open to educators recognized by Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, as STAR Discovery Educators. STAR Discovery Educators are active members of the DEN and proven leaders in transforming teaching and learning. The DEN is the largest and most active professional learning network of its kind.

“Edie’s selection for DENSI demonstrates her outstanding leadership and commitment to using the most innovative tools and methods to enhance students’ learning and classroom experiences,” said Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and innovation for Discovery Education. “The skills and knowledge Edie has gained from this learning experience will increase her students’ engagement in their own learning, and better prepare them for success beyond the classroom.”

During the DEN Summer Institute, Erickson heard about the latest trends in education from a variety of noted experts, including Trace Dominguez, Host of Test- Tube’s DNews, Discovery Digital Networks; Hall Davidson, Senior Director of Global Learning Initiatives at Discovery Education; Steve Dembo, Director of Social Media Strategy and Online Community at Discovery Education; and Dean Shareski, Community Manager at Discovery Education Canada.

In addition to hearing from education experts, Erickson participated in a series of interactive workshops led by the Discovery Education professional development team and other DEN members about creating digital content and integrating mobile and web-based tools into instruction; collaborated with fellow educators on a variety of educational technology projects; and shared ideas and best practices with her peers.

After participating in the DEN Summer Institute, Erickson will return to St. Francis de Sales School with numerous classroom-ready multimedia projects as well as new strategies and techniques to integrate digital resources into curriculum and instruction to transform teaching and learning.

For more information about the DEN Summer Institute, visit www.discoveryeducation.com/what-weoffer/ community/connect-with-theden/ den-summer-institute.cfm.

To learn more about the DEN and Discovery Education’s other services and initiatives, visit www.discoveryeducation.com

Discovery Education Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with awardwinning digital textbooks, multimedia content, and professional development.

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