Quentin Alimayu, a teacher from Ladue Middle School, and Patricia Brown, an Instructional Technology Coach from Old Bonhomme Elementary, recently joined more than 100 fellow educators from around the world for the 2017 DEN Summer Institute (DENSI), an immersive, week-long professional development experience. The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) 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 16-22 at the University of California, San Diego.
DENSI 2017 featured a number of interactive seminars and hands-on 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.
“We are proud of our educators for their participation in the program and for their commitment to using the latest technologies and digital content to help all students reach their highest potential,” Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke said. “Our students will benefit from the new approaches to using educational technologies Quentin and Patricia have taken away 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.
“Quentin and Patricia’s selection for DENSI demonstrates their outstanding leadership and commitment to using the latest technologies and innovative teaching strategies and techniques to improve student achievement,” said Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and innovation for Discovery Education. “Their participation will help increase student engagement across Ladue School District, and support their district’s effort to prepare all learners with the critical skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom.”
In addition to hearing from education experts, Alimayu and Brown 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. Alimayu and Brown also collaborated with fellow educators on a variety of educational technology projects, and shared ideas and best practices with their peers.
After participating in the DEN Summer Institute, Alimayu and Brown will return to Ladue School District equipped to help their peers transform teaching and learning with new strategies and techniques for integrating digital resources into curriculum and instruction.