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Posted August 16, 2017

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Educators Participate in Discovery Ed Summer Institute

Lesley Cummins of Cochiti, Melanie Flippo of George I. Sanchez and Susan Bowdoin of Mitchell participated in the exclusive professional development event focused on using digital content and new technologies to support student achievement.

Three educators from Albuquerque Public Schools recently joined over 100 colleagues from around the world for the 2017 DEN Summer Institute (DENSI), an immersive professional development and networking experience. A global community of education professionals supported by Discovery Education, 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 two-part professional learning experience was held July 13-22 at the University of California, San Diego, in San Diego, CA.

Lesley Cummins, principal at Cochiti Elementary School, and Melanie Flippo, principal at George I Sanchez Community School, participated in a four-day long summit designed specifically for principals, where they learned new strategies for using technology and digital content to energize their own leadership and empower their teachers from Discovery Education experts and their peers. DENSI Principal Summit attendees also engaged in dialogue on topics such as supporting teachers through the digital transition, digital literacy across the curriculums, building their school’s brand, and how to showcase their school’s success to the community.

Susan Bowdoin, Librarian at Mitchell Elementary School, joined a six-day professional learning event designed to support educators as they combine the latest technologies and digital content to create authentic digital learning environments. She 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. 

 “The exceptional group of educators selected to participate in the 2017 DENSI and Principal Summits have demonstrated their 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. “What these educators learned during this unique event will support their district’s effort to prepare all learners with the critical skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom.”

After participating in the DEN Summer Institute, the Albuquerque Public Schools educators will return to their school system with new strategies and techniques to integrate digital resources into curriculum and instruction to transform teaching and learning.

Get information on the DEN Summer Institute. 

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