East Irondequoit Central School District teachers Stacey Gringer, of Laurelton Pardee Intermediate School, and Nicole Quick, of Eastridge High School, joined more than 100 educators from around the world for the 2017 Discover Educator Network Summer Institute at University of California, San Diego.
The immersive, weeklong professional development experience supported by Discovery Education connected members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences and in-person events, fostering networking, idea sharing and inspiration.
DENSI 2017 featured interactive seminars and hands-on workshops designed to support educators as they combine technology and digital content to create digital learning environments that engage students and improve achievement. 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 very proud of the educators from our district selected to participate in DENSI 2017, and our community is inspired by their commitment to using the latest technologies and digital content to help all students reach their highest potential,” said Susan Allen, EICSD superintendent. “The students of East Irondequoit will benefit tremendously from the new approaches to using educational technologies Nicole and Stacey have taken away from this great professional learning opportunity.”
Participation in DENSI is open to educators recognized by Discovery Education as STAR Discovery educators. STAR Discovery educators are active members of DEN and proven leaders in transforming teaching and learning. DEN is the largest and most active professional learning network of its kind.
“Stacey and Nicole’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 in DENSI 2017 will help increase student engagement across East Irondequoit 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, Gringer and Quick 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. Gringer and Quick collaborated with fellow educators on various educational technology projects, and shared ideas and best practices with their peers.
After participating in DENSI Gringer and Quick returned to East Irondequoit equipped to help their peers transform teaching and learning with new strategies and techniques for integrating digital resources into curriculum and instruction.
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