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GCPS Principal Attends Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute

Last Updated on Jul 28, 2016 at 9:02am | Public Information Office

Discovery Educator Network Principal Summit Focuses on Transforming Leading, Teaching and Learning Through Digital Media

Karen DeVore, principal at Northern Middle School in Garrett County Public Schools, recently joined 49 fellow principals from around the world for the 2016 DEN Summer Institute (DENSI) Principal Summit, an immersive, four day-long 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 professional learning experience was held July 14-17 at Loyola University in Chicago, IL.

During the DENSI Principal Summit 2016, DeVore learned new strategies for using technology and digital content to energize her leadership and empower her teachers from Discovery Education experts and her peers. In addition, participants 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.
Karen Devore with Discovery Education's Lance Rougeux
Karen Devore with Discovery Education’s Lance Rougeux

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in the DENSI 2016 Principal Summit. During this experience I learned from and connected with other innovative principals from across North America who share a passion for using the latest technologies and digital content to support the success of each learner,” said DeVore. “I am excited to share these new, creative strategies and techniques for advancing student achievement with my colleagues at Garrett County Public Schools, so even more students can benefit from this great professional learning opportunity.”

DeVore was selected to attend the DENSI Principal Summit through a competitive application process which involved written and video explanations of how she is helping transform teaching, learning and culture at her school, and how she will share with others what she learned during the summit.

“Karen’s selection for the DENSI Principal Summit demonstrates her 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. “Her participation in DENSI 2016 will help increase student engagement across Garrett County Public Schools, and support her 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, DeVore will return to Garrett County Public Schools with new strategies and techniques she can share with her teachers to integrate digital resources into curriculum and instruction to transform teaching and learning.

For more information about the DEN Summer Institute, visit .

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