Administration Attends Discovery Education Summer Institute!

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This summer we will feature some 2014 – 2015 school year highlights as well as some of the exciting things that Jenison Public Schools are doing throughout the summer!  Please join us each week to discover something new and celebrate a fantastic and exciting school year!

Last month, Pinewood Elementary Principal, Rachael Postle-Brown and Jenison Director of Information Technology, Dave Tchozewski attended the summer conference hosted by Discovery Education.  The four day conference “was packed full of national speakers and collaboration time with principals from all over the country and Canada” according to Ms Postle-Brown who attended after being chosen by Discovery Education after an application process. On the first day “we enjoyed a meet and greet and dinner with our key note presenter, Thomas Murray, who works for the White House as an Education consultant and his focus is on futureready schools.

Mr Tchozewski serves on the Discovery Education Leadership Council and has been chosen to attend the Summer Institute[DENSI] the last six summers.  He adds, “DENSI is a coveted and highly sought event. Many hundreds of applications are received by Discovery each Spring as educators hope to be selected as one of the 125 members to attend the institute. Of those 125 attendees, about half are returning and half are new selections.”  In his role on the Leadership Council Mr Tchozewski attends monthly online meetings along with meetings for his specific team, Innovation & Strategy.  “I also assist with regional programs, including DENapalooza and DEN Ambassador, and DE Academies. DE does a terrific job of harnessing the power of the “people in the trenches”, the educators. The STARS and Leadership Council members have a significant voice in the direction that Discovery Education moves.”  Additionally, Mr Tchozewski is one of only 22 DEN Guru’s in North America and are chosen due to their notable contributions to Discovery Education.

 

One of the distinct advantages of participating in the Summer Institute is the ability educators have to network and learn from each others.  Ms Postle-Brown looks forward to using her connections and their collective ideas throughout the coming school year.  “I have so many resources and new information from the conference that I am working to organize the material and share it with my teachers throughout the school year so they can try some of the tools with their students and share with each other.  I have started some great relationships with administrators in other areas and will continue to connect and share with them as well.  One principal in Alabama and I have already spoken and I’ve received some great coding information, another in North Carolina – we have shared some literacy materials, and another in Texas – I have done some book chats with and I look forward to new opportunities by staying connected with the other principals.”

This is also true in the world of technology and its use in the classroom.  Says Mr Tchozewski, “My relationship with Discovery Education and other DE members has provided me with a new energy for education. With one phone call, email, tweet, or blog post, I can tap into the incredible pool of knowledge of DE members from around the world. Education is not something that happens in isolation. I connect with DEN STARs and Gurus on a daily basis for motivation, ideas, and collaborative projects.”
This Discovery Education Duo will be hosting another session of DEN Ambassadors this Fall [for teachers]. “Our goal is to assist and support our staff in making better use of the fabulous resources provided by Discovery Education.  My involvement with DE helps to extend my knowledge and skills and that transforms how I lead our district regarding educational technology.”
“In a nutshell, JPS is fortunate to have Discovery Education available for our students and parents. Their educational resources are top notch and their support of educators is some of the best. Every student in JPS has a Discovery account and we will gladly share student login information with parents.” Discovery Education also provides terrific resources for parents which can be found here.

Thank you for representing Jenison so well and bringing back all you’ve learned!  Our students continue to grow because of your dedication to lifelong learning!

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