SILVER SPRING, Md. – Kati Searcy, a teacher at Mountain Park Elementary School in Fulton County, joined more than 100 educators from across the U.S. and Canada in Burlington, Vt., for an exclusive weeklong professional development and networking experience hosted by Discovery Education's Discovery Educator Network (DEN). The six-day DEN Summer Institute featured a variety of speakers and hands-on workshops designed to empower educators to enliven curriculum and engage students using the latest innovations in teaching and learning. It also provided an opportunity for educators to connect, collaborate and share resources, ideas and strategies with fellow educators from across North America.
"I am honored to have been selected to participate in the DEN Summer Institute and to have had the opportunity to learn from, collaborate and network with leading educators from across North America," said Searcy. "Participating in this experience provided me a unique opportunity to connect with industry professionals and fellow educators and learn new strategies and techniques to keep my teaching skills sharp and further inspire and engage my students."
The DEN Summer Institute was exclusive to educators recognized by Discovery Education as STAR Discovery Educators. STAR Discovery Educators are active members of the DEN and proven leaders in transforming teaching and learning.
"As a STAR Discovery Educator and participant in the DEN Summer Institute, Kati has demonstrated her leadership and commitment to using the latest innovations in teaching and learning to enrich classroom experiences," said Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and instructional implementation for Discovery Education. "Through her participation in the professional development event, Kati has gained new skills and ideas to apply in her classroom and share with fellow Fulton County Schools educators to accelerate student engagement and achievement and ensure students gain skills critical for college, careers and citizenship."