In the last ten days or so I’ve posted about DEN (Discovery Educator Network) and the valuable resources that educators can access. But there is even MORE available if an educator will apply. It is known to DEN members as becoming a STAR DEN member. What’s the big deal?
Let’s look at what perks are available to STAR Discovery Educators:
- Personal communications and support from the DEN including the DEN Weekly Update
- A space on DE to blog, wheere members can collaborate and share with others 2.0 style
- Access to instructional resources posted by other Discovery Educators–they are a sharing kind of group!
- Opportunities to attend Discovery events; be the first to hear about meet-ups and opportunities, and best, most may qualify for recertification credits in my state (SC folks, be sure to talk to your district liaison for getting credits through these opportunities, what is acceptable varies from district to district.)
- Access to exclusive STAR Discovery Educator promotions and contests–win all kinds of resources
- STAR-only professional development opportunities such as the DEN Summer Institute
Becoming a STAR Discovery Educator is easy. Educators just need to commit to sharing the power of Discovery Education and digital media with their colleagues, then do so. It’s a two step process.
Step 1 – Watch an informative video; apply
At this point you can read specific details straight from Discovery Education about what a STAR is and what it means. At the very bottom of this page filled with valuable information there is a link to apply. Click on the link, and complete the application.
WHAT!? There’s a TEST!!??
Yeah, there’s an application quiz, but DE has provided all the answers in a quick video provided for you to watch, so don’t worry about that quiz. In all likelihood if you are exploring STAR DEN status, you already know all the answers. Don’t think of it as a quiz, instead think of it as a survey so DE can get to know you.
Part 2 of the Process:
Log/Report two events. EASY. I saw this acronym on Porter Palmer’s post on this DEN Blog (shared via Karen Ogen) so I’m reposting a screenshot of it here. This post really outlines WELL the process for becoming a STAR DEN, and so very much worth the click and time to visit and read.
To maintain your STAR status, just annually report two events. Many of you do this naturally, in formal settings (i.e. team meeting, department meeting, faculty meetings) but even those informal meetings count (i.e. over lunch with two or more colleagues.) Just share what you did. Be sure to completely read Porter Palmer’s helpful DEN post about becoming a STAR. It has great screenshots and important information that will help.