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Monson Public Schools Educator Participates In Exclusive Professional Development Event

Monson Public Schools Educator Participates In Exclusive Professional Development Event From Discovery Education Focused on Using Technology To Support Student AchievementBoucher_Leni.jpg

– 2016 Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute Focuses on Strategies for Creating Authentic Digital Learning Environments –

 Silver Spring, Md. (August 2, 2016) – Leni Boucher, a teacher at Granite Valley Middle School in Monson Public Schools, recently joined over 100 fellow educators from around the world for the 2016 DEN Summer Institute (DENSI), an immersive, week-long professional development 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 six-day professional learning experience was held July 17-22 at Loyola University in Chicago, IL.

 DENSI 2016 featured a number of interactive seminars and hands-on workshops designed to support educators as they combine the latest technologies and digital content to create authentic digital learning environments that engage students and improve achievement. In addition, 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.

 “I am honored to have been selected to participate in DENSI 2016. This experience has helped me learn from and connect with other enthusiastic educators from around the world who share a passion for using the latest digital resources to enhance student learning,” said Boucher. “I am excited to share these new, creative strategies and techniques for advancing student achievement with my colleagues.”

Participation in the DEN Summer Institute is open to educators recognized by Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, as STAR Discovery Educators. STAR Discovery Educators are active members of the DEN and proven leaders in transforming teaching and learning. The DEN is the largest and most active professional learning network of its kind. 

“Leni’s selection for DENSI 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 Monson Public Schools, and support her 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, Boucher 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. Boucher also collaborated with fellow educators on a variety of educational technology projects, and shared ideas and best practices with her peers. 

After participating in the DEN Summer Institute, Boucher will return to Monson Public Schools equipped to help her peers transform teaching and learning with new strategies and techniques for integrating digital resources into curriculum and instruction.

For more information about the DEN Summer Institute, visit

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

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at

Faculty PLC Book Study Presentations

Differentiation in Practice - Team Bergeron

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning - Team Czarniecki

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning - Team Dionne

The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching - Team Doherty

A Better Approach to Mobile Devices, 5 Myths About Classroom Technology, and Teaching the 4 C’s with Technology - Team Fletcher

How to Design Questions and Task to Assess Student Thinking - Team Hudak 

How to Every Student Become a Mathematical Thinker and Problem Solver - Team Hurley

Enhancing RTI - Team Maloney

Classroom Management That Works - Team Pisciotta

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning - Team Silva

Making Sense of Math - Team Sitnik

Touchstones of Good Teaching - Team Terry

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning - Team Topham


PLC Teachpoint Reflection 2016-2017

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