Summer Institutes

For more than 10 years, Discovery Education has provided free immersive, residential-style, professional development experiences for our user community. The programming features seminars and workshops from keynote speakers, the Discovery Education team, and members of the Discovery Education Community. These experiences will energize your teaching, and the opportunities to connect, collaborate, and share with Discovery Educators from around the world will inspire you to continue learning and leading.

June 25 - June 30 (STEM Group Leaders)

June 26 - June 30 (Participants)
Participants are enriched through collaborative experiences with their peers, encouraged to investigate the Grand Engineering Challenges, and are equipped with new ideas, resources, and challenges to share with their colleagues for the next year.

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Principal Summit
July 12 - July 15 (All Participants)

School site leaders learn ways to use technology to energize their own leadership and empower their teachers while developing collaborative relationships with other school leaders.

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DEN Summer Institute
July 13 - July 20 (Leadership Council PreCon)

July 15 - July 20 (DENSI)

Educators explore resources, tools, and programs focused on leading and supporting teachers, media specialists, and administrators through the digital transition.

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2018 Location
University of North Carolina - Wilmington
601 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403
Important Dates:
March 16: (9pm ET) Application window closes
March 30: Acceptance/Waitlist notifications sent
April 8: Attendee confirmations due
June 25: STEMmersion Group Leaders begin
June 26: STEMmersion begins
July 12: DENSI Principal Summit begins
July 13: DENSI PreCon begins
July 15: DENSI begins

Discovery Education is committed to supporting opportunities for the amazing educators who use Discovery Education resources to connect both virtually and in person. We understand the role that vibrant professional learning communities play in supporting educators. We know that educators’ most valuable resources are each other, and we are here to help you make those connections.

The Summer Institutes take place in a different city each year.
This year's series is taking place in Wilmington, NC at the University of North Carolina - Wilmington.
Past Institute Locations:
2007 - Miami, FL
2008 - Silver Spring, MD
2009 - San Francisco, CA
2010 - Boston, MA
2011 - San Diego, CA
2012 - Bozeman, MT
2013 - Burlington, VT
2014 - Nashville, TN
2015 - Washington, DC
2016 - Chicago, IL
2017 - San Diego, CA & Charlotte, NC
2018 - Wilmington, NC

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If you have additional questions about STEMmersion, please contact Stephanie Hathaway at
If you have additional questions about Principal Summit, Leadership Council PreCon, or DENSI, please contact Jannita Demian at