Teachers from Discovery Education’s UK partner schools are being offered the chance to win a trip to a prestigious ed-tech conference in Chicago this summer, where they will network with colleagues from some of North America’s leading digital schools, and learn about the latest ideas for using technology in teaching.

Now in its 11th year, the Discovery Education Summer Institute is a celebrated week-long professional development and networking event, bringing together teachers from across the US and Canada who are passionate about using digital media in the classroom.

Taking place at Loyola University in Chicago from July 17–22, the event will assemble over 150 teachers from the Discovery Education Community, a global network of teachers and education professionals who work together to share ideas, inspiration and resources.

For the third year running, Discovery Education is offering UK partner schools the opportunity to be part of the Summer Institute, and this year 8 teachers will be selected to make the trip to Chicago. The prize will cover the cost of return travel and full-board accommodation, and the winning teachers will spend an unforgettable week exploring the latest digital technology, hearing from inspirational teachers and sharing with their peers from across North America.

With its lively mix of energetic seminars and interactive hands-on workshops, the Summer Institute is designed to equip teachers with new digital skills to boost pupil engagement and achievement. The lucky winners will return to their UK classrooms with an array of new resources, ideas, and a renewed energy for integrating the latest technologies and digital content into everyday teaching.

Rachel Clark, Deputy Headteacher from St. Georges VA Church Primary in North Somerset, who was chosen to attend last year’s event in Washington D.C. said:

“Participating in last year’s Summer Institute was among the best professional learning experiences I’ve ever had. The event not only gave me the unique opportunity to learn skills I could immediately share with my colleagues, it also renewed my passion for teaching. I encourage all eligible teachers to apply to participate in this amazing event today.”

To apply teachers should visit the Discovery Education website – and submit a two-minute video and written application explaining how they use Discovery Education resources to transform teaching and learning. The closing date is the 15th April and winning entrants will be notified on 22nd April 2016.

Lance Rougeux, Vice President of Learning Communities at Discovery Education said:

“ We are pleased to offer UK teachers the opportunity to attend this prestigious event, as representatives of the vibrant, global community which supports it. The Discovery Education Summer Institute provides a unique opportunity to access the latest resources and ideas for digital learning, while sharing best practice with colleagues from around the world.”

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