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8 UK teachers head to Chicago for prestigious digital teaching and learning event

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8 teachers from primary schools across the UK will be flying to Chicago this summer, after being recognised for their work as digital pioneers in the classroom.

The teachers — from schools in the Midlands, Hertfordshire, London and Devon —  have been selected to attend the Discovery Education Summer Institute, an exclusive professional development and networking event taking place in North America this July. They were chosen after taking part in a competitive application process, and impressing judges with their enthusiasm for using digital technology to boost pupil learning and achievement.

One of the lucky teachers is Gemma Clarke, Assistant Head Teacher of Grangehurst Primary School in Coventry. Gemma said:

“I’m so excited to have been chosen to take part in the Discovery Education Summer Institute in Chicago this summer. It will be such a fantastic opportunity to meet with teachers from around the world, and learn about the very latest digital technologies. I can’t wait to bring all that I’ve learned back to the staff and children at my school in Coventry!”

Christopher Goymer, a Year 5 teacher at West Hill Primary School in Wandsworth, has also been selected to attend.

“A trip like this is an opportunity of a lifetime — not only for me but for West Hill School as a whole”, said Christopher. “We already use digital technology in many of our lessons, and we’ve seen how it can transform learning for our pupils. It will be fantastic to learn about future developments, and to bring that knowledge back to our school.”

Also making the 4,000 mile trip are: Dan Ferry from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Islington, Julia Elfred from Christ Church C of E School in Croydon, Claire Trebilcock from Boringdon Primary School in Plymouth, Rachael Coultart from St. Nicholas Church of England Primary School in Hertfordshire, Stacey Trow from Delves Infant and Nursery School in Walsall and Matthew Haydon from Greet Primary School in Birmingham.

The 8 teachers will fly to Chicago at the end of the summer term, where they will spend an unforgettable week exploring the latest digital technology, hearing from inspirational teachers and networking with colleagues from some of North America’s leading digital schools.

Now in its 11th year, the 2016 Discovery Education Summer Institute will be held at the city’s Loyola University.

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

“The Discovery Education Community in the UK is really growing and we are delighted to welcome 8 new teachers to join our Summer Institute alumni. By taking part in this unique professional development experience, I know that they 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.”

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