Two Verona Area School District technology coordinators were among around 100 from around the world to attend a week-long summer professional development conference in Chicago in July.

Rita Mortenson of Verona Area High School and Karie Huttner of Stoner Prairie Elementary School attended the 2016 Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute July 17-22. According to a district news release, the event featured interactive seminars, hands-on workshops and an opportunity for participants to connect and collaborate.

“We are very proud of the educators from our district selected to participate in DENSI 2016, and our community is inspired by their commitment to using the latest technologies and digital content to help all students reach their highest potential,” said VASD superintendent Dean Gorrell. “The students of Verona Area School District will benefit tremendously from the new approaches to using educational technologies Karie and Rita have taken away from this great professional learning opportunity.”

To participate in the summer institute, educators must be recognized by Discovery Education, an organization that provides digital content and professional development opportunities for K-12 educators. For information about DEN, visit

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