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Register Now for the Leader to Leader (L2L) Conference
What: 2011 L2L Conference
When: July 21-23, 2011
Where: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles Hotel and Conference Center, Chantilly, Va.
Who: The L2L Conference is an invitation-only event for ASCD leaders. A complete list of invited attendees is available at www.ascd.org/l2lconference.
Why: Learn more about L2L.
Cost: $100 registration fee includes conference materials, meals, and lodging for the nights of July 21 and 22.
Learn more and register at www.ascd.org/l2lconference. E-mail email@example.com with questions.
ASCD 2011 Annual Conference Recap: Thanks for helping us make the 2011 ASCD Annual Conference a success!
What Did You Think of Annual Conference?
“How about one word? Energizing!”—Lori Stollar, ASCD Professional Interest Community Facilitator, Emerging Leader Coach, and ASCD Scholar
“The Annual Conference was an opportunity to renew my commitment to ASCD through the recognition of our affiliate in Illinois, the excitement of new learning to remain current in the field, and the most important aspect of networking with educators worldwide...what an experience, and best of all I can do it every year!”—Margaret Trybus, Illinois ASCD leader and Student Chapter faculty advisor
“The investment of time and funds in this year’s ASCD Annual Conference has already paid off in terms of student engagement. We brought three teachers and all said they applied brain-based strategies the next day in their classroom with surprising results. They asked to meet over lunch to discuss how we can spread what we learned throughout the entire staff. We’ve made great use of Educational Leadership and several ASCD resources. However, being able to learn directly from experts like Judy Willis, Eric Jensen and Chip Heath brought a new dimension to our staff development. We are looking for ways to prioritize a new group of teachers for ASCD 2012.”—John Forbes, 2010 ASCD Emerging Leader
2011 ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) Winners Announced at Annual Conference
Luis Torres, principal of PS 55 in the Bronx, N.Y., and Brad Kuntz, teacher at Gladstone High School in Gladstone, Ore., are ASCD’s 2011 OYEA Winners. ASCD honored Torres and Kuntz at the 66th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in San Francisco, California.
The 2011 OYEA honorees are Maureen Connolly, Susan Kessler, and Ben Schuldiner.
Learn more about the winners and the OYEA Program at www.ascd.org/oyea. Pinnacle by GlobalScholar is a sponsor of the OYEA program.
ASCD Student Chapter Members Share Ideals, Enthusiasm
The morning of Friday, March 25, 2011, members of ASCD student chapters volunteered at the San Francisco Food Bank to sort and pack food for distribution to the city’s residents in need.
The Student Chapter Service Day, fast becoming an annual tradition, helps future educators reach out to the wider community for a worthy cause and meet one another in an informal setting. Read more in the Conference Daily archive.
We Value Your Voice
At Annual Conference, ASCD launched the Value of Each Voice campaign, which asks our leaders, members, and educators from around the world to tell us their stories about their education successes, challenges, and needs for the coming year.
We want to hear from you. What is your story? What challenges are you facing? How can ASCD inspire and support you and your work during the next year? Tell us at http://voices.ascd.org.
Meet ASCD President Paul Healey
Paul Healey’s journey as an educator began when he was a teenager volunteering with children with special needs. “This experience solidified my desire to become a teacher,” says Healey, who now has more than 33 years of experience in education. Read more about Healey in the Conference Daily archive.
Emerging Leaders Attend ASCD Annual Conference
Congratulations to 2010 Emerging Leader Shane Hotchkiss for hosting a successful meet-up at the Annual Conference Welcome Reception!
Check Emerging Leader Alina Davis’s ASCD Inservice blog post from conference: Can Educators Have a Work/Life Balance?
ASCD Affiliates Receive Recognition at Annual Conference
At the Leadership Appreciation Luncheon on Sunday, March 27, 2011, ASCD honored ASCD affiliates for their exemplary service to the education community with Affiliate Excellence Awards.
This year, Arkansas ASCD and Pennsylvania ASCD received Overall Excellence Awards. Texas ASCD, New York State ASCD, and Ohio ASCD received Area of Excellence Awards, and Ontario ASCD received an Area of Exceptional Progress Award. Read more in the Conference Daily archive.
Throughout April on www.wholechildeducation.org: Middle Grades
Ah, middle grades … a complex, challenging, and confusing time in adolescence. Also a complex, challenging, and confusing age for adults to support and develop! Nonetheless, there is more and more research that points to the crucial importance of this childhood stage. Supporting students as they transition physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially is key to ensuring that they are successful and healthy in high school and beyond. Join us throughout April as we examine how to support middle grades students’ healthy development and support and develop those that work with them in schools, in the community, and at home. Download the Whole Child Podcast on Thursday, April 14 to hear from Dr. Al Arth, education professor at York College and ASCD Middle Grades Professional Interest Community facilitator, along with Caroline Bloxom, principal of Pocomoke (Md.) Middle School. Visit the Whole Child Blog often to read engaging posts from diverse writers; leave your comments; and, as always, get free resources to help you ensure each of our young people are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged during the middle grades.
Save the Date: Inaugural Healthy School Communities Virtual Conference
Please join us from May 10 to 13, 2011 for the first ever Healthy School Communities Virtual Conference. Take part in this free online conference to learn more about health and learning. Topics will include:
· Aligning health and education in the school setting
· Improving school lunches and nutrition
· Physical activity and physical education across the school day
· Social, emotional, and mental health
· Staff wellness
· The Healthy School Communities model
Join HSC staff, mentor and mentee sites, ASCD authors, invited speakers, and guests to find out more about what’s working across the United States and Canada and share health and learning stories.
Mark your calendar now and check back later this month for more information on the Healthy School Communities website in the “Virtual Conference“ section. Space is limited.
Make the Case for a Local Whole Child Approach to Education
Help turn political rhetoric about investing in children’s futures into reality. Download the updated version of Making the Case for Educating the Whole Child(PDF) and fill out the new form(PDF) that allows you to make the case locally by adding your local statistics and success stories. Add your completed form to the Making the Case for Educating the Whole Child document and send it to decision makers in your community to help them understand the difference a whole child education can make. Need some reliable data sources? We’ve got that too.
Virginia ASCD (VASCD) Spring e-Journal features the Whole Child Initiative
The recently published VASCD e-journal features important Whole Child Initiative updates and lots of new whole child resources from www.wholechildeducation.org. Take a look at page 77 to read more and get ideas for your community’s updates. Need help putting together whole child information? We’d be happy to help. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New ASCD Publication Outlines Healthy School Communities Model
ASCD announces its recently published resource, The Healthy School Communities Model: Aligning Health and Education in the School Setting(PDF). This publication sets out the need and steps to better align health and education in the school setting. It proposes a change in the way we typically view health and education and schools’ role in whole child development. The premise for this publication arose from the continued existence of barriers to truly aligning health and education in the school setting. Great strides have been taken and implemented through the Coordinated School Health model; however, its effect up to now has too often been sporadic, temporary, or marginal. Comments and discussions about this publication can be directed to the ASCD EDge HSC Discussion Board.
From the #ASCDL2L Twitter Feed
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New Jersey ASCD Joins Curriculum Design Project
Eight districts in New Jersey have joined a curriculum design project with New Jersey ASCD (NJASCD) to create new curriculum based on the common core state standards in English language arts and mathematics. They have created a curriculum design template containing the essential components of 21st century curriculum. NJASCD will present sample curriculum in an NJASCD Curriculum Showcase to all interested New Jersey school districts.
The curriculum design template and a flyer describing the Curriculum Showcase are both available at www.njascd.org. Contact NJASCD Executive Director Marie Adair for more information.
Emerging Leaders Featured in Educational Leadership
In the monthly column “Among Colleagues,” educators have the opportunity to ask and answer questions on a variety of topics. 2010 Emerging Leaders Misty LaCour, Dallas Dance, Ayanna Cooper, Amy Lockhart, Kimberly Kappler-Hewitt, Kate Long, and David Stovenour have all contributed to the column over the last three months. Read their questions and responses:
· April 2011: How Can We Help Students Take Ownership of Learning?
· How Can We Promote Teacher Collaboration?
· Should We Allow Students to Use Their Cell Phones in School?
Events and Speakers
· California ASCD presents Leading in the Digital Age May 18 and 24
· Illinois ASCD holds a Common Core Standards Symposium April 29 (PDF)
· Check out Indiana ASCD’s upcoming events
· Kansas ASCD presents Understanding Common Core Standards for Curriculum Leaders on April 28
· Ontario ASCD featured Jim Knight April 18-19
Something to Talk About
Most popular on ASCD Inservice in March:
What Happens When 82 Percent of Schools Miss AYP?
Why Should Schools Have a Literature Curriculum?
How Can We Best Support Our Newest Teachers?
Most popular on ASCD EDge in March:
A Nation at Risk (edited by Yong Zhao)
Testing 1 2 3
The Leader’s Credibility: The Essential Ingredient for Successful Change
· California Teacher of the Year Models Closing the Urban Achievement Gap in New ASCD Book—In his new book Create Success! Unlocking the Potential of Urban Students, 2011 California Teacher of the Year Kadhir Rajagopal shares his original model for helping inner-city students, many of whom are African American and Latino, overcome a failure mentality to outperform thousands of peers on state examinations. Rajagopal outlines practices that can help educators close urban achievement gaps and develop genuine connections with any student population—even with students who enter the classroom lacking the intrinsic motivation to excel academically. Read more on www.ascd.org.
· Is It Good for the Kids? Giving Voice to the Profession—In his recent ASCD book, Education Week founder Ronald A. Wolk describes an education truth that we must strive to reverse: “How strange and ironic it is that teachers, whose profession is to disseminate knowledge, have so little time and opportunity to acquire it.” As school districts across the nation grapple with crippling budget deficits, educators must continue to dig deeper into their own pockets—and into their personal time—to fund essential services for students, from purchasing school supplies to investing in professional development. Read more on www.ascd.org.