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  • Neurodiversity Workshop To Be Neurodiversity Workshop To Be Held In Portland, Maine, April 4, 2014

    • From: Thomas_Armstrong
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      On April 4, 2014, I’ll be doing a full-day workshop for Transdisciplinary Workshops at the Regency Hotel, in Portland, Maine.  Here is a description of the workshop:

      The Power of Neurodiversity:  Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain (and Your Children and Students’ Brains Too!) 

      Neurodiversity is a revolutionary new concept that suggests we look at exceptional individuals in terms of their diversities rather than their disabilities.  In this workshop, you will learn to reframe the way you think about yourself, your children, and your students when it comes to labels such as learning disabled, ADHD, autistic, developmentally disabled, and socially and/or emotionally disordered.   

      Dr. Armstrong will share current research on the strengths of people with the above labels to counteract the tendency that currently exists in education, psychology, and psychiatry to focus on weaknesses in those with mental health labels.  

      • Did you know, for example, that people with autism are better than average at perceiving small details, understanding how systems work, and having strong interests in a wide variety of topics?
      • Did you know that people with ADHD are attracted to novelty, do better out in nature, and need to learn by moving?
      • Did you know that people with dyslexia make excellent entrepreneurs, can visualize in three-dimensions, and are able to think ‘’outside the box’’? 

      After presenting five basic principles of neurodiversity, Dr. Armstrong will devote most of the workshop to seven practical tools that can be used to help neurodiverse individuals—yourself, your kids, and/or your students—become more successful in school, work, and life.  These strategies include:   

      • Becoming aware of your strengths
      • Using positive role models to inspire a desire to meet challenges head-on
      • Employing assistive technologies and Universal Design for Learning methodologies to overcome obstacles
      • Creating enhanced social networks that support and help you, your children, and/or your students become all that they are capable of being
      • Developing positive environmental modifications that can make it easier to think, learn, and perform at home and/or at school
      • Utilizing strength-based learning strategies to solve problems, develop skills, and create projects.
      • Nurturing affirmative career aspirations that match the strengths of an individual with jobs that are out there in the marketplace     

      The workshop will use a wide range of learning methods, including lecture, Power Point slides, experiential activities, peer sharing, small and large group discussion, and strengths assessment.  Participants will fill out a 165-item Neurodiversity Strengths Inventory to identify strengths in themselves, their children, and/or their students, and learn how to use those strengths to create positive niches within which they can flourish.  Participants will leave this workshop with a new and more hopeful attitude toward individuals who are ‘’differently wired’’ and a new set of tools for helping neurodiverse people achieve success in school and life

      Here is information about the workshop.  To sign up for the workshop, click here.

      CEUs: This workshop has been approved for 6 CEs for Maine Psychologists and .6 Continuing Education Credits from University of Maine.
      Application has been made for certification by Commonwealth Education Seminars Continuing Education Credit Provider Program for the professional continuing education of Social Workers, Nurses, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.  Application has been made for APA approval for psychologists as well.
      Date: Apr 04, 2014
      Start Time: 8:30 AM
      End Time: 3:30 PM
      Speaker(s): Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.
      Location: Regency Hotel – Portland, Maine
      Early Tuition Due Date: Mar 04, 2014
      Early Tuition: $165
      Late Tuition: $180
      Luncheon: Continental breakfast and snacks will be provided.  Lunch is on your own from 12:00 – 1:00.  There are many restaurants within walking distance.
      Intended Audience: This workshop is of interest to educators, mental health professionals, psychologists, parents and administrators
      Audience Capacity: 100
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  • I don't believe in philosophie I don't believe in philosophies of education anymore

    • From: Mindy_Keller-Kyriakides
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      This statement, from an instructional coach, really surprised me.

      Her reasoning was, essentially, that once a teacher is faced with the reality of the classroom, a philosophy is useless.

      She argued, “Knowing that you have the task of motivating those students to learn, managing a group of children, or tweens, or teens who could conceivably turn on you at any point. Trust me. By minute two of that experience, all the philosophy statements you’ve ever written are forgotten.”

      I have to disagree.

      Maybe it’s because it isn’t the writing of the philosophy that’s the important thing. After all, writing it down doesn’t mean much. It’s the living of the philosophy that makes it your philosophy, and my colleague implies that a living of a philosophy isn’t possible when faced with reality.


      If the philosophy is so far removed from reality that it cannot be lived, then, sure. It’s a messed up philosophy, and she makes a valid point about preservice educators and new teachers being asked to write one when they have not experienced that reality. Sure, that makes sense!

      But a philosophy of education isn’t a stagnant mode of thinking. It’s flexible and changing. So it makes even more sense, then, that experienced educators who have lived the reality (as she is), DO have a philosophy of education. A real, workable philosophy. One that they can convey every day.

      My philosophy of education relies on my being authentic with my students at all times, particularly when I am unsure, stressed, or completely wrong because students don’t need a teacher to be perfect. They need to see a mature adult working through what is not perfect. They need to see how to handle things when those things don’t go “right.” And if we go off-track, but immediately verbalize awareness of that lapse or error to move back on track, we have taught those students the most valuable lesson of all: how to be a life-long learner.

      A large part of this philosophy entails the willingness of the teacher to be a fellow learner with students. A sense of community brought into the classroom stems from that teacher as student. In our collaborative book, one of my former students wrote:

      You learned from us. You made us feel like our input mattered. As you taught us, you also thrived on our myriad perspectives. Due to this simple characteristic, you managed to reach me more than any other teacher had. Because while other exceptional teachers may have managed to draw out our interest as students, they were the teacher and we, the students. Not THEIR students, merely THE students.

      But with you, we were all in it together. We thrived and grew off of each other. And while you were clearly the authority, the source of our knowledge, our teacher, you were also our mentor. There with us. Growing with us. ~Daniel

      This sense of “all in it together” is a powerful force to embrace, particularly as we find ourselves in the Digital Age. Helping students understand that technology is a tool that can be molded, wielded, created, and enhanced is where teachers are at this moment in education. Integrating technology in curriculum is not an “extra” to be tagged onto a lesson, nor is it something just for the privileged or gifted.

      If teachers are to ensure that they have adequately prepared students for the kinds of problems that they will encounter in the future, then we must be prepared to learn alongside them, work through the glitches and our own mistakes, and find the balance between what is known and what can be. I want to continue to thrive and grow with my students.

      Philosophies of education can aid new and struggling teachers, but they have to have the opportunity to develop them and live them, not just write them down. And certainly, not dispense with the exercising of this thought because it requires an adjustment of perspective. To the contrary, that is why teachers should be asked to reflect on their philosophy, again and again.


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  • Teaching as Leadership: Demyst Teaching as Leadership: Demystifying the “Natural Born” Teacher

    • From: John_Smith4
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      Distinguishing an exceptional or truly gifted teacher from all the others is relatively easy. We immediately know one when we see or experience one—but articulating the distinction is somewhat elusive business. Over the years Hollywood has supplemented, or even more likely, constructed the ways in which we conceive of teachers. Countless films have produced this ubiquitous, misty-eyed, self-deprecating freedom fighter—part teacher, part miracle worker—capable of shaking up the education system and surmounting the insurmountable.

      But according to Steven Farr, author of Teaching as Leadership, there is nothing “mysterious” or “magical” about it. He is quick to dispel the Hollywood paradigm and argues that “It [exceptional teaching] is neither a function of dynamic personality nor dramatic performance.”

      Since 2001, Farr has overseen Teach For America, a nonprofit, two-year program that sends college graduates into low-income schools to teach. Over the last decade, he has been compiling data—observations, questionnaires, and interviews generated by the nonprofit—on half a million American children with a primary goal: demystifying the pedigree teacher and determining what differentiates that teacher from less effective ones.

      This data yielded a specific set of patterns. Pedigree teachers, Farr found, set and maintain high expectations for their students; they plan purposefully and tirelessly. But perhaps most importantly, they habitually reevaluate their approach, which means that their methodology is always fluctuating and in the process “of becoming.” This is not to suggest that the teacher does not have a plan. To the contrary, highly-effective teachers rely on effective execution; they know, in Farr’s words, how to “squeeze extra learning time” out of each day and maintain a “hypersensitivity to wasted learning time.”

      That said, what these teachers do not use is a pedagogical formula or a “teach to the topphilosophy. They make sure that students—all of them— comprehend the material. Farr explains that simply asking, “Does everyone understand?” is a classic misstep. For whatever reason, many students often cannot or will not be able to articulate their confusion. Superstar teachers use ongoing assessment and quick checks for understanding—short quizzes, for example, or having students share with peers—to ensure that students are with them all the way. This approach not only helps the teacher gauge student progress, but it encourages students to self-assess and take ownership of their education.

      According to Farr, this approach helps teachers “build in their students the metacognitive skills necessary to recognize the extent of their own understanding. Strong teachers work to teach students to think critically about what they do …” And when this happens, teachers are able to put more confidence in questions like, “Does everyone understand?”

      To learn more about this topic and other related educational leadership resources visit Marygrove.Edu.



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  • An Open Invitation to Exceptio An Open Invitation to Exceptional Children Teachers and Specialists

    • From: Steven_Weber
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      ASCD EDge has educators who frequently write about the following topics:



      Collaborative Teams

      College Readiness

      Common Core State Standards

      Curriculum Alignment

      Curriculum Development

      Curriculum Mapping

      Differentiated Instruction

      Educational Leadership

      English Language Learners

      Grading Practices


      School Improvement


      Technology Integration

      21st Century Skills

      Understanding by Design

      Web 2.0 Tools



      ASCD EDge has grown from 12 members (ASCD Staff) to over 25,000 members.  One important topic seems to be missing from the professional conversations.  Who is addressing "Exceptional Children?"  There are thousands of specialists, teachers, school administrators and parents with expertise in this area.  With over 25,000 members, one would think that this topic would have several blogs and even an expert who blogs on a regular basis.  This is an open invitation to anyone who works with Exceptional Children (EC) in K-12 schools.  Your experiences and resources will benefit all teachers and administrators.


      ASCD EDge helps you start or join professional conversations.  If you have a specialized interest, you can join an existing group (i.e., Understanding by Design or Teaching English Language Learners) or create a new group.  ASCD EDge provides educators with the opportunity for teachers, administrators, curriculum coordinators and others to share ideas, discuss recent books about curriculum, share tools for supporting the work of teachers and administrators, and participate in an online professional learning community.  If you are still wondering how ASCD EDge will support your career, join today!  You will have access to educators who share your interests and who are waiting to learn from your experiences!


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  • L2L News: May 2011 L2L News: May 2011

    • From: Meg_Cohen
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      ASCD Leader to Leader (L2L) News is a monthly e-mail newsletter for ASCD constituent group leaders that builds capacity to better serve members; provides opportunities to promote and advocate for ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative; and engages groups through sharing and learning about best practices. To submit a news item for the L2L newsletter, send an e-mail to constituentservices@ascd.org.


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      Add #ASCDL2L to your tweets and follow the feed to share news and resources with your fellow ASCD leaders.


      This Month’s L2L News

      ·         Register Now for the Leader to Leader Conference

      ·         Introducing New Constituent Programs Staff

      ·         Leader to Leader Spotlight
      Highlights from Marie Adair, Richard Lange, Alice Wells, Misty LaCour, Dallas Dance, Ayanna Cooper, Rhode Island ASCD, Hawaii ASCD, Indiana ASCD, and Maryland ASCD

      ·         Throughout May on Wholechildeducation.org: Getting to Community Engagement

      ·         ASCD Awarded $3 Million Grant to Aid Common Core Standards Implementation

      ·         ASCD Interviews Secretary Duncan

      ·         Mark Your Calendar: Important Dates and Meetings

      ·         Something to Talk About

      Association News



      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 nights July 21 and 22.

      Learn more and register at www.ascd.org/l2lconference. E-mail l2levent@ascd.org with questions.


      Introducing New Constituent Programs Staff

      Kevin Scott
      Constituent Services Director

      Please join us in giving our new ASCD Constituent Services Director Kevin Scott a warm welcome to ASCD! Kevin has served as member services manager for National School Board Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE), where he facilitated meetings with members; wrote the CUBE’s Urban Edge newsletter;  provided content for NSBA’s BoardBuzz blog; and maintained CUBE’s presence on Twitter. He oversaw CUBE’s Annual Award for School Board Excellence and represented NSBA on the American School Counselor award panel. Kevin spent seven years teaching 7th grade history in Fairfax County Public Schools and has worked for other associations as the education director. In addition to providing services and consultation to affiliates, Kevin will work with the Emerging Leaders and Student Chapters Programs. To contact Kevin, friend him on ASCD EDge or e-mail him at Kevin.Scott@ascd.org.

      Melanie Roberts
      Project Coordinator for Constituent Programs

      Please welcome Project Coordinator Melanie Roberts to ASCD! Melanie Roberts joins us from New York, where she recently graduated from Adelphi University. Melanie comes to ASCD with experience working for the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, which is located in Washington, D.C. Melanie’s work will involve support for all ASCD constituent groups. To contact Melanie, friend her on ASCD EDge or e-mail her at constituentservices@ascd.org.

      Be sure to friend Kevin Scott and Melanie Roberts on ASCD EDge, along with other Constituent Programs staff members Layla Allahverdi, Scott Fuller, Theresa Lewallen, Walter McKenzie, and Meg Simpson.


      ASCD Affiliate Program Highlighted in Education Update

      In this month’s issue of Education Update, ASCD affiliates were highlighted in an article titled “ASCD’s Award-Winning Affiliates.” The article highlighted Affiliate Recognition Award recipients as well as the affiliate program, and how to become an affiliate member. Read the full article on ascd.org.


      What’s Your Favorite ASCD Resource?

      “The ASCD website is the resource that I use often. I can locate most anything on it!”Marie Adair, New Jersey ASCD executive director

      “My favorite ASCD resources are the staff members in the Constituent Services Department. You are always way on top of things and very helpful for all kinds of matters. Keep up the good work.”Richard Lange, Mentoring and Leadership Professional Interest Community facilitator

      “I have used the information in the ASCD SmartBrief for years! That is a favorite resource of mine! Another favorite resource is being able to connect with fellow affiliate executive directors! You are all are such a wealth of information!”Alice Wells, Arizona ASCD executive director

      What’s your favorite ASCD resource? Tell us in the Leader to Leader group on ASCD EDge and we’ll include it in a future L2L newsletter!


      ASCD Emerging Leader Asks, “How Can We Help Students Take Ownership of Learning?”

      2010 ASCD Emerging Leader Misty LaCour asks in the Educational Leadership “Among Colleagues” column and on ASCD Inservice, “Many students struggle with the concept of individual responsibility. What techniques have you found to be particularly helpful in encouraging your students to take ownership of their own learning?” 2010 Emerging Leaders Dallas Dance and Ayanna Cooper provided their input; do you have thoughts on student ownership of learning? Post your input in the comments section on ASCD Inservice.


      Rhode Island ASCD Presents Whole Child Policy Paper

      Rhode Island ASCD presented a policy analysis and action agenda paper titled, “How a Whole Child Approach Can Transform Education in Rhode Island” to the Rhode Island Council of the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC).  The NESSC is a “pioneering regional partnership committed to fostering forward-thinking innovations in the design and delivery of secondary education in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.” The consortium's goal is to ensure that every public high school student in these states receives an education that prepares them for success in 21st century colleges, careers, and communities. David Griffith will be joining Rhode Island for the presentation and will communicate ways that federal education policy is addressing a whole child agenda.

      For more information, contact Rhode Island ASCD Executive Director Elizabeth Brito.


      Events and Speakers

      ·         Hawaii ASCD reports that their April 21conference with Eric Jenson was a great success with over 200 attendees.

      ·         Indiana ASCD hosts online book studies throughout June and July 2011:

      o   FOCUS: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning by Michael Schmoker

      o   Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships by Anne T. Henderson, Vivian Johnson, Karen L. Mapp,  and Don Davies

      o   The Respectful School by Stephen Wessler

      ·         Maryland ASCD hosts year-end Spring Dinner celebration of learning, teaching and leading on May 25.


      Throughout May on www.wholechildeducation.org: Getting to Community Engagement  

      There is much talk about the need for communities to engage in our young people’s education. We know research backs up the need for community involvement. However, most communities still struggle to create meaningful and sustainable community involvement. For many, questions persist about the concept of community. Who is my community? What does community involvement look like? How do we build and sustain community involvement? When these and other questions remain unanswered, it’s difficult to create an active community that is a meaningful part of educating the whole child. Join us throughout May as we examine how communities can create a sense of “we” that leaves its members and stakeholders ready to act on behalf of the whole child.

      Download the May Whole Child Podcast to hear from Hugh Price, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, former president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League, and author of Mobilizing the Community; Deborah Wortham, the former superintendent of the Steelton-Highspire School District in Pennsylvania; and Dave LaRose, superintendent of South Kitsap School District in Washington State. Together, these practitioners and leading thinkers bring exceptional experience, wisdom, and practical advice for building and sustaining the will of communities to act on behalf of the whole child. 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 that your community is working to ensure that each of our young people are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.


      ASCD Awarded $3 Million Grant to Aid Common Core Standards Implementation

      More than 40 states have adopted the common core state standards, requiring schools across the country to transition to a new way of teaching and learning. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded ASCD $3 million to help facilitate this transition through a multifaceted three-year program that will advance educators’ understanding of the common core standards and their implementation of those standards in the adopting states.

      ASCD will convene state-level meetings to share information about the common core, learn more about educators’ needs for successful implementation, and provide transition support to selected states. Drawing on educator input from these meetings as well as the organization’s capacity-building professional development expertise, ASCD will provide educators with access to teaching and learning tools and professional learning opportunities that support their classroom integration of the common core standards. The user-friendly and hands-on tools will help translate the standards into multiple instructional techniques and ensure that teachers understand the standards’ underlying concepts.

      ·         Visit www.ascd.org/commoncore for more information on ASCD and the common core standards.

      ·         Sign up for regular updates from ASCD related to the common core at www.ascd.org/commoncoresignup.

      ·         Access the press release announcing the grant.


      ASCD Interviews Secretary Duncan

      During a brief video interview with ASCD, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discussed state adoption and implementation of the common core standards, the importance of ensuring all children are ready for college and careers, and the value of a whole child approach to education. On the common core standards, Duncan emphasized that state adoption is just the first step. He described standards implementation as a “culture change” and stressed the need to carefully develop and plan aligned assessments, teacher professional development and training, principal support, and curricula to help educators successfully implement the common core.

      Duncan commended ASCD for our leadership in promoting whole child education and affirmed our message that such an approach requires the entire community’s participation and can’t be the work of schools alone. “Where families are learning together and schools become the heart of the neighborhood, great things are going to happen for children,” he said. Watch the video.


      Something to Talk About

      Most popular on ASCD Inservice in April:

      Most popular on ASCD SmartBrief in April:


      Association News

      ·         The 2012 ASCD Annual Conference Proposal Deadline Has Been Extended—ASCD is now accepting proposals until May 22, 2011.

      ·         ASCD Invites Educators Worldwide to Celebrate Their Successes Through the Value of Each Voice Campaign—For nearly 70 years, ASCD has served the entire education spectrum, from superintendents and administrators to teachers and professors, delivering the programs and services educators need to support the success of each learner. Now, through the Value of Each Voice campaign, ASCD invites educators worldwide to tell their success stories and share their thoughts on how ASCD can better serve them. Read the entire press release on ascd.org.

      ·         ASCD Introduces Four New Courses to Popular PD Online™ Series—ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, announces the addition of four new courses to its popular PD Online series.

      The four new PD Online courses announced on May 5, 2011, are

      ·         The Art and Science of Teaching—ASCD author Robert Marzano uses 10 design questions to guide educators through practical, user-friendly applications of the most current research.

      ·         Understanding by Design®: An Introduction—UbD™ authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe provide a framework that effectively supports teachers in guiding students beyond facts and details to deeper, more relevant levels of understanding.

      ·         Response to Intervention: An Introduction—RTI provides educators with structured implementation of strategies that support personalized learning for all students.

      ·         Formative Assessment: Deepening Understanding—Formative assessment provides educators with a range of best practices that translate ongoing, relevant student feedback into focused learning.

      Read the full press release on ascd.org.


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  • L2L News: April 2011 L2L News: April 2011

    • From: Meg_Cohen
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      ASCD Leader to Leader (L2L) News is a monthly e-mail newsletter for ASCD constituent group leaders that builds capacity to better serve members; provides opportunities to promote and advocate for ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative; and engages groups through sharing and learning about best practices. To submit a news item for the L2L newsletter, send an e-mail to constituentservices@ascd.org.



      Join the L2L Conversation on Twitter

      Add #ASCDL2L to your tweets and follow the feed to share news and resources with your fellow ASCD leaders.


      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 l2levent@ascd.org 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 wholechild@ascd.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

      ·         RT @ASCD: New blog post by OYEA honoree Chris Canter RT @ASCD_Inservice How Do We Fix the Blame Game? http://bit.ly/e6uA2E #ASCDL2L #ntchat

      ·         How we view intelligence affects how we #learn via #SciDaily http://bit.ly/ie8DRa #ASCDL2L #Learning #education #edchat

      ·         Watch now: @judywillis ASCD webinar on strengthening the brain’s exec functions http://bit.ly/Dr_Judy_Webinars  #ASCDL2L

      ·         RT @TwitClass: 5 Simple Web Apps For Saving Time at Work http://bit.ly/hzNt4f #ASCDL2L #nonprofit

      ·         RT @walterascd: What do the NFL, Wall Street and Teacher Unions all have in common? http://goo.gl/lKuOt #edchat #edreform #ASCDL2L

      ·         RT @walterASCD: #ESEA: reform it to accommodate the #whole child. @ASCD @WholeChildAdv http://bit.ly/eCABWO #ASCDL2L #edreform #ASCDpolicy

      ·         RT @BCASCD: Congratulations Pepi Kotsalis for presenting at #ASCD11. Your dedication is amazing! #ASCDL2L

      ·         America: a nation of great test takers in an intellectually barren land. http://bit.ly/fI24Ea #ASCDL2L #education #edreform #ASCDpolicy

      ·         RT @briankotts: How to Raise the Status of #Teachers http://nyti.ms/ii4mU2/ via @NYTimes #edchat #ASCD11 #ASCDL2L

      Add #ASCDL2L to your tweets to join the conversation.


      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


      Association News

      ·         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 bookEducation 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.

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  • L2L News: March 2011 L2L News: March 2011

    • From: Meg_Cohen
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      ASCD Leader to Leader (L2L) News is a monthly e-mail newsletter for ASCD constituent group leaders that builds capacity to better serve members; provides opportunities to promote and advocate for ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative; and engages groups through sharing and learning about best practices. To submit a news item for the L2L newsletter, send an e-mail to constituentservices@ascd.org.



      Join the L2L Conversation on Twitter

      Add #ASCDL2L to your tweets to share news and resources with your fellow ASCD leaders.


      Join the Leader to Leader group on ASCD EDge




      This Month’s L2L News

      • Spread the Word: Meet-up at Annual Conference Welcome Reception
      • Emerging Leader Program Applications Open
      • Attend the ASCD Annual Meeting and President-Elect Candidates Forum at Annual Conference
      • Whole Child Vision in Action 2011 Winner: Quest Early College High School
      • Throughout March on Wholechildeducation.org: College, Career, and Citizenship Ready
      • Aligning Health and Education
      • ASCD Leader to Leader Spotlight
      • Mark Your Calendar: Annual Conference Meetings and L2L
      • Something to Talk About
      • Association News


      Spread the Word: Meet-up at Annual Conference Welcome Reception

      2010 Emerging Leader Shane Hotchkiss is hosting a meet-up at the ASCD Annual Conference Welcome Reception. First-timers, attendees who are at Annual Conference alone, and anyone else who is interested in meeting some new educators in San Francisco are welcome! Read Shane’s invitation on ASCD EDge, be sure to leave a comment for Shane if you’re planning on coming, and spread the word to other Annual Conference attendees.

      Annual Conference is right around the corner, so make sure to register now if you haven’t already!

      Access ASCD Annual Conference information on your mobile device.

      ASCD Constituent group meetings and events are listed in the ASCD EDge Leader to Leader group calendar.


      Emerging Leader Program Applications Open Until April 15

      Do you know of colleagues who are interested in getting more involved with ASCD? Invite them to apply for the ASCD Emerging Leaders Program! Emerging Leaders are educators who


      • Have been in the profession approximately 5–15 years;
      • Demonstrate a passion for teaching, learning, and leadership;
      • Have not previously been involved with ASCD in a leadership capacity;
      • Collectively exhibit a broad range of diversity in position, location, cultural background, and perspective;
      • Hold promise as leaders; and
      • Are committed to ASCD’s beliefs and to pursuing leadership opportunities.


      Members of the ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2011 demonstrate their passion for learning, teaching, and leadership through ASCD’s comprehensive two-year program. Emerging Leader online applications close April 15. Learn more at www.ascd.org/emergingleaders. If you would like ASCD to invite your colleague to apply for the program, please send their name and e-mail address to constituentservices@ascd.org.


      Attend the Annual Meeting and Presidents-Elect Candidates Forum at Annual Conference

      All conference attendees are invited to attend ASCD’s Annual Meeting, scheduled for Sunday, March 27, from 3:00–4 :00 p.m. in room 124 of the Convention Center. This is an opportunity to hear updates from President Sara Shubel and Executive Director Gene Carter on the “state of the association.”

      Directly following the Annual Meeting, from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. in Room 125 of the Convention Center, is our Meet the President-Elect Candidates Forum. You can listen to each of the newly selected candidates for President-Elect in 2011 as they share their vision for moving ASCD forward under their leadership. Immediate Past President Linda Mariotti will facilitate this event, and members of the audience have a chance to submit questions to the candidates.


      Quest Early College High School Wins 2011 Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award

      Quest Early College High School, located in Humble, Tex., was selected as the 2011 winner of ASCD’s annual Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award. A diverse committee selected Quest because of the specific steps they have taken and exceptional results they have produced to ensure that high school aged students from all backgrounds are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. ASCD honored Quest on March 8, 2011, at a community-based award ceremony for students, parents, and community members. Learn more about Quest and the event.


      Throughout March on Wholechildeducation.org: College, Career, and Citizenship Ready

      The current education climate encourages a tremendous amount of time and energy be spent on preparing students to take exams. But does that strategy actually ensure students are prepared for college, career, and citizenship? Too often, the answer is no. Connecting learning today with students’ futures engages and prepares them to take on the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. Service learning, student voice, debate, early college preparation, and other efforts to meaningfully engage students in the process of learning and leading in and outside of school is crucial to preparing young people for the complex futures that lie ahead. Join us throughout March as we explore how schools and communities can ensure that students are college, career, and citizenship ready. We will record the March Whole Child Podcast live at the ASCD Annual Conference in San Francisco and will feature Jay Mathews of the Washington Post and staff and students from Quest Early College High School, winner of the 2011 Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award. Visit the Whole Child Blog often to read engaging posts from diverse writers. Be sure to leave your comments, and as always, get free resources to help you ensure students are college, career, and citizenship ready.


      Aligning Health and Education

      This month, ASCD will release a monograph that discusses the findings of the Healthy School Communities Pilot Study conducted from 2006 to 2009. This document outlines the nine levers of change that had a significant effect on the cultures of the participating school communities.  It describes the research and practice of each lever, and provides clear, meaningful steps for schools in all settings to follow.  The levers provide a guide for schools and communities wishing to enhance the potential resources available, develop a climate and culture conducive to more effective teaching and learning, and better care for the health and well-being of their students and staff.  For more information on how to obtain a copy, please visit www.ascd.org/hsc or e-mail healthyschoolcommunities@ascd.org.



      Leader to Leader Spotlight: News from the ASCD Community


      Virginia ASCD’s Proposed Revisions Incorporated into State Board of Education Guidelines

      Virginia ASCD (VASCD) is pleased to have participated in a successful effort with other statewide organizations to influence the development of the Board of Education’s Proposed Guidelines for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct & Abuse in Virginia Public Schools. Although VASCD agreed with the overall intention of these guidelines to prevent inappropriate conduct between employees and students, the board was concerned by the specific limitations placed on social media communications and felt the guidelines should address behaviors rather than communication tools. After public comment from VASCD(PDF) and several other organizations, the Department of Education staff revised the draft from 13 pages to 2 pages with a focus on prohibited behaviors and no restrictions on any form of communications. VASCD’s next step will be to thank the Department of Education staff for listening and responding to their concerns. Contact VASCD Executive Director Ann Etchison for more information.


      Hawaii ASCD Offers Two ASCD Online Courses for Credit Through State Department of Education

      Hawaii ASCD is offering two ASCD online courses for credit through the Hawaii Department of Education:  “Assessment: Designing Performance Assessments” with Mary Kay Armour and “Literacy: Strategies for Learning” with Angelika Machi. Contact Margi Almony for more information.


      Arizona ASCD Offers Free Workshop with Annual Meeting

      In an effort to increase Annual Meeting attendance, Arizona ASCD has arranged for ASCD Co-Author and Emerging Leader Coach Donna Bates to conduct a complimentary workshop during the meeting on March 19.

      Check out Arizona ASCD’s member satisfaction survey.

      Contact Arizona ASCD Executive Director Alice Wells for more information.


      Florida ASCD Magazine Goes Electronic

      Florida ASCD is using issuu.com to publish Florida Educational Leadership electronically. Check it out and let Florida ASCD Executive Director Kim Pearson know what you think!


      Check out California ASCD’s Curriculum Feed

      California ASCD is now sharing information online through “Curriculum Feed,” powered by Constant Contact. Contact California ASCD Executive Director Kathy McCreery for more information about how they use this communication tool.


      ASCD Affiliates and the Common Core State Standards


      Considering Holding a Common Core Standards Symposium?

      Illinois ASCD’s first two common core state standards symposiums have sold out, and now the affiliate is moving toward holding a third. Interested in considering this format for keeping your state informed of important updates on the common core standards? Contact Bill Dodds for support in holding this type of event.


      Massachusetts ASCD Helps Guide Common Core Implementation

      Massachusetts ASCD (MASCD) is helping guide common core implementation in several ways. Each week in e-mailed job postings and announcements, MASCD includes a suggestion or resource on the common core and has begun tweeting similar tips. In addition, MASCD is working with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on developing model curriculum units aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks/common core. The three-year Race to the Top project will involve over 250 educators in developing powerful, engaging curriculum and assessments. To learn more about how MASCD is guiding the common core state standards implementation process, contact MASCD Executive Director Mary Forte Hayes.


      Events and Presenters



      Something to Talk About

      Most popular on ASCD SmartBrief last month:

      Most popular on ASCD Inservice last month:


      Association News

      • ASCD Responds to President’s FY12 Budget Request: Competitive Funding Is the Wrong TacticA statement from David Griffith, ASCD policy director: ASCD applauds President Obama’s continued commitment to education, as seen in his FY12 budget request. We agree that by investing in our schools and students we are investing in our country’s future, and appreciate the administration’s focus on education in the budget. ASCD encourages Congress to follow the president’s lead in ensuring education is a national priority. Read more on www.ascd.org.

      • Education Week Founder Lays Waste to Conventional Education System in New ASCD Book—In his new ASCD book Wasting Minds: Why Our Education System Is Failing and What We Can Do About It Ronald A. Wolk draws on three decades spent in the school reform trenches to question the common assumptions about the U.S. education system. Instead of calling for more reform efforts, Wolk makes the case for a new schooling strategy where students break free of the failing assembly line approach to learning and receive the individualized instruction they deserve. Read more on www.ascd.org.


      • ASCD Managing Director of Whole Child Programs Molly McCloskey featured in eHow Article—“Take a peek in kindergarten classrooms throughout the United States and you’ll see 4-year-olds working next to 6-year-olds. Not only do the children vary in size, but they also vary in ability and maturity. Academic redshirting, or the practice of delaying kindergarten entrance until a child is older, is largely responsible for the age gap. In 2008, 17 percent of children were 6 or older when they started kindergarten, according to U.S. Census data cited in a New York Times article. This trend has sparked fierce debate among parents and educators alike, but is likely to continue as academic expectations for kindergartners increase.” Read more of Redshirting: The Kindergarten Dilemma


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  • "RTI for Tots:" Blaming the Vi "RTI for Tots:" Blaming the Victim?

    • From: Bob_Sullo
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      Education Week just published an article today that I found frightening: “Response to Intervention for Tots.”  It’s not simply the content that’s scary – more about that in a moment. It’s the fact that the following highly respected organizations are collaborating on a joint position statement: The National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division of Early Childhood, and the National Head Start Association. These three prestigious organizations are contemplating bring response to intervention to preschoolers!

      “Response to Intervention.” Talk about “blaming the victim.” If a child doesn’t neatly fit into the cookie-cutter mold, he/she is provided with an “intervention” so the child can perform at the “expected” level – where he/she “should” be.

      Hey, here’s a thought. Maybe kids develop at different rates and have different predilections/interests. Maybe there’s something flawed about the whole notion that kids “should” be at a particular place simply because of their grade/age. Maybe the kids don’t need an “intervention.”

      Maybe the system needs an intervention and would be more successful if they implemented differentiated instruction and respected children as individuals rather than “expecting” everyone to perform specific tasks at specific times.

       Does anyone else find this trend unsettling???


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