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  • Summer School: SEL Matters Summer School: SEL Matters

    • From: Kevin_Parr
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      Soon millions of school children will be celebrating the last day of school and the start of summer vacation.  For many children this will entail family trips, swimming and camping out under the stars among other quintessential summertime activities.  Yet for many children from low-income households it will mean summer school—half days back at school for remediation in math and reading in an attempt to thwart the dreaded, but very real “summer slide.”

       

      These types of summer school programs have their roots in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and its most recent reauthorizations as the No Child Left Behind Act.  Included in these acts is Title 1, which provides funding to close the achievement gap for students from low-income households.  It’s a good thing, too, because it is well documented that there is a direct relationship between household income and academic achievement.  Specifically, students from low-income households have lower levels of academic achievement than their more affluent peers.  In addition, students from low-income households show a larger decline in reading skills over the summer than their middle-class counterparts.  While remedial summer school programs have been shown to have a positive impact on students’ knowledge and skills, a large achievement gap still exists between income groups.

       

      In further addressing the achievement gap, schools would benefit from broadening the scope of their summer school programs to include social and emotional skills.  In fact, social and emotional skills become even more important during summer school because it is largely directed at children from low-income households.  Research shows  that students from low-income households are the very students that need social and emotional skill development the most. Similar to its effect on academic performance, household income is directly related to a child’s social and emotional development.  That is, children from low-income households are at a greater risk of having weaker social and emotional skills than their middle-class counterparts.  Strong social and emotional skills, in turn, have been linked to improved academic achievement. Therefore, the achievement gap persists because low household income negatively affects not just academic achievement alone, but also social and emotional skill development. Therefore, summer school programs unintentionally maintain the achievement gap by ignoring social and emotional skill development and only targeting one contributing factor of the achievement gap—academics. 

       

      If many of our students from low-income households will be spending their summer days in school instead of in ways that mirror our visions of idyllic summer days; let’s at least commit to make their learning as idyllic as possible.  To truly make a difference for these students and reduce the achievement gap, social and emotional skill deficiencies need to be addressed along with academic deficiencies.  Then, summer will become a bit more ideal.     

         

      

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  • Getting the Kids Involved in B Getting the Kids Involved in Budgeting will Help them in the Long Run

    • From: Clay_Piggy
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      It can be easy to leave the kids out of budgeting for the household. After all, paying bills, balancing money, and adding to savings seems to be grownup work. Of course, you cannot just hand the kids a checkbook and tell them to take care of the household budget, but that does not mean they should not be involved at all. In fact, leaving the kids out completely is doing them a great disservice. When you get them involved in the budget, you will be helping them in the long run. By showing kids how to budget now, you can ensure they know how to manage their money as they grow into adults.

      How can you get kids involved in the budget though? There are plenty of things you can do. Try the ideas below.

      Create a Visual Budget

      The first thing you should do is create a visual budget that your kids can understand. Of course, it will not have all the details that you need as the adult, but a pared down, simplified budget is a good teaching tool for kids. To do this, buy a dry erase board or chalkboard and put it up in the kitchen or other space that your kids can see. Then, show your children how you have income and expenses by creating two different columns.

      If you create the visual budget with enough space, your kids can even get involved in the bill paying. Have them be responsible for filling in numbers for income and expenses. If they are old enough, they can do the math to determine how much money is left. If they are too young, you can do the math and tell them the numbers to write in.

      Using colors and illustrations on a chart will make things much easier for your kids since they will actually be able to see the numbers. Make sure you teach them the consequences of running out of money and how that will affect the rest of the month or pay period.

      Have Your Kids Involved in the Grocery Budget

      Show your children how grocery bills will have an impact on your household budget overall, and have them get involved in the grocery budget. Make sure your kids know how much money is available to be spent and then take them shopping with you. Older kids can even use a calculator to add up how much is being spent. Younger kids can start to learn how to bargain shop to spend less money.

      Have Them Create Their Own Budget

      A great way to teach your kids about household budgeting is to make them budget their own money. Make up your mind to give them an allowance, but have them create their budget chart just like your household one. Help the kids decide how much money they need to put into savings and then how much they can spend each week. Make sure they are using the income and expenses column to keep up with their allowance. Of course, with younger kids, you will need to do the math for them.

      Make sure you do not help the kids if they run out of money in a week. Part of learning how to budget is learning how to not run out of money.

      If you do not teach your kids about budgeting now, they may not know how to budget when they become adults. Be sure to get your children involved in the household budget in any way you can. Then, have them create their own budget. The more they can understand money, the importance of budgeting, and the consequences of living outside their means, the better they will be prepared for life in the long run.

      About Clay Piggy:

      Clay Piggy is a virtual world gaming environment which teaches children basic money management skills and the concept of Earning, Spending, Saving, Investing and Giving in a fun and social way. Clay Piggy users choose their avatars by selecting and customizing their characters. Users earn virtual money by working at a job. Users also learn concept of credit score, different kinds of bank accounts, deposit money in bank, write checks and use debit / credit cards.

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  • Identifying Some Challenges Th Identifying Some Challenges That Hinder Students' Achievement

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      Identifying Some Challenges That Hinders Students' Achievement

      Every conscientious and dedicated teacher, principal, or administrator is desirous of seeing every student succeed at their highest possible level. However, the possibility does not exist. Of the many challenges schools experience today, probably the most exasperating and difficult issue is that of low student achievement among students.

      One of the major barriers of students' low achievement is the students' beliefs and values about themselves. They have little expectations of themselves and hence do not make the effort to reach their full potential. Secondly, teachers' expectations of students are another factor. Their insensible biases and assumptions about the potentiality of students also have a negative effect on their performance.  They are biased based on their parents' income, race, gender, language and parental educational level. Although low income and minority students can excel when expectations for them are high, most of them do not receive the same teaching and support as other students whose statuses in life is better. To put it mildly students who possess less to begin with, get less in school too. The third factor that challenges the performance of students are family members. Parents who are not very educated and experience poverty often becomes overwhelming obstacles for students, resulting in their lack of desire for learning and as a result low achievement in schools.

      It is of paramount importance that school leaders assist teachers to create an environment where curriculum and instructional techniques combine to support learning for all students. One successful method is to motivate and excite learning by changing the school's culture. This can be accomplished by encouraging teachers to use new and improved approaches in the instruction of low achieving students, develop professional activities, and school wide programs to help under achievers, added to building commitment among teachers to empower students' learning.  When the culture of the school is changed, leaders can increase both teacher and student motivation and impact students' ability to succeed. Managing change is a complex task for school leadership; however, with commitment and vision, leaders can create environments where all students can learn.

      January 26,2013

      Student motivation is influenced by both internal and external factors that can start, sustain, intensify, or discourage behavior. (Reeves,1996)

      Students' interests, responsibility for learning, effort, values and perceived ability are some of the internal factors that hinder students' achievement. Additionally, if a child is fearful or has a phobia towards a subject or of school generally can also be a contributing factor towards learning. Students also need to be encourage to exert the effort to succeed. Lack of encouragement could also be disasterous. Students' ability to learn are also shaped by messages and experiences they receive from home, at school or from the wider community. Low expectations can also be deviously communicated by parents, teachers and school practices such as school curriculum that is not challenging, exciting or is of interest to the student. 

      Students' motivation can be one of the greatest factor towards achieving academically. Despite the varied and numerous challenges that students experience, they can become successful once they make the effort to do so.

       

       

       

       

       

       

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  • Help Your Kids Start Their Adu Help Your Kids Start Their Adult Life with Financial Stability

    • From: Clay_Piggy
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      If you were lucky, you did not start out your adult life with debt. However, if you were like many, you already had to pay things back by the time you graduated college. For the vast majority of people, starting out their adult life can be extremely difficult between the cost of student loans and vehicle loans tied in with the expenses of moving out on their own. If you started out your adult life with bills, then you most likely want to ensure that your kids do not have to deal with the same thing. There are quite a few things you can do, no matter how young your children are, that will ensure they can start out their life after college with financial stability.

      Here are some things you can do that could make a big difference for your kids. Remember that the sooner you get started with these tips, the better.

      Start Saving for College

      The very best thing you can do is set up college funds for your children. The more money you can put away, the bigger dent you can make in the cost of college, which will cost more than $20,000 more than likely. Set up a college fund as early as you can and include in your budget enough room to put away money every month. As your kids get older and are able to make their own money, make sure they are putting some of their funds toward college as well.

      The best case scenario would be that your kids get scholarships. This would allow them to use the college fund for other expenses. However, by building that fund, you can ensure they have to take out less money in loans no matter what. A college fund is one of the most important things you can do for your children’s financial stability.

      Involve Your Kids in Budgeting

      Many kids start out their adult life with no idea what it means to budget. The problem with this is that they may start living outside of their means right away and could find themselves in big debt trouble. The best thing you can do to help avoid this is to get your kids involved in a household budget at a young age. Anything you do will help. Here are some ways you could involve your kids:

      • Keep a household budget chart and have your kids fill in expenses and income while you write out bills.
      • Have your kids go shopping with you and teach them how to comparison shop and how to follow a grocery budget each week.
      • Have the kids budget with their own allowance money so they will learn how to spend with what they have and nothing more.

      Let Your Kids Work During High School and College

      The only way that kids can truly understand the value of money is if they have to use their own hard-earned cash for expenses. When kids have constant access to your money, they will never see it of value since they did nothing to gain it. By working for money, the children will completely change their attitude toward how much it means and how willing they are to spend it. Even a part-time job and some expense responsibilities can make a big difference.

      Most kids do not start out their adult life with stability financially. They have college loans to pay and new living expenses they have never experienced before. The more you do now, the more you can ensure that your kids have as much financial stability as possible when they graduate college and move on to the real world.

      About Clay Piggy:

      Clay Piggy is a virtual world gaming environment which teaches children basic money management skills and the concept of Earning, Spending, Saving, Investing and Giving in a fun and social way. Clay Piggy users choose their avatars by selecting and customizing their characters. Users earn virtual money by working at a job. Users also learn concept of credit score, different kinds of bank accounts, deposit money in bank, write checks and use debit / credit cards.

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  • Financial Education Tips for t Financial Education Tips for the New Year

    • From: Clay_Piggy
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      Every December, we all look forward to big changes in the New Year. We celebrate that moment at midnight as a fresh start to make better choices in the next year. Perhaps, this New Year, you can start out your life with big changes in your finances. Think about what you have taught your children in the last year and think about changes you can make to ensure a better future for yourself as well as for your kids. This is the year to teach your children what it means to make smart financial decisions. Below are a few great financial education tips that you could consider resolutions of sorts for the coming year.

      Create Your Own Budget

      Before you can teach your kids smart budgeting techniques, you need a solid budget for the household. If you have not been budgeting your money up until now, it is time to make some changes. Creating a budget does not have to be hard. It just requires a little time and some thought. Be sure to consider the following:

      • Write down all of your sources of income, including pay and other sources like alimony or child support.
      • Write down all of your bills as well as when each of them are due.
      • Create a budget plan for the whole month. It should indicate when you will pay bills and what money you will have available.
      • Be sure to leave room for expenses like groceries, food, and other miscellaneous items.
      • Finally, make sure you always leave room for unexpected expenses like doctor’s bills, mechanic’s invoices, etc.

      Make sure you create a budget that is realistic so that you can actually follow it. The best way to teach kids about budgeting is to show them how a budget is working in the real world.

      Consider Having Your Kids Create a Budget

      Allowances can be a good thing to use in order to teach kids about finances. Even if your kids are fairly young, just a small amount of money each week can be a useful tool. Sit down with your kids, explain how budgets work, and then have them create their own budget for their allowance (with your help of course). Have them include how they will put away part of their allowance for savings and how they will spend their allowance without running out of money. You can make the kids’ budgets fun by having them draw out a chart on poster board with colorful illustrations. Then, you can post the budget in their room or another prominent place.

      A New Year’s Resolution for the Future

      Finally, make this the year you start changes for your child’s future. Whether you have just one kid or several, you need to ensure that you are thinking about their future. If you have not started college funds, then this is the year to do just that. You cannot start a college fund too early. Even if your children are babies or toddlers, start the savings now. Keep in mind that if you save money for your kids’ college education, you can make sure that they are able to start out their adult life without the burden of debt. This is one of the best gifts you can give your children.

      When you decide how much money you plan to put away for college, be sure to include this in your working budget so that you do not forget.

      A new year brings new chances, and it is time for you to start thinking about your finances and how you plan on teaching your children about those finances. Use the tips above so that you can approach financial education in the best way this year.

      About Clay Piggy:

      Clay Piggy is a virtual world gaming environment which teaches children basic money management skills and the concept of Earning, Spending, Saving, Investing and Giving in a fun and social way. Clay Piggy users choose their avatars by selecting and customizing their characters. Users earn virtual money by working at a job. Users also learn concept of credit score, different kinds of bank accounts, deposit money in bank, write checks and use debit / credit cards.

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  • Culture of Spending Within Lim Culture of Spending Within Limits

    • From: Clay_Piggy
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      For the most part, we live in a culture that does not spend within its limits.  Individuals and even the government carry a significant amount of debt, which has negative consequences for families and the nation.  Experts tell us that instead of living as affluent consumers, we should be doing our absolute best to live within our means. In doing so, it will save people a great deal of stress and anxiety.

      To be a culture that spends within its limits, the first thing that needs to be addressed is budgeting and financial literacy.  If you do not have a budget, it is time to create one and make a commitment to sticking to it.  Budgeting allows you to see all of your income and all of your expenses on paper.  It will tell you very quickly if you actually have enough monthly income to cover your monthly expenses.

      Once you’ve written down your income and expenses, evaluate how you are doing.  Are you spending within your limits and living within your means?  You can make changes to your budget, such as finding ways to add more income or cutting expenses in some areas.  The key is to make your budget work for your advantage.

      If you are heavily into debt, it is crucial that you come up with a plan to get out from under it.  Allot a certain amount each month specifically for debt and if you receive any extra money put it toward debt. The faster you pay it off, the better you will feel and your financial future will be much more secure.

      If you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, perhaps you should see a debt counselor or financial advisor.  Financial literacy experts are trained to help people understand personal finance and give advice as to how to get out from debt and save for the future.  They can help you with short and long term goals when it comes to your finances.

      The first step to living within your means is making a decision to do things different than the way you have been.  If you are not where you want to be financially or carry a lot of debt, it is because of poor choices over time, but the good news is that it is never too late to start learning about financial principles and begin your way to financial success.

      There are practical ways that you can join with others who are spending within their limits.  One big thing you can do is to avoid purchasing things that you really don’t need. Many people shop out of boredom or think that they have to keep up with the Joneses.  Only shop when you really need something and be on guard against the impulse to shop for unnecessary things.

      Look for deals on the purchases you do have to make.  If you take the time to shop around, you can save 10 to 20% on your purchases.  Some stores will even match the lowest price that you find elsewhere.  If you bargain shop, you could save thousands of dollars a year.

      If you begin paying cash for items that you purchase, chances are you won’t spend as much money.  It is much easier to hand over a debit or credit card to a cashier and not even think about what the total is than it is to hand over cash.  You can allot yourself a certain amount of cash each week to carry with you for purchases and once that cash is gone, you make yourself wait until the following week for more purchases.

      We can be a culture that spends within our limits if each person will make a commitment to be responsible for their personal finances.  It takes each person and each family taking responsibility for their financial future to create a culture that spends within its limits.

      About Clay Piggy:

      Clay Piggy (http://www.claypiggy.com) is a virtual world gaming environment which teaches children basic money management skills and the concept of Earning, Spending, Saving, Investing and Giving in a fun and social way. Clay Piggy users choose their avatars by selecting and customizing their characters. Users earn virtual money by working at a job. Users also learn concept of credit score, different kinds of bank accounts, deposit money in bank, write checks and use debit / credit cards.

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  • In which I argue with a Tim Te In which I argue with a Tim Tebow

    • From: Mindy_Keller-Kyriakides
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      In a recent tweet, The Timmy Tebow brings up a valid point on the issue of priorities:



      Almost a billion dollars has been spent on campaign ads so far. It's a good thing schools & the economy are in great shape or I'd be mad.



      He implies that the spending on campaign ads demonstrates a mis-step in priority and values, but he doesn’t articulate WHO makes the mis-step. In other words, who has spent the money on the ads? Who has provided the funding for the money to be spent?



      I know that at least some of the money comes from voters. As of August 2012, Obama raised $348m  to Romney’s $193m so far. However, this doesn’t take into account fundraising from their parties – the Republicans have raised $239m  to the Democrats’ $210m – or the money generated by the campaigns’ political action committees (PACs) or nonprofits. (McGuiness).



      So, we’ve got these categories of organizations that sound so vague and general, we sometimes forget that these organizations are comprised of people. Individual people. Primary voters.



      When we give donations, we give an organization the right to use it however that organization sees fit to do so.  Whether we donate $3 or $3 million, our priority is made clear in the giving. Every time we choose to spend aka donate a dollar, we’re making an argument of our priority. 



      We do love to say that we prioritize education.  (Focusing on education as this is an education blog.) We want our students to be on “top”, but we don’t want to pay a penny more in taxes. We cannot have the educational system of Finland, for example, which provides for truly equal opportunities for students. Why? Consider these points from Kaiser’s article:



      Finns live in smaller homes than Americans and consume a lot less. They spend relatively little on national defense…Their per-capita national income is about 30 percent lower. Private consumption of goods and services represents about 52 % of Finland's economy, and 71 % in the US. Finns pay considerably higher taxes -- nearly half their income -- while Americans pay about 30% on average to federal, state and local governments.  



      Willing to live in a smaller home so that our children can have a better education? Ready to spend less on national defense? Ready to pay half of your income to the government? 



      No?



      Sorry, Mr. Tebow. Until we’re ready to demonstrate, through our choices of donation and spending, what our priorities are, then you will see millions of dollars spent on these and similar endeavors. It's far more accurate to tweet:



                    American voters have spent almost a billion dollars on ad campaigns so far. 

       



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  • ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rule ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rules for Minding the Achievement Gap One Classroom at a Time Giveaway

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      ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rules

      No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

       

       1. ELIGIBILITY. The ASCD Giveaways Official Rules is open to all current residents of the United States, Canada, and International territories ("Entrants"). The Giveaway sponsor is ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 ("Sponsor"). Employees of Sponsor (and officers, directors, agents, and representatives thereof), advertising and promotion agencies and all other entities participating in the design, promotion, marketing, advertising, administration, or fulfillment of this Giveaway, and their immediate families, are ineligible to participate in the Giveaway. Void where prohibited by operation of law. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED DURING THE GIVEAWAY PERIOD.

       

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      i. Online. Please post a comment on the Community Connections blog post on ASCD Edge to be entered for a chance to win. No other methods of entry will be accepted.

       

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  • Official Rules for When Teachi Official Rules for When Teaching Gets Tough Giveaway

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      ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rules for When Teaching Gets Tough Giveaway

      ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rules

      ASCD Official Rules

      No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

       

       1. ELIGIBILITY. The ASCD Giveaways Official Rules is open to all current residents of the United States, Canada, and International territories ("Entrants"). The Giveaway sponsor is ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 ("Sponsor"). Employees of Sponsor (and officers, directors, agents, and representatives thereof), advertising and promotion agencies and all other entities participating in the design, promotion, marketing, advertising, administration, or fulfillment of this Giveaway, and their immediate families, are ineligible to participate in the Giveaway. Void where prohibited by operation of law. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED DURING THE GIVEAWAY PERIOD.

       

       2. GIVEAWAY PERIOD. The Giveaway begins Wednesday (5/02/12) at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time), and ends Monday (5/7/12) at 3:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time), (the "Giveaway Period"). During the Giveaway Period, Sponsor will conduct one (1) Giveaway.

       

      3. HOW TO ENTER. You may enter online.

       

      i. Online. Please post a comment on the Community Connections blog post on ASCD Edge to be entered for a chance to win. No other methods of entry will be accepted.

       

      Only one entry per natural person, regardless of method of entry.

       

      Online entries for the Giveaway Prizes must be received no later than 3:00 P.M. on Monday (5/7/12), according to the computer time on Sponsor’s server. Entrants must provide a valid email address. Incomplete, garbled, corrupted or illegible entries are void and will not be accepted. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, delayed, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, mutilated, corrupted entries. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged. Persons discovered entering under several names will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify false entries or entries suspected of being false. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a Selected Giveaway Entrant, the Selected Entrant will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account governing the e-mail address was opened.

       

       4. ODDS. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

       

       5. DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION. Each qualified entry will be entered into the drawing for prizes. Drawing will be held on or about the day of the close of the Giveaway (“Drawing Date”). On the Drawing Date, three entrants will be selected, by a representative of Sponsor from among all eligible entries received by the respective Drawing Deadline, for the Prizes described below.  The representative will select his or her three favorite responses.

       

      The Selected Entrants will be notified by message on ASCD EDge at Sponsor's discretion. Selected Entrant will be required to respond (as directed) within seventy-two hours of attempted notification. Failure to respond timely to the notification may result in forfeiture of the prize and, in such case, Sponsor may select an alternate chosen entrant from among the remaining eligible entries. Selected entrant may also be sent an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release ("Release"). The first and last name, occupation, hometown, and photograph of each Selected Entrant may be published in Sponsor's publication(s) and marketing materials and on its Web site(s), including without limitation edge.ascd.orgASCDe-newsletters, messages to ASCD members, and/or the ascd.org website. Unless restricted by law, Selected Entrant will be required to complete and return the Release within the time period specified therein. An alternate selected entrant may be selected from among the remaining eligible entries if a selected entrant (i) cannot be reached, (ii) fails to obtain all signatures on the Release and to return the documents in a timely manner as required pursuant to these Official Rules, or (iii) cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason. Selected Entrants will receive the Weekly Prize by mail within thirty (30) days of the Drawing Date (exact timing subject to change based on availability of Prize). In the event of a dispute about the identity of an entrant, each entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry.

       

       6. PRIZES.

      Three Prizes:  When Teaching Gets Tough: Smart Ways to Reclaim Your Game

       (a $26.95 value).

      Selected Entrant is not entitled to any surplus between actual retail value of prize and stated ARV, and any difference between stated ARV and actual value of the prize will not be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or cash redemption of prize provided; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason. All Prizes may be awarded in the form of voucher(s), coupon(s), and/or gift card(s) at Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize or prize component(s) once in the possession or control of the actual Giveaway prize recipient. If Selected Entrant is unable to participate in or accept a Giveaway prize or any portion thereof for any reason, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the Selected Entrant. No part of any prize is redeemable for cash, regardless of reason. Prizes will be mailed only in the continental United States (Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, foreign U.S. military installations, and U.S. territories excluded).

       

       7. CONDITIONS. All federal, state, or other tax liabilities (including income taxes) arising from this Giveaway will be the sole responsibility of Selected Entrant. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws of the United States. By participating, Selected Entrant agrees to be fully and unconditionally bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Giveaway or these Official Rules. Selected Entrant also agree to release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless Sponsor and its respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents from and against any claims, damages, disability, attorneys' fees, and costs of litigation and settlement, as well as any liability due to any injuries, damages, or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from redemption, acceptance, possession, ownership, misuse, or use of any prize or participation in any Giveaway-related activity or participation in this Giveaway. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Giveaway or violating these Official Rules, and reserves the right to cancel the Giveaway should it suspect fraud or for reasons out of the control of Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be liable for (i) late, lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete unreadable, inaccurate, garbled, or unintelligible entries, communications, or affidavits, regardless of the method of transmission; (ii) telephone system, telephone, or computer hardware, software, or other technical malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, delays, or transmission errors; (iii) data corruption, theft, or destruction, or unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iv) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by the prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of a prize, or by participation in the Giveaway; or (v) any printing, typographical, administrative, or technological errors in any materials associated with the Giveaway. Disputes regarding these Official Rules and/or this Giveaway will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Virginia. By entering you consent to jurisdiction in the federal and state courts of Alexandria, Virginia, for the resolution of any and all disputes. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE Giveaway MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE Giveaway. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY'S FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

       

       8. PUBLICITY. Except where prohibited by law, the Selected Entrant's entry and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor to use said Selected Entrant's full name, photograph, statements, and city and state address for promotional or advertising purposes in connection with these Giveaway on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, now or hereafter known, in perpetuity, without review, permission, or further compensation.

       

       9. PRIVACY. All personal information collected by Sponsor will be used for administration of the Giveaway. In addition, entrants shall receive email correspondence from, or on behalf of, the Sponsor, subject to the Sponsor's privacy policy. Sponsor uses reasonable commercial efforts to comply with Federal CAN-SPAM guidelines, and entrants may subsequently opt out of receiving further emails by following the opt-out instructions contained in the email. Any questions regarding privacy matters should be directed to the address set out below. Please refer to Sponsor's privacy policy for important information regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by Sponsor.

       

       10. WINNER'S LIST AND Giveaway RULES. To obtain a copy of these official rules or a winner list within ninety days of the close of each Giveaway, send your request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to ASCD Giveaway, ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311. Selected Entrant's name will be sent once the Selected Entrant have been verified and prize(s) has/have been awarded. VT residents need not affix postage.

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  • ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rule ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rules for Where Great Teaching Begins Giveaway

    • From: Leslie_Welch
    • Description:

       ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rules

      ASCD Official Rules

      No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

       

       1. ELIGIBILITY. The ASCD Giveaways Official Rules is open to all current residents of the United States, Canada, and International territories ("Entrants"). The Giveaway sponsor is ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 ("Sponsor"). Employees of Sponsor (and officers, directors, agents, and representatives thereof), advertising and promotion agencies and all other entities participating in the design, promotion, marketing, advertising, administration, or fulfillment of this Giveaway, and their immediate families, are ineligible to participate in the Giveaway. Void where prohibited by operation of law. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED DURING THE GIVEAWAY PERIOD.

       

       2. GIVEAWAY PERIOD. The Giveaway begins Friday (12/9/11) at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time), and ends Monday (12/12/11) at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time), (the "Giveaway Period"). During the Giveaway Period, Sponsor will conduct one (1) Giveaway.

       

      3. HOW TO ENTER. You may enter online.

       

      i. Online. Please post a comment on the Community Connections blog post on ASCD Edge to be entered for a chance to win. No other methods of entry will be accepted.

       

      Only one entry per natural person, regardless of method of entry.

       

      Online entries for the Giveaway Prizes must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday (12/12/11), according to the computer time on Sponsor’s server. Entrants must provide a valid email address. Incomplete, garbled, corrupted or illegible entries are void and will not be accepted. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, delayed, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, mutilated, corrupted entries. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged. Persons discovered entering under several names will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify false entries or entries suspected of being false. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a Selected Giveaway Entrant, the Selected Entrant will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account governing the e-mail address was opened.

       

       4. ODDS. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

       

       5. DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION. Each qualified entry will be entered into the drawing for prizes. Drawing will be held on or about the day of the close of the Giveaway (“Drawing Date”). On the Drawing Date, three entrants will be selected, by a representative of Sponsor from among all eligible entries received by the respective Drawing Deadline, for the Prizes described below.  The representative will select his or her three favorite responses.

       

      The Selected Entrants will be notified by message on ASCD EDge at Sponsor's discretion. Selected Entrant will be required to respond (as directed) within seventy-two hours of attempted notification. Failure to respond timely to the notification may result in forfeiture of the prize and, in such case, Sponsor may select an alternate chosen entrant from among the remaining eligible entries. Selected entrant may also be sent an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release ("Release"). The first and last name, occupation, hometown, and photograph of each Selected Entrant may be published in Sponsor's publication(s) and marketing materials and on its Web site(s), including without limitation edge.ascd.orgASCDe-newsletters, messages to ASCD members, and/or the ascd.org website. Unless restricted by law, Selected Entrant will be required to complete and return the Release within the time period specified therein. An alternate selected entrant may be selected from among the remaining eligible entries if a selected entrant (i) cannot be reached, (ii) fails to obtain all signatures on the Release and to return the documents in a timely manner as required pursuant to these Official Rules, or (iii) cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason. Selected Entrants will receive the Weekly Prize by mail within thirty (30) days of the Drawing Date (exact timing subject to change based on availability of Prize). In the event of a dispute about the identity of an entrant, each entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry.

       

       6. PRIZES.

      Three Prizes: One Paperback Copy of Where Great Teaching Begins: Planning for Student Thinking and Learning  by Anne R. Reeves (a $26.95 value).

      Selected Entrant is not entitled to any surplus between actual retail value of prize and stated ARV, and any difference between stated ARV and actual value of the prize will not be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or cash redemption of prize provided; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason. All Prizes may be awarded in the form of voucher(s), coupon(s), and/or gift card(s) at Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize or prize component(s) once in the possession or control of the actual Giveaway prize recipient. If Selected Entrant is unable to participate in or accept a Giveaway prize or any portion thereof for any reason, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the Selected Entrant. No part of any prize is redeemable for cash, regardless of reason. Prizes will be mailed only in the continental United States (Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, foreign U.S. military installations, and U.S. territories excluded).

       

       7. CONDITIONS. All federal, state, or other tax liabilities (including income taxes) arising from this Giveaway will be the sole responsibility of Selected Entrant. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws of the United States. By participating, Selected Entrant agrees to be fully and unconditionally bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Giveaway or these Official Rules. Selected Entrant also agree to release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless Sponsor and its respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents from and against any claims, damages, disability, attorneys' fees, and costs of litigation and settlement, as well as any liability due to any injuries, damages, or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from redemption, acceptance, possession, ownership, misuse, or use of any prize or participation in any Giveaway-related activity or participation in this Giveaway. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Giveaway or violating these Official Rules, and reserves the right to cancel the Giveaway should it suspect fraud or for reasons out of the control of Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be liable for (i) late, lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete unreadable, inaccurate, garbled, or unintelligible entries, communications, or affidavits, regardless of the method of transmission; (ii) telephone system, telephone, or computer hardware, software, or other technical malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, delays, or transmission errors; (iii) data corruption, theft, or destruction, or unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iv) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by the prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of a prize, or by participation in the Giveaway; or (v) any printing, typographical, administrative, or technological errors in any materials associated with the Giveaway. Disputes regarding these Official Rules and/or this Giveaway will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Virginia. By entering you consent to jurisdiction in the federal and state courts of Alexandria, Virginia, for the resolution of any and all disputes. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE Giveaway MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE Giveaway. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY'S FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

       

       8. PUBLICITY. Except where prohibited by law, the Selected Entrant's entry and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor to use said Selected Entrant's full name, photograph, statements, and city and state address for promotional or advertising purposes in connection with these Giveaway on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, now or hereafter known, in perpetuity, without review, permission, or further compensation.

       

       9. PRIVACY. All personal information collected by Sponsor will be used for administration of the Giveaway. In addition, entrants shall receive email correspondence from, or on behalf of, the Sponsor, subject to the Sponsor's privacy policy. Sponsor uses reasonable commercial efforts to comply with Federal CAN-SPAM guidelines, and entrants may subsequently opt out of receiving further emails by following the opt-out instructions contained in the email. Any questions regarding privacy matters should be directed to the address set out below. Please refer to Sponsor's privacy policy for important information regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by Sponsor.

       

       10. WINNER'S LIST AND Giveaway RULES. To obtain a copy of these official rules or a winner list within ninety days of the close of each Giveaway, send your request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to ASCD Giveaway, ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311. Selected Entrant's name will be sent once the Selected Entrant have been verified and prize(s) has/have been awarded. VT residents need not affix postage.

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  • The App: It Ain't Nothing Like The App: It Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing

    • From: Veronica_Bacigalupo
    • Description:

       

      The App: It Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing

       

      Family income is linked directly to the media landscape available to children.

       

      We have achievement gaps, age gaps, gender gaps, income gaps, learning gaps, racial/ethnic gaps, college enrollment gaps, Gap Inc., and babyGAP. In “Screen Time Higher Than Ever for Children,” Tamar Lewin highlights another gap: the app gap.

       

      Common Sense Media’s report, “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America,” states that children from families earning more than $75,000 a year are more likely to use educational gaming apps than children from families earning under $30,000 a year. Children from 0 to 8 spend an average of 5 minutes a day on some type of mobile device such as a smartphone, iPhone, iPod, or iPad. Software developers and educators tend to look at technology as way of supplementing and enhancing children’s education. Still, only some children have access to these materials.

       

      As a whole, television seems to be the great media equalizer among children. With a broader television menu, affluent children have more access to extras such as cable, DVD players, and TiVO than do lower income children. Still, children from all from all walks of life spend most of their screen time (a little more than 1 hour a day) watching a TV program This screen time does not include other types of media such as DVDs, computer games, and educational software.

       

      Common Sense Media’s report gives schools something to think about. How can educators spend their dollars to best serve children? The answer in a nutshell is people.

       

      District leaders carefully pour over options available to them. They hear from tech-savvy teachers who want interactive boards, media players, and book readers in their classrooms. They hear from more traditional teachers who want books, writing tools, and paper. Then, they also hear from parents and community members on societal expectations. From these views, school leaders focus on the fundamental objective: to educate and prepare all children for success.

       

      All children may not have access to computers, SMART Boards, or Kindles; all children CAN have access to great people. Great people touch the hearts of children by listening, talking, reading, teaching, playing, respecting, empathizing, and encouraging. They work with what they have and find ways to get what they don’t have.

       

      An app can simulate the experience of feeding carrots to a bunny; a great person can arrange a REALexperience. And so, the app ain’t nothing like the real thing!

       

       

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  • ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rule ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rules for Great Performances Giveaway

    • From: Leslie_Welch
    • Description:

       

      ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rules

      No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

       

       1. ELIGIBILITY. The ASCD Giveaways Official Rules is open to all current residents of the United States, Canada, and International territories ("Entrants"). The Giveaway sponsor is ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 ("Sponsor"). Employees of Sponsor (and officers, directors, agents, and representatives thereof), advertising and promotion agencies and all other entities participating in the design, promotion, marketing, advertising, administration, or fulfillment of this Giveaway, and their immediate families, are ineligible to participate in the Giveaway. Void where prohibited by operation of law. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED DURING THE GIVEAWAY PERIOD.

       

       2. GIVEAWAY PERIOD. The Giveaway begins Tuesday (10/25/11) at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time), and ends Thursday (10/27/11) at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time), (the "Giveaway Period"). During the Giveaway Period, Sponsor will conduct one (1) Giveaway.

       

      3. HOW TO ENTER. You may enter online.

       

      i. Online. Please post a comment on the Community Connections blog post on ASCD Edge to be entered for a chance to win. No other methods of entry will be accepted.

       

      Only one entry per natural person, regardless of method of entry.

       

      Online entries for the Giveaway Prizes must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. EST on Thursday (10/27/11), according to the computer time on Sponsor’s server. Entrants must provide a valid email address. Incomplete, garbled, corrupted or illegible entries are void and will not be accepted. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, delayed, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, mutilated, corrupted entries. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged. Persons discovered entering under several names will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify false entries or entries suspected of being false. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a Selected Giveaway Entrant, the Selected Entrant will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account governing the e-mail address was opened.

       

       4. ODDS. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

       

       5. DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION. Each qualified entry will be entered into the drawing for prizes. Drawing will be held on or about the day of the close of the Giveaway (“Drawing Date”). On the Drawing Date, three entrants will be selected, by a representative of Sponsor from among all eligible entries received by the respective Drawing Deadline, for the Prizes described below.  The representative will select his or her three favorite responses.

       

      The Selected Entrants will be notified by message on ASCD EDge at Sponsor's discretion. Selected Entrant will be required to respond (as directed) within seventy-two hours of attempted notification. Failure to respond timely to the notification may result in forfeiture of the prize and, in such case, Sponsor may select an alternate chosen entrant from among the remaining eligible entries. Selected entrant may also be sent an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release ("Release"). The first and last name, occupation, hometown, and photograph of each Selected Entrant may be published in Sponsor's publication(s) and marketing materials and on its Web site(s), including without limitation edge.ascd.orgASCDe-newsletters, messages to ASCD members, and/or the ascd.org website. Unless restricted by law, Selected Entrant will be required to complete and return the Release within the time period specified therein. An alternate selected entrant may be selected from among the remaining eligible entries if a selected entrant (i) cannot be reached, (ii) fails to obtain all signatures on the Release and to return the documents in a timely manner as required pursuant to these Official Rules, or (iii) cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason. Selected Entrants will receive the Weekly Prize by mail within thirty (30) days of the Drawing Date (exact timing subject to change based on availability of Prize). In the event of a dispute about the identity of an entrant, each entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry.

       

       6. PRIZES.

      Three Prizes: Great Performances, 2nd Edition

       (a $28.95 value).

      Selected Entrant is not entitled to any surplus between actual retail value of prize and stated ARV, and any difference between stated ARV and actual value of the prize will not be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or cash redemption of prize provided; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason. All Prizes may be awarded in the form of voucher(s), coupon(s), and/or gift card(s) at Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize or prize component(s) once in the possession or control of the actual Giveaway prize recipient. If Selected Entrant is unable to participate in or accept a Giveaway prize or any portion thereof for any reason, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the Selected Entrant. No part of any prize is redeemable for cash, regardless of reason. Prizes will be mailed only in the continental United States (Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, foreign U.S. military installations, and U.S. territories excluded).

       

       7. CONDITIONS. All federal, state, or other tax liabilities (including income taxes) arising from this Giveaway will be the sole responsibility of Selected Entrant. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws of the United States. By participating, Selected Entrant agrees to be fully and unconditionally bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Giveaway or these Official Rules. Selected Entrant also agree to release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless Sponsor and its respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents from and against any claims, damages, disability, attorneys' fees, and costs of litigation and settlement, as well as any liability due to any injuries, damages, or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from redemption, acceptance, possession, ownership, misuse, or use of any prize or participation in any Giveaway-related activity or participation in this Giveaway. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Giveaway or violating these Official Rules, and reserves the right to cancel the Giveaway should it suspect fraud or for reasons out of the control of Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be liable for (i) late, lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete unreadable, inaccurate, garbled, or unintelligible entries, communications, or affidavits, regardless of the method of transmission; (ii) telephone system, telephone, or computer hardware, software, or other technical malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, delays, or transmission errors; (iii) data corruption, theft, or destruction, or unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iv) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by the prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of a prize, or by participation in the Giveaway; or (v) any printing, typographical, administrative, or technological errors in any materials associated with the Giveaway. Disputes regarding these Official Rules and/or this Giveaway will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Virginia. By entering you consent to jurisdiction in the federal and state courts of Alexandria, Virginia, for the resolution of any and all disputes. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE Giveaway MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE Giveaway. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY'S FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

       

       8. PUBLICITY. Except where prohibited by law, the Selected Entrant's entry and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor to use said Selected Entrant's full name, photograph, statements, and city and state address for promotional or advertising purposes in connection with these Giveaway on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, now or hereafter known, in perpetuity, without review, permission, or further compensation.

       

       9. PRIVACY. All personal information collected by Sponsor will be used for administration of the Giveaway. In addition, entrants shall receive email correspondence from, or on behalf of, the Sponsor, subject to the Sponsor's privacy policy. Sponsor uses reasonable commercial efforts to comply with Federal CAN-SPAM guidelines, and entrants may subsequently opt out of receiving further emails by following the opt-out instructions contained in the email. Any questions regarding privacy matters should be directed to the address set out below. Please refer to Sponsor's privacy policy for important information regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by Sponsor.

       

       10. WINNER'S LIST AND Giveaway RULES. To obtain a copy of these official rules or a winner list within ninety days of the close of each Giveaway, send your request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to ASCD Giveaway, ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311. Selected Entrant's name will be sent once the Selected Entrant have been verified and prize(s) has/have been awarded. VT residents need not affix postage.

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  • ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rule ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rules for Creating the Opportunity to Learn Giveaway

    • From: Leslie_Welch
    • Description:

       ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rules

      ASCD Official Rules

      No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

       

       1. ELIGIBILITY. The ASCD Giveaways Official Rules is open to all current residents of the United States, Canada, and International territories ("Entrants"). The Giveaway sponsor is ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 ("Sponsor"). Employees of Sponsor (and officers, directors, agents, and representatives thereof), advertising and promotion agencies and all other entities participating in the design, promotion, marketing, advertising, administration, or fulfillment of this Giveaway, and their immediate families, are ineligible to participate in the Giveaway. Void where prohibited by operation of law. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED DURING THE GIVEAWAY PERIOD.

       

       2. GIVEAWAY PERIOD. The Giveaway begins Friday (9/30/11) at 2:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time), and ends Monday (10/3/11) at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time), (the "Giveaway Period"). During the Giveaway Period, Sponsor will conduct one (1) Giveaway.

       

      3. HOW TO ENTER. You may enter online.

       

      i. Online. Please post a comment on the Community Connections blog post on ASCD Edge to be entered for a chance to win. No other methods of entry will be accepted.

       

      Only one entry per natural person, regardless of method of entry.

       

      Online entries for the Giveaway Prizes must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday (10/3/11) according to the computer time on Sponsor’s server. Entrants must provide a valid email address. Incomplete, garbled, corrupted or illegible entries are void and will not be accepted. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, delayed, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, mutilated, corrupted entries. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged. Persons discovered entering under several names will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify false entries or entries suspected of being false. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a Selected Giveaway Entrant, the Selected Entrant will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account governing the e-mail address was opened.

       

       4. ODDS. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

       

       5. DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION. Each qualified entry will be entered into the drawing for prizes. Drawing will be held on or about the day of the close of the Giveaway (“Drawing Date”). On the Drawing Date, three entrants will be selected, by a representative of Sponsor from among all eligible entries received by the respective Drawing Deadline, for the Prizes described below.  The representative will select his or her two favorite responses.

       

      The Selected Entrants will be notified by message on ASCD EDge at Sponsor's discretion. Selected Entrant will be required to respond (as directed) within seventy-two hours of attempted notification. Failure to respond timely to the notification may result in forfeiture of the prize and, in such case, Sponsor may select an alternate chosen entrant from among the remaining eligible entries. Selected entrant may also be sent an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release ("Release"). The first and last name, occupation, hometown, and photograph of each Selected Entrant may be published in Sponsor's publication(s) and marketing materials and on its Web site(s), including without limitation edge.ascd.orgASCDe-newsletters, messages to ASCD members, and/or the ascd.org website. Unless restricted by law, Selected Entrant will be required to complete and return the Release within the time period specified therein. An alternate selected entrant may be selected from among the remaining eligible entries if a selected entrant (i) cannot be reached, (ii) fails to obtain all signatures on the Release and to return the documents in a timely manner as required pursuant to these Official Rules, or (iii) cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason. Selected Entrants will receive the Weekly Prize by mail within thirty (30) days of the Drawing Date (exact timing subject to change based on availability of Prize). In the event of a dispute about the identity of an entrant, each entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry.

       

       6. PRIZES.

      Two Prizes: On copy of Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap (a $27.95 value).

      Selected Entrant is not entitled to any surplus between actual retail value of prize and stated ARV, and any difference between stated ARV and actual value of the prize will not be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or cash redemption of prize provided; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason. All Prizes may be awarded in the form of voucher(s), coupon(s), and/or gift card(s) at Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize or prize component(s) once in the possession or control of the actual Giveaway prize recipient. If Selected Entrant is unable to participate in or accept a Giveaway prize or any portion thereof for any reason, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the Selected Entrant. No part of any prize is redeemable for cash, regardless of reason. Prizes will be mailed only in the continental United States (Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, foreign U.S. military installations, and U.S. territories excluded).

       

       7. CONDITIONS. All federal, state, or other tax liabilities (including income taxes) arising from this Giveaway will be the sole responsibility of Selected Entrant. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws of the United States. By participating, Selected Entrant agrees to be fully and unconditionally bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Giveaway or these Official Rules. Selected Entrant also agree to release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless Sponsor and its respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents from and against any claims, damages, disability, attorneys' fees, and costs of litigation and settlement, as well as any liability due to any injuries, damages, or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from redemption, acceptance, possession, ownership, misuse, or use of any prize or participation in any Giveaway-related activity or participation in this Giveaway. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Giveaway or violating these Official Rules, and reserves the right to cancel the Giveaway should it suspect fraud or for reasons out of the control of Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be liable for (i) late, lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete unreadable, inaccurate, garbled, or unintelligible entries, communications, or affidavits, regardless of the method of transmission; (ii) telephone system, telephone, or computer hardware, software, or other technical malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, delays, or transmission errors; (iii) data corruption, theft, or destruction, or unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iv) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by the prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of a prize, or by participation in the Giveaway; or (v) any printing, typographical, administrative, or technological errors in any materials associated with the Giveaway. Disputes regarding these Official Rules and/or this Giveaway will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Virginia. By entering you consent to jurisdiction in the federal and state courts of Alexandria, Virginia, for the resolution of any and all disputes. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE Giveaway MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE Giveaway. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY'S FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

       

       8. PUBLICITY. Except where prohibited by law, the Selected Entrant's entry and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor to use said Selected Entrant's full name, photograph, statements, and city and state address for promotional or advertising purposes in connection with these Giveaway on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, now or hereafter known, in perpetuity, without review, permission, or further compensation.

       

       9. PRIVACY. All personal information collected by Sponsor will be used for administration of the Giveaway. In addition, entrants shall receive email correspondence from, or on behalf of, the Sponsor, subject to the Sponsor's privacy policy. Sponsor uses reasonable commercial efforts to comply with Federal CAN-SPAM guidelines, and entrants may subsequently opt out of receiving further emails by following the opt-out instructions contained in the email. Any questions regarding privacy matters should be directed to the address set out below. Please refer to Sponsor's privacy policy for important information regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by Sponsor.

       

       10. WINNER'S LIST AND Giveaway RULES. To obtain a copy of these official rules or a winner list within ninety days of the close of each Giveaway, send your request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to ASCD Giveaway, ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311. Selected Entrant's name will be sent once the Selected Entrant have been verified and prize(s) has/have been awarded. VT residents need not affix postage.

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  • Interview with Author Baruti K Interview with Author Baruti Kafele

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  • ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rule ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rules for Reaching Out Giveaway

    • From: Leslie_Welch
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      ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rules

      ASCD Official Rules

      No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

       

       1. ELIGIBILITY. The ASCD Giveaways Official Rules is open to all current residents of the United States, Canada, and International territories ("Entrants"). The Giveaway sponsor is ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 ("Sponsor"). Employees of Sponsor (and officers, directors, agents, and representatives thereof), advertising and promotion agencies and all other entities participating in the design, promotion, marketing, advertising, administration, or fulfillment of this Giveaway, and their immediate families, are ineligible to participate in the Giveaway. Void where prohibited by operation of law. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED DURING THE GIVEAWAY PERIOD.

       

       2. GIVEAWAY PERIOD. The Giveaway begins Thursady (7/22/11) at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time), and ends Monday (7/25/11) at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time), (the "Giveaway Period"). During the Giveaway Period, Sponsor will conduct one (1) Giveaway.

       

      3. HOW TO ENTER. You may enter online.

       

      i. Online. Please post a comment on the Community Connections blog post on ASCD Edge to be entered for a chance to win. No other methods of entry will be accepted.

       

      Only one entry per natural person, regardless of method of entry.

       

      Online entries for the Giveaway Prizes must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday (7/25/11), according to the computer time on Sponsor’s server. Entrants must provide a valid email address. Incomplete, garbled, corrupted or illegible entries are void and will not be accepted. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, delayed, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, mutilated, corrupted entries. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged. Persons discovered entering under several names will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify false entries or entries suspected of being false. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a Selected Giveaway Entrant, the Selected Entrant will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account governing the e-mail address was opened.

       

       4. ODDS. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

       

       5. DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION. Each qualified entry will be entered into the drawing for prizes. Drawing will be held on or about the day of the close of the Giveaway (“Drawing Date”). On the Drawing Date, three entrants will be selected, by a representative of Sponsor from among all eligible entries received by the respective Drawing Deadline, for the Prizes described below.  The representative will select his or her three favorite responses.

       

      The Selected Entrants will be notified by message on ASCD EDge at Sponsor's discretion. Selected Entrant will be required to respond (as directed) within seventy-two hours of attempted notification. Failure to respond timely to the notification may result in forfeiture of the prize and, in such case, Sponsor may select an alternate chosen entrant from among the remaining eligible entries. Selected entrant may also be sent an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release ("Release"). The first and last name, occupation, hometown, and photograph of each Selected Entrant may be published in Sponsor's publication(s) and marketing materials and on its Web site(s), including without limitation edge.ascd.org, ASCD e-newsletters, messages to ASCD members, and/or the ascd.org website. Unless restricted by law, Selected Entrant will be required to complete and return the Release within the time period specified therein. An alternate selected entrant may be selected from among the remaining eligible entries if a selected entrant (i) cannot be reached, (ii) fails to obtain all signatures on the Release and to return the documents in a timely manner as required pursuant to these Official Rules, or (iii) cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason. Selected Entrants will receive the Weekly Prize by mail within thirty (30) days of the Drawing Date (exact timing subject to change based on availability of Prize). In the event of a dispute about the identity of an entrant, each entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry.

       

       6. PRIZES.

      Three Prizes: Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners

       (a $30.95 value).

      Selected Entrant is not entitled to any surplus between actual retail value of prize and stated ARV, and any difference between stated ARV and actual value of the prize will not be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or cash redemption of prize provided; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason. All Prizes may be awarded in the form of voucher(s), coupon(s), and/or gift card(s) at Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize or prize component(s) once in the possession or control of the actual Giveaway prize recipient. If Selected Entrant is unable to participate in or accept a Giveaway prize or any portion thereof for any reason, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the Selected Entrant. No part of any prize is redeemable for cash, regardless of reason. Prizes will be mailed only in the continental United States (Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, foreign U.S. military installations, and U.S. territories excluded).

       

       7. CONDITIONS. All federal, state, or other tax liabilities (including income taxes) arising from this Giveaway will be the sole responsibility of Selected Entrant. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws of the United States. By participating, Selected Entrant agrees to be fully and unconditionally bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Giveaway or these Official Rules. Selected Entrant also agree to release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless Sponsor and its respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents from and against any claims, damages, disability, attorneys' fees, and costs of litigation and settlement, as well as any liability due to any injuries, damages, or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from redemption, acceptance, possession, ownership, misuse, or use of any prize or participation in any Giveaway-related activity or participation in this Giveaway. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Giveaway or violating these Official Rules, and reserves the right to cancel the Giveaway should it suspect fraud or for reasons out of the control of Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be liable for (i) late, lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete unreadable, inaccurate, garbled, or unintelligible entries, communications, or affidavits, regardless of the method of transmission; (ii) telephone system, telephone, or computer hardware, software, or other technical malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, delays, or transmission errors; (iii) data corruption, theft, or destruction, or unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iv) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by the prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of a prize, or by participation in the Giveaway; or (v) any printing, typographical, administrative, or technological errors in any materials associated with the Giveaway. Disputes regarding these Official Rules and/or this Giveaway will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Virginia. By entering you consent to jurisdiction in the federal and state courts of Alexandria, Virginia, for the resolution of any and all disputes. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE Giveaway MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE Giveaway. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY'S FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

       

       8. PUBLICITY. Except where prohibited by law, the Selected Entrant's entry and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor to use said Selected Entrant's full name, photograph, statements, and city and state address for promotional or advertising purposes in connection with these Giveaway on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, now or hereafter known, in perpetuity, without review, permission, or further compensation.

       

       9. PRIVACY. All personal information collected by Sponsor will be used for administration of the Giveaway. In addition, entrants shall receive email correspondence from, or on behalf of, the Sponsor, subject to the Sponsor's privacy policy. Sponsor uses reasonable commercial efforts to comply with Federal CAN-SPAM guidelines, and entrants may subsequently opt out of receiving further emails by following the opt-out instructions contained in the email. Any questions regarding privacy matters should be directed to the address set out below. Please refer to Sponsor's privacy policy for important information regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by Sponsor.

       

       10. WINNER'S LIST AND Giveaway RULES. To obtain a copy of these official rules or a winner list within ninety days of the close of each Giveaway, send your request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to ASCD Giveaway, ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311. Selected Entrant's name will be sent once the Selected Entrant have been verified and prize(s) has/have been awarded. VT residents need not affix postage.

       

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  • The New Normal in Education The New Normal in Education

    • From: Richard_La_Porte
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      THE NEW EDUCATIONAL NORMAL

       

                                                                                                            

       

                        The term “the new normal” was originally attributed to PIMCO's Mohamed El-Erian and refers primarily to economic issues. However, it dawned on me that the same might be applied to education. Whereas, we seem to view education as being a continuum along a lateral progression in most illustrations, indeed, I see it as more in congruence with stock market grids. That is, the progression in education at any given time is not, summarily, forward or backward, but more vertical and up and down. It has to be that way, because there are no absolutes in the learning process.       

       

                       While I am not comparing students with a stock market grid, the point is that learning is not always congruent with learning theory, because in too many cases, in my view, learning theory often has too many presumptive caveats that is based on observations in the past to predict what will be in the future. We make long range plans and establish certain parameters for years to come. The only problem with that, is that the implementation of programs move at an arithmetic pace while technology and values and customs and societal mores change exponentially. So, just when we think we have well thought out parameters—the parameters change.

       

                       How often have we heard that we must meet the needs of the average person. But there is no such thing as an average person.  People are not a statistical measure of central tendency. Test scores are, but people are not test scores, even though scores too readily are the prime determiner of how to place people. I guess that is why they are called “placement tests”. Just as I.Q. is not intelligence, so too, EDUCATION is not always learning.

       

                      Even in the state of the union speech by President Obama, there was reference to how the US needs to catch up to other countries, like Japan and Germany and other advanced countries that stress math and science. We look at how fast China and India are moving, with the fear that unless the US catches up, we will continue to be in second or third place educationally. But it is also interesting that demands for higher test scores in the US is not solely for inherently academic excellence. It finally dawned on educators and politicians and the military that the more we are ahead of the curve in the sciences, then the more we might be ahead in technology. And being ahead in technology means being ahead in military prowess and who is ahead in military prowess, dictates the balance of power for shaping world issues and ultimately, American life-style as we know it.

       

                     A while back, there was a reference to some comments by Bill Gates that sort of supports the above while also, perhaps, illustrates the change in thinking to a new normal in education. The reference to Gates was that it is no longer the concept of summarily the big fish eating the small fish. Rather, the faster fish eats the slower fish. And to me, this is what American education is involved with: how fast we can get from here to there to maintain our existence of an elite nation and dominance as a military engine: the two are not mutually exclusive.

       

                   

                     Not every person who is smart in math and science and computer literacy is going to be a doctor or lawyer, or engineer. What about the intermediary jobs that may allow students to have a decent income and contribute to society? For example, who would have heard of a physician’s assistant, years ago? Or, pharmacy assistant, or a lot of new-age demands that might be out there that cannot be met by those who hold advanced or terminal degrees? If there aren’t enough people with advanced degrees in the highly technical or health areas to keep up with demands in those areas…can’t those who maybe have a two year degree or otherwise certificated positon, help fill in the breach? Why does there have to be that huge chasm of those who seem to be “at the top” and the converse, those who struggle to have even minimum wage jobs? There is a demand not only for health and technical expertise, but also the service areas as a conduit to meeting those highly specialized needs areas.

       

       

                  Because a given country may be almost primarily of a particular faith or culture or color, we just cannot summarily pattern the United States after other countries…there are just too many variables in the equation.  Just because we may try to copy them does not mean that we are going to have the same results.

       

                   I see the new normal in education almost as a Hemingway Moveable Feast in that no longer can we just demand students to comply with the mandates that were given them as “normal” for so many years. Besides dramatic changes in our economy, so too, has the culture, color, and religious factors tremendously impacted on us in the last decade. I think education should not function solely as arbitor of what needs to be done in our schools by punitive mandates, but should also be the processer of information and other needs as needs arise. In a way, almost like a hospital. Most hospitals are not set up to serve one ailment, injury or situation. It must be prepared to address the situation as the patient presents his or her self. In this manner, the hospital is proactive, rather than reactive to whatever comes into the hospital. The hospital truly has to have a holistic set of professionals to diagnose and treat situations as they arise.

       

                  I fully believe that the real change in education will not come singularly from the mandates of the power structure, but when students, somehow, some way, re-discover that school is cool again. A time when those same students who knock you down in high schools and can’t wait to get out, will be the same students who will have the insatiable appetite to learn, that they will be at your door or can’t wait to see what you posted on line or other media, maybe into the far night or early morning…or whenever the quest for information is wanted or needed. The change in education that we might want to see flourish at all levels, will not come about through hard-line and punitive processes thinly disguised by those who want to act as the thought police in our schools. Rather, by the demands of students to have a viable voice in what education has to offer. If there is that merger of interest and mutual respect between teacher and learner, I have no worry about how American education will stack up against the rest of the world.

       

                  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that there are any number of administrators, superintendants, boards, principals, deans…what have you...that are not ogres or overly aggressive…and I admit that the tenor of the writing above may seem to present that. I think that there are cases to affirm that they are, but equally, there are those in those positions who want the best for students, the best for teachers, the best for education. And not all teachers, let alone teacher unions, are only interested in making administrative types look like the singular problem in education. There seems to be this dichotomy between administrators and teacher unions that seem to have been, in perpetuity, antagonists almost by definition. I don’t think that it has to be that way. There are those who want to tear down or burn down all the schools and start from scratch. I think that is a bit like throwing the baby  out with the bath water type of ideology. Starting over does not necessarily by mean better, for who knows that in the name of “making things better” one still will have arguments on the terminology of what better is or will be?

       

                  It would seem that in so many cases, so many individuals and aggregates of educators that have been in the trenches and through hard work and dedication and trial and error, have made quantum leaps in contributing to the betterment of teaching and learning. To tear down all that has been accomplished and is being accomplished and could further be accomplished, seems to be counter progressive, if not quantitatively regressive. because in starting all over, you don’t have the luxury of knowing what does work and what will work, because there is no history of experience to compare it with when things are done for the first time. What may be promising may be illusory in the future once the new initiative is subject to the scrutiny of experimentation and time.

       

                  In regards to the above and suggesting an approach to the new normal in education, it is this writer’s stance that there is a need to have a critical approach to education, not just criticism. Remember that when you point your finger at someone, there is at least three more fingers pointing back at you. We spend a lot of time dealing with the diametrically opposed views of what is wrong in education, and a not enough of what is right. Couldn’t we take a little bit of both and maybe realize that perhaps it is not singularly something right or wrong in our view of education that we must address--maybe just different. I think if the status quo and the radical reformers can meet at the same table, there is enough room for all of us to positively impact on the educational direction that will meet and perhaps surpass the challenges that America needs to address. #

       

       

       

       

       

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  • ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rule ASCD Official Sweepstakes Rules

    • From: Leslie_Welch
    • Description:

      ASCD Official Rules

      No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

       

       1. ELIGIBILITY. The ASCD Giveaways Official Rules is open to all current residents of the United States, Canada, and International territories ("Entrants"). The Giveaway sponsor is ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 ("Sponsor"). Employees of Sponsor (and officers, directors, agents, and representatives thereof), advertising and promotion agencies and all other entities participating in the design, promotion, marketing, advertising, administration, or fulfillment of this Giveaway, and their immediate families, are ineligible to participate in the Giveaway. Void where prohibited by operation of law. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED DURING THE GIVEAWAY PERIOD.

       

       2. GIVEAWAY PERIOD. The Giveaway begins Tuesday (5/10/11) at 9:00 A.M. (Eastern Standard Time), and ends Thursday (5/12/11) at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time)(the "Giveaway Period"). During the Giveaway Period, Sponsor will conduct one (1) Giveaway.

       

      3. HOW TO ENTER. You may enter online.

       

      i. Online. Please post a comment to the question asked to be entered for a chance to win. No other methods of entry will be accepted.

       

      Only one entry per natural person, regardless of method of entry.

       

      Online entries for the Giveaway Prizes must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday (5/12/11), according to the computer time on Sponsor’s server. Entrants must provide a valid email address. Incomplete, garbled, corrupted or illegible entries are void and will not be accepted. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, delayed, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, mutilated, corrupted entries. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged. Persons discovered entering under several names will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify false entries or entries suspected of being false. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a Selected Giveaway Entrant, the Selected Entrant will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account governing the e-mail address was opened.

       

       4. ODDS. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

       

       5. DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION. Each qualified entry will be entered into the random drawing for prizes. Drawing will be held on or about the day of the close of the Giveaway (“Drawing Date”). On the Drawing Date, an entrant will be selected, at random by a representative of Sponsor from among all eligible entries received by the respective Drawing Deadline, for the Prizes described below.

       

      The Selected Entrant will be notified by blog post at Sponsor's discretion. Selected Entrant will be required to respond (as directed) within seventy-two hours of attempted notification. Failure to respond timely to the notification may result in forfeiture of the prize and, in such case, Sponsor may randomly select an alternate chosen entrant from among the remaining eligible entries. Selected entrant may also be sent an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release ("Release"). The first and last name, occupation, hometown, and photograph of each Selected Entrant may be published in Sponsor's publication(s) and marketing materials and on its Web site(s), including without limitation edge.ascd.org, ASCD e-newsletters, messages to ASCD members, and/or the ascd.org website. Unless restricted by law, Selected Entrant will be required to complete and return the Release within the time period specified therein. An alternate selected entrant may be randomly selected from among the remaining eligible entries if a selected entrant (i) cannot be reached, (ii) fails to obtain all signatures on the Release and to return the documents in a timely manner as required pursuant to these Official Rules, or (iii) cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason. Selected Entrants will receive the Weekly Prize by mail within thirty (30) days of the Drawing Date (exact timing subject to change based on availability of Prize). In the event of a dispute about the identity of an entrant, each entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry.

       

       6. PRIZES.

      Three Prizes: The May 2011 issue of Educational Leadership (a $7.00 value).

      Selected Entrant is not entitled to any surplus between actual retail value of prize and stated ARV, and any difference between stated ARV and actual value of the prize will not be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or cash redemption of prize provided; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason. All Prizes may be awarded in the form of voucher(s), coupon(s), and/or gift card(s) at Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize or prize component(s) once in the possession or control of the actual Giveaway prize recipient. If Selected Entrant is unable to participate in or accept a Giveaway prize or any portion thereof for any reason, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the Selected Entrant. No part of any prize is redeemable for cash, regardless of reason. Prizes will be mailed only in the continental United States (Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, foreign U.S. military installations, and U.S. territories excluded).

       

       7. CONDITIONS. All federal, state, or other tax liabilities (including income taxes) arising from this Giveaway will be the sole responsibility of Selected Entrant. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws of the United States. By participating, Selected Entrant agrees to be fully and unconditionally bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Giveaway or these Official Rules. Selected Entrant also agree to release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless Sponsor and its respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents from and against any claims, damages, disability, attorneys' fees, and costs of litigation and settlement, as well as any liability due to any injuries, damages, or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from redemption, acceptance, possession, ownership, misuse, or use of any prize or participation in any Giveaway-related activity or participation in this Giveaway. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Giveaway or violating these Official Rules, and reserves the right to cancel the Giveaway should it suspect fraud or for reasons out of the control of Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be liable for (i) late, lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete unreadable, inaccurate, garbled, or unintelligible entries, communications, or affidavits, regardless of the method of transmission; (ii) telephone system, telephone, or computer hardware, software, or other technical malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, delays, or transmission errors; (iii) data corruption, theft, or destruction, or unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iv) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by the prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of a prize, or by participation in the Giveaway; or (v) any printing, typographical, administrative, or technological errors in any materials associated with the Giveaway. Disputes regarding these Official Rules and/or this Giveaway will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Virginia. By entering you consent to jurisdiction in the federal and state courts of Alexandria, Virginia, for the resolution of any and all disputes. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE Giveaway MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE Giveaway. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY'S FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

       

       8. PUBLICITY. Except where prohibited by law, the Selected Entrant's entry and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor to use said Selected Entrant's full name, photograph, statements, and city and state address for promotional or advertising purposes in connection with these Giveaway on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, now or hereafter known, in perpetuity, without review, permission, or further compensation.

       

       9. PRIVACY. All personal information collected by Sponsor will be used for administration of the Giveaway. In addition, entrants shall receive email correspondence from, or on behalf of, the Sponsor, subject to the Sponsor's privacy policy. Sponsor uses reasonable commercial efforts to comply with Federal CAN-SPAM guidelines, and entrants may subsequently opt out of receiving further emails by following the opt-out instructions contained in the email. Any questions regarding privacy matters should be directed to the address set out below. Please refer to Sponsor's privacy policy for important information regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by Sponsor.

       

       10. WINNER'S LIST AND Giveaway RULES. To obtain a copy of these official rules or a winner list within ninety days of the close of each Giveaway, send your request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to ASCD Giveaway, ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311. Selected Entrant's name will be sent once the Selected Entrant have been verified and prize(s) has/have been awarded. VT residents need not affix postage.

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    • From: Michael_Fisher
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      I’ve been back from China for almost a week, and have started four or five different blog posts.  I can’t seem to get a tight focus on what I intend to say, so I scrap it and start over.  There’s so much I want to share, so much I want to explore, but no one wants to read a novel length blog post!


      I’m still in sort of an “information overload” zone--there are many implications for what my collective experiences are connecting, and discerning the most important points has been difficult.  When I work with teachers in a coaching capacity, I’m always telling them to focus on just one thing.  So I have decided to take my own advice, and focus on one. The number one.  There are many layers to what “one” now means to me, in terms of comprehending the differences and similarities between China and the United States.

      One Child, One Chance
      Because of the One Child Policy in China, parents have one chance to help navigate the system to graduate a career ready child--one that can potentially take care of them as they age in a country that has no social security.  Their child must get a great education and ultimately a high paying job.  The reality is that the average income for most Chinese is $5,000-$6,000, a number that is less than the average amount of money that Americans spend on eating out in a year.  Unless students do extremely well on the Gaokao, the Chinese National College Entrance Exam, they are destined to average opportunities that will barely allow them to survive themselves, much less support their parents or have a family of their own.  These children and parents live in an “everything depends on this test” mentality at all times.  

      One Goal, One Revolution
      Chinese parents, like American parents, largely have the same goal: success for their children.  They want the best, they want the biggest bang for their hard earned dollars.  There’s been a lot of comparisons in the media between China and America in terms of education and economy, resulting in short-sighted implementation plans for changes based on reactive solutions to perceived problems that must be solved.  The reality is that both systems are designed for valuing the “test” and both systems are hinging on economic excesses that benefit the top fraction of the population.  We don’t need changes. We need a revolution.  We need what Heidi Hayes Jacobs calls “Future Schools Now.”  We need courage in planning and courage in this economy.  Firing teachers, canceling programs, putting the burden of our nation’s ills on the backs of children is not the answer. In a recent New York Times article, Dave Eggers writes, “how are we paying for three concurrent wars? How did we pay for the interstate highway system? Or the bailout of the savings and loans in 1989 and that of the investment banks in 2008? How did we pay for the equally ambitious project of sending Americans to the moon? We had the vision and we had the will and we found a way.”  I really think our Nation’s leaders need to try harder.  We have a common goal. We need revolutionary thinking.

      One World, One Perspective?
      While in China, it was hard not to notice the explosive level of construction.  I started to think the construction crane was a national symbol. The amount of resources being used was staggering, but honestly, that was US-centric thinking.  The United States uses more resources than China (currently) with a population that is ⅕ of China’s.  There’s a major shift coming whether we like it or not.  The Earth is going to run out of its non-renewable resources and we’re going to need the next generation to be excellent critical thinkers and creative problem solvers, especially in the discovery of sustainable synthetic fuels and other sources of clean energy, building materials, food, and clean water.  Are the kids today, in China or America, capable of solving those problems in the current educational structure? No.  Are the plans for implementing sweeping educational reforms going to really prepare kids for solving the problems of the future? I don’t think we’re quite there yet.

      One Problem
      Collectively, we really have one problem: How do we tear down a system that we know is not working and completely replace it with all the new forms necessary for real preparation for global citizenry?  The number of roadblocks are substantial. The red tape is ridiculous.  We have so much media that covers the identification of problems, but very few that offer solutions.  I hope that Dave Eggers is right, that with the right vision, we will find a way.



      The picture above is of a student in Stephen Wilmarth’s class at the Number 1 Middle School attached to Central China Normal University, in Wuhan, China.  Of the thousands (literally) of pictures I took, it ended up being my single favorite, and I wanted to share it.

      Elements of this blog post were influenced by:
      Maarten, J. Lost on Planet China: One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation. Broadway, 2009. Print.
      Zhao, Yong. Catching up or leading the way: American education in the age of globalization. Assn for Supervision & Curriculum, 2009. Print.
      Hayes, Heidi. Curriculum 21: essential education for a changing world. Assn for Supervision & Curriculum, 2010. Print.
      "America By The Numbers." Parade Magazine 1 May 2011: Web. 1 May 2011. <http://www.parade.com/america-by-the-numbers/index.html>.

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  • Testing 1 2 3 Testing 1 2 3

    • From: Erik_Palmer
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               Adams 12 School District just cut $30 million from its budget next year.  They will fire 135 teachers bringing class sizes from 22 to 30 or so in the lower elementary grades.  How do you predict that will affect teacher effectiveness and teacher morale?  All middle school athletics will be cut.  How does that help the childhood obesity problem?  Fees will be increased for textbooks and buses.  How will that help the next bond election?  And Adams 12 is just one little district in Colorado.  I am afraid to call my teacher friend in Los Angeles because I suspect her story is much worse.  “Circling the drain” is a phrase she used when I last talked to her.

               Notice what was not cut.  Testing.  Millions and millions and millions are spent testing kids and no one stands up to loudly shout, “STOP!”  Here is what we know: after many years of testing, nothing has changed.  Cottonwood Elementary, a rich, white school, has a 14 year history of 88% proficient or advanced and that number only goes up or down a point or two from one year to the next.  (Shocking truth #1 no one wants to admit: kids are different.  It is not the case that all kids can be advanced at math, writing, or anything.)  Village East Elementary, a poorer school with a diverse population, has a long history of 55% proficient or advanced.  (Shocking truth #2: every year one aberrant school is held up as an example that money and race are not important, but if you tell me the average income of the community and the percent of minorities in the school, I can tell you with 99% accuracy the school’s rating.)  So after 14 years of testing, nothing has changed.  It didn’t work.  It reports what we already know.  I get it.  Stop already. 

               But that state test isn’t all we do.  At my school, we gave the EXPLORE test to 8th graders which predicts how they will do as 10th graders on the PLAN test which predicts how well they will do on the ACT which gets them into college but which has absolutely no predictive value about how well they will do in college.  Millions spent district wide.  Schools in my district give a DRA test twice a year and that involves hiring a sub so the classroom teacher can give the assessment.  The teacher compiles a report that no administrator will ever look at and tells the teacher nothing he doesn’t already know.  More millions spent.  We also give MAPS test several times a year taking up computer lab time so classes wanting to use the lab are shut out and student instructional time is lost as they are tested.  And taking up more millions of dollars. I get it.  Marcus is a great reader and Rhonda is not.  I already knew that.  Stop already.

               Shocking truth #3: teachers do not study the scores and design individualized lessons for each child. I actually had a clueless administrator who suggested that teachers focus on 10 “bubble” kids.  Of the 150 students we taught, we were to think especially hard about the chosen ten: “Marcus is proficient high so I will tweak Marcus’s instruction to move him to advanced.”  Unrealistic and unacceptably unfair.  We can continue to kid ourselves about “data driven” instruction, but it is not happening and it is not changing.  Get in the classroom.  Deal with the diabetic girl who is crashing, the main-streamed autistic child, the two BD children, and the range of abilities in the other 27 children and see how well you individualize Marcus’s lesson.  Teachers don’t need more test results and cannot use the results they have.  Stop already.

               In the radio world, they used to talk about payola.  DJs would be given cash under the table if they played certain songs.  Maybe the folks at the testing companies have incredible sales people, and educators are exceptionally gullible, but I actually wonder if payola is involved in district decisions.  The district is broke but you bought another test?!   And it couldn’t possibly be true that wealthy testing companies have gotten to our state legislators, could it?  But stand back and look at this and tell me that testing is good for students.  We have a long track record of testing now and I fail to see how education has benefited. 

               The recession may be over on Wall Street but it is real at the state and local level and money is tight.  What is the best use of the money we have?  Testing or more teachers?  What do you think would benefit the students in the Adams 12 school district?  If you said to parents “I can give your child a smaller class size or I can give your child a test” what do you think they would choose?  Somewhere someone has to stand up and challenge the tests and the expense of testing.  Some state has to step up and say we cannot afford this testing program.  And some of us have to become very vocal to make that happen.

                

              

      

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  • Giveaway: Create Success! Giveaway: Create Success!

    • From: Leslie_Welch
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      The neighborhood surrounding the school where Dr. Kadhir Rajagopal teaches is landscaped with liquor stores, gun shops, and abandoned buildings.  His students are mostly African American, Latino, and Asian and almost all are low-income. It's not the sort of place you would expect to find students excelling in Algebra, but they are.

       

      Rajagopal's students have not only outperformed the district and state average on all standardized exams in algebra, they've also outperformed higher income students and white students. In his new ASCD book, Rajagopal shares his C.R.E.A.T.E method that guides educators to achieve similar results. It's a must read for any urban educator. 

       


       

      I have 2 copies of Kadhir Rajagopal's new book, Create Success! Unlocking the Potential of Urban Students sitting on my desk. I feel like it's time for another giveaway.  

       

      For a chance to win, answer this question:

       

      How do you use popular culture to engage your students? 


      I will select 2 random responses and announce the winners Wednesday March 9th at 5 pm. 

       

      Good luck! 

       

      ~Leslie

       

      Disclaimer: This contest is not affiliated with Facebook. 

       

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