ASCD’s Presence on Pinterest Website Makes PD SocialLearn More» Learn
ASCD debuted its official Pinterest page in June to provide educators with yet another avenue for professional development—this one, social.
ASCD’s Pinterest boards—Learn. Teach. Lead., Professional Development, Supporting the Whole Child, We’re Reading, Education Infographics, and 2013 ASCD Annual Conference—deliver powerful images and videos from both ASCD and the greater education community. Users can organize and re-pin the content that moves them and then access the content during lesson planning, professional learning community meetings, or anytime they are online.
ASCD SOCIAL MEDIA OVERVIEW
Connect on our social media channels and pages like many others have already.
ASCD’s official blog, Inservice, offers its more than 150,000
readers conversation, insight, and resources as it discusses teaching
practices and presents multiple perspectives on today’s most relevant topics.
More than 85,000 educators, parents, community members, policymakers,
and students turn to the Whole Child Blog for resources and thought
leadership about how to ensure that each student is healthy, safe,
engaged, supported, and challenged. Posts show just what a
whole child approach to education looks like in action.
ASCD’s Presence on Pinterest Website Makes PD Social
Adding to our social media efforts, ASCD unveiled six boards on the popular image-sharing site Pinterest with the intent to empower, inspire, and build meaningful connections with educators.
2012: A Year of Groundbreaking Books for ASCD MembersLearn More» Teach
|Author Ceri B. Dean explains how Classroom Instruction That Works has been reenergized and updated for today’s classroom.|
ASCD selects its member books for their relevance across job categories and grade levels. Whether the books present classroom strategies for teachers, leadership ideas for administrators, or both, they all offer a new
perspective and connect readers with the successes
of prominent members of the education community.
by Yvette Jackson and Veronica McDermott
by Eleanor Dougherty
2012: A Year of Groundbreaking Books for ASCD Members
From a thoroughly revised edition of a best seller to a new release on how educators can move beyond the textbook, ASCD’s member books presented diverse ideas that belong in today’s schools.
ASCD Empowers a New Cadre of Education LeadersLearn More» Lead
Now in its 10th year, the prestigious Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) program recognizes educators under the age of 40 for making a positive difference in the lives of students by ensuring that they are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Arkansas superintendent Matt McClure received the recognition for his work to tackle the challenges of a rural school district and institute an effective school turnaround program. California dual-language immersion teacher Liliana Aguas was honored for promoting a sense of community that translated into cooperative learning and rich intellectual challenges for all students.
Emerging Leaders Program
Emerging Leaders are accomplished educators who have been in the profession 5–15 years and demonstrate a passion for teaching, learning, and leadership.
Educators join the two-year program to build their leadership capacity, and they emerge with the skills and tools necessary to influence education programs, policy, and practice on local and national levels.
In 2012, 26 educators were selected for the program; 36 entered their 2nd year. Together they represent Canada, 27 U.S. States, District of Columbia, Argentina and Hong Kong.
|The superintendent and principal of Byrne Creek Secondary School discuss the award and what it has meant to the staff and community.|
First Ever Whole Child Network Empowers Schools to Do MoreLearn More» Lead
Will a student show up for class if he is consistently bored or relentlessly bullied? Can a learner focus on the lesson if she’s sitting in the back of the room hungry? In today’s test-driven climate, there is a hesitation to pursue a whole child approach to education, but to enable students to excel, we must ensure that they are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. The Whole Child Network of Schools provides an opportunity to demonstrate this approach and make it accessible.
The diverse schools selected for the network have committed to a comprehensive, three-year school improvement process using the tenets of the Whole Child Initiative and their indicators as a sustainable, whole child approach to education. The efforts of the 10 schools will demonstrate how any school, urban or rural, large or small, can approach change by asking the right questions and focusing on interventions that go well beyond prescriptive classroom practices.
First Ever Whole Child Network Empowers Schools to Do More
Ten schools from the United States and Guam have been selected to participate in a comprehensive school improvement process framed by the tenets and indicators of the Whole Child Initiative.
ASCD School Improvement Tool Provides Free Needs AssessmentsLearn More» Teach
Too often tools educators use to assess their schools fall short, examining too narrow of a scope or prescribing solutions that fail to address the bigger picture of school culture and climate. To provide schools with a truly comprehensive needs assessment, ASCD developed the School Improvement Tool, the first of its kind.
The online tool launches a 15-minute survey that evaluates a school’s strengths and weaknesses in areas such as school climate and culture, family and community engagement, curriculum and instruction, and the ability to provide and sustain a whole child approach to education across all aspects of the school experience.
The tool helps define what excellence in a school is and enables educators to make the evidence-based, data-driven decisions that will help them get there.
ASCD School Improvement Tool Provides Free Needs Assessments
To provide educators with a comprehensive needs assessment, ASCD developed the free, online ASCD School Improvement Tool, which is based on a whole child approach to education.
School Partnerships With ASCD Bring PD to YouLearn More» Learn
ASCD’s web-based PD Online® courses and PD In Focus® solutions were particularly popular with clients seeking cost-effective and accessible professional development. Offerings on leadership development, teacher evaluation, teacher effectiveness, and of course the Common Core State Standards attracted the most attention.
The Association of Christian Schools International, a global organization, selected PD In Focus as one of its professional development solutions, with the goal of expanding learning and providing rich education content to the association’s members.
Prince George’s County Schools in Maryland partnered with ASCD to deliver capacity-building professional development. And Broad Prize-winning Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina selected PD In Focus, in part for its powerful Common Core content, to support efforts to meet its key strategic plan objectives.
70 Years of Educational Leadership and What Lies AheadLearn More» Teach
In 2012, ASCD’s flagship publication continued the tradition of delivering education content on the topics that matter most by pursuing ground-breaking, timely themes that readers told us they wanted to know more about.
The award-winning publication continues to encourage best practices; present new ideas from contributors across the field; and deliver information in a conversational, accessible manner to reach every reader and benefit every learner.
What has changed, and will continue to evolve, is Educational Leadership’s ability to meet and engage readers in the mobile and online space. EL is available as a full-feature, designed e-zine that members can share and explore online, accessing reference links, video interviews, and bonus podcasts on their device of choice. Educational Leadership content is also available through an iPad app, and readers can pull study guides using iTunes U.
ASCD Master Class Video Series Supports Leaders’ GrowthLearn More» Lead
The focus in the education community is shifting from teachers to leaders, what they do, and how it affects schools and students. As renowned principal and ASCD Master Class guest Baruti Kafele aptly put it, “You show me a school with extraordinary teachers and a weak leader, and I’ll show you an underperforming school.” In response, ASCD developed this five-part series of advanced seminars to help meet leaders’ growing needs.
The videos evaluate the toughest, most thought-provoking education issues of the day while meeting busy school and district leaders where they are. Each video deeply explores a topic—such as instructional leadership, teacher evaluation, or professionalism—and helps viewers connect with fellow leaders in a way that sparks thought and supports thought leadership.
Each episode is accessible through the PD In Focus® online application.
|Coauthor of Aim High, Achieve More Yvette Jackson discusses how to transform the urban classroom.|
ASCD Master Class Video Series Supports Leaders’ Growth
The ASCD Master Class video series comprises five programs that explore leadership and are hosted by renowned journalist Claudio Sanchez. Guests include James Stronge, Baruti Kafele, and Mike Schmoker.
Leadership Development Program Meets Unique Needs of PrincipalsLearn More» Lead
Good leaders have the power to make schools great, and the Principal Compass program offers a complete system to build the competencies of effective school leadership. Aligned with Robert Marzano’s evidence-based framework for principal growth and development and Lyle Kirtman’s research-based qualities of effective leadership, the on-demand solution better helps leaders grow, and it builds the connection between teacher effectiveness and leader effectiveness.
Leaders sign up to Principal Compass.
- Analyzes leadership style and training needs.
- Targets support through team-based professional development and coaching.
- Monitors progress and recommends additional support.
Leaders emerge stronger, more effective, and ready to guide their schools to higher levels of achievement.
- Benchmarks principals and their teams’ self-assessment data against that of more than 300 high-performing principals.
- Features content developed by best-selling authors Robert Marzano, Michael Fullan, Rick Stiggins, and Jon Saphier and numerous principal practitioners.
- Integrates more than 3,000 classroom and practitioner videos to help principals and other school leaders strengthen a current program or build one that is brand-new.
Leadership Development Program Meets Unique Needs of Principals
ASCD partnered with Pearson to create the Principal Compass™ program, the only cloud-based, comprehensive solution of its kind for principal leadership that is rooted in Robert Marzano’s evidence-based framework for principal growth and development.