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ASCD Empowers a New Cadre of Education Leaders

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OYEA Program

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 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.

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The superintendent and principal of Byrne Creek Secondary School discuss the award and what it has meant to the staff and community.
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ASCD Empowers a New Cadre of Education Leaders

Three programs—Outstanding Young Educator Award, Emerging Leaders, and Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award—empower education leaders at all levels.

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First Ever Whole Child Network Empowers Schools to Do More

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Why It Was Formed

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.

What It Means For You

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.

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ASCD School Improvement Tool Provides Free Needs Assessments

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Why It Was Built

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.

How It Can Help

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.

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New Coalition Promotes College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness for All

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Goals

With the No Child Left Behind Act’s narrowly focused testing requirements still in place and the national attention on Common Core disciplines of mathematics and English language arts and literacy, it’s more important than ever for the education community to speak as a single voice about all the subjects essential to a well-rounded, comprehensive education.

The Coalition

The College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness Coalition calls on leaders to place equal value on all core subjects and physical and health education. To become college, career, and citizenship ready, students need access to all of the disciplines that support lifelong success. We must promote each of these subjects at the school, district, and state levels to make that possible.

New Coalition Promotes College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness for All

A broad new coalition, led by ASCD and joined by more than two dozen education organizations, has formed to better advocate for core subjects beyond reading and math.

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