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ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 52 affiliate organizations.

Our diverse, nonpartisan membership is our greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world.

ASCD Building

Bringing Your Vision into Focus

Your vision is to change the world—one child at a time. It's ours too. That's why ASCD empowers you to help your students develop essential skills that extend beyond memorizing geographical locations and calculating square roots. While these skills are important, we believe that supporting the whole child requires engaging students to prepare them for navigating their careers, contributing to their communities, and identifying their interests.

Our primary focus is on transformational leadership, global engagement, poverty and equity, redefining student success, and teaching and learning—the components you need to help advance student achievement and support them holistically. Through our professional learning opportunities, books, videos, and online courses, you’ll gain insight into solving your challenges, enhancing your skills, and building effective programs.

Communities of Excellence

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Transformational Leadership

Building a continuum and capacity for leadership

Whether you're currently in a leadership role, or aspire to be in one, you're ready to take on new challenges. From creating a positive school culture, to effectively using data, to leading professional learning, you see things as they could be, not as they are. Discover support for the many facets of your role—visionary, engager, learner, collaborator, and instructional leader.


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Global Engagement

Preparing children for an interconnected, global society and engaging educators in critical issues facing education

Today's students require the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to participate as citizens in a global society. In addition to being actively engaged in learning, students need to understand their connection to their communities and the world at large. Develop the intercultural competence to expand your curriculum beyond a textbook and learn about promising practices and topics of concern to educators worldwide.


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Poverty and Equity

Removing barriers to enable learning and expand opportunities

Each and every student needs and deserves a safe, challenging, and supportive learning environment—especially students who have special needs, cultural or language differences, or live in poverty. Understanding the full impact of inequities is the first step to creating healthy environments, supportive schools, and targeted instruction that helps all of your students engage in meaningful opportunities to expand their learning and heighten their achievement.


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Redefining Student Success

Moving from a narrow definition of student success that traditionally relies on achievement test scores and grades

You want to help your students succeed in school and in life. By expanding the notion of student success, and moving it beyond a metric governed by test scores, authentic assessment puts the emphasis on student understanding. By providing school cultures that emphasize life skills and attending to their social-emotional development, you can support students as they learn to take appropriate ownership of their learning.


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Teaching and Learning

Using innovative teaching to spark meaningful and engaged student learning

You understand the impact of effective teaching. Consistently, the most important school-based factors affecting academic success are the classroom teacher and the school principal. Enhance your skills through differentiated instruction, the FIT Teaching® approach, the Understanding by Design® framework, and more.


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The Whole Child

Ensuring that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged

All educators want to improve the work they do for students, their families, and the community. Whether it's instruction, school climate, leadership, family engagement, or any of the other issues schools face on a daily basis, all educators need tools to help them improve their actions and methods. A whole child approach sets the standard for comprehensive, sustainable school improvement and provides for long-term student success.


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Advancing the education profession and developing stronger support for student success are vital to our mission. As one of the largest education associations in the world, we offer many opportunities for you to

  • Get award-winning products, programs, and services that will inspire you and bring school improvement ideas to life;
  • Receive the professional learning you need to positively influence student achievement and personal career success;
  • Connect with educators who share your interests;
  • Prepare you to be effective advocates for your profession and the students you serve; and
  • Help you move from a vision about educating the whole child to sustainable, collaborative action.

About Us

Founded in 1943, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner.

The association provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.