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1. What are professional interest communities?
ASCD Professional Interest Communities is a constituent group within the ASCD community uniting educators around a specific educational issue. The communities are flexible, fluid, and based on the needs of their participants. They allow participants to exchange ideas, share common interests, identify and solve problems, grow professionally, and establish collegial relationships. These communities network via ASCD EDge.
2. What do professional interest communities do?
Each community is operated independently and provides different resources to its members. In general, however, most communities produce a newsletter, attend a forum at ASCD's Annual Conference, and provide information and resources to community members. Some professional interest communities sponsor conferences, workshops, Web sites, and electronic forums.
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3. Are all professional interest communities online?
Professional interest communities have established groups on ASCD EDge to communicate with their members and to share their work with the public.
4. How do I join a professional interest community?
You can join a community simply by contacting the facilitator and joining the community group on ASCD EDge. Some professional interest communities charge a small annual membership fee (under $25.)
5. How can I get in touch with the facilitator?
For contact information, check the Professional Interest Communities Directory. You can also
6. Do I have to be an ASCD member to join?
No. Membership is open to all. However, the professional interest community facilitator must be an ASCD member.
7. Can I join more than one professional interest community?
You may join as many communities as you wish.
8. What services does ASCD provide to Professional Interest Communities?
ASCD is responsible for planning and evaluating the program and for selecting new communities. ASCD provides all of our approved professional interest communities with a strong foundation of support, which includes:
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9. How do I form an ASCD professional interest community?
See the "Start a Professional Interest Community" section.
10. How are professional interest community proposals reviewed?
Proposals are reviewed and evaluated by a broad-based ASCD staff committee.
11. What does a professional interest community need to do to maintain its relationship with ASCD?
Minimum criteria for continued ASCD support of a community include the following:
12. How often do professional interest communities meet?
All communities are invited to host a workshop session at ASCD's Annual Conference. Some communities offer additional conference and workshop opportunities.
13. What relationship does ASCD Professional Interest Communities have to ASCD Affiliates, ASCD Student Chapters, and other ASCD Constituent Groups?
There is no official relationship between ASCD Professional Interest Communities, Affiliates, Student Chapters, or other ASCD Constituent Groups, although they are encouraged to work together.
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