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Alexandria, VA (11/12/2015)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, is pleased to announce the 71st ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show. The conference will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., April 2–4, 2016, and will feature more than 200 professional learning sessions for educators of all roles and interests.
“The ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show is designed to challenge educators’ thinking, provide them with meaningful professional learning on the subjects that matter most, and prepare them to implement new and innovative ideas in their work,” said Deborah S. Delisle, ASCD executive director and CEO. “We want attendees to consider exactly what it means to learn, teach, and lead and to engage in a conference experience that will equip them with the tools to bring top-notch instruction and guidance to their classrooms, schools, and districts.”
In addition to the professional learning sessions—including those led by invited speakers who are among the leading voices in education today—the conference will have an exhibit hall featuring more than 300 education companies and opportunities for attendees to network with thousands of fellow educators. For full details, visit annualconference.ascd.org.
For the first time, the 2016 conference will be headlined by five general sessions:
Manny Scott—The Power of One
First General Session
Saturday, April 2, 10:00–11:45 a.m.
Manny Scott, one of the original Freedom Writers, will share his against-the-odds story and eye-opening insight into how, with hard work and the help of others, he went from being an "unreachable" and "unteachable" high school dropout to becoming a successful student, husband, father, entrepreneur, pilot, and public servant.
Pedro Noguera and Alan Blankstein—Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student
Second General Session
Saturday, April 2, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Educational leaders Pedro Noguera and Alan Blankstein will help participants navigate the sometimes uncertain and controversial journey to equity by providing examples of high-leverage practices used by award-winning schools, scholars, and practitioners to close achievement gaps.
Carol Dweck—The Journey to a Growth Mindset
Third General Session
Sunday, April 3, 10:00–11:45 a.m.
In this session, pioneering motivation researcher and psychologist Carol Dweck will show the effect of fixed and growth mindsets on students’ motivation and achievement, present new research on why educators are not always effective in communicating a growth mindset to students, and teach participants how they can be more effective growth mindset communicators in the future.
Shanna Peeples—The Limitations Are the Lesson: Using Adversity to Our Advantage
Fourth General Session
Sunday, April 3, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples will give participants a look at some of history’s most resilient people and highlight three signposts to help navigate rough waters: attitude, aim, and action. These signposts help teachers hold on to best practices under the pressure to standardize, formularize, and anesthetize.
Mike Schmoker—Leading with Focus: How Leaders Can Accomplish More by Doing Less
Fifth General Session
Sunday, April 3, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Best-selling author Mike Schmoker will show participants precisely where to focus their precious time, effort, and resources to ensure that all students are prepared for the 21st century demands of college, careers, and citizenship. Participants will learn about the three most essential elements of good schooling—coherent curriculum, authentic literacy, and soundly structured lessons—and how to successfully implement them using a very clear, straightforward model.
In addition to these presentations and hundreds of concurrent sessions, the 71st ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show will include special events such as book signings, author talks, school improvement forums, and fun networking events. The author talks will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear about their favorite ASCD books directly from the authors who wrote them and ask the pressing questions they’ve always wanted to ask. Networking events will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet fellow educators from around the world.
Educators can follow the conference conversation and check out photos from all around the convention center by using #ASCD16 on Twitter and Instagram.
To register for the 71st Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, visit the conference website, annualconference.ascd.org. Early-bird pricing, at $289 for ASCD members and $359 for nonmembers, is available through February 3, 2016. To learn more ways to save on registration, visit the registration page. To learn more about ASCD and the benefits associated with becoming a member, visit www.ascd.org.
Ross Romano, publicist, 1-703-575-5607 or by e-mail.
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