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ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

2016 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

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ASCD's Summer Showcase Institutes Focus on Improving High-Poverty Schools, Rigor, and Closing Achievement Gaps

Alexandria, VA (06/05/12)—ASCD, the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, has gathered a team of renowned education experts to lead intensive, four-day Summer Showcase Institutes this July in Baltimore, Md., and Denver, Colo.

The Baltimore Summer Showcase will be held July 11–14, and the Denver Summer Showcase will be held July 18–21. Participants who attend either event can register for the entire four-day showcase or select individual institutes that best fit their professional development goals.

This year’s topics include closing achievement gaps that plague U.S. schools, helping all students succeed in highly rigorous programs, motivating and inspiring black male learners, and leading students in high-poverty schools to success. An in-depth, day-by-day breakdown of both showcase series is available below:

  • Day One: Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving From Research to Practice to Close the Achievement GapDarla Scott and MaKelia Mitchell, who represent Howard University’s Capstone Institute, will kick off the four-day showcase by sharing classroom practices, from promoting high-quality teacher-student relationships to using culturally relevant pedagogy, that close the achievement gap. Drawing from A. Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera’s ASCD book of the same title, the presenters will explore specific practices for maximizing student engagement, and get attendees prepared to use instructional approaches that focus on the assets students bring with them or that create assets for the students to use in the classroom.

  • Day Two: Equity, Access, and Rigor: Helping Traditionally Underrepresented Students Access and Be Successful with Highly Rigorous Courses—On Day Two, author of ASCD’s How to Plan Rigorous Instruction and National Board Certified Teacher Robyn Jackson will delve into issues of equity, access, and rigor as they pertain to advanced courses such as AP and IB. Attendees of this institute will learn how to develop specific support strategies to set students up for success; develop students’ soft skills, which can help them successfully master challenging content; and support struggling students without sacrificing the rigor of a program.

  • Day Three: Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life—Renowned education expert and veteran principal Baruti Kafele will spend Day Three helping educators better understand how to motivate and inspire black male students to take a greater interest in school and learning. Pulling wisdom and tactics from his ASCD book of the same title, Kafele will equip attendees with strategies to address the plight of the black male learner through the climate and culture of the school and classroom.

  • Day Four: Poverty and Underachievement: How Schools and Districts Lead Students to Success—On the final day of both showcases, ASCD authors and educators William Parrett and Kathleen Budge will help attendees understand how to lead students at high-poverty schools to success by improving key areas of performance. Parrett and Budge will zero in on building leadership capacity; fostering a safe and supportive learning environment; and focusing on student, professional, and system learning.

To browse all of ASCD’s upcoming regional institutes, visit For more information on ASCD’s other programs, products, and services, or to join the association, visit

Contact Information  

  • Julia Liapidova, communications specialist, 1-703-575-5607 or by e-mail
  • Stephen Wakefield, communications director, 1-703-575-5764 or by e-mail.