ASCD Expands Professional Development Team by Appointing Valda Valbrun New Director of Professional Development
Alexandria, VA (01/14/13)—ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, has expanded its professional development team by appointing Valda Valbrun as the association’s new Director of Professional Development. In this role, Valbrun will help lead the development and implementation of ASCD’s capacity-building solutions.
ASCD's capacity-building team believes that school improvement needs structures and procedures that support sustainability. Through a highly consultative process that focuses on building awareness, skill development, implementation, and maintenance of targeted educational behaviors over time, ASCD works directly with school leaders to customize capacity-building solutions for each partner. Available to schools, districts, or regional service agencies, ASCD's capacity-building solutions can be delivered on-site, virtually, or in a blended model.
"Research shows that for teachers and leaders to be highly effective and sustain practices, an environment of differentiated professional learning, risk taking, and collaborative relationships must be in place," said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter. "ASCD's capacity-building efforts promote these practices, and we look forward to Valda's contributions as a member of this team."
Valbrun began her career as a teacher in Broward County, Fla. Later, she served in the Montgomery County Public Schools, Md., as a professional developer and secondary school administrator. Following that, Valbrun served the Frederick County Public Schools, Md., as middle school principal, where she and her staff successfully increased student achievement to meet and surpass requirements for the school’s adequate yearly progress. Valbrun also was a school turnaround partner in Baltimore City Schools and a coordinator with the Connecticut Center for School Change, where she facilitated their statewide School Instructional Improvement Network and provided leadership development and coaching for new school leaders in Stamford.
Valbrun is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism. She also earned a Master of Science degree in education from Nova Southeastern University and a postgraduate certification in school administration and leadership at Johns Hopkins University.
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