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Alexandria, VA (3/21/2013)—ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, announces Becky J. Berg—superintendent of the Deer Park School District in Deer Park, Wash. —as the association’s new President. Berg took office at the conclusion of ASCD’s 68th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Chicago, Ill., on March 18.
“A rapidly changing global environment demands that educators embrace changes and new technologies so that they can better prepare today’s students for college, career, and citizenship,” said Berg. “I look forward to working with my fellow members and ASCD staff to continue to revolutionize the way educators learn, and in turn, how they support the success of each learner in schools across the globe today.”
Prior to serving as superintendent for Deer Park, Berg was a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at both the middle and elementary school levels. Additionally, she has served as an adjunct instructor at Eastern Washington and Washington State universities. Berg has been an ASCD member for 20 years and has held variety of leadership positions, including Washington State ASCD board member and president, Leadership Council member-at-large, Worldwide Influence Study Group member, Legislative Committee member, and ASCD Board member.
“Becky’s commitment to advocating for both whole child education and sustained, job-embedded professional development for educators makes her the perfect choice to serve as ASCD’s new President,” said ASCD CEO and Executive Director Dr. Gene R. Carter. “Her passion and enthusiasm for improving education around the globe is infectious, and I look forward to working with her in her new role.”
Also taking office alongside Berg is Nancy Gibson, associate professor at Concordia University in Chicago, who will serve as 2013–14 President-Elect for the association, as well as the following new members of the Board of Directors:
At the 68th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, ASCD also presented several awards to its outstanding affiliate organizations.
Two affiliates were recognized for the 2013 Overall Excellence Award: Iowa ASCD, for its increased focus on integrating technology into professional learning opportunities and their influence and advocacy work with ASCD, and New Hampshire ASCD, for its work to increase membership and provide increased professional learning opportunities, such as Common Core workshops.
“Both the Iowa and New Hampshire affiliates exemplify ASCD’s commitment to providing high-quality professional development resources and opportunities to educators,” said ASCD Chief Constituent Services Officer and Deputy Executive Director Judy Seltz. “We recognize both Iowa ASCD and New Hampshire ASCD for their outstanding contributions to their members and congratulate them on their successes.”
In addition, New Jersey ASCD received the Area Excellence Award for Programs, Products, and Services for their leadership in their state as a trusted source for professional learning. Texas ASCD received an Exceptional Progress Award in Influence and Policy, and Alberta ASCD, Ohio ASCD, and Vermont ASCD were all recipients of the Exceptional Progress Award in Programs, Products, and Services.
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