Discovery Education Named First Lead Partner for ASCD’s 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show
Alexandria, VA (10/18/2011)—ASCD is pleased to announce Discovery Education, the leading provider of high-quality, curriculum-based digital content to U.S. schools, as the first lead partner for the association’s much-anticipated 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show. ASCD's 67th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, "A Collective Call to Action," held in Philadelphia, Pa., March 24–26, will explore what committed educators are doing to support the success of each learner.
For 10 years, Discovery Education has transformed classrooms, empowered teachers, and captivated students by leading the way in providing high-quality, dynamic, digital content to classrooms across the country. Powered by Discovery Communications, the number-one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming and Discovery Education Science Techbook are available in more than half of all U.S. schools.
Reed Timmer, Discovery Education's chief meteorologist and star of Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers series, headlines the conference’s opening general session on March 24 with a powerful presentation, "The Science of Extreme Storm Chasing." Also during this session, ASCD will announce the 2012 Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) winners. The OYEA program recognizes education leaders under the age of 40 for making a profound difference in the lives of their students.
Other conference highlights include Harvard professor and best-selling author Atul Gawande’s March 25 general session, "The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right." During this informative session, Gawande will share a systematic approach to accomplishing and measuring primary goals and will offer educators strategies for balancing mandates, standards, and reform-based assessments. Following this presentation, ASCD will announce the 2012 Vision in Action award-winning school, recognized for schoolwide efforts to ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
"ASCD thanks Discovery Education for its fantastic support of the 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show," said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Gene R. Carter. "This event promises to be a tremendous professional growth opportunity for all in attendance. Offering solutions to global education challenges, the 2012 Annual Conference will further empower, connect, and inspire the people who make a profound difference in the lives of today’s learners."
Year after year, several thousand educators representing a diverse range of professional roles, countries, and experience levels; leading education experts; hundreds of exhibitors; and journalists and education bloggers turn to ASCD's Annual Conference and Exhibit Show for an unrivaled, world-class professional development experience. Over the three conference days, attendees will
Explore bold, new directions in designing and sustaining dynamic learning environments.
Discover proven ways to expand great expectations and opportunities for all learners.
Hear about effective models for redesigning schools for 21st century success.
This year's conference will include a virtual streaming component intended for off-site attendees and educators interested in viewing select conference sessions live over the Internet or watching them in our archive at a later date. In addition, all nonmembers attending ASCD's 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show will receive a yearlong complimentary ASCD Basic membership.
On the evening of March 24, ASCD EDge® will sponsor a casual networking opportunity for educators who have turned to social media, specifically Twitter, for professional growth. This ASCD "Tweet Up" will bring together ASCD authors, important leaders of the online education revolution, the @ASCD Twitter team, attendees who contribute to and follow the Annual Conference conversation online, and those simply interested in expanding their understanding of Twitter as a professional networking and learning tool. The official Twitter hashtag of ASCD's 2012 Annual Conference is #ascd12.
To preview the event lineup or to register, visit the Annual Conference and Exhibit Show website. To learn more about ASCD and the benefits associated with becoming an ASCD member, visit www.ascd.org.
- Stephen Wakefield, communications director, 1-703-575-5764 or by e-mail.