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ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

2016 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

Learn. Teach. Lead.
Get the tools to put it all together at this can't-miss education conference—with more than 200 sessions and five inspirational keynote speakers.

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We Make It Easier to Reach Your Learning Goal

  • For leading professional development, PD QuickKit™ publications provide a quick download of the tools and resources you need to create a learning experience that will introduce your colleagues to the latest strategies and theories on research-based education practices.
  • For ongoing professional learning communities, PD In Focus™ professional development platform provides collaborative professional development activities with online videos and other content related to research-based school improvement.
  • For in-depth study, PD Online™ courses provide you with in-depth, self-paced courses on specific education strategies and issues related to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership.
  • For curriculum development, our UbD Exchange supports staff in lesson, unit, and course design and in implementing new curriculum and assessment. 
  • For systemic school improvement, our What Works in Schools Staff and Parent Online Surveys provide your school with the data you need to identify problems, develop realistic goals, and monitor progress.


8 Benefits of Learning Online

1. Save Time 

Scheduling and implementing online learning is much less time-consuming than planning and running inservice days and staff meetings.

2. Save Money

Eliminate travel expenses, registration costs, consultant fees, and other expenses associated with seminars and on-site meetings. And online learning can save school districts the expense of hiring substitute teachers.

3. Get CEU and College Credit

Online learning opportunities offer a way to earn professional development clock hours, which can be applied toward CEU or college credit.

4. Add Flexibility

You can access online learning opportunities anytime, any place you have access to the Internet, from the comfort of your own home and even during summer and holiday breaks.

5. Increase Accountability

Online learning can be even more accountable than traditional professional development because assignments, assessment scores, activities, course completions, and participant progress can be monitored online.

6. Bring Education Theory to Life

When online learning experiences take full advantage of the interactivity and multimedia power of the Internet, they can engage you with videotaped classroom scenes, interviews, and online demonstrations of concepts. This wide variety of activity and question formats offers a more valuable learning experience than a typical workshop or textbook-based courses.

7. Promote Transference of Learning to the Workplace

Instead of one-shot workshops, you can use the flexibility and lower costs of online learning to follow-up on learning activities with support that leads to implementation of new practices.

8. Create Excitement About Learning

The interactivity and multimedia delivery of online professional development makes learning more engaging and fun!


Why Choose ASCD for Online Learning?

As a membership organization of, by, and for educators, ASCD listens to educators around the world. We find out what's working in schools and classrooms, then we create powerful professional resources that help implement those ideas—in a single classroom or systemwide. 

That's what makes us the leading source of professional development in K–12 education. A national survey from an independent research firm found that more educators name ASCD as the "industry leader" in providing programs and services for K–12 professional development compared to any other organization.

Our approach to online learning divides the professional development experience into four levels of learner needs:

  • Level 1: Raising awareness and introducing new ideas.
  • Level 2: Supporting new skills.
  • Level 3: Making refinements and adjustments to fit a context.
  • Level 4: Maintaining and institutionalizing behaviors systemwide.

This differentiated approach to professional development is much more apt to ensure your online learning experience is a success—whether your goal is self-help or systemic improvement.