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2014 ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership

2014 ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership

October 31–November 2, 2014, Orlando, Fla.

Learn the secrets to great leadership practices, and get immediate and practical solutions that address your needs.



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September 2014 | Volume 72 | Number 1

Motivation Matters

Feature Articles

Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink

Amy M. Azzam

Daniel Pink, author of Drive, talks about purpose as our major motivator. Listen to a clip from the interview.

Four (Secret) Keys to Student Engagement

Robyn Jackson and Allison Zmuda

Step inside some classrooms to see how to unlock engagement.

Motivating Young Adolescents

Rick Wormeli

Six approaches that spark intrinsic interest in middle-schoolers—plus 12 de-motivators to avoid.

Close Reading Without Tears

Nancy Boyles

Picture books show kids how different texts treat the same subject—and spur kids to undertake close reading.

Can Assessments Motivate?

Richard L. Curwin

Tips on how to encourage effort on tests without lowering standards.

Boosting the Power of Projects

John Larmer

How to make sure projects are more than classwork with a twist.

Navigating the Classroom Current

Kevin Perks and Michael Middleton

Move students toward academic achievement by using feedback.

Reading Time with Goals in Mind

Jennifer Serravallo

Combine independent reading with goal setting, and watch students find joy in reading.

The Just-Right Challenge

Stevi Quate and John McDermott

How to get students pumped up to do hard work.

10 Standards for Motivation

ReLeah Cossett Lent and Barry Gilmore

These standards take motivation into account.

Commentary / Rethinking High School Pathways

Rebecca Leech

It's time to tap into the aspirations of kids who might otherwise drop out of school.

Columns / Departments

Double Take

Reviews, research, and relevant reads.

Research Says / Curiosity Is Fleeting, but Teachable

Bryan Goodwin

What prompts the espresso shots of curiosity all kids experience?

Show & Tell / Designing Relevant Learning

Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey

Our new video columnists show how master teachers relate learning to life. Watch the video.

Power Up! / Using Technology for Transparency

Doug Johnson

Technology lets leaders provide factual answers about budgets, decisions, and goals.

Principal Connection / Goals That Matter

Thomas R. Hoerr

If you want your faculty to aim for stretch goals, be willing to do some stretching yourself.

One to Grow On / Releasing the Will to Learn

Carol Ann Tomlinson

Why we must see kids as travelers on a journey.

EL Takeaways

How to Drive Motivation: Seven Reminders


Inside Out: The Power of Relationships

Gentle Tassione and Linda Inlay

Forming listening groups and putting kids in leadership roles are just two of the ways to meet kids' social and emotional needs.

Amazing Comics

Michael Bitz

Reading, writing, and putting words into the mouths of superheroes—kids enjoy it all.

Giving Students a Reason to Try

Howard Margolis

Simple strategies that build confidence and self-control do worlds for struggling students.

EL Study Guide

Naomi Thiers

Watch This Spot

See what students like about project-based learning in this video clip from The Innovators: Project-Based Learning and the 21st Century.