A Call for Nominations
Do you know a forward-thinking ASCD member with a passion to make a difference? Perhaps this person is you! ASCD seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds for governance positions. The Nominations Committee will select candidates from among this group next March for inclusion on the slate for the 2010 elections.
Elected leaders have the responsibility of ensuring that programs, products, and services focus on the success of all learners and that ASCD uses its resources wisely to promote the association's values. Consider nominating yourself or encouraging potential candidates to submit nomination forms. Complete the nomination form online at www.ascd.org/nominations or contact Becky DeRigge at
firstname.lastname@example.org for a print version.
Board of Directors Proposes Changes
At its July 2009 meeting, ASCD's Board of Directors voted to send ASCD members a ballot on a series of proposed constitution changes recommended by ASCD's Constitutional Review Committee. These proposed changes include revisions related to the use of the brand "ASCD," a balance between Leadership Council-elected and general membership–elected Board of Directors positions, and the appointment of the Nominations Committee, among other technical revisions. The ballot, along with a copy of the current constitution and rationales for the changes, will be mailed in December 2009.
The 2009 General Membership Election
Eligible ASCD members will receive a 2009 ballot in the September issue of Education Update. Voters will elect the President-Elect as well as members of the Board of Directors and members-at-large of the Leadership Council. You must sign and date your ballot for compliance with Virginia code. Unsigned, undated ballots are not valid. Mail your completed ballot (postage-paid) by November 16, 2009. You may also vote online by going to http://my.ascd.org and entering your member ID and password. For additional information on the President-Elect candidates, go to www.ascd.org/candidatesforum.
Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization. (2009). By Yong Zhao. Stock No. 109076. Price: $20.95 (member); $26.95 (nonmember).
Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works. (2007). By Howard Pitler, Elizabeth R. Hubbell, Matt Kuhn, and Kim Malenoski. Stock No. 107025. Price: $21.95 (member); $27.95 (nonmember).
21st Century Skills: Promoting Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom DVD. (2009). One 15-minute video and accompanying professional development tools. Stock No. 609096. Price: $29 (member); $39 (nonmember).
Learning to Think. . .Thinking to Learn: The Pathway to Achievement DVD. (2007). One 90-minute DVD with a comprehensive 215-page User Guide. Stock No. 607087. Price: $429 (member); $539 (nonmember).
And the Winners Are. . .
Several ASCD publications recently earned recognition from well-known publishing competitions.
The 21st Annual Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) honored ASCD Express, ASCD's monthly e-mail newsletter, with an APEX Grand Award, the highest recognition in the competition. APEX conferred only 100 Grand Awards from almost 4,000 entries.
The following four publications won APEX's Award of Excellence:
ASCD also won three awards from the former Society of National Association Publications (SNAP), now known as Association Media and Publishing (AMP):
- In the category of special publications: ASCD's 2007 Annual Report the EXCEL gold medal as well as the EXTRA Award for outstanding innovation in association media and publishing.
- In the online publishing category: ASCD's blog Inservice received the EXCEL silver medal.
In addition, two ASCD videos took home prizes at the 30th Annual Telly Awards:
The Association of Education Publishers (AEP) awarded the 2009 Finalist Distinguished Achievement Award to the following ASCD entries:
- In the category Editorial, Department/Column Adult: Perspectives, written by Educational Leadership's Editor in Chief Marge Scherer.
- In the category Design, Cover, Adult: Educational Leadership's May 2008 cover ("Reshaping High Schools") and December 2008/January 2009 cover ("Data: Now What?").
- In the category Editorial, Newsletter/E-Newsletter, Adult: ASCD Express.
Finally, Graphic Design USA awarded American Inhouse Design Awards to the following publications:
We Need Your Voice!
To create a responsive education system, we must support innovation and ensure that 21st century learning takes place at all levels of schooling. Recently, ASCD educator advocates and whole child supporters sent more than 1,000 letters to members of Congress supporting the Secondary School Education Innovation Fund Act (formerly the GRADUATES Act). Introduced in May 2009, the bill will help promote creative policies and effective programs that will improve the secondary school experience, reduce dropout rates, and promote 21st century skills. You can help by urging your senators and representatives to support this bill. To learn more about ASCD's legislative agenda, go to