ASCD Affiliates Earn Individual Area of Excellence Awards
ASCD has honored two of its affiliates for innovative 2005 programming. Arkansas ASCD and Washington State ASCD took home Affiliate Individual Area of Excellence Awards following ceremonies at the ASCD Annual Conference in Chicago.
Arkansas ASCD earned its award for work on influence and policy. The affiliate has a rich history of influencing policy that promotes excellence in education for students. Convening statewide Curriculum Conversations and Shareholder Retreats for nearly 10 years has resulted in education reform at the state and local levels. The affiliate's new regionally based Shareholder Retreats served as a catalyst for a statewide study on professional development commissioned by the Arkansas General Assembly. This process put Arkansas ASCD first on the scene to address professional development issues and concerns. The Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and other state organizations have even adopted this model in their work.
Washington State ASCD
Washington State ASCD earned two Affiliate Individual Area of Excellence Awards:
- Communication and Publications. Judges found the affiliate's publications to be of high quality in both content and design, incorporating an effective logo and motto for a consistent look and clear marketing message. The affiliate has successfully transferred its newsletter to an electronic format that enhances interaction among members. In addition, after securing 93 percent of members' e-mail addresses, Washington State ASCD launched E-News Flashes!, timely alerts to keep members informed of affiliate happenings.
- Programs, Products, and Services. The affiliate has shown great creativity in offering diverse programs and services, including a literacy series, professional development workshops, and a statewide annual conference. In addition, Washington State ASCD is launching an outstanding young educator award and offering online and electronic services, including the “Practitioner's Best Friend” corner of its Web site and the “Critical Question” series for members.
Affiliates Receive Best Practice Awards
Seven ASCD affiliates were honored with Affiliate Best Practice Awards in Chicago.
- California ASCD—Leadership and Governance. For effective use of video-conference technology.
- Hawaii ASCD—Programs, Products, and Services. For collaborating with the state education department to incorporate ASCD online courses into teacher professional development programming.
- New Jersey ASCD—Leadership and Governance. For developing and implementing a process to ensure that affiliate board members work on projects that best match their strengths and interests.
- Rhode Island ASCD—Programs, Products, and Services. For establishing ASCD Book Clubs at three Rhode Island bookstores.
- Texas ASCD—Programs, Products, and Services. For a comprehensive approach to professional development that dramatically increased participation in the affiliate's institutes, academies, and annual conference.
- Virginia ASCD—Diverse, Active Membership. For developing a system to identify and recruit for membership 230 of Virginia's “rising stars,” increasing the size and diversity of the affiliate's membership.
- Wisconsin ASCD—Influence and Policy. For conducting a survey on the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act at the state level and, as a result, developing a symposium that connected educators with state policymakers and legislators.
In Memoriam: ASCD Past President Jack Frymier
With sadness, ASCD has learned of the death in March of Past President Jack Frymier. He led ASCD in 1972–73, a pivotal time for the Association.
In 1972, ASCD became independent of the National Education Association, under whose auspices it had been formed in 1943. Frymier spearheaded efforts to establish the fledgling organization as one that could stand on its own.
Recalled Allan Dornseif, executive director of Florida ASCD, “If you knew Jack, you knew his very commanding presence would not let ASCD fall. His efforts were vital in getting ASCD onto the road and [to] where we stand today.”
During his career, Frymier was professor of education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Foundations at The Ohio State University. He also authored several books on education in an editorial career that spanned the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s.
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