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April 1, 2017
Vol. 74
No. 7

ASCD Community in Action

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ASCD Members: VOTE!

Voting is now open to fill two positions on ASCD's 2017–2018 Board of Directors. To learn about this year's candidates and cast your vote, visit and log in with your member ID and password. The election closes on April 30, 2017. Please contact ASCD Governance with any questions.

Whole Child Symposium—Equity in Education

Join us on the evening of May 10 at ASCD's fifth Whole Child Symposium for a conversation about equity in education spanning issues of race, economics, culture, gender, and more. Equity is both a key driver of school improvement and a major factor in ensuring that each child is able to achieve and succeed, yet our systems and societies still harbor inequities. This forum, hosted for educators and by educators, will feature a diverse group of panelists addressing factors that should be considered when working toward equity in education.
Attend the event in person in Washington, D.C., or stream it live to your school and staff. Participants, both in person and online, can ask questions, debate issues, and suggest solutions on Twitter. For more information, to register, or to view videos of past symposia, visit

Resources on Inclusion

Building on the Strengths of Students with Special Needs: How to Move Beyond Disability Labels in the Classroom (ASCD, 2017) by Toby Karten. Stock no. 117023. $22.36 (member); $27.95 (non-member).
A reference for teachers with limited special education training, this book addresses the characteristics of students with special needs and the challenges they face.
Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life (ASCD, 2012) by Thomas Armstrong. Stock no. 113017. $19.96 (member); $24.95 (non-member).
This book by best-selling author Thomas Armstrong offers classroom strategies for ensuring the academic success of students in five special-needs categories: learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, intellectual disability, and emotional and behavioral disorders.
Co-Planning for Co-Teaching: Time-Saving Routines That Work in Inclusive Classrooms (ASCD Arias, 2016) by Gloria Lodato Wilson. Stock no. SF117018. $10.39 (member); $12.99 (non-member).
Packed with useful examples for both elementary and secondary co-teachers, Wilson's "behind-the-scenes" guidance helps co-teachers make the most of common planning time.
A Teacher's Guide to Special Education (ASCD, 2016) by David F. Bateman and Jenifer L. Cline. Stock no. 116019. $23.96 (member); $29.95 (non-member).
This book describes what general education teachers need to know about special education law and inclusive instructional practices.
Leading an Inclusive School: Access and Success for ALL Students (ASCD, 2016) edited by Richard A. Villa and Jacqueline S. Thousand. Stock no. 116022. $23.16 (member); $28.95 (non-member).
An in-depth, research-based guide for planning, implementing, and promoting inclusive practices in your school to support students with disabilities in general education classrooms.
Success with IEPs: Solving Five Common Implementation Challenges in the Classroom (ASCD Arias, 2017) by Vicki Caruana. Stock no. SF117047. $10.39 (member); $12.99 (non-member).
This guide provides teachers with practical, research-based advice and solutions to five of the most common challenges they face in working with IEPs.
Connecting Teachers, Students, and Standards: Strategies for Success in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms (ASCD, 2010) by Deborah L. Voltz, Michele Jean Sims, and Betty Nelson. Stock no. 109011. $19.16 (member); $23.95 (non-member).
How can you teach all students to achieve the same high standards and still respect and accommodate their differences? This book answers that question and introduces you to a field-tested framework for teaching that ensures that inclusion and differentiated instruction are in harmony with standards-based education.
Teaching in Tandem: Effective Co-Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom (ASCD, 2011) by Gloria Lodato Wilson and Joan Blednick. Stock no. 110029. $21.56 (member); $26.95 (non-member).
This practical guide for teachers and administrators shows how general and special education teachers can work together to boost student achievement. The authors anticipate and answer questions, offer useful tools, and supply thought-provoking scenarios that capture the realities and successes of inclusive classrooms.


Did You Know?

According to our 2015 Annual Member survey, the three topics ASCD members were most interested in learning more about were:
  • instructional leadership
  • differentiated instruction
  • the brain and learning

Upcoming ASCD Conferences

Find details about these upcoming conferences at
2017 Conference on Teaching Excellence
June 30 – July 2, 2017
Denver, CO
This conference is designed with educators' specific needs in mind—providing strategies you can use immediately across all grade levels and subjects.
2017 Conference on Educational Leadership
October 27–29, 2017
Orlando, FL
Whether your leadership imperatives are in a classroom, a school, or systemwide, this event will address your needs with practical solutions.

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