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December 1, 2013
Vol. 71
No. 4

ASCD Community in Action

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Free PD on the Common Core

ASCD has been awarded a two-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide educators with free, ongoing virtual professional development on the instructional shifts called for by the Common Core State Standards. The virtual professional development networks, facilitated by ASCD expert faculty and consultants, will cover math, English language arts, literacy shifts for science, and literacy shifts for social science.
The webinars will allow teachers to interact in real time with an ASCD faculty member and will be archived for later access, enabling educators to participate at their convenience. In addition, educators will be able to engage with and learn from one another through virtual professional learning communities created for each strand on the ASCD EDge social networking platform, which currently has more than 60,000 registered users.
For more information about the training, visit our website.

Going Global with the Whole Child

If you want to know more about the whole child approach to education and global policy recommendations in line with that approach, look to ASCD's Sean Slade, director of whole child programs, and David Griffith, director of public policy. They recently coauthored an article, titled "A Whole Child Approach to Student Success," which appeared in the Korean Educational Develop ment Institute's Journal of Educational Policy. The journal publishes scholarly articles and reports on research that contribute to the understanding and practice of education policy on an international level. The article is available at http://eng.kedi.re.kr/khome/eng/kjep/pubList.do.

Tell Us What You Think!

In August 2013, at a global school health symposium held in Pattaya, Thailand, ASCD and the International School Health Network began work on a draft statement titled "Integrating Health and Social Programs within Education Systems." The two organizations encourage readers to review and comment on the draft, available at http://schoolhealthinsider.weebly.com/3/post/2013/09/integrating-health-social-programs-within-education-systems.html.

A Year of EL That Fits in Your Pocket

With the new EL app, you can take an Educational Leadership library with you wherever you go. The free app for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire gives ASCD members and EL subscribers access to all issues of EL since September 2012. Here are a few special features:
  • Reading options: The app offers a page view with which you can see the magazine just as it appears in print and a text view with which you can view the text only. While in text view, you can use the menu option on your phone or tablet to decrease or increase the font size.
  • New issue alerts: When installing the app, set it up to send push notifications and receive an alert when a new issue is available.
  • Sharing features: Click the share menu to send a link to a colleague or post a link to your favorite social networks.
  • Bookmarks: When in text view, click "Save" to add the article to a collection of saved articles.
  • Frequently updated content: Click on "Feeds" to see new posts from the Whole Child blog and the EL Pinterest board.
Search for "Educational Leader ship" in iTunes, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore to download the app today.

Attention ASCD Members

If you have not yet voted on a set of proposed changes to ASCD's Constitution, please do so by December 15, 2013. Go to www.ascd.org/vote to cast your ballot.

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