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February 1, 2008
Vol. 65
No. 5

ASCD Community in Action

New Orleans, Here We Come

ASCD will host its 63rd Annual Conference and Exhibit Show at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 15–17, 2008. The theme is "Reinventing Schools: Courageous Leadership for Positive Change."
More than 10,000 educators are expected to attend the three-day event, which will feature more than 500 sessions. General session speakers include Alma J. Powell, chair of America's Promise Alliance; Forrest J. "Frosty" Troy, editor of the Oklahoma Observer; and Mary Hatwood Futrell, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University.
The annual conference will kick off at 5 p.m. on March 14, 2008, with "The Next Chapter: Books Bash and Beyond," a celebration cosponsored by ASCD and Pearson Education to support literacy in New Orleans public schools.

Announcing the OYEA Finalists

  • Pamela Bell, former principal of Adams Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia, was selected for her compassionate approach to motivating students to learn. While at Adams, she got to know all of her almost 600 students. Her hands-on approach led to real results: Students' scores on the state test soared after Bell became principal.
  • Deirdra Grode, a 7th and 8th grade social studies and language arts teacher at Hoboken Charter School in Hoboken, New Jersey, was selected for her success in preparing her students to meet high academic standards and for raising their awareness of social justice issues.
  • Julie Kasper, an English teacher at Catalina Magnet High School in Tucson, Arizona, was selected for her dedication in teaching the school's English language learners and helping them connect with the Tucson community.
  • Vincent Riveroll, founding director of Gompers Charter Middle School in San Diego, California, was selected for his collaborative approach to educating students at risk of falling behind.
ASCD will announce the winner at its Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, March 15–17, 2008, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Each of the four finalists for the 2008 award will receive a $1,000 check from ASCD and an ASCD Institutional Membership for their schools.


<BIBLIST><HEAD>Books</HEAD>Getting to Got It: Helping Struggling Students Learn How to Learn. (2007). By Betty K. Garner. Stock No. 107024. Price: $18.95 (member); $23.95 (nonmember).Building Literacy in Social Studies: Strategies for Improving Comprehension and Critical Thinking. (2007). By Ron Klemp, Bill McBride, and Donna Ogle. Stock No. 106010. Price: $23.95 (member); $30.95 (nonmember).Developing More Curious Minds. (2003). By John Barell. Stock No. 101246. Price: $21.95 (member); $25.95 (nonmember).Developing Minds: A Resource Book for Teaching Thinking (3rd Edition). (2001). By Arthur L. Costa. Stock No. 101063. Price: $32.95 (member); $39.95 (nonmember).</BIBLIST>
<BIBLIST><HEAD>Multimedia</HEAD>Learning to Think, Thinking to Learn: The Pathway to Achievement DVD and User Guide. (2007). One 90-minute DVD with User Guide. Stock 607087. Price: $429 (member); $539 (nonmember).How to Spiral Questions to Provoke Student Thinking. (2005). One 15-minute videotape. Stock No. 405122. Price: $79 (member); $95 (nonmember).</BIBLIST>

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