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March 1, 2010
Vol. 67
No. 6

ASCD Community in Action March 2010

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Announcing ASCD Conference Scholars

Get ready to follow, learn from, and engage with ASCD Conference Scholars. This select group of education leaders from around the globe is teaming up to blog and tweet about school leadership.
Last fall, ASCD Conference Scholars laid the groundwork for a wide-ranging discussion on what school leadership means—the theory, research, challenges, and practicalities of implementation. During the 2010 ASCD Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas (March 6–8, 2010), they'll respond to a variety of ideas and research they gain from conference sessions through blog posts and messages on Twitter. After conference, these leaders will talk about their efforts to put new ideas into play in their own professional settings, including classrooms, administrative offices, and school districts.
We invite ASCD members to jump into the discussion and take advantage of this group's expertise. Follow our blog posts on ASCD Inservice ( or visit our yearbook ( to check out articles about leadership, find scholars' Twitter accounts, and more.

A New Face for PD Online

ASCD recently redesigned its PD Online courses to provide educators with streamlined, quality professional e-learning. More than 75 courses are available in the PD Online course catalog, which includes such topics as assessment, instructional leadership, and differentiated instruction.
PD Online courses use a new learning management system (LMS) that enables educators to take courses, monitor their progress, interact with other participants in a forum, and print a completion certificate. Administrators can use ASCD's LMS to create their own customized course catalog, track the progress of learners, and assign PD Online courses to learners. Large schools, districts, and universities can use the courses within their own LMS. PD Online courses comply with Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) standards and specifications for Web-based e-learning.
More than 15 universities and organizations work with ASCD to award college credit to educators who complete the courses. Visit to explore the many course offerings.
The Language-Rich Classroom: A Research-Based Framework for Teaching English Language Learners. (2009). By Pérsida Himmele and William Himmele. Stock No. 108037.
Teaching the Brain to Read. (2008). By Judy Willis. Stock No. 107073.
Taking Action on Adolescent Literacy: An Implementation Guide for School Leaders. (2007). By Judith Irvin, Julie Meltzer, and Melinda Dukes. Stock No. 107034.
Creating Literacy-Rich Schools for Adolescents. (2006). By Gay Ivey and Douglas Fisher. Stock No. 105142.
Building Student Literacy Through Sustained Silent Reading. (2005). By Steve Gardiner. Stock No. 105027.

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