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March 1, 2015
Vol. 72
No. 6

ASCD Community in Action

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31 Pre-Conference Institutes Kick Off Conference

ASCD will offer 31 Pre-Conference Institutes for its 70th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show. The three-, two-, and one-day institutes will be held March 18–20, 2015, in Houston, Texas, at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Educators seeking a three-day institute can choose from four options:
  • Understanding by Design 2.0: Designing Understanding-Based Curriculum, presented by Jay McTighe and Elizabeth Rossini.
  • "Teaching Up" for Equity and Excellence, presented by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Edwin Lou Javius.
  • How Teachers Can Turn Data into Action, presented by Daniel Venables and Cari Begin.
  • Common Core Math for the Secondary Teacher: All about Functions, presented by Nanci Smith.
Two- and one-day institutes include sessions presented by ASCD authors and education experts, such as Robert Marzano, Regie Routman, Sue Brookhart, William Parrett and Kathleen Budge, and Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey. ASCD is also offering two one-day Pre-Conference Institutes that will take participants off-site. Attendees can select the museum visit option or a tour of one of three schools in the nearby Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.
To register for the 70th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show or any of the Pre-Conference Institutes, visit the conference website at http://annualconference.ascd.org.


Voting is now open to fill two positions on ASCD's 2015–16 Board of Directors. To cast your vote, go to www.ascd.org/vote and log in with your member ID and password. The election closes on April 15, 2015. Contact Alisa Simmons at alisa.simmons@ascd.org with any questions.

A New Resource for Differentiation

Based on the updated second edition of Carol Ann Tomlinson's The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners (ASCD, 2014), this new DVD series shows you practical, real-world examples from experienced K–5 and secondary school teachers of how to divide your time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct students of various backgrounds, skill levels, and interests:
  • <LINK URL="http://shop.ascd.org/productdetail.aspx?productid=154696273">The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners DVD Series</LINK> (ASCD DVD, 2015) by Carol Ann Tomlinson. Two 45-minute DVDs. Stock No. 615049. Price: $219 (member); $289 (nonmember).

Coming Soon: EL's Summer 2015 Digital-Only Issue

The summer 2015 edition of EL on "Improving Schools from Within" will offer readers a thought-provoking mix of articles. See how schools have created vibrant cultures of hope. How they've turned students with serious behavior issues into committed student leaders. How they've seen greater numbers of minority students enrolling—and succeeding—in advanced placement (AP) classes. And how they've improved education outcomes by giving students an authentic voice in school. Look for these and other articles in the summer digital-only issue of EL, available June 16, 2015.
Go to www.ascd.org/digitalel to access the summer digital issue. Make sure your e-mail address is current with ASCD's member services to receive an e-mail notification when the summer issue goes live. Or download the free EL app to your mobile device.

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