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March 1, 2020
Vol. 77
No. 6

ASCD Community in Action

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ASCD Appoints Ranjit Sidhu as New Executive Director & CEO

Sidhu comes to ASCD from the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), where he served as President and CEO since 2015. Prior to joining NCCEP, Sidhu held senior vice president positions at both the College Board and ACT. In those roles he led numerous teams, including strategy, new product development, and policy and advocacy.
He started his education career as a high school social studies teacher in the Washington, D.C. and Prince George's County, Maryland, public school districts. Sidhu holds master's degrees from George Washington University and the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor's degree from the University of Mary Washington.
"My career has been spent in service to educators with the goal of ensuring that all students are fully prepared to navigate life after high school. I am excited to join the ASCD team, an organization that has long been the leader in providing the most relevant and research-based resources for improving teaching and leading," Sidhu said. "I am grateful for the Board's confidence, and I look forward to building upon ASCD's success as one of the world's top professional learning and membership organizations."

Voting Opens March 13 for the 2020 ASCD General Membership Election

Voting opens March 13 to fill two positions on ASCD's 2020–2021 Board of Directors. The candidates are:
Director of English Language Development, Weld Re-8 School District, Fort Lupton, Colorado
Adjunct Professor, Regis University, Denver, Colorado
Content Specialist, FranklinCovey, Salt Lake City, Utah
Superintendent, Northwest Allen County Schools, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Coordinator for New Teacher Induction and Secondary Educator Development, Burbank Unified School District, Burbank, California
Superintendent, Selma City Schools, Selma, Alabama
Founder and Managing Director, International Community Schools, Ghana
Executive Director, Ghana ASCD, Accra, Ghana
The election closes on April 30, 2020. Please contact ASCD Governance at with any questions.

What Educators Really Think

We asked educators which topic students are most vocal about at their school. Here's how they responded:
A total of 138 readers responded to this question, which appeared in ASCD SmartBrief's ED Pulse online poll on November 7, 2019.

ASCD Membership • Did You Know?

Members have 24/7/365 access to more than 15,000 free resources in our online member archives.
There you'll find content on strategies to empower students in the classroom, as well as resources to help with the challenges you face every day. If the resource is not a free member benefit, members will receive up to 20% off full-priced books, QRGs, and online courses covering a broad range of topics.
Not a member? Call our membership services department to get started today at 800-933-2723.

Upcoming ASCD Conferences

March 13–16, 2020
Los Angeles, CA
Get empowered to connect with the resources, knowledge, and community you need to implement innovative and effective leadership and instruction.
June 26–28, 2020
Denver, CO
Coming Soon! The Power of Voice in Schools: Listening, Learning, and Leading Together by Russell J. Quaglia, Lisa Lande, Kristine Fox, Michael Corso. (ASCD, 2020). Stock no. 120021.
Quaglia and his coauthors at the Quaglia Institute for School Voice & Aspirations deftly synthesize the thoughts and feelings of hundreds of thousands of stakeholders and offer a vision for schools where everyone's voice matters.
Personalizing Learning in Your Classroom (Quick Reference Guide) by Allison Zmuda and Bena Kallick. (ASCD, 2017). Stock no. QRG118049 (single) or QRG118049P (25-pack).
Zmuda and Kallick explain how to help all students become self-directed learners who design and manage the development of their learning experiences.
Cay and Adlee Find Their Voice by Cali & Russ Quaglia, illustrated by Daniel Minter with Donald Ely. (ASCD, 2017). Stock no. 117080.
Created by internationally recognized educator Russ Quaglia and his daughter Cali, this award-winning children's picture book supports Quaglia's pioneering work around the importance of student voice.
Fostering Student Voice (Quick Reference Guide) by Russell Quaglia and Kristine Fox. (ASCD, 2018). Stock no. QRG119034 (single) or QRG119034P (25-pack).
This handy guide, based on years of research and work in schools, describes a four-step process to fostering student growth.
The Best Class You Never Taught: How Spider Web Discussion Can Turn Students into Learning Leaders by Alexis Wiggins. (ASCD, 2017). Stock no. 117017.
Using an approach that shifts the teacher's role from star player to observer and coach, you'll see how students learn to think critically, work collaboratively, participate fully, behave ethically, ask and answer high-level questions, support their ideas with evidence, and evaluate and assess their own work.
Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn: The Key to Student Motivation and Achievement by Mike Anderson. (ASCD, 2016). Stock no. 116015.
This teacher-friendly guide offers examples of choice in action, ideas to try, and a step-by-step process for planning and incorporating choice into your classroom.

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