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November 1, 2020
Vol. 78
No. 3

ASCD Community in Action

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Instructional Strategies

Coming Up in EL in December 2020/January 2021: Mental Health for Educators

As we move further into one of the most challenging school years in memory, the next issue of Educational Leadership will explore the critical topic of mental health for educators. It will look at some of the common stresses and emotional problems that teachers and school leaders are facing and highlight essential ideas and strategies for promoting well-being and mental health in schools and in ourselves—especially in systemically challenging conditions. Featured contributors include Chase Mielke, Sidney Chaffee, Peter DeWitt, and Baruti Kafele. Don't miss this important issue!

A Note About PD Online Self-Paced Courses

ASCD is retiring a number of older Flash-based, online self-paced courses and replacing them with Reimagined courses. If you sign up for a Flash course, please plan on completing it by December 2020. Otherwise, please choose from the list of Reimagined courses. Learn more at www.ascd.org/pdonline.

Resources for Teaching the Early Grades

Differentiation in the Elementary Grades: Strategies to Engage and Equip All Learners by Kristina J. Doubet and Jessica A. Hockett. Stock no. 117014. Member price: $34.36.
This comprehensive resource explores how to use differentiated instruction to engage students and help them be more successful learners. Each chapter provides a plethora of practical tools, templates, and strategies for a variety of subject areas, developed by and for real teachers.
Understanding How Young Children Learn: Bringing the Science of Child Development to the Classroom by Wendy L. Ostroff. Stock no. 112003, Member price: $21.56.
Discover where the desire to learn comes from and what occurs during children's development to wire their brains for attention, language, curiosity, and memory. Includes examples of classroom strategies that enhance children's motivation, attention, and memory.
Nurturing Habits of Mind in Early Childhood: Success Stories from Classrooms Around the World , edited by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick. Stock no. 119017. Member price: $23.96.
In the first years of life, as children observe, imitate, and interact with people and their environment, the brain is structuring a foundation for vocabulary, values, cognitive processes, and social skills. This book shows how to introduce the 16 Habits of Mind to children in entertaining, concrete, and developmentally appropriate ways.
Developing Habits of Mind in Elementary Schools: An ASCD Action Tool by Karen Boyes and Graham Watts. Stock no. 108015. Member price: $34.00. On sale!
Take educational outcomes way beyond facts and information with this collection of tools for teaching students how to think and behave intelligently when they encounter problems and challenges. A series of 42 tools helps elementary school teachers plan lessons and classroom activities that teach students 16 thoughtful behaviors that promote successful learning in the classroom and beyond.
Literacy Strong All Year Long: Powerful Lessons for Grades K–2 , 2nd ed. by Valerie Ellery, Lori Oczkus, and Timothy V. Rasinski. Stock no. 118046. Member price: $35.16.
Forty ready-to-use lessons are complete with teasers, strategies, and reproducibles to help students in grades K–2 build comprehension, fluency, word work skills, and vocabulary. This new edition is enhanced with specific strategies for reaching and teaching English language learners and struggling readers—and a study guide to promote self-reflection and conversations with colleagues.
10 Success Factors for Literacy Intervention: Getting Results with MTSS in Elementary Schools by Susan L. Hall. Stock no. 118015. Member price: $23.96.
Practical, comprehensive, and evidence-based, this book provides the guidance educators need to move from disappointing results to solid gains in students' literacy achievement. It's essential reading for anyone charged with implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) or Multitiered Systems of Support (MTSS).

Helping Students Find Their Voice

Cay and Adlee Find Their Voice by Cali & Russ Quaglia, illustrated by Daniel Minter with Donald Ely. Stock no. 117080. Member price: $12.76.

Two young birds, Cay and Adlee, are going on an adventure! Follow along as they explore, listen, learn, and meet new friends who use their unique voices toexpress themselves. 2019 Teachers' Choice Awards for Children's Books Winner; 2018 reative Child Book of the Year Award Winner.

The Power of Voice in Schools: Listening, Learning, and Leading Together by Russ Quaglia, Kristine Fox, Lisa Lande, Deborah Young. Stock no. 120021. Member price: $25.56.

This inspirational book deftly synthesizes the thoughts and feelings of hundreds of thousands of stakeholders and offers a vision for schools where everyone's voice matters. The authors offer concrete, practical strategies for ways to work together to replace conflict with cooperation, isolation with collaboration, and insecurity with confidence.

Fostering Student Voice (Quick Reference Guide) by Russell Quaglia and Kristine Fox. Stock no. QRG119034. Member price: $9.95.

When students have a voice, they are motivated to learn, exhibit greater self-worth, are meaningfully engaged in learning, and have a greater a sense of purpose. This handy guide, based on years of research and work in schools, describes a four-step process for fostering student voice.

ASCD Membership

As we try to navigate the beginning of an unusual school year, ASCD has produced a special report designed to provide guidance for remote learning. Visit www.ascd.org/eldownload to read the Educational Leadership special report, A New Reality: Getting Remote Learning Right.

Podcast: Restoring Innocence

Alexs Pate, creator of the Innocent Classroom project and author of the article "To Be Young, Gifted, and Innocent," shares insights on how educators can help students of color flourish by deepening connections and uprooting stereotype guilt. www.ascd.org/ELpodcast

2020 Class of Emerging Leaders

ASCD is thrilled to recognize its exceptional 2020 Class of Emerging Leaders!

Emerging Leaders are educators who have been in the field for 5 to 15 years and have distinguished themselves and made an impact within their school communities.

EL’s experienced team of writers and editors produces Educational Leadership magazine, an award-winning publication that reaches hundreds of thousands of K-12 educators and leaders each year. Our work directly supports the mission of ASCD: To empower educators to achieve excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. 

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