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October 1, 2005
Vol. 63
No. 2

ASCD Community in Action

Nominate an Outstanding Young Educator

Show your appreciation for a remarkable teacher, an innovative principal, or an impressive superintendent by nominating that educator for ASCD's Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA). The OYEA nominee is an education professional 40 years old or younger who demonstrates exemplary commitment and makes an exceptional contribution to the education profession. The fall nomination period ends Oct. 15. Fill out the online form The winner will be awarded $10,000, among other prizes, and each of the finalists will receive $1,000.
ASCD recently announced two finalists from the spring nomination period: Charles Coleman, the principal of Khowhemun Elementary School in Duncan, British Columbia; and Michael Powell, a 6th grade teacher and science resource coordinator at Patuxent Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Coleman and Powell will compete for the 2005 award, along with the two finalists to be selected in November from the fall nominees. The 2005 winner will be announced at the 2006 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, April 1–3, 2006, in Chicago, Illinois.

Announcing ASCD Express

ASCD Express, a new online membership offering, launches this month. Express membership targets busy educators and those living outside the United States who want easy Web access to ASCD content.
Every two weeks, members will receive an e-mail containing Web links to practical information on a theme related to teaching and learning. The first issue of ASCD Express will tackle the art of motivation in the classroom. A special series on Teaching the Whole Child will appear in the first 10 issues.
Other benefits include access to ASCD's online library and member pricing on all purchases and registrations. Annual dues are $29. ASCD Comprehensive and Premium members can opt in free of charge.

Getting Education News—Fast

ASCD is now providing e-mail updates about fast-breaking education policy news. By signing up for this new bulletin, ASCD members can stay informed about education legislation under review by the U.S. House and Senate, education bills due for reauthorization, and new legislation that will affect schools. To sign up, visit the ASCD Action Center

Top Honors for ASCD

ASCD recently won several prestigious awards for its publications and products. The Association took top honors in the 17th Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. This year, more than 5,000 entries from around the world competed for APEX Grand Awards and Awards of Excellence.
Educational Leadership received the APEX Grand Award for its December 2004/January 2005 issue on Educating Language Learners. This is the most prestigious award that the competition bestows on a magazine or journal. The judges described Educational Leadership as a "superbly planned and crafted magazine" and a "world-class publication."
ASCD also received an APEX Grand Award in the Design and Illustration category for The Big Picture, a book by Dennis Littky with Samantha Grabelle.
  • Magazine and Journal Writing: Educational Leadership (Writing!, October 2004);
  • Cover Design and Illustration: Educational Leadership (How Schools Improve, February 2005); and
  • Web and Intranet Sites: ASCD's Online Store.
In addition, the new ASCD video-based professional development series, Building Academic Background Knowledge, recently won a Bronze Telly Award, the premier award honoring excellence in TV, video, and film productions.

Resources for Reading Comprehension

  • The Lesson Collection: Literacy Strategy Tapes 49–56. (2005). Stock No. 405160. Price: $395 (member); $475 (nonmember).
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum Professional Development Planner and Resource Package. Includes Planner, Reading in the Content Areas video series, The Brain and Reading videotape (Tape 1), Reading Strategies for the Content Areas Action Tool (Volume 1), and four books on teaching reading in the content areas (math, science, and social studies). Stock No. 703400. Price: $695 (member); $840 (nonmember).
  • Building Student Literacy Through Sustained Silent Reading. By Steve Gardiner. (2005). Stock No. 105027. Price: $18.95 (member); $23.95 (nonmember).
  • Building Academic Vocabulary: Teacher's Manual. By Robert J. Marzano and Debra J. Pickering. (2005). Stock No. 105153. Price: $19.95 (member); $25.95 (nonmember).
  • A Six-Step Process for Teaching Vocabulary. (2005). Stock No. 605169 (DVD); Stock No. 405169 (videotape). Price: $123 (member); $165 (nonmember).
  • Using Writing to Learn Across the Content Areas Action Tool. (2005). Stock No. 705175. Price: $109 (member); $139 (nonmember).
  • Successful Strategies for Literacy and Learning. By Angelika Machi. Price: $89.95 (member and nonmember).
  • Helping Struggling Readers. By Kathy Checkley. Price: $89.95 (member and nonmember).
  • For information about the following ASCD Institutes, go to <LINK URL=""></LINK>, click on Professional Development, and then click on Workshops.
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum. Presenter: Sue Beers, Director, Mid-Iowa School Improvement Consortium. Jan. 23–24, 2006; Disney's Contemporary Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
  • Mathematical Styles and Strategies: Practices That Work in Mathematics Classrooms, Grades 3–12. Presenters: Harvey Silver, President, Silver Strong &amp; Associates, LLC, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey; and Ed Thomas, Educational Consultant. Jan. 23–24, 2006; Disney's Contemporary Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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