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September 1, 2014
Vol. 72
No. 1

ASCD Community in Action

Awards Galore!

The Association of American Publishers has awarded Educational Leadership and ASCD books four REVERE awards for excellence. Here's what the judges had to say:
  • Periodicals, One-Theme Issue: "<LINK URL="http://www.educationalleadership-digital.com/educationalleadership/201311#pg2">Tackling Informational Text</LINK>" (November 2013). "The clarity of thinking and the no-frills honesty of the writing—combined with excellent sidebars that address just the right questions—make this a keeper, a priceless guide."
  • Periodicals, Learned Article: "<LINK URL="http://www.educationalleadership-digital.com/educationalleadership/201305/?pg=20&amp;pm=2&amp;u1=friend">The American Dream: Slipping Away?</LINK>" (May 2013) by Susan Neuman. "This article and the research behind it should help the education system take notice and begin to make changes … this is a compelling call to arms!"
  • Periodicals, Column: "<LINK URL="http://www.educationalleadership-digital.com/educationalleadership/201309/?pg=10&amp;pm=1&amp;u1=friend">Perspectives</LINK>" (four columns, 2013) by Marge Scherer. "The columns are thought-provoking …. The development, engaging content, and ethical nature of the content are exceptional."
  • Professional Development: <LINK URL="http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Books/Overview/Never-Underestimate-Your-Teachers.aspx">Never Underestimate Your Teachers</LINK> (2013) by Robyn Jackson. This book "is reminiscent of 'Good to Great' books that work toward releasing the best in others, not placing labels or timetables on professionals."
Association Media and Publishing awarded ASCD four 2014 Excel awards in the following categories:
  • Convention Daily, Print, Silver Award: ASCD Conference Daily
  • Journals, General Excellence, Bronze Award: <LINK URL="http://www.educationalleadership-digital.com/educationalleadership/201310/?pg=2&amp;pm=2&amp;u1=friend">Educational Leadership</LINK>
  • Onsite Convention Program, Print, Bronze Award: <LINK URL="http://www.ascd.org/2015-annual-conference.aspx">ASCD 68th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show</LINK>
  • Annual Report, Digital/Online, Bronze Award: <LINK URL="http://ar2012.ascd.org/l">ASCD 2012 Annual Report</LINK>.

The New ASCD EDge

Come visit the new and improved ASCD EDge, ASCD's social networking community for educators. It's got a fresh look and many new features and functions. These include
  • A more responsive design. In addition to the site's new design, the viewing experience will now automatically be optimized for mobile phones, tablets, and desktops.
  • Professional recommendations. The new site recommends other community members, similar to what LinkedIn does.
  • A blogger home page. ASCD EDge now features "Bloggers" as a main navigation item so that other community members can find people who have posted blogs on the site. Each blogger has his or her own blogging page, with the blogs filtered by Most Recent, Most Viewed, and Highest Rated.
  • Document posting. People can now post documents to the wider community of ASCD EDge, not just groups, and other community members will be able to comment on those documents and rate them.
  • Related groups. Community members can now view "Related Groups"—groups similar to the group they're currently viewing, with one-click access to join.
  • Notifications. An improved notification system enables customers to view new notifications and act on them if required.

Interested in Serving on ASCD's Board of Directors?

ASCD's Nominations Committee is seeking individuals to run for a position on the Board of Directors in 2015. The application process opens September 1, 2014. Go to www.ascd.org/nominations to obtain the application form and for information on the qualifications for office and the time commitment involved. (Board members serve a four-year term.) The deadline for receipt of the completed application is October 31, 2014.
Contact governance manager Becky DeRigge at bderigge@ascd.org if you have any questions.

A Snapshot of Your State

How well does your state support the whole child? ASCD's 50-state whole child snapshots begin to answer that question by featuring data aligned with the five tenets of the Whole Child Initiative—healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. The result is a more useful picture of child performance and well-being that extends beyond standardized test scores.
Each snapshot includes information on child poverty, bullying rates, student engagement, graduation rates, and more. The snapshots also share ideas for how educators can work with families and communities to make improvements that support the whole child and help students become productive adults and engaged citizens.
Visit www.ascd.org/wholechildsnapshots to see how your state compares with others in meeting the comprehensive needs of its children.

ASCD Welcomes New Connected Communities

ASCD announces the formation of three new ASCD Connected Communities in West Virginia, Thailand, and Australia. Connected communities are groups of individuals who wish to align with ASCD to improve the way educators learn, teach, and lead. Each connected community will determine its focus on the basis of the needs of its geographic region.
To learn more about ASCD Connected Communities and view the full directory, visit the website.

ASCD Executive Director Retires

Dr. Gene Carter retired effective June 30, 2014, after a 22-year tenure as ASCD's executive director. During his tenure, Carter led ASCD's international expansion, advocating globally for the whole child and healthy school communities. Under his leadership, ASCD grew its professional development programs, products, and services, including publishing capabilities, conferences and institutes, and digital offerings.
The ASCD Board of Directors appointed Judy Seltz to the position of Acting Executive Director. Seltz previously served as Chief Constituent Services Officer and Deputy Executive Director.

Bring on the Leaders!

ASCD's Emerging Leaders program welcomes the 2014 class—its largest ever—with 45 new leaders from 22 U.S. states. Emerging Leaders apply for the two-year program and are selected by a committee representing ASCD. Applicants include teachers, principals, and other administrators.
Emerging Leaders attend ASCD's Leader to Leader Conference, where they're invited to participate with ASCD leadership to develop their leadership skills. The program offers participants opportunities to write for ASCD publications and engage in advocacy and policy efforts in their home states and on Capitol Hill. In year two of the program, emerging leaders can apply for a small grant to develop a project to implement locally. For more information about ASCD's Emerging Leaders program, visit the website.

Hot Off the Press

How to Create Questions and Tasks to Assess Student Thinking (ASCD, 2014) by Susan M. Brookhart. Stock No. 114014. Price: Print, $18.95 (member); $24.95 (nonmember); E-book, $17.99 (member); $23.99 (nonmember).
School Climate Change: How do I build a positive environment for learning? (ASCD Arias, 2014) by Peter DeWitt and Sean Slade. Stock No. SF114084. Price: Print, $12.99 (members and nonmembers); E-book, $6.99 (members and nonmembers).

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