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September 1, 2019
Vol. 77
No. 1

ASCD Community in Action

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Professional Learning

Introducing New ASCD Board Officers and Board Members

On July 1, the ASCD Board of Directors welcomed two new Board members, and two new Board officers started their terms of office.

Melanie Kay-Wyatt, President

Melanie Kay-Wyatt is the assistant director of human resources for Spotsylvania County Schools in Fredericksburg, VA. She is an innovative school leader with 23 years of education experience in public schools. She describes herself as a lifelong learner and instructional leader who is committed to preparing every student for postsecondary success. She is an advocate for equity. She continues her passion to improve achievement, close achievement gaps, and support social-emotional learning for all students.
Kay-Wyatt ensures that what is best for students is at the core of all her decisions. She believes a school community must be committed to meeting students' academic and social-emotional needs every day with a focus on the whole child, particularly by offering highly engaging instruction. To do this, all school staff must receive a high level of support through effective professional learning opportunities.
Kay-Wyatt received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Mary Washington College in 1992, a masters' degree in special education form Old Dominion University in 2000, and a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Mary Washington in 2006. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014, and she has served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal.
Kay-Wyatt was president-elect of Virginia ASCD before beginning her term on the ASCD Board of Directors. She was a member of the Virginia ASCD Annual Conference Planning Committee and currently serves on the Virginia ASCD Board of Directors. She is the mother of two young adult daughters, Billie and Temple Wyatt. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books by ASCD authors.

Matthew Mingle, Vice President

Matthew Mingle is the superintendent of the Warren Township School District in Warren, NJ; a part-time lecturer in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education department at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education in New Brunswick, NJ; and immediate past president of New Jersey ASCD.
Mingle's service to ASCD is extensive. He was selected to the 2011 class of the ASCD Emerging Leaders program and has served the organization in a variety of roles, including membership on the Board of Directors Nominations Committee, the Whole Child Advisory Committee, and the Affiliate Development Continuum Refresh Committee. He has also participated in the Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy and been a manuscript reviewer. He credits his selection as an ASCD Emerging Leader as the catapulting moment for his career in education because he gained access to some of the leading thinkers in the national education landscape.

Patrice Dawkins-Jackson, Member

Dawkins-Jackson is the director of the Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship and an associate at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She is a longtime educator and instructional leader, as well as a two-term U.S. Department of Education Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow and a member of ASCD's Emerging Leaders program.

Neil Gupta, Member

Gupta is the director of secondary education for Worthington City Schools in Worthington, OH. His career in education spans 21 years, during which he spent time as a teacher and an administrator. He has served as a member of the ASCD Multi-metric Accountability Advisory Group in 2015 and as a member of ASCD's Instructional Leadership and Coaching Workgroup in 2018 and 2019.

Interested in Serving on ASCD's Board of Directors?

Do you want to have an impact on ASCD's future? The Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates to apply to run for a position on the ASCD Board of Directors in 2020. The application process opened on August 1, 2019, and completed applications are due by September 30, 2019.
Visit for information on qualifications for office and the time commitment involved (Board members serve four-year terms) and to apply. Contact ASCD's governance unit at with any questions.

What Educators Really Think

We asked teachers to what extent they agree or disagree that their teacher prep program adequately prepared them for their first year in the classroom. Here's how they responded.


A total of 251 readers responded to this question that appeared in ASCD SmartBrief's ED Pulse online poll on June 13, 2019.

Quick Tips for New Teachers

Addressing and Preventing Classroom Bullying (Quick Reference Guide) (ASCD, 2019) by Barbara Coloroso. Stock No. QRG118052 ($12.95 single) or QRG118052P ($289.95 25-pack). Discounts available to members.
In this laminated guide, anti-bullying authority Barbara Coloroso offers tips and procedures to help teachers identify, address, and prevent classroom bullying.

Upcoming ASCD Conferences

2019 Conference on Educational Leadership November 8–10, 2019 National Harbor, MD
Whether your leadership imperatives are in a classroom, a school, or systemwide, this event will address your needs with practical solutions.
Learning, Teaching, and Leading Together 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.

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