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Press Release: ASCD’s Newest Professional Development Publications Support Effective Instruction

Alexandria, VA (1/14/2014)—ASCD announced today the release of three new professional development titles for educators. As educators face increasing pressure on assessments and testing, they will find support for structured teaching, self-regulated learning, and assigning and assessing 21st century work in these new professional development publications.

New professional development book

Better Learning Through Structured Teaching: A Framework for the Gradual Release of Responsibility, 2nd edition Renowned educators Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey dig deeper into the gradual release of responsibility instructional framework in this second edition of the ASCD best seller. The authors provide tips and tools for classroom implementation; advice on feedback, homework, and group work; and examples that align with the Common Core State Standards. This second edition provides proven strategies to empower students to become self-directed learners. ($24.95 print or e-book; $18.95 member price) Read a sample chapter.

New ASCD Arias publications

Each ASCD Arias publication is 48 pages in length and answers a crucial and timely “How do I…?” question. They are available in print and e-book formats and contain original, standalone content that can be read in one sitting and immediately applied to practice. These convenient and succinct publications offer the expertise of education thought leaders, experienced practitioners, and researchers.

Self-Regulated Learning for Academic Success: How do I help students manage their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions? McREL experts Carrie Germeroth and Crystal Day-Hess draw from extensive research to present the what, why, and how of self-regulation. The authors provide specific instructional strategies to teach students how to manage their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions across all content areas and at every grade level. Germeroth and Day-Hess share ideas to put all students on the path to positive, empowered learning and greater academic success. ($12.99 print and e-book format)

Digital Learning Strategies: How do I assign and assess 21st century work? Education consultant Michael Fisher provides six steps for evaluating when it is appropriate to assign digital work, 10 examples of how digital tools can improve instructional practice, and the primary factors to consider for the assessment of digital work. With the book’s strategies and examples from real student work, teachers will gain a full understanding of digital assignments and assessments. ($12.99 print and e-book format)

To learn more about ASCD’s books program or to read sample chapters from these and other publications, visit Visit to learn more about our short-format ASCD Arias imprint. For more information about ASCD, visit

Contact Information

Alexandra Fenwick, communications assistant, 1-703-575-5482 or by e-mail.
Katie Test, communications manager, 1-703-575-5608 or by e-mail.

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