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Press Release: 2014 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show Set to Host Sessions Focused on Technology, Leadership, Common Core Implementation, and More

Alexandria, VA (2/18/2014)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, announced the full schedule of events for the upcoming 69th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show. The upcoming conference will be held March 15–17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Attendees will learn ideas and best-practice strategies that drive student achievement while unlocking ways to boost teacher and leadership effectiveness.

The 2014 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show will feature more than 350 sessions, and attendees are encouraged to plan their conference itinerary using the Map Your Show conference planning tool. The conference’s general session speakers include education luminaries such as Sir Ken Robinson, Daniel Pink, and Russell Quaglia. The conference is generously supported by sponsors including Microsoft, Adobe, and VINCI.

“ASCD is proud to offer such an extensive lineup of innovative sessions during our 69th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show,” said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter. “Our team has worked to develop a conference that will enable educators to support every learner in the 21st century education environment and prepare each student to enjoy lifelong academic, career, and citizenship success.”

The ASCD 2014 mobile app is now available for free download, enabling attendees to create a personalized agenda and find sessions, speakers, and exhibitors of interest to them. The app is compatible with Apple/iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices and will feature news alerts and session updates; opt-in person-to-person messaging; social media access; photo sharing; and much more.

Here are some of the session highlights:

Superintendents and Leaders

iPads for Administrators: Communicate, Collaborate, and Connect: Administrators in 2014 need to be connected to their constituents on every level. This session will give participants the tools to leave their desk but take their office with them, connecting and collaborating with their community without the paperwork. It will take the printer out of the equation and make administration mobile and efficient.

The Next Generation of Superintendents: The presenters will share success stories of the Superintendents Leadership Academy of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, which grooms and assists aspiring superintendents with the knowledge, skills, and contacts necessary to lead a school district. The leadership program focuses on preparing the next generation of school system leaders with the skills to close achievement gaps and address the needs of English language learners and other disenfranchised groups.

Aspiring to the Principalship: Growing and Empowering Future Principal Leaders: This session will examine the Douglas County (Colo.) School District’s innovative program to identify, cultivate, and develop leadership talent to create a cadre of world-class leaders. The district created a venue to train, develop, and foster leadership growth of their best talent, preparing them for principal roles. Attendees will learn how to implement similar systems in their districts.

Technology

Saved by Twitter: 10 Ways to Use Twitter to Connect: In this interactive session, participants will explore using Twitter to network with colleagues and experts, ask and answer questions, share resources, and react to events on the fly. They’ll learn how to start or grow their online professional learning networks, use Twitter as a back channel during conferences and even during class, and much more.

Google Apps: A Schoolwide Solution for Organization and Management: This session will outline how Google Apps are used in real-world situations to prepare accreditation reports, manage school documents, organize committees, track action plan progress, foster digital discussions, and collaborate within and across professional learning communities.

Creating the Student-Centered iPad Classroom: This session will detail 10 requirements for successful tablet implementation and demonstrate examples of how iPads empower students to learn effectively. The presenters will review their lessons—including videos of classroom practice—and their visions for a dynamic, student-centered classroom.

Common Core State Standards

The New Pedagogy of the Common Core and the Science Standards: This session will detail the shifts in the rigor of the subject matter content that students must master as a result of the Common Core and new science standards, as well as the shift in what is considered to be effective instruction at all grade levels.

iConnect: A Global Approach to the Common Core Standards: Participants will learn how K–8 teachers can promote global awareness and responsibility through project-based learning and still incorporate the Common Core standards. The session will show how inner-city students use 21st century literacy skills to connect with children living within a notorious hillside slum in Brazil and how their broadened perspectives yielded increased engagement and academic achievement.

Teacher Evaluation and Development in the Common Core Era: Participants will learn about a new research project focused on continuous professional improvement for teachers designed to use Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and the CCSS evidence guides. Videotaping of exemplary teaching practice and the review and revision of the instruments are part of the research process.

Higher Education

Being Generationally Savvy: Learning and Leading Across Generations: Participants will explore solutions to a variety of issues, including communication challenges between colleagues of different ages and challenges maintaining a work–life balance. They will learn about the four generations in our schools and how to design structures and protocols to work well with them all.

School–College Partnership for College Readiness: This session will present a learning community model for high school and college faculties to collaborate in aligning curriculum and improving instruction for urban students to become college ready. Participants will learn how to create and work in a learning community that aligns high school curriculum and instruction with freshman college-course expectations.

Mentoring in Teacher Education: From Preservice Through Inservice: This session examines ways universities and local agencies can assist with the change from student to professional. Participants will consider components of mentor relationships, specific help mentors can provide, and how mentoring can lead to student achievement.

In addition to the professional development sessions, there will be fun social events for attendees to enjoy with fellow educators. The Welcome Reception, sponsored by Discovery Education, will be held on Friday night before the full conference begins. The reception will bring attendees together for food, fun, and networking with colleagues from around the world. Saturday evening will feature the #ASCD14 Tiki Tweet Up, sponsored by Herff Jones Nystrom, which will enable ASCD’s Twitter followers to gather at Trader Vic’s for an in-person gathering with their social media colleagues and friends.

For all three days of the conference, the ASCD Center will be open in the exhibit hall. At the ASCD Center, educators can engage with ASCD authors, take advantage of membership services, and participate in workshops and demonstrations. This will also be home to the ASCD Bookstore, with an available selection of more than 200 books and DVDs from the leading minds in education.

Follow ASCD on social media to receive updates and behind-the-scenes looks at Annual Conference. On Twitter, follow @ASCD and use hashtag #ASCD14 to participate in the back-channel conversation throughout conference. On Instagram, attendees may follow @OfficialASCD and use hashtag #ASCD14. In addition, all educators are encouraged to use #ASCD14InstaWalk to take a virtual tour of the conference through the lens of attendees.

For more information about the 69th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, visit the main conference website, www.ascd.org/annualconference. You can also directly access travel or hotel information and find places to eat and visit around Los Angeles by visiting the conference site. To find out more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services and memberships, visit www.ascd.org.

Contact Information
Ross Romano, publicist, 1-703-575-5607 or ktest@ascd.org
Katie Test, communications manager, 1-703-575-5608 or ross.romano@ascd.org

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