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ASCD Names Discovery Education First Lead Sponsor for 70th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

By Abi Mandelbaum
November 12th, 2014

Alexandria, VA (11/12/2014)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, announced today that Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K–12 classrooms, is a lead sponsor for its 70th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, to be held in Houston, Texas, from March 21–23, 2015.

“ASCD is pleased to once again welcome Discovery Education as a lead sponsor for our Annual Conference and Exhibit Show,” said Judy Seltz, ASCD executive director. “ASCD and Discovery Education’s mutual commitment to professional development solutions that benefit all educators makes this a productive relationship and one that we believe will provide great value to our conference attendees.”

Centered on the theme “Challenging Convention: Leading Disruptive Innovations,” this year’s conference will ask attendees this question: “In this time of uncertainty and the need for global connectivity, will you rise to the challenge to learn, teach, and lead?” More than 350 concurrent sessions will showcase proven strategies for educators of all roles, from best practices for classroom management and student engagement to ways to lead and inspire entire school communities. For full details visit http://annualconference.ascd.org.

The Welcome Reception will be held on Friday, March 20, from 5:00–7:00 p.m. and will be sponsored by Discovery Education. The reception will take place on the Jones Lawn of the Discovery Green Conservancy, across the street from the conference’s location at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in networking activities with fellow educators from around the world at this outdoor reception.

Discovery Education will also present a networking luncheon, “Putting the Sizzle in STEM,” on Saturday, March 21, from 12:30–1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel. Cindy Moss, director of STEM initiatives for Discovery Education, will be the luncheon’s featured speaker. Moss, a nationally respected thought leader in STEM education and reform, brings more than 21 years of experience in district leadership, classroom instruction, and inquiry-based learning to her work as a champion for STEM engagement and career readiness.

“The ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show is one of education’s most valuable professional development events,” said Scott Kinney, senior vice president of educational partnerships for Discovery Education. “Discovery Education understands this and is pleased to return for the second year in a row as a lead sponsor of this incredible gathering of educators dedicated to supporting the success of each learner.”

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K–12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of the Common Core initiative, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges, and 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications, the number one nonfiction media company in the world. For more information about Discovery Education’s services and learning initiatives, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

Each year, thousands of educators from across the world are joined by leading education experts, hundreds of exhibitors, and journalists and education bloggers at ASCD’s Annual Conference and Exhibit Show. The conference offers a range of professional development opportunities unrivaled in variety or quality and also provides numerous on-site services to help attendees make the most of their experience. Attendees can connect with ASCD and with each other throughout the conference by following @ASCD on Twitter, by following ASCD’s official Instagram account @officialascd, and by using the official social media hashtag for the conference, #ASCD15.

To register for the 70th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, visit the conference website, http://annualconference.ascd.org. Early-bird pricing, at $289 for ASCD members and $355 for nonmembers, is available through January 21, 2015. Learn more ways to save on registration by visiting the registration page. To learn more about ASCD and the benefits associated with becoming a member, visit www.ascd.org.

Contact Information
Ross Romano, publicist, 1-703-575-5607 or ross.romano@ascd.org
Alexandra Fenwick, associate communications specialist, 1-703-575-5482 or alexandra.fenwick@ascd.org

About the Author:

Abi Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum is CEO of YouVisit.