Four Free Ways for Educators to Stay Sharp this Summer

Alexandria, VA (6/23/11)—As educators across the nation wipe their chalkboards clean and close up school for summer, ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, offers four ways to stay sharp over the break.

1) Catch Up: The school year is always busy. Here are some resources educators may have missed.

• ASCD’s Annual Conference Archived Session: ASCD’s Annual Conference was held in March in San Francisco, Calif. Missed it? Never fear! We have archived some of the most popular sessions, including the Urban Education Panel featuring Linda Nathan, Baruti Kafele, and Tim King, and the session on transforming schools into contemporary learning environments by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

• ASCD Webinar Archives: Throughout the year, ASCD holds free webinars for educators. Revisit favorites or catch up on missed webinars like Judy Willis’s seminar “Why Aren’t They Paying Attention?” or Robyn Jackson’s “How to Plan Rigorous Instruction”.

• Healthy School Communities Virtual Conference Archives: ASCD held our first-ever Healthy School Communities Virtual Conference this spring. The web-only conference had participants from around the globe, and covered topics such as comprehensive school physical activity, effective PE, nutrition and school cafeteria design, community engagement, the alignment of health and education, and mental health. Explore these topics and more in the archives.

2) Stay Current: We never rest! ASCD seeks to provide educators with the most up-to-date information on topics that interest them.

• The online-only summer issue of Education Leadership: This issue, titled “Interventions: What’s Working” is filled with success stories from educators, and all of the content is free and open to the public.

• Summer Conference Live Streams: Missing out on Summer Conference in Boston? Check out our free live-streaming sessions from the comfort of home! Hear from experts like Carol Ann Tomlinson and Robyn Jackson.

• Whole Child Podcast: Every month, ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative website features a theme to explore in the blog, through free resources and on a podcast. In early summer, we take a look at school environments. Listen to the most recent podcast featuring design expert Bob Pearlman, Director of New School Development for New Tech Network Kristin Cuilla, and Principal and 2011 ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Luis Torres as we look at what kind of school environments optimize the way students learn, teachers teach, and communities interact.

3) Dive Deeper: Curious about a certain topic in education and just haven’t had time to explore it? We make it easy to learn more.

• Research a Topic Pages: As an organization with more than 60 years in the profession, we have a wealth of information on topics and trends in education. Explore themes like differentiated instruction, Understanding by Design®, or inclusion and special education. Each topic area includes a definition, short articles on the topic, and audio or video files of experts and practitioners.

• Policy Priorities Newsletter: Policy Priorities, a policy newsletter formerly titled Infobrief, provides readers with background and context for crucial, timely education policy issues. Read the latest issue of Policy Priorities, which focuses on school vouchers, and delve into other recent editions about common core state standards, assessments, and turnaround schools that will inform decisions educators make and the work they do.

• ASCD EDge®: Craving a community of teachers, school staff, and administrators who are interested and engaged in all the current topics of learning and teaching? Join a social network full of people who can’t wait to discuss them! Get started by creating a free ASCD EDge profile page. Users can network with colleagues, share photos and videos, and send updates to and receive them from other ASCD EDge members.

4) Get Involved: There are always new ways to be involved with ASCD, and we’d love to have every voice as part of our innovative educator community.

• Educator Advocates: For educators who are passionate about policy on the local, state, and federal levels, ASCD offers Educator Advocates, a program that empowers educators to speak up and shape our nation’s future. Join today to get policy updates, action alerts, and access to our action center where participants can learn more about the issues and reach out to their legislators.

• Apply to the Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) Program or the Emerging Leaders Program: Apply to be a part of the Emerging Leaders program, which recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy, and practice on both local and national levels. Know education rockstars? Nominate them for the 2012 Outstanding Young Educator Award. ASCD’s OYEA program provides winners and a cadre of honorees with opportunities for leadership skill-building, professional development, networking, and best-practice sharing with one another and the ASCD community.

“These are just a few of the expert-driven resources ASCD makes available to teachers and leaders to help them catch up on educational developments they may have missed during the busy school year,” said ASCD Executive Director Dr. Gene R. Carter. “Throughout the year, ASCD offers many other valuable resources that help educators keep up with the latest trends on an ongoing basis and advance their careers.”

Enjoy ASCD’s free resources? Become a member. ASCD membership offers more information and ideas about learning and teaching than any other single source. There are eight membership levels that offer an increasing number of valuable benefits and resources, including two new online membership categories: Select Online and Premium Online.

For more information about ASCD and all of our programs, products, and services, or to join, visit www.ascd.org.
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