ASCD’s 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show coming to Philadelphia

ASCD will announce the 2012 Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) winners during the annual conference.

ASCD is pleased to announce their 67th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, “A Collective Call to Action,” will be held in Philadelphia, Pa., March 24–26.

Reed Timmer, Discovery Education’s chief meteorologist and star of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers series, headlines the conference’s opening general session on March 24 with a powerful presentation, “The Science of Extreme Storm Chasing.”  Discovery Education, provider of high-quality, curriculum-based digital content to U.S. schools, is a lead partner for the 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show.  Also during this session, ASCD will announce the 2012 Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) winners. The OYEA program recognizes education leaders under the age of 40 for making a profound difference in the lives of their students.

Other conference highlights include Harvard professor and best-selling author Atul Gawande’s March 25 general session, “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.” During this informative session, Gawande will share a systematic approach to accomplishing and measuring primary goals and will offer educators strategies for balancing mandates, standards, and reform-based assessments. Following this presentation, ASCD will announce the 2012 Vision in Action award-winning school, recognized for schoolwide efforts to ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Year after year, several thousand educators representing a diverse range of professional roles, countries, and experience levels; leading education experts; hundreds of exhibitors; and journalists and education bloggers turn to ASCD’s Annual Conference and Exhibit Show for an unrivaled, world-class professional development experience. Over the three conference days, attendees will:

  • Explore bold, new directions in designing and sustaining dynamic learning environments.
  • Discover proven ways to expand great expectations and opportunities for all learners.
  • Hear about effective models for redesigning schools for 21st century success.

This year’s conference will include a virtual streaming component intended for off-site attendees and educators interested in viewing select conference sessions live over the Internet or watching them in our archive at a later date. In addition, all nonmembers attending ASCD’s 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show will receive a yearlong complimentary ASCD Basic membership.

On the evening of March 24, ASCD EDge® will sponsor a casual networking opportunity for educators who have turned to social media, specifically Twitter, for professional growth. This ASCD Tweet Up will bring together ASCD authors, important leaders of the online education revolution, the @ASCD Twitter team, attendees who contribute to and follow the Annual Conference conversation online, and those simply interested in expanding their understanding of Twitter as a professional networking and learning tool. The official Twitter hashtag of ASCD’s 2012 Annual Conference is #ascd12.

To preview the event lineup or to register, visit the Annual Conference and Exhibit Show website. To learn more about ASCD and the benefits associated with becoming an ASCD member, visit

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