Alexandria, VA (07/10/2012)—This summer ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, has again made available to educators of all levels a wide variety of free professional development resources.

Watch and Learn

Whole Child Virtual Conference archives— ASCD conducted its second Whole Child Virtual Conference in May. This free conference showcases schools, authors, and research about implementing a whole child approach for a worldwide audience. View and share archived session recordings, presenter handouts, and related resources.

ASCD on iTunes—Take ASCD with you on iTunes. Educators can download hours of free professional development content, including archived webinars, podcasts, and interviews with ASCD authors.

ASCD webinars—ASCD hosts a variety of free webinars covering topics such as supporting struggling students, formative assessment, and using iPads in the classroom. Browse the archive to revisit topics or register for the free 2012 Summer Boot Camp webinar series.

Connect and Engage Through Social Media

Twitter—Join the conversation with @ASCD and fellow educators on Twitter. Stay up-to-date with links in real time to articles, blog posts, videos, and more. Participate in education hashtag chats with ASCD throughout the summer. Follow ASCD at www.twitter.com/ascd.

Facebook—Continue the conversation on ASCD’s Facebook page and connect with fellow educators through ASCD’s timeline and posts. Follow ASCD at www.facebook.com/ascd.org.

Pinterest—Discover ASCD’s rich content through the visually based social network. You’ll find informative infographics, inspirational quotes, ASCD books, professional development resources, tips for ASCD’s Annual Conference, and more. Follow ASCD at www.pinterest.com/officialascd.

Add ASCD to Your Blog Roll

ASCD Inservice—Inservice, ASCD’s official blog, covers a variety of topics in education and includes guest posts from ASCD Emerging Leaders and Outstanding Young Educator winners, as well as leading education experts.

Whole Child Blog— Looking for ideas for how you can ensure that each child in each school is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged? Read the blog to for contributions from experts and practitioners in the field, whole child partner organizations, and ASCD staff who share free resources, provide examples of what a whole child approach to education looks like, and answer your questions.

ASCD EDge®—Join ASCD’s social network of more than 43,000 teachers, school staff, and administrators. Start by creating a free ASCD EDge profile and then network with colleagues through groups, join professional learning communities, share photos and videos, and read blog posts from other ASCD EDge members.

Discover More Summer Reading

Educational Leadership magazine—This summer’s free online-only issue, “Strong Readers All,” expands on reading, the topic from the popular March 2012 issue. Read articles from education experts on research and strategies that can help your students become stronger readers.

Capitol Connection—The weekly newsletter provides the inside scoop on federal policy and helps educators share their expertise with lawmakers about issues that matter.

ASCD SmartBrief—Sign up for the daily e-mail that provides links to major education stories, policy issues, ASCD resources, and education employment opportunities.

Explore Resources on Important Topics

Common Core State Standards resources—ASCD’s Common Core State Standards page provides the resources that educators need to understand and implement the new standards. In addition to free resources such as webinars and the Core Connection newsletter, the page also lists relevant PD Online® courses, institutes, and DVDs.

Research a Topic—While away from the classroom, educators can explore ASCD’s topic listings to brush up on skills such as classroom management, differentiated instruction, teaching 21st century skills. Each theme includes a definition, link to articles about the topic, related professional development courses and more.

Whole Child Examples Map— Across the globe, schools have put ASCD’s Whole Child Tenets into practice. Use our interactive map tool to find examples of schools and communities worldwide that are implementing a whole child approach to education.

“ASCD is proud to offer these free professional development resources to educators worldwide,” said ASCD CEO and Executive Director Dr. Gene R. Carter. “The most effective professional development is consistent and ongoing, and we are happy to provide a variety of options for educators to continue to improve their practice at no cost, no matter where they are this summer.”

ASCD also encourages educators to submit nominations to its Outstanding Young Educator Award program by August 1. The program recognizes young teachers and administrators who demonstrate outstanding leadership; are committed to educating the whole child; and improve student engagement, achievement, and learning.
For more information about ASCD and all of our programs, products, and services or to join, visit www.ascd.org.

Contact Information
Marissa Bialecki, communications coordinator, 1-703-575-5461 or by e-mail.
Stephen Wakefield, communications director, 1-703-575-5764 or by e-mail.

ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 150,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 145 countries—the ASCD community also includes 58 affiliate organizations. The nonprofit’s diverse, nonpartisan membership is its greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit www.ascd.org.

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