Alexandria, VA (07/12/2012)—ASCD, the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, is bringing its Fall Conference on Revolutionizing the Way We Lead and Learn to Atlanta, Ga., October 26–28, 2012.
Offering more than 80 sessions, this conference will enable educator attendees of all levels to restock their professional toolboxes and restore their spirit for taking on the big challenges facing schools and educators everywhere.

Attendees will connect with internationally renowned education experts, network with colleagues from around the world, and explore key topics such as

Fulfilling the promise of the Common Core State Standards.
Taking on the challenges of accountability without sacrificing quality.
Differentiating education practice to ensure that all students are learning.
Aligning what educators do at all levels with research on what works.

General sessions include

Revolutionizing Leading and Learning: An Advocate’s Perspective—Jonah Edelman, cofounder and CEO of Stand for Children, will present the opening general session on Friday, October 26, from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Join Edelman, one of the nation’s most influential advocates for students, for a thought-provoking presentation on what the current political landscape means for education and what we can do together to ensure that public policy and budget decisions reinforce rather than undermine leading and learning.

Leadership and Learning 2012: What’s New About Change Leadership?—Renowned author and consultant Douglas B. Reeves will deliver the second general session on Saturday, October 27, from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. In this provocative keynote session, Reeves will challenge conventional wisdom about change leadership and explain how schools can innovate in a time of limited resources, assess 21st century skills, and build resilience and perseverance in students, staff, and communities.

The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Educators—Professional actors and educators with Wavelength will perform comedic sketches and improvisations during the closing general session on Sunday, October 28, from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. This award-winning ensemble will use humor, laughter, and improvisation to train, motivate, and inspire educators. Wavelength celebrates and satirizes educational issues, trends, and culture. Teacher Magazine referred to their work as “an edition of Saturday Night Live written especially for educators.”

Educators ready to jump-start their conference experience are encouraged to attend one of four pre-conference institutes, which will be offered on Thursday, October 25, and led by education experts Tom Guskey, Yvette Jackson, Veronica McDermott, Betty Garner, and Deborah Childs-Bowen. Topics include planning and evaluating professional development, transforming urban schools, supporting struggling students, and instructional rounds.

Registration for the event is now open at www.ascd.org/fc2012. Educators who register by the extended early bird deadline of July 31 will receive $50 off their registration fees. Team registration rates are also available; every fifth person registered from the same school or organization will receive a free registration, as long as all five team members register together.

For more information on ASCD’s other programs, products, and services, or to join the association, visit www.ascd.org.

Contact Information
Julia Liapidova, communications specialist, 1-703-575-5607 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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