Alexandria, VA (4/24/2014)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, invites educators to join the association at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., on July 31–August 2, 2014, for an intensive academy that will ensure high-quality teaching and learning implementation in every classroom.

Based on the FIT Teaching (Framework for Intentional and Targeted Teaching™) tool kit created by ASCD authors Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, the ASCD Summer Academy is a unique opportunity to learn directly from the experts themselves. The new FIT Teaching™ tool kit comprises resources for creating a positive and productive school and classroom culture, establishing a purposeful classroom, employing gradual release of responsibility strategies to provide multiple pathways to learning, and designing and implementing effective formative and summative assessment tools. Attendees will gain an understanding of the connection between FIT Teaching strategies, teacher evaluation frameworks, and the new rigorous state standards in order to create an implementation plan for their school or district.

Geared towards teachers, principals, superintendents, and higher-education professionals, the ASCD Summer Academy will arm attendees with a cohesive plan that connects the FIT Teaching initiatives in a meaningful way.

“Educators familiar with ASCD’s other frameworks, such as Understanding by Design® and Differentiated Instruction, will be interested in this in-person introduction to our latest framework—the FIT Teaching tool kit,” said ASCD CEO and Executive Director Gene R. Carter. “ASCD is dedicated to not only presenting educators with the most innovative teaching models, but also ensuring that they know how to take them from theory to implementation in any classroom.”

ASCD authors and FIT Teaching tool kit creators Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, along with 10 ASCD Faculty members, will lead the ASCD Summer Academy. The three-day academy schedule includes the following sessions:

Creating a School Classroom and Culture of Achievement: In this session, participants will learn how to promote a school mission that embraces routine systemic reflection, understand the conditions that create and support the best place to work and learn, and more.

The Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Framework: Attendees will model and demonstrate, show and describe, and recognize and interpret student thinking and learn questions, prompts, reminders, and cues to check for understanding and uncover misconceptions.

Registration for the ASCD Summer Academy is $699 for ASCD members and $749 for nonmembers. ASCD is also offering discounts for teams. Every fifth person who registers from a school or district may attend the ASCD Summer Academy at no cost. By registering for the ASCD Summer Academy, attendees will also receive copies of Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey’s ASCD books,Better Learning Through Structured Teaching: A Framework for the Gradual Release of Responsibility, 2nd Edition and The Formative Assessment Action Plan: Practical Steps to More Successful Teaching and Learning.

Additionally, ASCD is offering educators an hour-long webinar discussing the new framework on June 4 at 4:30 p.m. eastern time. Led by Fisher and Frey, the webinar will introduce the four components of the FIT Teaching tool kit and take a closer look at the connection between the framework and teacher evaluations.
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