Alexandria, VA (5/13/2014)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, announced today the release of four new professional development titles that support academic achievement. As schools struggle with high achievement gaps among students, educators will find support in identifying ways to help close these gaps and implement new strategies to improve academic success.

“As a former teacher, I understand that educators may feel occasionally overwhelmed with the struggles of improving student learning,” said Dr. Gene R. Carter, Executive Director and CEO of ASCD. “These new professional development offerings enable educators to find the solutions they need to accomplish their goals and raise academic achievement among all students.”

New Professional Development Books

West Meets East: Best Practices from Expert Teachers in the U.S. and China: Education experts Leslie Grant, James Stronge, Xianxuan Xu, Patricia Popp, Yaling Sun, and Catherine Little have joined forces to share the best practices and professional thinking of master teachers in the United States and China. Grant and her colleagues explain some key cultural differences and similarities between successful educators from both nations and highlight easy-to-implement solutions from the two sides of the world. ($26.95 print or $25.99 e-book) Read a sample chapter.

Learning in the Fast Lane: 8 Ways to Put ALL Students on the Road to Academic Success: In this new book, Suzy Pepper Rollins, a veteran classroom teacher and education consultant, offers strategies to accelerate the learning of underperforming students and help close achievement gaps. Pepper Rollins identifies eight high-impact, overarching practices to foster academic achievement, including increasing students’ vocabulary, building students’ motivation, and addressing gaps within the context of new learning. ($26.95 print or $25.99 e-book) Read a sample chapter.

New ASCD AriasTM publications

An ASCD Arias publication is about 50 pages long and answers a crucial and timely “How do I . . . ?” question. These titles are available in print and e-book formats and contain original, stand-alone content that can be read in one sitting and immediately applied to practice. These convenient and succinct publications offer the expertise of education thought leaders, experienced practitioners, and researchers.

Engineering Essentials for STEM Instruction: How do I infuse real-world problem solving into science, technology, and math? Veteran teacher Pamela Truesdell provides effective ways to create engineering-infused lessons that break down the barriers among science, math and technology instruction and help students explore the real-world challenges of engineering. ($12.99 print or $6.99 e-book)

Time to Teach: How do I get organized and work smarter? Experienced educator Jenny Edwards provides strategies on how busy educators can effectively use time in the workday to accomplish goals, efficiently plan lessons, respond to e-mail, keep records, communicate with parents, and more. ($12.99 print or $6.99 e-book)

To learn more about ASCD’s books program or to read sample chapters from these and other publications, visit Visit to learn more about our short-format ASCD Arias imprint. For more information about ASCD, visit

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About the Author:

Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones is a technology specialist in Virginia. A former French teacher, she currently supports technology integration in a middle school.