ASCD annual conference draws top-name speakers

Dan Pink, Sir Ken Robinson to speak at 69th annual ASCD event March 15-17

ASCDKeynote speeches from best-selling author Dan Pink and education advisor Sir Ken Robinson will highlight the 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibit from ASCD, to be held in Los Angeles March 15-17.

The conference will showcase ideas for raising student achievement and boosting the effectiveness of teachers and school district leaders. Attendees will be able to choose from more than 350 sessions that will help them prepare students to be creative, critically minded, and compassionate citizens.

“Each year, ASCD holds our Annual Conference and Exhibit Show to bring together educators from around the globe to share, network, learn, and improve their practice,” said Gene Carter, CEO and executive director of ASCD. “This year’s Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in sunny Los Angeles will be no exception, and we look forward to presenting educators with innovative solutions to promote the success of each child.”

The general session speakers will be…

Daniel H. Pink: “Leadership and the New Principles of Influence.” Drawing on social science and cutting-edge practices from organizations around the world, Pink will demonstrate the new ways leaders are persuading, influencing, and motivating others. He will show the power of underused techniques—such as perspective-taking, problem-finding, and using purpose as a motivator—and offer concrete steps to put these ideas into action. Pink is the author of five provocative books, including the long-running New York Times bestsellers A Whole New Mind and Drive. His latest book, To Sell is Human, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal business bestseller.

Sir Ken Robinson: “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.” Based on his newly released and highly acclaimed book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Robinson—an English author, speaker, and international advisor on arts education—will take listeners on a compelling tour of what can happen in all our lives when passion and talent meet. He draws on the personal stories of high achievers in many fields, including Sir Paul McCartney, Arianna Huffington, Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons), Meg Ryan, and renowned physicist Richard Feynman.

Russell J. Quaglia: “Moving Forward with Our Greatest Resource: The Students.” Quaglia, the president and founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, will share his groundbreaking work regarding student aspirations and the importance and power of student voice. He will discuss data he has collected from more than 1 million students and the importance that data has on each and every one of us. His presentation will have implications regarding how we interact with one another, how schools are organized, and how we assess the teaching and learning environment.

To learn more or to register for the 2014 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, visit the conference website,

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