ASCD Association News


New differentiated instruction book

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 25, 2017

"How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms" is an expanded third edition of Carol Ann Tomlinson's groundbreaking work that covers the fundamentals of differentiation and provides additional guidelines and new strategies for how to go about it. This practical guide reflects evolving best practices in education, the experiences of practitioners throughout the US and around the world, and Tomlinson's continuing thinking about how to help each and every student access challenging, high-quality curriculum. Learn more.


Whole Child Symposium: Confronting Inequity

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 25, 2017

Join us on May 10, 2017, at ASCD's Whole Child Symposium for a conversation about equity in education that will cover issues of race, economics, culture, gender and more. This discussion will feature a diverse group of panelists who will address some of the various factors that should be considered when working toward equity in education. Attend the event in person in Washington, D.C., or stream it live. For more information, visit the Whole Child Symposium website.


5 fallacies that are NOT differentiated instruction

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2017

Differentiated instruction begins with an accurate understanding of what DI is -- and is not. You may be surprised how easy it is to incorporate into your classrooms. And no, DI is not a separate lesson plan for each student. Read now.


Webinar: Building on the Strengths of Students with Special Needs

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2017

In this free live webinar, Toby Karten offers K-12 and special educators ways to focus on learner strengths. She shares curriculum scenarios to guide teachers of students with different learning needs. April 25, 3 p.m. ET. Register now.


Classroom-tested Strategies to Build Students' Mathematical Understanding

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2017

Unpacking Fractions provides teachers with concrete strategies for achieving that reality -- helping all students gain the knowledge they need to feel at ease with fractions. Monica Neagoy offers three fundamental reasons why it's imperative for us to take a closer look at how we teach fractions, (1) fractions play a key role in students' feelings about mathematics, (2) fractions are fundamental to school math and daily life and (3) fractions are foundational to success in algebra. Learn more.


7 reasons why differentiated instruction works

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2017

Differentiated instruction (DI) begins with an accurate understanding of what DI is -- and is not. You may be surprised how easy it is to incorporate into your classrooms. Read now.


New DI strategies from experienced practitioners

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2017

"How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms," the expanded third edition of Carol Ann Tomlinson's groundbreaking work, covers the fundamentals of differentiation and provides additional guidelines and new strategies for how to go about it. This practical guide reflects evolving best practices in education, the experiences of practitioners throughout the US and around the world, and Tomlinson's continuing thinking about how to help each and every student access challenging, high-quality curriculum. Learn more.


A conversation about College Signing Day

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 19, 2017

Through Reach Higher and Better Make Room -- a peer-to-peer campaign that encourages Generation Z to take charge of their futures by completing their education beyond high school -- more than 1,250 events in all 50 states were hosted last year. Schools and communities around the country have begun hosting College Signing Day rallies on or around May 1st to lift up the importance of celebrating and creating a college going culture. Read now.


Typical instruction strategies for atypical learners

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 18, 2017

"With Building on the Strengths of Students with Special Needs," special-education expert Toby Karten focuses on specific disabilities and inclusive curriculum scenarios for learners in K-12 environments. She offers valuable advice on how to prevent labels from capping student potential and encouragement to help teachers continually improve learner outcomes. This resource walks teachers through the process of reinforcing, motivating, scaffolding and planning for instruction that targets learners of all ability levels. Learn more.


Persist, make sense, model: Seeing in every subject

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 18, 2017

Visualization ties together two mathematical practices from the Common Core State Standards: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them; and model with mathematics and use those skills to solve real-world problems. Not only does visualization enhance these practices in mathematics, it can also help students get a clearer picture and persist with problems in social studies, the arts, science and physical education. Read now.


New strategies from experienced practitioners

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2017

"How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms," the expanded third edition of Carol Ann Tomlinson's groundbreaking work, covers the fundamentals of differentiation and provides additional guidelines and new strategies for how to go about it. This practical guide reflects evolving best practices in education, the experiences of practitioners throughout the US and around the world, and Tomlinson's continuing thinking about how to help each and every student access challenging, high-quality curriculum. Learn more.


Why I teach unit circle-free trig

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2017

Instead of having students memorize angles and values they forget as soon as the test is turned in, this teacher shares her method for creating a visual pathway to understanding trigonometry. It's a strategy with application wherever trigonometric functions occur -- from advanced calculus to careers in aviation, architecture and engineering. Read now.


How Bruner would teach addition and subtraction

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2017

Cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner theorized that learners demonstrate understanding in three stages: enactive (use of concrete objects), iconic and symbolic. Here's a blueprint for teaching addition and subtraction that progresses through these three stages, working with how the brain learns best to create conceptual understanding, and connecting math to real-world situations. Read now.


Career advice and job listings on ASCD Job Ramp

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2017

Spring is a time for many educators to consider their next career move. ASCD's Pathfinder job ramp page has useful resources, including advice and tips for taking the next step in your career, interviewing successfully, and building a school dream team. Plus, you can post a job in your district or search for your next opportunity. Learn more.


New student assessment book

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2017

Properly crafted and individually tailored feedback on student work boosts student achievement across subjects and grades. In this updated and expanded second edition of her best-selling book, Susan M. Brookhart offers enhanced guidance and three lenses for considering the effectiveness of feedback, (1) does it conform to the research, (2) does it offer an episode of learning for the student and teacher, and (3) does the student use the feedback to extend learning? Learn more.


Neurodiversity: The future of special education?

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 12, 2017

The way special education is carried out in US schools must change. As regular education has opened to new ways of thinking about brain neuroplasticity, growth mindsets and other innovations, special education has held fast to its diagnostic categories, objectives and remedial methods. Thomas Armstrong discusses four key ways a neurodiversity-based approach to teaching kids with learning differences would differ from the traditional approach. Read about the benefits of this new approach in Educational Leadership.


Pedagogy: What Should We Keep, What Should We Dump?

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 11, 2017

What does it mean to make truly bold moves toward creating a contemporary pedagogy? According to Heidi Hayes Jacobs, educators must take "smart, savvy, steady, well-informed, but boundary-breaking steps to create the type of learning environments that our kids need." Listen to this interview with Jacobs and Marie Alcock to learn more about contemporary pedagogy and get some new ideas for taking your next bold step. Listen now.


If you show up, they'll surprise you

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 11, 2017

One essential way to support students with autism is to connect and build relationships with students, trusting them to show us what they most need to boost their learning and social growth. Carrie C. Snow shares scenarios from her years as a special educator that showcase ways educators can set up conditions to strengthen academic and social skills for students -- especially autistic students and those with similar challenges. Read her strategies in Educational Leadership.


5 strategies for envisioning math

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 10, 2017

Do you envision math as numbers, formulas and answers, or do you see groupings and images? Seeing math as chunks of images speeds up information processing and gives the brain time to make new connections based on previous ones. From counting fingers to card games, here are five strategies for helping students envision math concepts. Read now.


Inclusive education: Lessons from history

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 10, 2017

How has education evolved from exclusion to inclusion, from judgment to acceptance, and from disability to difference? Barbara Boroson traces the historical exclusion -- and later inclusion -- of black students, women and students with disabilities to support her call for more inclusivity of students with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum. Read more in Educational Leadership.


With math, seeing is understanding

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 07, 2017

Helping students make sense of math requires moving back and forth among visual, relational models and the abstract lexicon of math symbols. Whether using everyday objects (like the classroom rug), or graphic organizers (like a tape diagram), visual cues make math concepts stick, and help students learn in lasting ways. When students can envision a problem, they internalize the structures of mathematics, and aren't dependent on memorization to find solutions. Read now.


Dyslexia: Disability or difference?

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 07, 2017

Kyle Redford, veteran 5th-grade teacher and education editor for the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, argues that Universal Design for Learning, a framework of supports often used with students with learning disabilities, can be helpful in giving students with dyslexia better access to curricula and alternative ways to demonstrate their learning. Read how in her new article in Educational Leadership.


Free webinar: The New Art and Science of Teaching

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 06, 2017

This engaging webinar presented by Robert J. Marzano will provide an overview of the new framework and accompanying resources in the book, "The New Art and Science of Teaching." The new framework is much more than a second edition of the original published in 2007, and represents a shift from a teacher-behavior perspective to a student-outcomes perspective, while addressing a wide range of instructional strategies. April 13, 3 p.m. ET. Register now.


Writing and STEM: A crucial combination

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 05, 2017

When we think about what a scientist or a mathematician looks like, we rarely see a pen or pencil in hand composing a report or writing an essay. No, we think of the more glamorous side of conducting experiments and solving intricate mathematical situations. However, one must realize, writing is a tool to make thinking more lucid. Since words are our primary means of communicating, anyone who has not mastered their creative use is simply underprepared for any discipline, including STEM subjects. Read now.


Essential questions make standards personal

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 05, 2017

Although at first glance standards may obscure opportunities for personalization, using essential questions can reveal opportunities to promote individual relevance, encourage students to make connections to other content areas, and facilitate a classroom culture based on inquiry and meaning-making. Here are several standard-aligned examples of lessons, driven by authentic inquiry and supported by technology. Read now.


The New Art and Science of Teaching

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 04, 2017

This book is a greatly expanded volume of the original Art and Science of Teaching, offering a framework for substantive change based on Robert Marzano's 50 years of education research. Learn more.


Differences, not disabilities

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 04, 2017

Students with disabilities are often underestimated or discounted in school, in part through a tendency to view them through diagnostic labels and in part through a failure to see their potential more holistically. The authors in this new issue of Educational Leadership argue for a more robust and open-minded form of inclusion, one that doesn't overlook students' sometimes obscured assets. Read more in Educational Leadership.


Seeking submissions: What are you planning to do differently next school year?

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 03, 2017

Educational Leadership is seeking short submissions for our "Tell Me About" column. In each issue, we publish brief contributions from readers related to the issue's theme. For the summer issue (themed Gearing Up for Change), we're looking for stories about what you learned this school year in your role as an educator and what you're planning to do differently next year. Share your 200-word submission by April 24. Share now.


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ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 03, 2017

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Solving the problem of "teaching to the middle"

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 31, 2017

For innovative teaching practices to be successful, they must be linked to real problems of practice. See how a teacher leverages personalization, with differentiated learning stations supported by technology, to move from teaching to the middle to teaching all students. Find links to other schools having success in their shift to more personalized learning. Read now.


New Book: 101 Strategies to Make Academic Vocabulary Stick

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 31, 2017

Veteran educator Marilee Sprenger explains how to teach the essential, high-frequency words that appear in academic contexts -- and reverse the disadvantages of what she calls "word poverty." Drawing on research and experience, Sprenger provides a rich array of engaging strategies to help educators across all content areas and grade levels not only teach students a large quantity of words but also ensure that they know these words well. Learn more.


Let's celebrate personalization: But not too fast

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2017

The concept of personalization in learning appeals to many K-12 teachers and students weary of regimented, one-size-fits-all instruction. Differentiation expert Carol Ann Tomlinson poses ten questions leaders should work through and begin to answer as they prepare to usher personalized learning into their unique school context. Read more in Educational Leadership.


Free Webinar: The New Art and Science of Teaching

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2017

This engaging webinar presented by Robert J. Marzano will provide an overview of the new framework and accompanying resources in the book, "The New Art and Science of Teaching." The new framework is much more than a second edition of the original published in 2007, and represents a shift from a teacher-behavior perspective to a student-outcomes perspective, while addressing a wide range of instructional strategies. Apr. 13, 3 p.m. ET. Register now.


How Great School Leaders Manage Resistance to Change

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 29, 2017

Managing change is one of the key responsibilities of a school leader. How can leaders properly evaluate the magnitude of a change they're involved in, create demand for the change, and establish a clear focus for all members of the school community? On this 10-minute podcast, Bryan Goodwin shares proven strategies for leaders to enact change that has a powerful effect on learning. Read now.


What my worst first day taught me

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 28, 2017

A fight breaks out as students enter the building, setting off a chain reaction that leads to 15 more altercations. It's your first day as a new administrator; what do you do? In a struggling school where students and staff are operating in survival mode, new leadership makes addressing school climate and culture top priority. Cultivating teacher trust, community partnerships, and a new approach to behavior and discipline give the school a fresh start. Read now.


Fake news: Teaching kids the difference between bias and truth

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 28, 2017

What are some simple strategies our students should be using to critically evaluate media? How can teachers foster productive discussions around media analysis? The need to help students do high-quality research begins with these questions. Erik Palmer discusses these topics and more on this timely podcast. Read now.


Student-made maps provide route to relevance

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2017

Students have multiple, and increasingly digital, means to take in the world around them. But how often do they get a chance to reflect and make something in response to, or reflective of, their lived experiences? This multi-genre assignment invites students to observe, reflect on, and author their own experiences as they consider socially-layered physical spaces. Read now.


6 tips for making personalized learning work

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2017

Defining personalization can provide clarity on the practices and strategies that align with those goals. Get a research-based definition of personalized learning and insights into how learner profiles, self-regulation skills, the principles of UDL, and certain technologies support personalization. These tips can offer points of reflection for teachers who are already applying personalized learning, or a research-based starting point for those considering the benefits of making teaching and learning personal. Read now.




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