ASCD Association News


Solving the problem of "teaching to the middle"

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 24, 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.


Grammar instruction that students want

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2017

Teaching grammar in context may be an antidote to a one-size-fits-all, rule-repetition approach to grammar; but simply teaching grammar attached to whatever text your class is reading can be just as tedious for students. Why not use students' everyday communication to practice sophisticated grammar concepts? Here's how to retool grammar instruction for relevance and draw on students' intuitive linguistic expertise. Read now.


The New Art and Science of Teaching

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 23, 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.


Essential questions make standards personal

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 23, 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.


Career advice and job listings on ASCD Job Ramp

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 22, 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.


Tell us what you learned this year

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 21, 2017

In each issue, Educational Leadership's "Tell Me About" column publishes brief anecdotes from readers related to the issue's theme. The summer issue will be themed Gearing Up for Change. We want to hear what you learned this school year in your role as an educator and what you're planning to do differently next year. Share your experience in a 200-word story. Share now.


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ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 21, 2017

Published twice a month, this resource seeks to give educators practical, actionable strategies and information from the most reputable sources -- the colleagues and experts working in the education field. Subscribe now.


15 resources on sparking student creativity

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2017

Albert Einstein once said, "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Here is a curated list of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource that offer different ways to promote student creativity using practical applications and classroom assessments. Read now.


Why being a teacher is like being a stand-up comedian

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2017

Although teaching is no joke, you may have more in common with stand-up comedians than you think. Successful stand-ups are responsive to their audiences, and can quickly change things up if they feel that connection slipping. Likewise, good teachers know their students and are able to draw on those relationships to improvise and adapt their teaching in the moment. This short video presentation illustrates the link between teaching and stand-up. Read now.


Reflections of an assistant principal

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 17, 2017

As a teacher, I remember walking by my assistant principal's office one day as he was leaning back in his chair smiling. I distinctly remember the look on his face. He looked stress free. Boy was I wrong! The tables turned for me when I was asked to leave the classroom to take a giant leap into administration. Read now.


Parents of students with significant needs and their perspectives of effective school collaboration

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 16, 2017

Collaboration between parents and school professionals is essential to meeting the academic needs of students with disabilities -- and particularly those students with significant special needs. When professionals take the necessary steps to reflect critically on professional practices -- and endeavor to facilitate successful partnerships, they can be more effective educators and caring empathetic supporters who positively improve the lives of students with significant disabilities, and help these families who serve as lifelong advocates. Read now.


Helping defiant students plan for better behavior

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 15, 2017

Teachers can't make students do anything, and that can be a particularly tough reality to face when working with defiant students. So what makes students want to change their behavior? Behavior management plans provide a five-step process for analyzing problematic behavior and partnering with students to design and apply interventions. Defiant students want to know how to have good experiences in school, they just need a road map to get there. Read now.


Using Class Dojo to build relationships

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 14, 2017

Specific, positive feedback can not only influence student achievement, but it can also lay the groundwork for good relationships. A teacher shares how her classroom is using Class Dojo to establish classroom norms, reward positive behavior, communicate with parents and create smooth transitions outside of the classroom. Follow these tips for using the app to be consistent and strategic about feedback. Read now.


All-new ASCD success stories

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 14, 2017

ASCD Case Studies celebrate your successes, highlighting goals attained and progress made by a school, a district or a university working side-by-side with ASCD. Through these success stories, ASCD promotes the achievements of students and educators in their arenas and help show other districts how that success was achieved. Learn more.


From punitive to positive: Flipping the principal's office

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 13, 2017

When principals have to play the "bad guy" role, the respect and authority of the classroom teacher is undermined, this principal argues. Instead, she follows four tips for turning discipline referrals into opportunities to connect: she gives kids space to wind down from confrontation, actively listens, helps students brainstorm better behavior choices, and works with them to determine next steps. Read now.


What my worst first day taught me

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 13, 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.


How Great School Leaders Manage Resistance to Change

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 09, 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. Listen now.


Helping students access their highlight reels

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 09, 2017

Where do our academic identities -- or how we perceive and define ourselves as learners -- come from? A teacher uses a multi-day activity to help students reflect and focus on the times they felt really smart or immersed in learning. When students can describe the conditions that contribute to a positive academic identity, teachers can use that information to design learning that replicates those moments and forges strong classroom connections. Read now.


The genius of design

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 08, 2017

Genius Hour is a time built into the school day or week to enable students to actively create their learning rather than passively consume it. Drawing on his more than 10 years implementing Genius Hour projects, John Spencer offers a design thinking protocol that teachers can use to guide students through Genius Hour projects. Read more in Educational Leadership.


One size does not fit all: How to adjust, acquire and adapt your curriculum

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 07, 2017

As I started my teaching career, I vowed to never get locked into mundaneness, and to always be willing to adapt and change based on the needs of my students. Help your students develop a passion for your content with these three ways to adapt curriculum to increase student participation. Read now.


Let's celebrate personalization: But not too fast

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 07, 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 10 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.


All-new ASCD Success Stories

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 06, 2017

ASCD Case Studies celebrate your successes, highlighting goals attained and progress made by a school, a district or a university working side-by-side with ASCD. Through these success stories, ASCD promotes the achievements of students and educators in their arenas and help show other districts how that success was achieved. Learn more.


What can teachers learn from informal learning environments?

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 06, 2017

Take students out of the physical confines of the classroom with just a few tweaks to your curriculum through museum-integrated learning and inspire your students through informal learning. Read now.


Subscribe to ASCD Express email newsletter

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2017

Published twice a month, this resource seeks to give educators practical, actionable strategies and information from the most reputable sources -- the colleagues and experts working in the education field. Subscribe now.


Make a bold move, give up grades

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2017

If the goal is to get students fluent in what they know and can do, we must provide an atmosphere that prizes feedback and practice over summative products. The current system values product over process and therefore breeds a competitive culture and can encourage cheating. However, once we shift away from these beliefs, students can begin to see the process as the actual learning. Read now.


Free webinar: Designing Remarkable Learning Environments

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2017

Are we setting a direction and taking actions to support right-now teaching and learning? Join Marie Hubley Alcock, coauthor of the new ASCD book "Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments," in an engaging overview of the systemic approach she and Heidi Hayes Jacobs have taken to making bold moves. Thursday, March 2, 3 p.m. ET. Register now.


Do you care enough to save a life?

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2017

After losing five students in one year, I made a vow that I would tell all of my students, especially young men like the many I'd lost, that they were far more capable than they ever imagined. I promised that I would teach them how to persevere and seek greatness. Read now.


The reading and writing of arithmetic

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 01, 2017

Whether they pursue engineering careers or simply want to comprehend a loan or tax form, students need to know how to decode the language of mathematics. The author suggests sample math writing prompts, activities and math mentor texts that will add variety and volume to the types of math reading and writing your students undertake. Read now.


5 student-centered ways to support unpacking complex text

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 01, 2017

Here are five ideas to help ensure that all students achieve their own level of success with complex texts. Read now.


ELLs and the high-stakes writing monster

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 28, 2017

Writing assignments based on reading comprehension pose a double whammy for English language learners. Gaps in language proficiency can mask writing strengths and weaknesses, giving teachers little guidance on where to adjust writing instruction. However, asking students to write responses to visual texts can be a more accessible starting point for student writing, providing a clearer overall picture of student needs. Read now.


New book: 101 Strategies to Make Academic Vocabulary Stick

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 28, 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.


5 Effective Co-teaching, Co-planning Models

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2017

When administrators support co-teaching, teachers reflect on their successes, and the needs of all students are prioritized, co-teaching is a powerful classroom practice. Listen to this podcast with Gloria Lodato Wilson for ideas to make co-teaching work in your school. Wilson describes the different co-teaching models, how to determine which one is right for you, and how to improve your practice over time. Read now.


Strategies for teaching complex texts

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2017

Need a simple four-step process for helping students use annotation to closely read a complex text? Or techniques for helping students support claims or answers with text-based evidence? In this brief article, a middle-school teacher shows how students can unpack complex texts with strategies that can be applied in any content area. Read now.


Free Webinar: Designing Remarkable Learning Environments

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2017

Are we setting a direction and taking actions to support right-now teaching and learning? Join Marie Hubley Alcock, coauthor of the new ASCD book "Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments," in an engaging overview of the systemic approach she and Heidi Hayes Jacobs have taken to making bold moves. Thursday, March 2, 3 p.m. ET. Register now.




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