Real Engagement: How do I help my students become motivated, confident and self-directed learners?

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

In this new ASCD Arias publication, authors Allison Zmuda and Robyn Jackson discuss the four key elements of real student engagement -- clarity, context, challenge, and culture -- and explain how teachers can use these drivers to create a classroom filled with students who ask intriguing questions, seek feedback on their performance and immerse themselves in learning. Learn more.

6 ways to drive a successful BYOD initiative

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

"Instead of viewing smartphones, tablets or other technology as a distraction on campus, how can we use these technological tools to provide real learning opportunities during the school day?," asks educator Eric Sheninger. In a recent ASCD Express article, Sheninger explains that taking full advantage of mobile learning technology requires careful planning. He also shares six key drivers of a successful BYOD initiative. Read on.

Why teach digital communication?

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | May 12, 2015

"In the field of education today, it sometimes feels as though a relentless stream flows only in one direction. Teachers are asked to teach more, but with the same number of hours and days," writes Educational Leadership author Elizabeth Englander. In a recent Inservice post, Englander expands upon her May Educational Leadership article and examines teachers' role in helping students think about their online behavior. Read on.

Teach Reflect Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | May 12, 2015

Join ASCD authors Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral on Thursday, May 21 at 3 p.m. ET for a free webinar to learn how to build your capacity for success in the classroom. You'll explore the awareness, intentionality and responsiveness of truly effective classroom instruction. Hall and Simeral will explain the Reflective Cycle and how you can increase your reflective practices -- and your effectiveness -- no matter what changes come down the pike. Learn more.

The Strategic Teacher: Developing Every Teacher's Instructional Know-How

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

Join ASCD authors Harvey Silver, Thomas Dewing and Daniel Moirao for a free webinar on May 12 at 3 p.m. ET to learn how you can move beyond instructional strategies to the larger concept of instructional know-how. During the one-hour webinar, the presenters will define instructional know-how and explain how it can boost students' learning. Learn more and register.

The reason every educator needs a PLN

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

"Educators need each other because we simply cannot have the answer to every lesson, have a deep understanding of all instructional strategies, or keep up with the emerging online resources that support teaching and learning," writes ASCD EDge community member Steven Weber. In a recent blog post, Weber explains the power of a professional learning network and shares ways any educator can begin building one. Read on.

Link between poverty and education will be explored in ASCD panel event

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

ASCD has announced the Spring 2015 Whole Child Symposium, which will explore the crucial connection between poverty and education. With the amount of attention and funding spent on education reform efforts over the past decade, should greater gains have been made in student achievement and graduation rates? They symposium panels will answer this question and more. Learn more.

ASCD Annual Report: Celebrating learning in 2014

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

With the ever-growing conversations about high-stakes testing and teacher evaluations, it's important to have a global community of lifelong learners who are committed to ensuring success for each child. That's why ASCD focused on the power of learning in the 2014 Annual Report, "Celebrating Learning: Stories of Teaching and Leading." Learn more.

Sign up for ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief

Designed specifically for education professionals around the world, ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief is a twice-weekly e-mail news briefing. It provides the latest news and analysis on education issues around the globe. Learn more