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March 6, 2014
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2014 ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show Preview
-- @Every Learner: Someday is now! (Part I)
Now is the time for teachers everywhere to become the changes they want to see in education, to empower students to become critical thinkers and successful adults. Teachers are eager to connect with the global community of educators to meet the needs of diverse learners. Educators are ready to seize the day. Indeed, someday is now.

The 69th ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show will be held March 15 to 17, bringing educators from around the world together in Los Angeles to connect, learn and grow in education.

The 22 pre-conference institutes include one-, two- and three-day immersive experiences addressing topics including Common Core State Standards implementation and instructional approaches for English-language learners.

The more than 350 sessions include "Collaborative Leadership for Equity," "Reclaiming Professional Development: The Edcamp Model," "Grab a Shovel: Using Data Digs to Drive Student Achievement," "Navigating the Journey to a Differentiated Classroom," "STEM after the Bell Rings" and "District-wide Capacity Building."

In Part II of this report, coming in April, ASCD SmartBrief will look back at some of the highlights of the conference.

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Teaching Diverse Learners 
  • Using Universal Design for Learning to teach all students
    Universal Design for Learning can help educators teach all students in the same classroom, writes Katie Novak, an educator in Massachusetts. In this blog post, Novak offers tips to help teachers get started with UDL, which she writes is a better method for planning lessons. "In UDL, all planning is intentional, so every activity, assessment and instructional choice should be deliberately chosen to help all students reach your standard," she writes. Teaching Channel/Tchers' Voice blog (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Becoming Culturally Responsive Teachers:   Presenter Sonia Nieto, a professor emerita of language and literacy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, explores what it takes to be a culturally responsive teacher of students of all backgrounds. Nieto will highlight examples from her forthcoming book and cite interviews with teachers from around the nation whom she interviewed for her research. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to improve language lessons for ELL students
    Teaching material that is academically rigorous and also accessible to English-language learners can be challenging for educators, according to Daniel Jhin Yoo and Chelsea Miller, both of Goalbook. In this blog post, they call for universal design for learning, the integration of language instruction across subjects and the teaching of academic as well as social English. "Mere fluency of social English is not sufficient," they write. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Educator shares how to implement online, blended learning
    Online and blended learning requires a lot of work and dedication from teachers, but when implemented correctly can have positive results for students and staff, according to Julie Young, who recently announced her retirement as president and CEO of Florida Virtual School. Young highlights two models in use in Florida, including one in Palm Beach County where instruction is delivered in-person as well as virtually and where the school's physical environment has been transformed. T.H.E. Journal (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Achieve Common Core success with DataWORKS' K-12 resources!
Educators and students face challenges on the road to Common Core success. Many still wonder how to teach Core standards. Standards don't dictate HOW Standards should be taught, but the level of rigor (exactness) required DOES impact instruction. So, DataWORKS developed tangible training and resources that make teaching Core Standards truly accessible. Learn More
Innovative Teaching & Learning 
  • Teachers tap social media for authentic learning experiences
    Educators and advocates say schools increasingly are adapting to new technology and now are beginning to use social media, such as Skype and Twitter, in innovative ways to create authentic learning experiences for students. In one example, a second-grade teacher used Twitter to help students practice their writing, including proper use of grammar and punctuation. Educators are cautioned, however, to ensure social media use is private, education-oriented and secure. Scholastic Administrator magazine (Winter 2014) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wash. schools are on cutting edge of STEM, STEAM programs
    Washington state schools increasingly are adopting science, technology, engineering and math, and some are integrating art into the traditional STEM curriculum. Educators said STEM and STEAM curricula change the dynamic in the classroom and emphasize more hands-on lessons. In one example lesson, fourth-grade students designed and created lunar rovers to study the effects of weight on movement before engaging in a technical-writing exercise related to the project. Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, Wash.) (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Creating the Student-Centered iPad Classroom:   This session will detail 10 requirements for successful tablet implementation and demonstrate examples of how iPads empower students to learn effectively. The presenters will review their lesson -- including videos of classroom practice -- and their visions for a dynamic, student-centered classroom. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why one teacher starts his classes with "mindfulness" practices
    Rather than start classes with "bellringer" activities, educator Paul Barnwell writes in this blog post, he uses the first five minutes of class for "mindfulness" exercises for his students. Barnwell offers three reasons for the switch, including the need for students and teachers to have a mental break between classes. "We all need to allow for some quiet for teaching and learning to sink in in preparation for the next task," he writes. Center for Teaching Quality/Bluegrass Dispatches blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Achieve Common Core success with DataWORKS' K-12 resources!
Educators and students face challenges on the road to Common Core success. Many still wonder how to teach Core standards. Standards don't dictate HOW Standards should be taught, but the level of rigor (exactness) required DOES impact instruction. So, DataWORKS developed tangible training and resources that make teaching Core Standards truly accessible. Learn More
Skills for the Future 
  • How checklists can help students meet common core standards
    Checklists can help educators fulfill some of the requirements of the Common Core State Standards, middle-school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes in this blog post. Here, she gives samples of some of the checklists she has used in the classroom. "Developing and providing checklists speaks to college and career readiness in the Common Core," she writes. "After all, organization, preparedness, goal setting and the independent learning that comes from utilizing resources are all folded into the expectations of these new standards." Wolpert-Gawron's blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School-College Partnership for College Readiness:   This session will present a learning-community model for high-school and college faculties to collaborate in aligning curriculum and improving instruction for urban students to be ready for college. Participants will learn how to create and work in a learning community that aligns high-school curriculum and instruction with the expectations of freshman college courses. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Engage student writers, boost skills with eBook projects
    Teachers can use eBook projects that meet the demands of Common Core State Standards while integrating technology, creativity, critical thinking and other skills. Carl Harvey, a school librarian, said eBooks enhance the writing process. "You're not writing to satisfy just the teacher, you're expanding your audience, taking pride in your work, and having higher expectations for your work," Harvey said. eSchool News (free registration) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Learning Theaters, sponsored by SmartBrief 
  • Don't miss the exhibitor workshops in The Learning Theaters
    The SmartBrief-sponsored Learning Theaters are conveniently located in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, West Hall AB, Rooms One and Two. The focus of these sessions is thought leadership and state-of-the-art solutions from industry leaders at this year's ASCD 69th Annual Conference & Exhibit Show.

    Starting Saturday, March 15, at 9 a.m. and running through 4 p.m., choose from among these one-hour workshops:
    • Effective Engagement: Bringing All Stakeholders Together for Success
    • Word Warm-Ups: Quick Exercises for Word Mastery
    • Improving Instruction and Student Engagement through E-Books
    • From Learning to Mastery in Three Simple Steps Using Dinah Zike's Foldables
    • Reading for Meaning -- Fluently
    • Flip Your Classroom with Adobe Presenter 9
    • Positioning Your District for Common Core Success
    • One Note: The Ultimate Tool for E-Portfolios, Paperless Classes, and Collaboration

    On Sunday, March 16, beginning at 9 a.m. and running through 4 p.m., choose from these one-hour workshops:
    • One Minute Reader: An Award-Winning Reading Program
    • E-Mail Archiving for Education Institutions
    • Organization, Differentiation, and Motivation for Successful CCSS Implementation
    • What Is Visible Learning?
    • "Good" Technology as Tools to Push STEM in Primary Grades
    • Think Globally, Teach Locally
    • Evocative Coaching: Calling Forth Greatness in School
    • What Is Visible Learning?

    On Monday, March 17, two 9 a.m. sessions will be available to choose from:
    • Blended Learning: Technology and Best Practices from Around the World
    • Igniting 21st Century Learning in Your Elementary School

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ASCD Resources 
    • Register for ASCD's 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibit Show, coming to Los Angeles from March 15 to 17.
    • Browse the more than 350 available conference sessions.
    • Book your hotel and travel.
    • Start your conference experience with a pre-conference institute between March 12 and 14.
    • Can't make it to L.A.? Register for our live-streaming event to watch 21 conference sessions online and access archived sessions all summer long.
    • RSVP for the free 2014 Tweet Up to meet fellow educators who are using Twitter for PD.
    • Bookmark the online Conference Daily newspaper to access the latest event information, schedule changes and session spotlights.
    • Connect with ASCD on Twitter for session coverage and updates, and use the #ASCD14 hashtag to engage fellow attendees.
    • Follow ASCD on Instagram to get a behind-the-scene look at ASCD's 2014 Annual Conference.

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