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April 18, 2013
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A look back at
ASCD's 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show
Thousands of educators from around the world converged on Chicago last month to attend the 2013 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show -- Learning: Our story. Our time. Our future.

Educators who took part in this year's event heard from poet Maya Angelou; University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski; and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Sessions explored issues including the use of technology in the classroom, building professional learning communities, implementation of Common Core State Standards and differentiation.

At the conference, ASCD announced Becky J. Berg, superintendent of the Deer Park School District in Deer Park, Wash., as the association's new president. Learn more about her in this special report.

Don't forget to start planning for the 2014 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, March 15 to 17 in Los Angeles.

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  News from the Conference  
  • Becky J. Berg is named ASCD president
    New ASCD President Becky J. Berg -- superintendent of the Deer Park School District in Deer Park, Wash. -- has education in her blood, going back to her great-grandfather, who was an educator. Berg said she brings her passion for social justice to her new position in ASCD and sees her mission as ensuring that every student is able to reach his or her potential. "I think one of the biggest obstacles I have seen kids face is poverty. And exclusion," she said. Daily (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wash., Md. teachers honored with ASCD awards
    Two teachers were honored at the recent ASCD conference in Chicago with the organization's Outstanding Young Educator Award. They are Joshua Garcia, deputy superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools in Washington state, and Ryan Twentey, who teaches art, photography and interactive media production and serves as technology liaison at Parkville High School in Parkville, Md. The award honors educators who, among other things, demonstrate outstanding leadership, as well as a passion for and commitment to educating the whole child. Daily (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ASCD partners with Fla. superintendents group to offer PD
    ASCD has partnered with the Florida Association of District School Superintendents to provide members of FADSS with professional-development programs. The program aims to assess the skills of participants and identify appropriate, differentiated resources to help educators implement the Common Core State Standards in the state's 67 school districts. Daily (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Poet Angelou calls on educators to inspire others
    Poet Maya Angelou offered words of encouragement in her keynote address to 10,000 attendees of ASCD's conference in Chicago. She shared stories about the teachers who helped her in her life. "I'm here to tell you how grateful I am and remind you that you are rainbows in clouds," she said. Daily (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Changing stereotypes about minorities in STEM subjects
    African-American or Latino students can succeed in STEM subjects, said Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Speaking at the ASCD conference in Chicago, Hrabowski said that with supports, encouragement and high expectations, students underrepresented in STEM fields can achieve success. He pointed to the Meyerhoff Scholars program at his university as a program that is working to bridge the gap. Daily (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Learning from educators in other countries
    Educators should take a lesson from Norwegian educators, who say their mission is for every student to be able to think for themselves, said Anissa Lokey-Vega, an assistant professor of instructional technology at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. In her presentation at the ASCD conference in Chicago, she said schools need to prepare students for the future and suggested an increased focus on areas including creativity, digital literacy, media literacy and problem solving. Daily (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Civics education becomes passion of former justice
    Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has become a leading voice for civics education and a cofounder of iCivics. Civics is a subject that is not required in many schools, but since 2009, iCivics has been used by 60,000 educators and 2 million students in the U.S. Interactive features of the site include "We the Jury," a video game in which players decide a mock case. Daily (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What's so hot about STEAM?
    Linda Nathan, Mark Lonergan and Ramiro Gonzalez, three presenters at ASCD's annual conference in Chicago, discuss in this blog post inroads that STEAM is making in schools. The acronym adds arts to the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The educators from Boston Arts Academy explain how STEAM looks in their classrooms, including approaching work as artists, engineers and designers. "This sometimes means focusing less on the final answer and giving more attention to the process that gets you there," they write. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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