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February 21, 2013
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2013 ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show Preview
-- Learning: Our story. Our time. Our future. (Part I)
Education and its evolution is a hot topic now more than ever. Educators from around the world will gather next month in Chicago to explore the changes that have come and more that are on the horizon.

The 68th ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show will be held March 16 to 18, bringing educators together for a unique opportunity to learn, grow and network.

Among the more than 400 sessions will be "Engaged Learning and Teaching With Technology," "Professional Learning Communities at the Crossroads," "Turning High-Poverty Schools Into High-Performing Schools" and "Not Your Grandmother's Civics: A Conversation With Justice Sandra Day O'Connor."

Speakers will include poet Maya Angelou, who will share her story March 17, and University of Maryland -- Baltimore County president Freeman A. Hrabowski III, who will speak March 16 about educating students in the new century.

Consider arriving early to join some of the preconference institutes taking place March 13 to 15, including one-, two- and three-day programs. This year's virtual conference will offer live-streaming of 22 sessions -- more than 30 hours -- online.

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

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  Gearing up for Chicago 
2013 ASCD Annual Conference
& Exhibit Show Resources
  • Register for ASCD's 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibit Show, coming to Chicago from March 16 to 18.
  • Don't miss the Welcome Reception on Friday, March 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. and stop by the ASCD Center in the Exhibit Hall for author talks, book signings, workshops and more.
  • Book your hotel and travel.
  • Attend an in-depth preconference institute between March 13 and 15.
  • Can't make it to Chicago? Sign up for our live-streaming Virtual Conference to watch 22 conference sessions online and access taped sessions all summer long.
  • Browse the 400+ available conference sessions and 300 exhibitors, then start planning your experience.
  • 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 #ASCD13 hashtag to engage fellow attendees.
  • RSVP for the free 2013 Tweet Up to meet fellow educators who are using Twitter for PD.
  • Follow ASCD's conference-themed Pinterest board for ideas and inspiration.
  • Meet the presenters and watch other conference videos on ASCD's YouTube channel.
 Does your school make the grade?
Visit the Success for All Foundation in booth 545 at the ASCD Conference in Chicago from March 16—18 to see how our approach has helped other schools make great strides in academic achievement. Your school could be eligible for $50,000 toward first-year implementation! Click here for more information.

  21st Century Education 
  • How real-world situations can boost student engagement
    Schoolwork must be presented in a way that is understandable, relevant and interesting to engage students, educators said at a recent conference for more than 200 administrators and teachers from Aiken County School District in South Carolina. Such an approach will mean a change in culture and assessments, which primarily measure knowledge. "What we need to be teaching and assessing is how knowledge can be applied to the real world," said King Laurence, an administrator. Aiken Standard (S.C.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The future requires "quantum leap" in digital leadership
    More administrators say they are leading by example by encouraging educators to use more digital technology in the classroom. They say this type of leadership will become increasingly important as districts work to implement the Common Core State Standards. "Modeling is crucial. If you want your kids and teachers to be users of 21st-century tools, ... you have to show that you can do it too," said Spike Cook, principal of an elementary school in Millville, N.J. "It shows that I'm still a teacher -- I can still instruct and still learn." Digital Directions (premium article access compliments of (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Common Core State Standards 
  • How education will adjust to the common core
    Changes are in store for teachers at all levels in states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards, education consultant Erin Powers writes in this blog post. The standards emphasize the role of all teachers in the development of students' literacy skills, and in math, focus will shift to the application of real-world skills rather than passing a test, Powers writes. The common core also recognizes the increasing importance of technology in education and the expectation that students can access information anytime, anywhere, she writes. Powers' blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Integrating the Common Core State Standards into your local school curriculum: Attend this session of noted education experts, including Heidi Hayes Jacobs, to hear how integrating the Common Core State Standards into a school can become an engaging opportunity for upgrading teaching and learning for 21st-century learners and collaborative inquiry for faculty. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Common core gives librarians a chance to lead
    The Common Core State Standards are being embraced by many school and public librarians, who say they view the change as an opportunity to reach out to teachers and students. Much of what the common core emphasizes -- learning through inquiry and the use of primary-source documents -- is part of what librarians already do as information specialists. "A common phrase that has been circulating throughout the library world is, 'We are the Common Core.' And that is the truth," said Margaux DelGuidice, a school and public librarian in New York state. Publishers Weekly (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Common Core State Standards for leadership: The new Common Core State Standards have many advantages for students, but they also present great challenges for educators as they implement the standards. Presenter Sherida Britt, a national expert on the standards and project director of ASCD's Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to provide common core resources to teachers and school leaders, will focus on how school leaders and boards can help implement a plan, establish professional practices aligned with the standards and lead teachers and students to success. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 Does your school make the grade?
Visit the Success for All Foundation in booth 545 at the ASCD Conference in Chicago from March 16—18 to see how our approach has helped other schools make great strides in academic achievement. Your school could be eligible for $50,000 toward first-year implementation! Click here for more information.

  • Report: Successful strategies from top education leaders
    Education Week has released a report that highlights 16 education leaders implementing creative ideas in their own districts. "Leaders to Learn From" highlights strategies regarding school climate, curbing dropouts, improving services for students with special needs and improving parent participation. Among the leaders profiled is St. Paul, Minn., superintendent Valeria Silva, who has made major changes to the district's approach to English-language learners. Education Week/District Dossier blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Principals have a powerful role in improving education
    The school principal has a powerful effect on the school and should play a central role in moving education forward, writes Diann Woodard, president of the American Federation of School Administrators. In this blog post, she writes about the significant role principals play in student achievement, the creation of effective and meaningful evaluation systems for teachers and the prioritizing of professional-development opportunities and resources for education. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Building science teacher leaders: Join Carla Shortino of DePaul University and Angela Dumas, Kathi Domio and Lisa Wissert of Chicago Public Schools as they discuss the work they have done together and how it led them to develop science teacher leaders. The collaboration began with a university coach supporting science teachers. Session participants will consider the larger implications of developing teacher leadership across a subset of schools. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Integration 
  • Technology helps students develop critical-thinking skills
    Educators at a high school in South Dakota are using technology to help further students' critical-thinking skills. As part of that effort, teachers recently participated in training on how to use iPads in the classroom. Among other things, teachers have used the devices to create their own iBooks, and educators say that communication and learning have improved. KSFY-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Educator uses social media to lead project-based lessons
    Gifted-education teacher Krissy Venosdale uses various digital media tools, including Skype, Twitter and blogs, to take learning to the next level, journalist Suzie Boss writes in this blog post. Venosdale uses KnowGlobe to connect students to others around the world and recently organized a mock election at #KidVote. "My kids are used to that sense of exploring. They want to know. They want to ask. They're constantly thinking," she said. Boss's blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A common-sense approach to creating social media guidelines: #Edchat co-creator and social media expert Steven Anderson, of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina, will discuss how to craft social media guidelines that protect yet allow for flexibility. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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