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February 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Nice Issue on Personalized Learning From ASCD Educational Leadership

ASCD has just published an issue of their journal, Educational Leadership, on the theme of “personalized learning.”

I’ve previously shared the link to my article in it, Student Engagement: Key to Personalized Learning. I’ve added it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

There are a lot of other great resources in the issue, but these two articles in particular seemed to me to be particularly helpful (and they, like mine, are outside the paywall):

The Genius of Design is by John Spencer. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Applying “Fed Ex Days” (Also Known As “Genius Hours”) To Schools.

One-Size-Doesn’t-Fit-All Homework is by Cathy Vatterott. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues.

February 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

ASCD Educational Leadership Publishes My Article On Personalized Learning

Student Engagement: Key to Personalized Learning is the headline of my fairly lengthy article in the latest issue of ASCD Educational Leadership.

In it, I discuss various personalized learning strategies for both English Language Learners and English-proficient students. I also include a list of recommended free resources.

I’ll be adding it to my list of published articles here.

I’m also adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”.

January 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Excellent Issue of ASCD Educational Leadership – This One is On Writing Instruction

The February issue of ASCD Educational Leadership is out, and it’s another good one.  The them is Literacy in Every Classroom.

You can see the entire issue here.

Quite a few articles are not behind a paywall.

My favorites are:

The Writing Journey by Kelly Gallagher. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Writing Instruction. Here’s an excerpt:


Critical Thinking Won’t Develop Through Osmosis by Bryan Goodwin. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Teaching & Learning Critical Thinking In The Classroom.

Why Should Students Write in Math Class? by Tutita M. Casa, Kyle Evans, Janine M. Firmender and Madelyn W. Colonnese. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Writing In Math Class.

There’s a lot more there worth checking out, including a piece by Doug Lemov.

October 29, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Useful Issue of ASCD Educational Leadership

The November issue of ASCD Educational Leadership is now online, and it’s another very good one – the them is “Disrupting Equity”!

You can see all the articles here. Some are behind a paywall, but several are freely available. They’re all good, but here are the ones that seemed especially useful.

Rick Wormeli is the author of “Let’s Talk About Racism In Schools.”

Here’s an excerpt:


Helping Students Discuss Race Openly is by Julie Landsman.

Conversation Interrupted is by Vernita Mayfield.

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding those three pieces to A Collection Of Advice On Talking To Students About Race, Police & Racism.

The Root of Discipline Disparities is by James E. Ford. I’m adding that one to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

Research Matters / Flip the Script on Fate Control is a good piece on student agency. It’s by Bryan Goodwin. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Student Agency & How To Encourage It.

August 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Excellent Issue Of ASCD’s Educational Leadership Is Now Online

I have regularly posted about ASCD’s amazing and free teaching and learning resources.

They’ve just shared another one – the latest issue of their flagship publication, ASCD Educational Leadership.

Most of the articles in it are behind a paywall but, as usual, some gems are available for free.

Here are the ones that stand-out to me:

What To Do In Week One? is another of Rick Wormeli’s outstanding efforts. Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding it to Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

Another very practical article is headlined Building Bridges with Students Who Have ADHD and is written by Lisa Medoff.

You’ll want to read, and watch, Show & Tell: A Video Column / Two Times Ten Conversations by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.

And, lastly, of course. Carol Tomlinson’s regular column is one to always read. This month’s entry is titled One to Grow On / Fox Taming and Teaching.

June 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Congrats To 2016 ASCD Emerging Leaders Class – Consider Applying To Be Part Of It In 2017!


One of the many great professional development programs sponsored by ASCD is their annual class of Emerging Leaders.

They’ve just announced this year’s selection – 50 educators from across the United States. And it’s quite an impressive group (you can see them all here).

Here are just a few of their activities:

  • Attending the invitation-only Leader to Leader (L2L) conference in July, where leaders of various ASCD constituent groups convene to learn, share, and lay the groundwork for further collaboration
  • Presenting at ASCD conferences and events
  • Writing for ASCD publications, including the Inservice blog, and contributing blogs and articles to other outlets
  • Facilitating the #ASCDL2L Twitter chat, which occurs on the first Tuesday of each month
  • Hosting episodes of ASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio, a weekly program produced in partnership with BAM! Radio Network

I’d encourage readers to participate next year.

The Emerging Leaders online application is open from February 1 to April 1 each year. In other words, the application for next year’s Class will re-open on February 1, 2017. You can self-nominate or nominate someone else.

You can learn all about it here.

May 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

ASCD Offers Tons Of Great Stuff For Free This Week!


ASCD, one of just about every educators favorite professional development organization, is doing lots of giveaways of books, providing free online workshops and offering a new grants program in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week.

You can read about their giveaways and resources here, and their new grants effort to support teacher leadership here.

April 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

This ASCD Article By Dylan Wiliam May Be The Best Article You’ll Ever Read On Giving Students Feedback

The Secret of Effective Feedback is the lead article in the new issue of ASCD Educational Leadership, and may be the best article you’ll ever read on giving effective feedback to students. It’s certainly the best piece I’ve ever read.

And, it’s not behind a paywall!

It’s filled with numerous insights and very practical suggestions – a number that I haven’t read anywhere else.

I’m certainly adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students.

Here’s how he ends it:


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