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December 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Three New Useful Resources From ASCD

ASCD, the well-respected professional development organization for educators, has three new resources that I think are particularly useful:

* A fun What Kind Of Educator Are You? interactive. Here’s how they describe it:

Do you love data, or do you try to incorporate the latest gadget into your instruction? Are you motivated by seeing your students grow, or do you get excited by the chance to think outside the box? Take this ASCD quiz to find out what kind of teacher you are, and get three book recommendations that match your personality.

* A new report on The Teacher Leadership Landscape. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On “Teacher Leadership.”

* The latest issue of Educational Leadership with the theme of STEM for All.

November 8, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Excellent — & Free — Resources From ASCD

I’m a big fan of ASCD, the professional support and development organization for teachers. In fact, if you search “ASCD” on my blog, you’ll find that they’re mentioned 237 times!

I thought reader might be interested in some of their more recent free resources:

They’ve just announced that they’re presenting a number of free Common Core-related courses on iTunes U. I’m no big fan of the Common Core, but they are a reality for most of us, and there are a lot of people out there trying to make a fast buck on pushing a lot of garbage they’re saying will help teachers with the new standards. ASCD, on the other hand, has a history of providing some very useful Core-related resources. In fact, you’ll find a number of them on my The Most Useful Resources For Implementing Common Core list. I’m confident that these new courses will be equally as high in quality.

ASCD has also announced a series of free Virtual Learning Network Webinars centered on helping teachers with the Common Core in multiple subjects. I know some of the people leading these webinars, and have confidence in their ability to deliver practical and useful help. You can also access previous webinars at the same link.

Lastly, I want to mention the ASCD In Service blog, which regularly publishes helpful posts like this one: In It for the Long Haul: Four Strategies for Beginning a Virtual PLC.

November 4, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New ASCD’s Ed Leadership Is Online – Here Are My Recommendations

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ASCD Educational Leadership is one of my favorite journals, and every month I share my favorite articles from the new issue.

Their November edition has just come online, and it’s a good one on talking and listening.

Here are my favorites:

Talking to Learn is by Elizabeth A. City.

Speaking Volumes is by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.

I’m adding both of those articles to The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions.

And I’ve already added these next two articles to The Best Resources On The Idea Of “Wait Time”:

Research Says / Get All Students to Speak Up
is by Bryan Goodwin.

All the Time They Need is by Ellin Oliver Keene.

September 30, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Excellent ASCD Article On Memory & Learning

As usual, Bryan Goodwin has written an excellent piece in this month’s issue of ASCD Educational Leadership. It’s titled Research Says / Which Strategy Works Best?

It’s a concise description of the differences between short-term memory, working memory and long-term memory, with teaching hints for all three.

I’ve written a lot about memory and learning, and you can see a bunch of those posts here.

August 29, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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ASCD’s Ed Leadership Is Online – Here Are My Recommendations

The newest issue of ASCD’s Educational Leadership publication is now online, and its theme is Motivation Matters.

Here are three pieces that are not behind a paywall that I would highly recommend:

Rick Wormeli has a typically great article that’s titled Motivating Young Adolescents. It includes a list of “Top 12 Demotivators” that I think should be taped to every teacher’s desk.

Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink can also be found in the issue, and Dan always has important thoughts to share and that are worth hearing.

Research Says / Curiosity Is Fleeting, but Teachable is an excellent piece by Bryan Goodwin.

I’m adding Bryan’s piece to The Best Posts On Curiosity.

I’m adding the others to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

May 3, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Month’s ASCD “Ed Leadership” Is Out — Here Are 3 Articles I Recommend

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Most months, I highly recommend two-to-four articles that appear online in ASCD’s “Educational Leadership,” one of the best ed journals that are out there. You can see my recommendations from previous months here.

The May issue on “Professional Learning: Reimagined” just came online.

Here are my recommendations:

Rethinking Classroom Observation by Emily Dolci Grimm, Trent Kaufman and Dave Doty is excellent. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers.

Research Says / Keep Professional Learning Groups Small, But Connected is by Bryan Goodwin (who always writes great stuff). I’m adding it to the same list.

Power Up! / Your 1:1 Program: Can You Answer These 10 Questions? is by Doug Johnson. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On “One-To-One” Laptop/Tablet Programs.

April 2, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Our New ASCD Educational Leadership Article: “Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs”

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My colleague Katie Hull-Sypnieski and I wrote wrote a lengthy and, if I say so myself :) , excellent article that has just been published by ASCD Educational Leadership.

It’s titled Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs, and it discusses very practical ways to teach writing to Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced English Language Learners — especially in light of the new Common Core Standards. But I think it offers helpful advice even if you’re teaching in a country not using CCSS.

I’m adding it to The Best Online Resources For Helping Students Learn To Write Persuasive Essays and to My Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

February 5, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Three Excellent Articles From ASCD On Teacher Morale

November 3, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Month’s ASCD’s “Educational Leadership” Is Now Online — Here Are My Recommendations

Tackling Informational Text is the theme of this month’s ASCD Educational Leadership, and it’s now online.

Here are the articles there I’d particularly recommend:

One to Grow On / Invitations to Read is by Carol Ann Tomlinson. Here’s how she ends it:

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You Want Me to Read What?! is by Timothy Shanahan.

Points of Entry is a typically excellent piece by Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher.

I’m adding these articles to The Most Useful Resources For Implementing Common Core.

September 4, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Issue Of ASCD Educational Leadership Is Out – Here Are Some Articles Worth Reading

ASCD has just published the September issue of their periodical, Educational Leadership. Its theme is “Resilience and Learning.”

Here are some highlights:

The Significance of Grit: A Conversation with Angela Lee Duckworth doesn’t really have anything new to people familiar with Duckworth’s work, but it does provide a good overview. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit.”

Research Says / Grit Plus Talent Equals Student Success by Bryan Goodwin and Kirsten Miller is good. I’m adding it to the same list.

Havens of Resilience by Nan Henderson is a good piece.

I also like a piece on Research on Resilience.

Art and Science of Teaching / Cognitive Verbs and the Common Core by Robert Marzano is not connected to resilience, but it’s a useful piece. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary.

May 3, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Good New Issue Of ASCD’s “Educational Leadership”: “The Faces Of Poverty”

ASCD has just placed their new issue of Educational Leadership online. It’s theme is “Faces Of Poverty.” Here are the articles that I think are particularly useful and are not behind a paywall:

The Widening Income Achievement Gap is by Sean Reardon (you might remember that he wrote an excellent column in The New York Times last week on a similar topic). His EL piece provides some great data tracing the gap’s history, though I think he misses some important points in his suggested solutions. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Achievement Gap”


How Poverty Affects Classroom Engagement
is by Eric Jensen. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement.

Research Says / Teaching Self-Regulation Has Long-Term Benefits is by Bryan Goodwin and Kirsten Miller.

Art and Science of Teaching / Targets, Objectives, Standards: How Do They Fit? is by Robert Marzano.

February 2, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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ASCD Has Just Published Some Great Articles On Nurturing Creativity & Curiosity

Creativity Now! is the theme of the February issue of ASCD Educational Leadership, and it’s a good one.

Several are behind a paywall, but here are some great ones that are freely available now:

I’m adding these next four to The Best Sources Of Advice On Helping Students Strengthen & Develop Their Creativity:

I especially like Assessing Creativity by Susan M. Brookhart.

Creativity on the Brink? is by Alane Starko.

Creativity Requires a Mix of Skills is by Bryan Goodwin and Kirsten Miller.

Fundamentals of Creativity is by Ronald A. Beghetto and James C. Kaufman.

I’m adding these next to articles from the same issue to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions:

The Case for Curiosity is by Susan Engel.

Asking Questions—At Four Different Levels
is by Robert Marzano.

March 27, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Report: ASCD Conference In San Francisco — Share Yours!

I really enjoyed my time at the ASCD Conference in San Francisco today, though had to leave early to get back to play in my regular Sunday night basketball game :) The next time I attend one I plan to make arrangements to attend the whole thing — it would certainly be worth it!

The best places to get thoughtful reports on the conference are at Alice Mercer’s blog and at the posts written by David B. Cohen at the InterAct blog. David also has some nice photos there.

I’d love it if others left comments here with their reactions to the workshops and speakers. Or just leave links to what you have written on your own blogs.

I, on the other hand, hung out at the Exhibit Hall and chatted with the great people at the Eye On Education (they’re publishing my next book in April) booth and elsewhere. It was fun meeting Bill Bigelow and Jody Sokolower from Rethinking Schools, one of my longtime favorite publications. I was also able to meet Jason Buell, Dave Orphal, Bill Ferriter, Judie Haynes, Angela Maiers and Eric Sheninger (who lives near where I grew-up in Staten Island). And it was nice to see Marjorie McAneny from Jossey-Bass.

Here are a few photos:

Alice Mercer, David B. Cohen and me

This is @alicemercer getting ready for a webcast at ascd

Alice Mercer getting ready to do a webcast from the Eye on Education exhibit

Larry ferlazzo and Angela maiers at ascd

Angela Maiers and me

Janice silva from Monterrey in Mexico

I’m standing with Janice Silva, who teaches at a school in Monterrey, Mexico. Look  for an interview with her on this blog this spring.

March 26, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’d Love To Meet You Sunday At The ASCD Conference!

Just a reminder that I’ll be at the ASCD Conference in San Francisco this Sunday (tomorrow), and would love to meet readers of this blog!

You’ll find me at the Eye on Education booth #2423 from 11:45 AM — 2:00 PM (they’re the publishers of my new book coming out next month, Helping Students Motivate Themselves. Alice Mercer is also going to try to do a live webcast from the same place at 11:00 AM that day, and I’ll be there then, and she’ll be hoping to have other drop-in visitors speak. So come on by!

Other than that, I’ll be doing whatever Alice tells me to do, unless people have other suggestions!

March 23, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’d Love To Meet You At The ASCD Conference!

I’ll be at the ASCD Conference in San Francisco this Sunday, and would love to meet readers of this blog!

Unfortunately, I’ll only be there on Sunday. You’ll be able to find me at the Eye on Education booth #2423 from 11:45 AM — 2:00 PM (they’re the publishers of my new book coming out next month, Helping Students Motivate Themselves. Alice Mercer is also going to try to do a live webcast from the same place at 11:00 AM that day, so if that works well I’ll be there then, too, and she’ll be hoping to have other drop-in visitors speak.

The rest of the time that day, I’ll either be wandering aimlessly, doing what Alice tells me to do (which is what usually happens at these conferences), or going to events/workshops that any of you recommend. Feel free to leave a comment with suggestions.

You can see a list of other people who will be blogging and twittering about the conference, too, at this ASCD post

March 14, 2009
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Live” From The ASCD Conference

Angela Powell, a member of our group blog, In Practice, is blogging live from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

ASCD produces some great stuff, and I’m sure its conference is of a similar quality.

You can got to In Practice to find-out what Angela is learning.

November 5, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Website For ASCD

The Association For Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), one of the best resources around for educators, yesterday unveiled their new website. It’s impressive.

I rated the ASCD SmartBrief daily newsletter as number-one on The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current Education Issues list.  This newsletter consistently provides thought-provoking articles from around the country.