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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:


February 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Issue Of “ASCD Educational Leadership” Is A Must-Read On ELLs


ASCD’s monthly “Educational Leadership” magazine is usually great, but it’s even more special in February with a special issue titled Helping ELLs Excel.

Usually, I provide a brief review
of a few of the articles that aren’t behind a paywall and which I think are particularly worth reading.

However, this month, I’d recommend you go and read all the ones that are freely available AND pay a few bucks to read all the others (if you aren’t already a subscriber).

It’s that good!

November 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

ASCD’s New “My TeachSource” Looks Useful


As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of ASCD’s resources — the huge number they have available for free, along with their premium content.

They’ve just unveiled a new feature called My TeachSource, which will be highlighting a new “Topic Pack” on important practical challenges facing educators each month.

The cost is $29 per year, but you can get a free two week subscription to check it out. Even better, though, you get it free (for now, at least) if you’re an ASCD member, which costs just $10 more. I think the money is worth it just to get access to the articles in the great Educational Leadership journal that are behind a paywall.

August 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

New ASCD Educational Leadership Issue On Asking Questions – Here Are Highlights

The new issue of ASCD Educational Leadership is online and, as usual, it’s good. The theme is “Questioning For Learning.”

Here are some highlights from articles that aren’t behind a paywall:

There’s an article co-written by the late, great Grant Wiggins on Essential Questions.

Let’s Switch Questioning Around is a nice article by Cris Tovani. Here’s an excerpt from it:


I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions β€” Help Me Find More.

The issue also shares an interesting piece of information — every year for the past five years, students say they have felt less comfortable asking questions in class.

Research Says / Help Students Train Their Inner Voice is good report by Bryan Goodwin and Heather Hein on research related to “self-questioning” and metacognition. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Metacognition.

May 5, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

In This Month’s ASCD Education Leadership: Read My Choices For The Best Eleven Mobile-Learning Apps

Apps, Apps Everywhere: Are Any Good, You Think? is the title of my new article in ASCD Educational Leadership.

In it, I share my choices for the best eleven mobile-learning apps out there.

It will be free to view for the next three months — after that, it goes behind a paywall.

Here’s an excerpt:



You might also be interested inΒ The Best Mobile Apps For English Language Learners.

May 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Useful Free Resources From ASCD

As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of ASCD, the teacher professional development organization, and regularly post about their resources.

Here are some new ones that I think readers might find particularly useful:

* Wednesday, May 6th is ASCD’s third Whole Child Symposium. The Spring 2015 symposium will focus on the relationship between poverty and education. You can get more information about it, as well as watch the event via livestream, here.

* They also also have 3 new free webinars coming up in the next few weeks:

Harvey Silver and Tom Dewing: The Strategic Teacher: Developing Every Teacher’s Instructional Know-How, May 12, 3:00 p.m. ET

Heidi Hayes Jacobs: Connect 21 Summer Camp: Becoming a 21st Century Teacher, Leader, and School, May 13, 3:00 p.m. ET

Alisa Simeral and Pete Hall: Teach Reflect Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom, May 21, 3:00 p.m. ET

* The April issue of ASCD’s Educational Leadership had a short, but useful, piece on effective principal/teacher communication. I think it’s worth a look.

* This month’s issue of EL is on Teaching with Mobile Tech. It looks like it has some interesting articles (including one by me πŸ™‚ ). However, it appears that the site is having some technical difficulties making it hard to access the individual pieces. I’ll publish a separate post about the issue after they work out the glitches, which I’m sure they’ll handle by tomorrow.

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