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March 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Good Articles In This Month’s Issue Of ASCD’s Educational Leadership

Culturally Diverse Classrooms is the theme of this month’s issue of ASCD Educational Leadership. As I do every month, I’m writing this post to highlight articles in it that are available free online and that I think are particularly noteworthy.

Here my three recommendations:

The Story Behind Ferguson is by one of my favorite education writers, Richard Rothstein (see my numerous previous posts about his other writings). Here’s an excerpt from his piece:


Border Kids in the Home of the Brave is by Susan Zimmerman-Orozco and offers eleven good strategies for teaching English Language Learners.

Show & Tell: A Video Column / Meaningful Vocabulary Learning is by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey and, as usual, they provide excellent suggestions.

February 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Excellent Articles In This Month’s Issue Of ASCD Educational Leadership

As usual, there are several excellent articles in this month’s new issue of ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine.

Its theme is “Improving Schools: What Works?”

Here are several that are freely accessible on the Web:

Trust, But Verify is by David C. Berliner and Gene V Glass and provides a good analysis of how to interpret education research. Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Smarter Charters is by Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

How We Know Collaboration Works is by Greg Anrig. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.

Research Says / To Go Fast, Direct. To Go Far, Empower is by Bryan Goodwin. Here’s an extended quote from it:


I’m adding it to the same list.

Power Up! / Helping to Close the Digital Divide is by Doug Johnson. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students.

January 18, 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 recent ones that I think readers might find particularly useful:

Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom, 2nd Edition is a great book by Douglas Fisher & Nancy Frey. A chapter is available online for free, and it’s worth reading. The chapter is titled Why Check for Understanding?, and I think the section on distinguishing between mistakes and errors is outstanding. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures.

The ASCD Express newsletter’s theme this month was on asking questions, and it’s very good. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More.

Which Book Should I Read To Jump-Start The New Year? is a fun and useful interactive flowchart created by ASCD.

Here are two good recent articles by ASCD leaders on teacher leadership:

Leadership / Meaningful Pathways for Teachers is by Judy Seltz.

What Is a Teacher Leader? What Should It Be? is by Sean Slade.

ASCD board member and Tacoma Public Schools deputy superintendent Josh Garcia is a 2015 Education Week Leader to Learn From. He’ll be presenting a free Ed Week webinar January 21 at 2 p.m. on designing a whole child accountability system. What does that mean, you might ask (as I wondered, too)? Here’s the answer:

To be considered successful in Tacoma, Wash., schools must show they can deliver a lot more than good test scores. They should be able to involve many children in extracurricular activities, attract lots of adult volunteers, and reconnect with teenagers who have dropped out. They need to spark praise from parents and students for providing a safe and engaging place to study. They have to reach into their communities to make sure all eligible children take advantage of district preK and full-day kindergarten.

December 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

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

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

New ASCD’s Ed Leadership Is Online – Here Are My Recommendations


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

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

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.

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