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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.

May 3, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Month’s ASCD “Ed Leadership” Is Out — Here Are 3 Articles I Recommend


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

Our New ASCD Educational Leadership Article: “Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs”


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

Three Excellent Articles From ASCD On Teacher Morale

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The new issue of ASCD Educational Leadership is on teacher morale, and I’m adding these three articles to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions:

Can’t Wait for Monday is by Rafe Esquith.

Getting Beyond the Blame Game is by James Harvey.

An Open Letter on Teacher Morale is by Dina Strasser.

November 3, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

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:


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.