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Your vision is to change the world—one child at a time. It's our vision, too. That's why ASCD empowers you to help your students develop essential skills that extend beyond memorizing geographical locations and calculating square roots. Although these skills are important, we believe that supporting the whole child requires engaging students to prepare them for navigating their careers, contributing to their communities, and identifying their interests.
Our primary focus is on transformational leadership, global engagement, poverty and equity, redefining student success, and teaching and learning—the components you need to help advance student achievement and support them holistically.
Click on the links below to see a sampling of actual ASCD Empower18 sessions in each area of focus.
The Whole Child | Transformational Leadership | Global Engagement
Poverty and Equity | Redefining Student Success | Teaching and Learning
Approximately 150 concurrent learning sessions are now available for you to explore, and more will be added in the coming weeks. Explore sessions
All educators want to improve the work they do for students, their families, and the community. Whether it's instruction, school climate, leadership, family engagement, or any of the other issues schools face on a daily basis, all educators need tools to help them improve their actions and methods. A whole child approach sets the standard for comprehensive, sustainable school improvement and provides for long-term student success. See related topics.
Learning to Choose Love Through SEL
The presenter, the mother of a victim of the 2014 school shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, works to promote social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools through the Choose Love Enrichment Program by providing free SEL curriculum for preK–12 students. Although we can't always choose what happens to us, we can choose our response. Teach children how to handle adversity, have courageous conversations, and respond with love.
The Whole Child: A Blueprint for Success
Michele Femc-Bagwell, Sandra Chafouleas, Althea Brooks, and Bonnie Edmondson
The education and health sectors must meaningfully and effectively collaborate to facilitate success of the whole child. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (WSCC) expands on prior work by integrating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) coordinated school health and ASCD's whole child movements. Through a unique partnership, experts created a complete WSCC blueprint designed to guide WSCC implementation and evaluation in education settings.
Seeing What's There, Not What's Missing: Working with Families and Communities
Debbie Zacarian and Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz
As educators, we want to build relationships with students and families. But creating relationships can be challenging. Explore proven strategies and tools and for drawing on the rich knowledge and strengths of diverse families, planning curriculum-centered events for students, and partnering with local communities. Participants will learn specific strategies and tools for fostering students' engagement and using families' and communities' assets on behalf of students' overall success.
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Whether you're currently in a leadership role or aspire to be in one, you're ready to take on new challenges. From creating a positive school culture, to effectively using data, to leading professional learning, you see things as they could be, not as they are. Discover support for the many facets of your role—visionary, engager, learner, collaborator, and instructional leader. See related topics.
Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It?
Experience an empowering, self-reflective journey for school and district leaders that will challenge you to examine your leadership identities, missions, purposes, and visions. Engage in a discussion on whether your leadership practices provide optimal opportunities for learning. Think critically about how you perceive your leadership worth and value to your school communities compared to how your school communities might perceive your leadership.
Help Is Here! Professional Mentoring for Success
Pete Hall and Jennifer Hersom
Education is a tough gig, to be sure. It needn't also be an island. Explore the practices of effective professional mentoring, no matter your journey. A veteran principal and bestselling author teams up with a principal to lead you through mentoring research and share tips. They'll also help you explore your needs to draft a mentoring plan. Bring your own device!
Recharging Your School's Culture
Todd Whitaker and Steve Gruenert
Why do some schools succeed while others struggle? Why do policies and programs often fail to deliver? Receive practical strategies that help build positive energy to reinvigorate your school's culture and staff. Propel your school into the kind of place where teachers want to work, administrators can focus, and students can thrive. Learn how to use a school's culture to improve teaching, job satisfaction, and morale.
Today's students require the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to participate as citizens in a global society. In addition to being actively engaged in learning, students need to understand their connection to their communities and the world at large. Develop the intercultural competence to expand your curriculum beyond a textbook and learn about promising practices and topics of concern to educators worldwide. See related topics.
Global Education: Connecting Classrooms Across Cultures
Maureen Manning, Kimberly Shaver-Hood, and Judith A. Caporiccio
Wareham Public Schools has developed a vibrant Global Education program that encompasses active sister-school partnerships in nine countries across five continents. The program is in its 15th year and is a district priority whose ideals and objectives are embedded into the culture, climate, curriculum, and community. Engage in the process of creating a Global Education program addressing global connectedness, student exchange programs, and sister schools.
Quest-Based Learning: Interdisciplinary Global Project Design
Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Marie Hubley Alcock
How can we help our learners create personalized quests into meaningful issues and problems? How can we expand global perspectives by engaging students in dynamic interdisciplinary investigations? How do we cultivate global competence and connections in the curriculum? Walk through a process for personalized investigations in this session that's packed with examples and resources, including the Quest-Based Template and Planner. Bring your laptop or device and your imagination.
Transformative Learning Through Global Competence: Learning with and from the World
Anthony Jackson, Kate Farmer, and Alexis Menten
As recognition and demand for global competence education increases worldwide, the need for a way to assess the development of these competencies has become increasingly crucial. In 2018, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will introduce global competence as part of the PISA test. Learn about global models of implementation and walk away with resources, ideas for implementation, and a deeper understanding of the PISA assessment.
Each and every student needs and deserves a safe, challenging, and supportive learning environment—especially students who have special needs, cultural or language differences, or live in poverty. Understanding the full impact of inequities is the first step to creating healthy environments, supportive schools, and targeted instruction that helps all of your students engage in meaningful opportunities to expand their learning and heighten their achievement. See related topics.
Teaching and Engaging with Poverty in Mind Revised
This engaging, research-based session answers the question, How can we succeed with students from poverty? Learn three crucial ways that brains from poverty are different, plus seven easy-to-implement, classroom-based solutions. Get powerful, proven, and practical support strategies for your staff—and implement them within three days. Discover powerful templates you can use immediately. This is your chance to jump forward with a success mindset.
Family Engagement for Student Success: 10 Foolproof Ways to Drive Parent Participation in Education
Creating meaningful experiences for students starts when the classroom connects to the world. Learn 10 effective, strategies used in Title I schools. Families engaged in student learning at school and at home raise student achievement. Understand parent attitudes, identify the biggest challenges in engagement, and become immersed in the parent experience. Take home 10 engagement plans and develop a personal plan.
Walking in Their Shoes: Increasing Understanding and Empathy for English Language Learners
Explore the experiences of English language learners through an unforgettable experiential simulation! Transform your understanding of the challenges ofthose who speak English as a second language, and understand our behavior and our reactions to the behavior of others when communicating in a foreign language. Discover methods for enhancing the accuracy of communication in a nonnative language to support your journey as a culturally responsive educator!
You want to help your students succeed in school and in life. By expanding the notion of student success, and moving it beyond a metric governed by test scores, authentic assessment puts the emphasis on student understanding. By providing school cultures that emphasize life skills and attending to their social-emotional development, you can support students as they learn to take appropriate ownership of their learning. See related topics.
Success with IEPs: Solving Five Implementation Challenges Together
Teachers in inclusive settings are required to implement IEPs in their classrooms. Learn about the five most common IEP implementation challenges, how to overcome them in order to fine-tune your practice, and clarify some foggy ideas you may still have about ensuring success for students with disabilities.
Engaging Adolescent Learners by Embedding Social and Emotional Learning into Secondary Classrooms
Michele Tissiere and Denise Wolk
How can secondary teachers intentionally create middle and high school classes that are simultaneously challenging and integrate academic, social, and emotional learning? Students thrive in classrooms that embrace developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive teaching and foster a relational approach to learning. We will explore social-emotional learning competencies into four classroom learning domains that foster students' capacity to be self-directed, independent learners and help teachers naturally and immediately integrate them.
Redefining "Ready," Whole Child–Style
Learn how a district is using the tenets of ASCD's Whole Child approach to redefine student readiness. Educators in Northwest Allen County Schools are redefining how our story is told to our community and to our legislators so that we remain focused on meeting the needs of children. Our kids are much more than a test score, and our success is not defined by the results of one.
You understand the impact of effective teaching. Consistently, the most important school-based factors affecting academic success are the classroom teacher and the school principal. Enhance your skills through differentiated instruction, the FIT Teaching® approach, the Understanding by Design® framework, and more. See related topics.
Solutions to Educating Black and Latino Male Students
Black and Latino males are failing in school districts nationally. Educators in many schools are working to keep these young men in school but lack training, strategies, and solutions that work. Self-evaluate while breaking down cultural barriers and building positive relationships. Cultural awareness is key to success because students thrive better where they feel comfortable, and an intentional communication or leadership style can make the difference.
Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom: 35 Years Later
Branton Shearer, Thomas Armstrong, Jie-Qi Chen, and Tom Hoerr
Some 35 years ago, Howard Gardner shook up the education and psychology worlds with his book Frames of Mind, where the multiple intelligences (MI) were described. Despite efforts to discredit it, MI remains one of the most influential educational theories around the world. This session will focus on classroom practices, assessment, and schoolwide initiatives that address core questions regarding the sustainability of an MI-inspired education.
Getting Started with STEAM
Billy Krakower and Meredith Martin
STEM is a hot topic, with STEM labs and classes everywhere. This integrated approach to education can be taken a step further by integrating the arts to make STEAM. This method provides structured learning while still leaving room for inquiry and innovation. Explore STEAM and the ways in which we incorporate it; create your own STEAM space; and learn easy, inexpensive, hands-on activities.
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