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July 2015 | Volume 57 | Number 7

When Winging It Works

Feature Articles

When Winging It Works

Kathy Checkley


As any great actor knows, improv requires two things: the ability to listen closely and think flexibly. That's why it's become such an appealing practice for teachers.

The Principal as Lead Learner

Sarah McKibben


To model their top priority, some principals are calling themselves lead learners, but not everyone is enthusiastic about the trend.


Road Tested / What Our Classroom Walls Communicate

Barry Saide

Before you hang up the same old posters on your classroom walls at the beginning of the year, take this advice from a veteran teacher.

ASCD Community

ASCD Executive Director Judy Seltz Retires

In this farewell message, Judy Seltz announces her retirement from ASCD and welcomes new ASCD Executive Director Deborah Delisle.

ASCD Marketplace

Isn't it Time to Rethink Grading?

"When teachers grade everything, the grade means nothing," writes Cathy Vatterott in Rethinking Grading: Meaningful Assessment for Standards-Based Learning. Read an exclusive excerpt from her book in the July edition of ASCD Marketplace. Click here to view the PDF.


Using Improv to Address Bullying

Kathy Checkley

Expand students' understanding of what it means to be in a group with this simple improv activity.

Why the Title? (Video)

Baruti Kafele, ASCD author and former urban principal, isn't a fan of the title "lead learner." Here he explains why.