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September 1, 2001
Vol. 59
No. 1

ASCD in Action

Conference on Teaching and Learning—Standards: Theory into Practice

Standards are a fact of life in nearly every school system in North America—and in many others around the world. How can you ensure that the time and effort you have invested in your standards-based initiatives will pay off in long-term student achievement gains? By participating in the 2001 ASCD Conference on Teaching & Learning—Standards: Theory into Practice, Oct. 19–20, in Atlanta, Georgia. This conference offers you the opportunity to update your knowledge of standards, explore proven practices, and develop action plans for making standards work for all students.
  • Gerry House, president and CEO of the Institute for Student Achievement in Lake Success, New York, will address how educators can ensure high levels of learning for all students in this era of high-stakes testing.
  • Roy Romer, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, will explore how districts can establish, implement, and sustain a standards-based assessment and accountability system.
  • Harold Hodgkinson, director of the Center for Demographic Policy, Institute for Educational Leadership in Alexandria, Virginia, will explain why powerful social, demographic, and economic trends will make it increasingly difficult to design a national high-stakes test that will be fair for all states.
  • Hayes Mizell, director of the Program for Student Achievement at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation in New York City, will describe how selected school systems are seeking to translate standards into more effective teaching and learning.
More information on the conference is available at the ASCD Web site (www.ascd.org).

ASCD Resources for "Making Standards Work"

  • Standards/National Standards. (2001). Price: $19.95 (member); $23.95 (nonmember). Stock No. 197199.
  • Using Standards to Improve Teaching and Learning (Video series). (2000). Includes Improving Roles and School Structure, Improving Curriculum and Assessment, and Improving Classroom Instruction. Price: $540 (member); $640 (nonmember). Stock No. 400262.
  • Implementing Standards-Based Education. (2000). Price: $189 (members); $220 (nonmembers). Stock No. 999222.
  • Standards Record-Keeping and Reporting. Price: $99 (member); $119 (nonmember). Stock No. 500347.
  • Carr, J. F., & Harris, D. E. (2001). Succeeding with Standards: Linking Curriculum, Assessment, and Action Planning. Price: $20.05 (member); $24.95 (nonmember). Stock No. 101005.
  • Schmoker, M. (2001). The Results Fieldbook: Practical Strategies from Dramatically Improved Schools. Price: $20.95 (member); $24.95 (nonmember). Stock No.101001.
  • Authentic Assessment. Contact Mary Kay Armour, Assessment and Evaluation Services, 1163 Jeffrey Drive, Crofton, MD 21114; (410) 451-2727; <LINK URL="mailto:marmour@erols.com">marmour@erols.com</LINK>.
  • Performance Assessment/Leadership. Contact Genevieve Brown, Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, Sam Houston State University, Box 219, Huntsville, TX 77341; (936) 294-1144; <LINK URL="mailto:edu_gxb@shsu.edu">edu_gxb@shsu.edu</LINK>.

Grants to Recognize First Amendment Schools

First Amendment Schools, a collaborative project of ASCD and the Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center, will announce in October a national grant award program. Ten schools—public and private; large and small; elementary, middle, and high; rural, urban, and suburban—will be identified as charter project schools. This community of schools will share a conviction that the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment are the cornerstones of American democracy and essential for citizenship in a diverse society. Not only must the schools teach the five freedoms well, but they must also find ways to model and apply the democratic principles that they are charged with teaching.
  • Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition are fundamental and inalienable rights. All U.S. citizens have a civic responsibility to guard these rights for everyone.
  • The First Amendment provides the civic framework of rights and responsibilities that enables U.S. citizens to work together for the common good in schools and communities.
  • The future of the United States depends on instilling in young citizens an abiding commitment to the democratic principles that sustain our experiment in liberty.
  • A society committed to freedom and justice for all requires citizens with the knowledge, virtues, and skills needed for active engagement in public life.
For additional information, visit the project's Web site (www.firstamendmentschools.org) or contact Mike Wildasin, ASCD Project Director, First Amendment Schools, at (703) 575-5475.

For Your Calendar

  • 2002: San Antonio, March 9–11
  • 2003: San Francisco, March 8–10
  • 2004: New Orleans, March 20–22
  • Collaborative Analysis of Student Work: A Valuable Tool for Teacher Growth, Atlanta, Georgia: Oct. 17, 2001
  • Understanding by Design: Structure and Policies that Practice What We Preach, Atlanta, Georgia: Oct. 17, 2001
  • Dimensions of Learning, New Orleans, Louisiana: Nov. 7–9, 2001
  • Teaching Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom, New Orleans, Louisiana: Nov. 7–9, 2001
  • Mentoring: Keys to Success, New Orleans, Louisiana: Nov. 8–9, 2001

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