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New Directions AASCD Newsletter Post Office Box 521 Russellville, AR 72811
New Directions Arkansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Volume 24, Number 2 Winter 2005 Published by the AASCD Publication/Technology Committee
Inside this Issue:
We’re on the web! http://www.arkansasascd.org
ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA)
AASCD Summer Conference
Professional Development Highlight
Gunter’s Good Read
Your AASCD Board
AASCD Mission Arkansas ASCD, a diverse group of educators, is dedicated to the development and support of leadership and best practices in curriculum, instruction, assessment and supervision that ensures success for all learners.
AASCD Goals 1. AASCD will lead the effort to influence teaching/learning policy development. 2. AASCD will provide programs, products and services to facilitate the development of visionary educational leaders. 3. AASCD will provide a broad-based system of effective and efficient communication. 4. AASCD will build a diverse, broad-based and involved membership reflective of the state. Dr. Randy Willison,
Dr. Mary B. Gunter,
Executive Director: Dr. Mary B. Gunter ASCD Regional Director: Gail Clark Dickson President: Dr. Randy Willison President-Elect: Dr. Marsha Jones Vice-President: Robert Davis Past President: Jeanie Gorham Secretary: Paula Rawls Newsletter Editor: Diana Peer Treasurer: D’Anne Barrow Journal Co-Editor: Dr. Rebecca Shopfner ADE Liaison: Janinne Riggs AACIA Representative: Dr. Angela Olsen At Large Members: Judy Blackwood Dr. Merle Dickerson Tyronne Harris Dr. Frank A. Holman Dr. Deborah Goodwin Kenneth Muldrew Peggy Woosley Joe Fisher Janice H. Warren
Influence is Everything Dr. Randy Willison, President, Arkansas ASCD Teachers and administrators in public schools throughout Arkansas spend an ever increasing amount of time, energy, and resources meeting the requirements of No Child Left Behind, Arkansas State laws, and Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) rules and regulations. It’s a challenge that we all readily accept, with minimal whining, but as professional educators in the trenches, we must continue to make our voices heard by key decision-makers at every level. ASCD International and Arkansas ASCD take the business of influence very seriously. It is essential teachers and administrators throughout Arkansas have input into laws, regulation, policies, and procedures that affect students and learning. Through a collaborative influence effort, ASCD International and Arkansas ASCD Board members represent you to national and state legislators and other key officials. You have a voice in Washington and in Little Rock. Make your voice heard. Contact any member of the Board with your concerns and suggestions. Members of
For your calendar: Focus Manuscript Deadline February 1, 2006 AASCD Conference Proposal Deadline February 15, 2006
the legislature and officials in the Arkansas Department of Education need your ideas as they make decisions that affect the school children of Arkansas. You can also make your voice heard by getting involved in Arkansas ASCD. Make plans now to attend our Summer Conference at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs in June. Volunteer to help with committee work or to run for a position on the Board. Make your voice heard. As a member of Arkansas ASCD, you are one of over 700 members. Your voice is important to us, to our state, and to national leaders, and more importantly, to the students in your school. I look forward to working with you to influence policy and decision-making, and to improve learning for all of our kids.
AASCD Annual Summer Conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas “Reach Them All ~ Teach Them All Through Partnerships” June 19-21, 2006
Arkansas ASCD New Directions
Volume 24, Number 2
The Arkansas ASCD board of directors enjoys having Dr. Gunter’s insight into the value of reading current books to provoke our thinking. We hope you will also enjoy and be challenged by her reading suggestions in this and coming issues of New Directions.
Learning to be Influential
ASCD hosted its first annual Leadership for Effective Advocacy and Practice Institute (LEAP) in Washington DC, September 17-20, 2005. “This institute marks an important step in ASCD’s growing role in influence and advocacy”, said President Mary Ellen Freeley in her letter to the delegates. The Arkansas delegates were part of an international learning community as they gained expertise in communicating with policy makers. On the final day of the Institute, delegates had a chance to practice newly acquired advocacy skills by visiting with their senators and legislators on Capitol Hill. The Arkansas ASCD affiliate was well represented at this Institute by Mary Gunter, Executive Director, Randy Willison, President, Marsha Jones, President-Elect, Frank Holman, Legislative Liaison to the Arkansas Legislature and Arthur Tucker, International ASCD principal mentor. The attendees heard from prominent speakers such as Deborah Meier, Richard Rothstein, and Ron Ferguson who are important educational researchers and activists. These educational leaders shared their perspectives on education issues related to four International ASCD policy positions: the whole child initiative, health in education, high stakes testing and closing the achievement gap.
Welcome new AASCD members!
Dr. K.K. Bradshaw Patrice Mitchell
Freakonomics Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2005) HarperCollins, NY, NY.
The program offered thought provoking materials, excellent networking opportunities and wonderful skill building activities. Through activities such as this Institute, International ASCD continues to strengthen the capacity of local affiliates to become more adept at communicating with policymakers at all levels. As a result of this institute, the Arkansas affiliate will benefit from the knowledge and skills of those who attended as they share the effective strategies they have learned and the important positions being taken by the leadership of International ASCD.
Carlene Liles Pam East
Gunter’s Good Read
AASCD leadership team attends LEAP Institute Dr. Randy Willison, Dr. Frank Holman, Dr. Mary Gunter, Dr. Arthur Tucker, Dr. Marsha Jones, with Dr. Gene Carter, ASCD Executive Director
When I first introduced this book to graduate students, it had not made the non-fiction best seller list. However, students were intrigued with the titles of chapters such as: “What do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common?” and, “Why do Drug Dealers Still Live with their Moms?” This book has been number one on the non-fiction list. If you are a fan of Maclom Gladwell’s Tipping Point and Blink, you will enjoy this work. Levitt presented his ideas to the Society of Fellows, Harvard’s intellectual think tank. When questions were asked about the theme of his work, he had no idea of an underlying theme. One fellow responded, “Heí‘s twentysix years old. Why does he need to have a unifying theme? Maybe he’s going to be one of those people who’s so talented he doesn’t need one. He’ll take a question and he’ll just answer it, and it’ll be fine.” Levitt causes us to consider, that within the obvious or not so obvious answer to our question, is “The Hidden Side of Everything”.
Evelyn Marbury Vicki Holt Charlotte Vann Patricia Young Kathy Heagwood Dean Burbank Michell Andersen Clare Lesieur Debbie Wilson Melinda Gatling Stephanie Watkins
The Arkansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development office will be sending invoices to those who need to update their membership. Please check the month and date in the corner of your newsletter label for your membership expiration date.
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Outstanding Young Educator Award Finalist
Heather Russell First Grade Teacher Lee Elementary School Springdale School District
Mrs. Heather Russell, a first-grade teacher at Lee Elementary School in Springdale, was selected as one of four national finalists for the Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) presented by ASCD. More than 100 nominations for the award were submitted from across the nation. OYEA is the association’s way of recognizing an emerging educational leader and sharing his or her exemplary practices with the education community. Principal Regina Stewman, who nominated Mrs. Russell, reports that, “The ASCD OYEA is an educational professional, 40 years of age or younger, who demonstrates exemplary commitment
and exceptional contribution to the profession. This person’s creative and innovative accomplishments within the classroom, school, district, state or region have had a significant impact on student performance and achievement over time and provide an ongoing model of excellence in encouraging all learners to succeed. ASCD was particularly impressed with Heather’s energy, passion, and her dedication to both the children she educates and her own lifelong learning.” Arkansas ASCD congratulates Heather for this recognition of her service to the children and educators of our state.
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Volume 24, Number 2
Program Description: (50 words maximum. Please include the objectives of the presentation, content to be presented and the methods of presenting)
AASCD 2006 Summer Conference Reach Them All ~ Teach Them All Through Partnerships A Silver Anniversary Celebration! The theme of the 2006 Summer Conference promotes the concept of partnerships as we work toward the ultimate goal of having every student proficient or advanced. In addition to celebrating our 25 year partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education, the Conference will showcase the various partners we have available to our students and faculty. Audiovisual Equipment Request: Overhead projector
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Dr. Marsha Jones, AASCD 2006 Conference Chair
Be sure to put this annual AASCD event at the Arlington Hotel In Hot Springs on your calendar for June 19-21, 2006 !
Presenter’s Information: (Please secure permission from all individuals before submitting the proposal. The contact person will be the person who completed the proposal unless it was indicated that he/she is not presenting. The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all presenters not previously given should be completed.) Name
Dr. Douglas Reeves will be one of the featured presenters speaking on the topic, Learning and Loving It: Engaging Every Student for Improved Achievement. “Standards are not enough,” declares Dr. Reeves in this provocative new keynote address. “We can write standards and give high-stakes tests all day, but without meaningful student engagement, teachers and students become adversaries rather than partners in the enterprise of learning.”
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Arkansas ASCD appreciates your willingness to offer your time and talents to help others grow professionally, thereby improving the quality of education for the young people of Arkansas.
This is the first in a series of articles highlighting professional development in Arkansas schools. Watch for the Winter issue of New Directions to learn about one schoolís story describing the effective use of embedded professional development .
60 hours of Professional Development
Harrison School District has embraced ACT 83 and provided meaningful professional development for both classified and certified personnel in accordance with ADE’s rules for professional development and to meet the needs of the district. The process began with needs surveys and a review of evaluations. The cry was loud and clear: folks wanted smaller groups, shorter sessions, and more classroom and building time to work with discipline or grade level colleagues. Freedom of choice, the opportunity to guide one’s own learning to improve student achievement, was the greatest need expressed. The 05-06 calendar affords teachers three flex days. Throughout the summer teachers attended approved professional development activities of their choice at the local CO-OP and across the state. Curriculum training was provided by the district’s 30 department chairs in May and they facilitated different study groups during the summer.
Dr. Angela Olsen Harrison School District ,Curriculum Coordinator Study groups offered the 12 hours of planning and preparation allowed by ACT 1185. This also provided targeted areas such as music, art, and gifted and talented time to focus on content specific to their needs. Some study groups ventured into topics such as student-led conferences. Seven days (42 hours) of professional development was offered at the district’s Back to School Certified Conference that included a conference program outlining presenters, time frames and locations, ADE’s requirements, and the credit to be received for attending. The choice offered was well received, but choice equals a lot of hard work and manpower from behind the scenes. Seeing a staff so professionally engaged so deeply and eager for more, though, is well worth the effort. The Harrison School District is living proof that 60 hours of professional development, and then some, is needed and can be provided.
The theme for the AASCD Educational Leadership Grant is
“Building Partnerships for Learning Through Collaboration.”
Watch for the grant proposal in the next issue of New Directions or visit our website today!
Journal of Research and Best Practice
25TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON ASSESSMENT AND INSTRUCTION
Call for Manuscripts
JUNE 19-21, 2006
“Quality Professional Development”
Call for Proposals
Focus, the AASCD Journal of Research and Best Practice, will provide practitioners with information concerning current practice that moves research and theory into action. An essential attribute of a successful professional learning community is to share best practice and current research with colleagues. To achieve this goal, the AASCD editorial panel invites submission of manuscripts with a focus on concepts, content, and practices addressing P-18 educational issues that ultimately impact student learning. The target audience for Focus is broad in scope; members will include teachers, administrators, researchers, university professors, undergraduate and graduate students, and policy-makers.
“Reach Them All ~ Teach Them All Through Partnerships” Arkansas ASCD has selected the theme “Reach Them All - Teach Them All Through Partnerships” for the 2006 Summer Conference. Arkansas ASCD invites you to share your expertise and knowledge about assessment and instruction during this conference. As a professional non-profit organization, the association is unable to pay an honorarium or reimburse program participants for travel, hotel expenses or registration. Program participants who attend the conference must register and pay regular conference fees. These 75-minute presentations may be presented twice. The presentations will be held on June 19th or 20th.
Submission Guidelines Number of Copies: Submit four (4) copies of the manuscript and one manuscript copy on a CD using a Microsoft Word, PC compatible format.
Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining written permission for any copyrighted material and /or photos, drawings, data, etc. that may be used in the manuscript. A copy of the release should be included with the manuscript, with the original retained by the author(s).
Please submit the following proposal by February 15th to: Robert Davis, Small Group Sessions Chair Camden-Fairview School District 625 Clifton
Editorial Style All manuscripts must follow American Psychological Association (APA) 5th edition guidelines. The suggested length for the manuscript is between 10 to 15 pages in length. Each typed or word-processed page must be double-spaced. A 10 point font such as Times New Roman, or a similar font, should be used. Margins should be one-inch in width on all sides.
Procedures for Review Selection Process: All manuscripts will receive a “blind” review by a panel of reviewers. In order to ensure a fair and anonymous review, careful effort should be made not to refer to the author(s) in the manuscript, only the cover letter, the cover page and the biographical page should have the author(s) name. Accepted Manuscripts: Once the selection process has been completed authors will be contacted. Editors of the AASCD Journal reserve the right to make editorial revisions. Due to the review process, E-mailed copies cannot be accepted for consideration.
All manuscript submissions must be received in the following order: 1.
Cover Letter (including lead author contact information, i.e. mailing address, e-mail, phone and fax number.
Cover Page (article title, author(s) name(s) and affiliation, and date of submission)
Mail manuscript submission to:
e-mail: email@example.com Person Submitting Proposal (please type or print) Dr., Ms., Mr., Mrs. (Last)
Abstract (maximum of 350 words)
Text (Tables and figures must be cited)
Appendices (if appropriate)
Permission and/or Release Forms (if appropriate)
Dr. Rebecca Shopfner
AASCD Focus Biographical Information Page (a short paragraph providing pertinent Crabaugh 124 information about the author[s]) Arkansas Tech University Title Page (only the title of the article should appear on this page) 1310 North El Paso Avenue
Mailing Address Will you be acting as a presenter? (circle one)
Russellville, Arkansas 72801
What grade levels will your presentation target? (Pre-K to Post High School)
Manuscript Submission Deadline: February 1, 2006
Title of Session (as you wish it to appear in the program)