New Directions Volume 27, Number 1
Arkansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Fall 2008 Published by the AASCD Publication/Technology Committee
Your AASCD Board
BREAKING NEWS Date Change
Executive Committee President: Dr. Frank Holman President-Elect: Janice H. Warren Vice-President: Dr. Matt McClure Past President: Robert Davis Secretary: Paula Rawls Newsletter Editor: Dr. Rebecca Shopfner Treasurer: Dr. D’Anne Barrow
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At-Large Members Dr. Matt McClure Karen Endel Michelle Hayward Debbie Miller Dean Burbank John Calaway Jim Garvey Opal Anderson
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2009 Arkansas ASCD Annual Curriculum & Instruction Conference
Be the Change You Want to See: Leadership Begins with Me! Due to a scheduling conflict, please note the date change from the one announced during the 2008 summer conference.
Sheila Jacobs Andrea Martin
Ex Officio Members ADE Liaison: Deborah Coffman AACIA Representative: Karla Neathery AASCD Representative: Dr. Lisa Todd Educational Coops: Phoebe Bailey Hospitality: Jeannie Gorham Licensure Board. Representative: Sheila Jacobs Executive Director: Dr. Mary B. Gunter ASCD Constituent Partner Director: Molly McCloskey
As plans are being made for the 2008-2009 professional development (PD) opportunities for educators within your school district, please consider the excellent opportunity to provide sustained PD opportunities for not only all district educators, but also for school leadership teams by attending the Arkansas ASCD annual conference each June. Arkansas ASCD is modeling sustained PD by designing each annual conference theme to build upon the previous one. The focus of last year’s conference was, meeting the needs of all children to educate the whole child. This year’s conference is targeting the individual’s role to move leadership at all levels. (continued on page 6)
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Conference Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 & 5
Executive Director’s Message . . . . . . 2
New Board Members . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Conversations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Curriculum Leader Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Business Meeting Minutes . . . . . . . . . 3
Arkansas ASCD New Directions
Message from the President Dr. Frank Holman Arkansas ASCD welcomes you to our state, national, and worldwide associations. We are a diverse group of educators focused on improving teaching and learning for all students. The key issues we are addressing are the whole child, innovative high school redesign, using multiple indicators for achievement, school improvement/ support services, and developing school leaders for the future.
Arkansas ASCD will partner with the Arkansas Department of Education, state educators, and other constituent groups across the state to host regional shareholders meetings to discuss how we can maximize our impact upon the education of the Whole Child by providing quality professional development and by inspiring educational leaders in all of our schools. We invite you to attend one of the meetings and get involved, volunteer in your schools, join AASCD, This promises to be a very exciting year with probable changes of and make a difference in the lives of our students. A list of the rethe No Child Left Behind legislation as a part of the re-authorization gional shareholders meetings is located on page six of New Direcof the ESEA (Elementary Secondary Education ACT). The 2009 tions. Updates available at www.http://ArkansasASCD.org. United States Congress will convene after the fall election and will certainly address this very important policy during the early session. Annual Conference We listen to our members’ feedback every year, as attendees of the Educating the Whole Child summer conference. Members told us over and over they would Arkansas ASCD is aligned with ASCD and is focused on the New like to have a larger space for the summer conference with more Compact of the Whole Child Initiative. ASCD calls upon educators, spaces for attendees to network. We moved the 2008 summer parents, policymakers, and business leaders to ensure that, in their conference to the Hot Springs convention center and had almost own community we have the five pillars of a healthy, safe, engaged, unanimous agreement in favor of the move. We had great attensupportive, and challenged system where: dance, more vendors, and 60 quality break-out sessions. The keynote speakers were well received and the last day with Commissioner James and the educational panel leading our discussion was Each student enters school healthy and learns about and pracvery enlightening and inspiring. We appreciate everyone involved in tices a healthy lifestyle. the planning of the 2008 summer conference and congratulate them Each student learns in an intellectually challenging environment on a job well done. The 2009 summer conference will be June 14that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults. 17 at Hot Springs Convention Center and the theme will be, Be the Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to Change you want to see: Leadership Begins with ME! AASCD is comthe school and broader community. mitted to providing and modeling the quality sustained professional Each student has access to personalized learning and to qualidevelopment necessary to impact student achievement and learning fied, caring adults. for our state. You have a special invitation and an opportunity to be Each graduate is prepared for success in college or further study a part of a great organization, Arkansas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, focused on quality learning for all. and for employment in a global environment.
Focus on Leadership…… Dr. Mary B. Gunter AASCD Executive Director
It has been my pleasure during the past six months to be involved at the state level in discussions about the future of leadership for Arkansas schools. I will be devoting a column for each publication of New Directions as a venue to continue this discussion with the AASCD membership. Dr. James introduced the Smart Leadership agenda for the state with a kick off at the AASCD Annual Conference in June at Hot Springs. Our Commissioner is to be commended for modeling excellence in professional development (PD) as he embedded a significant PD activity into the closing morning of the AASCD conference. Focusing on Linda Lambert’s (2004) work, Building Leadership Capacity to Improve Schools, participants explored the implication of leadership at all levels utilizing round table discussions. Both principal and teacher panels energized participants with their views of current issues and best practices. The morning with Dr. James modeled excellence in PD delivery, as participants looked at the research, heard from practitioners and participated in reflective dialogue.
I received numerous calls requesting information regarding Lambert’s book, as school leaders throughout the state began to prepare similar PD experiences for the opening of their district school activities. I trust discussions of this nature throughout our state will be only the beginning of furthering our understanding of the need for leadership at all levels to sustain school improvement initiatives. Also, a reflective prompt posed by Dr. James centered on the systems support needed to move the role of the leader to a role that is more clearly focused on teaching and learning. Conversations that day revealed the need for all leaders to consider systems thinking as a habit of mind to support our way of being, as opposed to our way of doing. As we work to strengthen teaching and learning in the classroom, leaders must consider the various sub-systems such as professional development, finances, and time, to mention only a few, when supporting the overall system of education. We can easily become involved in simply doing more individually as leaders, instead of building capacity among all leaders to work collaboratively to build a strong school community. As you begin this school year, I challenge you to seek opportunities to build leadership capacity at all levels to build schools for student success.
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Arkansas ASCD Welcomes New Board Members
Minutes: Arkansas ASCD Annual Business Meeting Hot Springs Convention Center, Room 205 June 16, 2008
AASCD 2nd Vice-President Dr. Matt McClure Superintendent Cross County Schools
Present: 27 members Presiding: President Robert Davis Business: Call to Order: President Davis called the meeting to order at 5:04 p.m. Minutes: Paula Rawls presented the minutes to the June 25, 2007 business meeting. Matt McClure made the motion to accept the minutes. Janice Warren seconded the motion. The motion carried.
Three Year Board Position
Treasurer’s Report: D’Anne Barrow provided the membership with a copy of the AASCD financial report. D’Anne reported total assets as of June 13, 2008 for the organization to be $277,210.37. She stated that conference expenses would still need to be deducted from the balance and that there are also some conference deposits to be made. Dean Burbank made the motion to accept the report. Randy Willison seconded. The motion carried. Randy Willison stated that in the future he would like to see prior year expenditures for a comparison. Opal Anderson Principal Lafayette County Schools Lewisville
Sheila Jacobs Director Secondary Instruction Russellville
Board Appointment to Fill Term
Michelle Hayward Principal McNair Middle School Fayetteville
Andrea Martin Principal, ESL Coordinator Green Forrest Schools Green Forrest
Deborah Coffman Dr. Lisa Todd Associate Director of Assistant Superintendent Professional Development Greenbrier Schools ADE AASCD Representative
Director’s Update: Dr. Mary B. Gunter reported a busy year for AASCD. We have employed a full time/part time secretary, Viki Martin. We share Viki with ACEL (both organizations are housed at ATU Lake Point). AASCD will continue the partnership with ACEL in the 2008 – 2009 year. Membership broke 1000. There will be a more accurate membership number after the conference. The year has been focused on transitioning the conference from the Arlington after 28 years to the Convention Center. Dr. Gunter has been active at the national level. She is serving her 3rd year on the legislative committee. She, Robert Davis and Marsha Jones attended the LEAP conference and met with Arkansas legislators on the hill. Marsha Jones and Tyrone Harris represent Arkansas ASCD on ASCD International. Dr. Gunter stated that she looks forward to returning to our agenda now that we have made the transition. AASCD plans roll out with shareholder’s retreat with conversations around professional development and instructional facilitators. Constitutional Amendment Update: Dr. Gunter reported that Marsha Jones, as a responsibility as past president, conducted a constitutional review with the board. There will be one amendment that will need to come before the membership at the June 2009 business meeting. The amendment will be regarding the title and responsibilities of the newsletter editor. The information will be published in the spring newsletter. Dr. Gunter thanked Diana Peer for all of her work as the newsletter editor. New Business: None
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Adjourn: Debbie Miller made the motion to adjourn. Matt McClure seconded the motion. The motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.
June 14-17, 2009 AASCD Annual Conference
Karla Neathery Director of Curriculum Benton School District AACIA Representative
Respectfully submitted, Paula Rawls Secretary
Arkansas ASCD New Directions
napshots from the . . . 2008 Annual AASCD Curriculum and Instruction Conference
Meeting the Challenge of the Whole Child: Putting the Pieces Together
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Arkansas ASCD New Directions
AASCD/ADE Regional Shareholder Meetings 2008 Leaders addressing the Whole Child through Quality Professional Development Region
AASCD Members Frank Holman Andrea Martin Michele Hayward Karla Neathery Lisa Todd
Lead Contact Frank Holman
Dates November 4, 2008 6:00 p.m.
Northwest Educational Co-op Farmington
November 12, 2008 10:30-2:00 p.m.
University of Central Arkansas Reynolds Hall—Conway University of Arkansas Community College Hope, Arkansas
Phoebe Bailey Opal Anderson Robert Davis
October 16, 2008 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Janice Warren Paula Rawls
October 23, 2008 10:00 a.m.
Matt McClure Debbie Coffman
October 27th 11:30a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
NORTH CENTRAL WESTERN
John Calaway Debbie Miller
October 21, 2008 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Southeast Educational Cooperative Monticello Harrisburg High School Auditorium Harrisburg Ozark Folk Center Mountain View
Sheila Jacobs Karen Endel D’Anne Barrow Jim Garvey
October 27, 2008 5:30 p.m. Dinner Provided
Ozark High School Cafeteria Ozark
2009 Conference Speakers Dr. Cile Chevez
Watch for more information during the coming year
Professor Joe Martin
Dr. Chevez served as Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of Littleton Public Schools; Assistant Dean of the College of Education, University of Northern Colorado; and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges of Colorado. She is the former Colorado State Director of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and President of the Colorado Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development .(AS
Dr. Joe Martin is an award-winning speaker, author, professor, and educational consultant. In spite of growing up in one of the toughest crime-ridden, drug -infested ghettos in Miami, Florida, Joe became the youngest professor ever hired to teach in the state of Florida at the age of 24. He's now regarded as "America's #1 Educator Motivator" and one of the country's leading experts on new teacher retention and student motivational issues.
(continued from page 1) Continuing the sustained system focus, the 2010 AASCD conference theme will be: Moving from Me to We: Moving to Action with Authentic School Leadership Teams. The 2011 AASCD conference will examine how to build, facilitate and sustain whole school professional learning communities.
Your Arkansas ASCD Board and the conference committee are working diligently to provide research-based, innovative and pragmatic conference sessions that will move the work of all to a higher level. Please circle June 14-17, 2009 on your calendar and join us!
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Being a member of Arkansas ASCD (AASCD) has provided me many opportunities to become an emerging leader. Attending the AASCD conferences has enhanced my knowledge of research-based techniques and proven leadership strategies. As a presenter for the past two years, I have improved my speaking skills and have networked with other professionals in and around the state. AS an AASCD member, I was eligible to apply for a scholarship to continue my The Arkansas ASCD Curriculum leader Scholarship is designed to encourage the development of Arkansasâ€™ leaders of curriculum for the 21st century. The intent of the scholarship award is to support advanced degree work leading to licensure as a curriculum administrator. As a future curriculum leader, Lisa was awarded a $1000. scholarship check at the AASCD June Conference in Hot Springs. Congratulations to Lisa Mayfield!
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