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New Directions Volume 27, Number 3

Arkansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Spring 2009 Published by the AASCD Publication/Technology Committee

Your AASCD Board Executive Committee

Arkansas ASCD Annual Curriculum & Instruction Conference

June 14-17, 2009

President: Dr. Frank Holman President-Elect: Dr. 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

At-Large Members Dr. Matt McClure Dr. Karen Endel Michelle Hayward Debbie Miller Dean Burbank John Calaway Jim Garvey Opal Anderson Sheila Jacobs Andrea Martin

Ex Officio Members ADE Liaison: Deborah Coffman

Be the Change You Want to See: Leadership Begins with Me! New Conference Format Hot Springs Conference Center Join over 400 educators already registered for the 2009 AASCD Annual Conference as participants experience a new conference format which provides opportunities for Role-A-Like sessions to follow key note speakers. These sessions will focus on a statewide dialogue about curriculum, its’ purpose and its’ future. Join role-a-like groups for superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, instructional facilitators, career & technical educators, higher education faculty, educational cooperatives and ERZ educators to frame a statewide discussion to impact the future direction of curricula in Arkansas. Congratulations to the AASCD 2009 Conference Committee for taking bold steps to move forward with a format responding to the many requests received to move to a more interactive format for participants. A traditional conference strand of small group presentations will be included featuring Arkansas best practices with early bird sessions offered for the early risers. Sixteen hours of professional development will be available throughout the three day conference. Go on line today at to register.

AACIA Representative: Karla Neathery AASCD Representative: Dr. Lisa Todd Educational Coops: Phoebe Bailey Licensure Board. Representative: Sheila Jacobs

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Executive Director: Dr. Mary B. Gunter ASCD Constituent Partner Director: Molly McCloskey

Board Nominees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 AASCD Constitutional Change . . . . . . . 4

Curriculum Scholarship Award . . . . . . . 5

Gunter’s Good Read . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Conference Speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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Arkansas ASCD New Directions

Meet your AASCD Board Nominees Voting to select new board members to take place during the Annual Conference in June

VICE PRESIDENT Sheila Jacobs Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction Russellville School District Sheila began her career as an English and journalism teacher in 1988 and has taught at Russellville High School, Clarksville High School, and is currently teaching curriculum and instruction classes at ATU. She has worked for the past five years as Director of Secondary Instruction in Russellville, after having worked in Lavaca as K-12 curriculum director and federal programs director. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and two Master’s Degrees, and is currently enrolled in the Educational Specialist degree program at ATU. Sheila is an active member of AASCD, currently representing Central Arkansas and is a board member on the Professional Licensure Standards Board. “My greatest contribution to the AASCD board will be my ability to Listen as well as my work ethic. Collegial dialogue and shared decisionmaking are two things I highly value and seek to cultivate. When I believe in something as important as education, I will work with energy, enthusiasm, and passion. AASCD has been very important to me as a professional, and I will seek to get more classroom teachers involved in the organization.”

Debbie Miller Director Curriculum and Instruction Batesville School District In her 25 years as and Educator, Debbie has worked as NAESC Teacher Center Coordinator, Harding University Adjunct Instructor, NAESC Vocational Evaluator, 7-12 Classroom Teacher before beginning her career at Batesville Schools as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Debbie holds a BS from University of Central Arkansas (UCA), MSE from Arkansas State University (ASU), K-12 Curriculum Specialist, Administrative Certification, Gifted and Talented Certification, Career Orientation Certification. Debbie has received training in Learning 24/7 CWT Trainer, Gates Trainer, NORMES Trainer for North-central Co-op, Praxis III Assessor, Path-wise Mentor Trainer, Step Up To Writing Trainer, Arkansas Leadership Individual Institute, Arkansas Leadership ELE Institute, Arkansas Leadership Math/Science Institute. “My greatest contribution to AASCD board will be fulfilling the promise of AASCD goals. This is a lofty challenge, however, my experience as a classroom instructor, curriculum consultant, co-op teacher center director and district curriculum director provides the networking and levels of experience for crucial educational decisions within a district and state. Collaborative work within our state is a major contribution I can bring to the table. As AASCD supports activities which focus on education policy and on creating a powerful voice for teaching and learning, board members need the educational background to examine research and curriculum decisions from many different viewpoints.”


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Southeast Arkansas Board Position Darlene Montgomery Director of Federal Programs District Test Coordinator Dumas School District Darlene has 34 years of experience in education and is presently the Director of Federal Programs/District Test Coordinator for Dumas School District. She has served as Pre-K, Kindergarten, Sixth grade teacher, literacy coach, as well as Assistant High School Principal and Elementary Principal. Darlene earned her BSE and MSE from Southern Arkansas University. She is a Certified Reading Specialist, Curriculum Specialist, and holds certification in both Elementary and Secondary Administration. She is affiliated with several professional organizations and has served in various positions “My vision for AASCD is to continue to be an advocate of change for the improvement of instruction for all students. I will work to support local and state goals that will catapult students successfully into an ever changing world.”

Dornetta Hobbs Director of Special Programs, Grants & Testing Dollarway (Pine Bluff) School District Dornetta has a well rounded repertoire of experience in public school education. She has worked as a paraprofessional, school secretary, central office secretary, teacher, guidance counselor, ACSIP Committee Chair, District Parent/Homeless Coordinator, Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator, District Technology Coordinator and Middle School Principal. Dornetta is an accomplished grant writer and makes presentations to groups on Parental Involvement and Successful Grant Writing. She holds a BSE and MSE from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. “My vision for AASCD is that our network continues the commitment of supporting educational leadership, diversity, self reflection and the implementation of best strategies in the development of a rigorous curriculum, targeted assessments and accountability on all levels. I also envision AASCD broadening and expanding our organization’s relationship with ASCD International.”

Central Arkansas Board Position Janet G. Franks Special Education Teacher Lakeside School District

Kara Chrisman District Math Specialist Lamar School District

Janet is a National Board Certified Teacher achieving certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. Having taught in both primary and secondary settings, she currently teaches K-4 at Lakeside Public Schools in co-teaching classroom settings. She holds Bachelor and Master of Education degrees from Henderson State University. She is currently working on her doctorate in Teacher Leadership. She has been active at the local and state levels promoting excellence in teaching. Always looking for innovative ways to reach her students, Janet has achieved certification as one of three Master Trainers for the Audiblox program and as a Trainer for Tucker Hand Signs. She is a workshop presenter and has served as adjunct faculty for Henderson State University.

Kara is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education and a Master of Education in Curriculum Program Administration from Arkansas Tech University. Over the last 8 years, she has taught mathematics to students in grades 8 through 12. She is currently teaching Pre-Calculus and Advanced Placement Calculus. For the past 4 years Kara has served as Lamar School District’s mathematics specialist. She has also represented Arkansas ASCD on a national panel in Washington, D.C. where she provided testimony to the Commission on No Child Left Behind and educating the whole child from the rural educator’s perspective.

“My vision for AASCD is to continue advocating for excellence in the provision of instructional strategies that will have a positive impact on the progress of our students. Keeping the needs of our students first and educating the whole child are issues about which I am passionate. The development of learning communities where educators can dialogue and continue to grow is something I highly value.”

“My vision for AASCD is to be part of a team of educators who strive to ensure success for all learners through collaboration and providing opportunities for interaction between shareholders so our combined effect is greater than the sum of our individual efforts. I will listen, network, and be involved with shared decisionmaking to empower others and to make significant choices that will drive us to fulfill a common vision.”

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Arkansas ASCD New Directions

Northeast Arkansas Board Position Kim Wilbanks Superintendent Jonesboro School District

Harvey Howard Principal Batesville School District

Kim is In her second year as Superintendent for the Jonesboro School District. She previously served as kindergarten teacher, building administrator, curriculum director and Assistant Superintendent in the Nettleton School District. She holds a BSE and MSE from Arkansas State University, Ed.D. from University of Mississippi. Kim is currently serving on Commissioner James Superintendent's Advisory Board and has worked in all levels of curriculum from Preschool to High School.

Harvey began his teaching career in the North Little Rock School District as a teacher and coach. From North Little Rock. He then moved to Russellville where he served as the elementary physical education teacher at Oakland Heights Elementary School while coaching boys and girls sports at middle level, Jr. High, and High School grade levels. He later was employed as the principal at C. D. Franks Elementary School in Ashdown, and recently retired as a Sergeant Major from the U.S Army (Reserve) with 32 years of service.

“As for my vision for AASCD, Just as the vision of ASCD is to be the “worldwide leader in learning, teaching, and educational leadership,” Arkansas ASCD must take the leadership role in our state to ensure the highest levels of education for our children. As a board member, I believe we must take the lead in supporting strong curriculum standards and accountability while fostering continuous improvement of instruction.”

“My personal vision for AASCD is for the organization to be the igniter of the development of learning communities throughout the state. Communities are listening and inclusive of all voices. I see this as the key to opening the door and allowing our educational ‘system’ to enter the 21st century. Changing our educational ‘system’ is as critical as global environmental issues and global financial issues, if not more critical. Learning communities will start the dialogue.”

2009 Annual Business Meeting

Gunter's Good Read

AASCD to request Constitutional Amendment Change and Dues Increase During the annual business meeting on June 15, the AASCD Board of Directors will propose, to the membership, to change Section1I of the AASCD Constitution to read as follows: "The Board of Directors shall appoint a Secretary, Treasurer and Communication Coordinator at the Board Meeting preceding the annual meeting at which their term begins. Their appointments shall be ratified by the membership at the annual meeting.” This proposed change represents a change in the title of Newsletter Editor to Communication Coordinator which more appropriately represents the expanded role of this position. Additionally, at the January meeting members of the AASCD Board voted to propose an increase in the annual AASCD membership dues for membership approval. Membership approval of a $10 increase would increase dues from $40. to $50 annually. If approved the dues increase will become effective July 1, 2009.

As we continue our professional development as school leaders, we realize we are first and foremost, leaders of change. I always considered myself a student of change regardless of my role in serving the needs of children. My career has been influenced by the work of Michael Fullan. The New Meaning of Educational Change, (4th Edition, Teachers College, 2007) a classic of Fullan's, sets the foundation for understanding the many facets of change. If you haven't read this I would urge you to do so. Since the publication of The New Meaning of Educational Change, Michael Fullan has authored numerous books dealing with the issues of change and his work in schools throughout the world. Leading in a Culture of Change, (Jossey-Bass, 2001) also, written by Fullan provides us with a leadership framework to guide our work as leaders in making good things happen for kids. His latest book, The Six Secrets of Change (Jossey-Bass, 2008), may be the best yet. As I look at the future of both public and private organizations, these six secrets will unfold for leaders a new direction for the future. You will find how the theory of leadership can quickly be moved to the practice of leadership. Secure a copy of this book now to unveil the six secrets to help your district and schools survive and thrive!!

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Arkansas ASCD Curriculum Leader Scholarship Application

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Application Deadline Extended

The Arkansas ASCD Curriculum Leader Scholarship is designed to support and encourage the development of Arkansas’ leaders of curriculum for the 21st century. A scholarship of $1000 will be awarded by June 1st of each year to the selected candidate for use during that summer or the following school year. The Curriculum Leader Scholarship award may be used for tuition, attendance at curriculum or instructional facilitator professional development and/or purchase of technology which supports the purpose of the award. Applicants must meet the following guidelines:

 Be employed in education and/or related field.  Be pursuing an advanced degree in curriculum or,    

be pursuing a program of study as a Curriculum Leader or an Instructional Facilitator at an accredited higher education institution. Have a valid social security number. Be making satisfactory progress and complete course work each semester. Define a specific time frame for expected completion of the curriculum leader degree or Curriculum Leader or Instructional Facilitator program of study. Present at the Arkansas ASCD Summer Conference.

Please visit To submit the on-line Curriculum Leader Scholarship Award no later than June1st .

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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 that facilitate the development of visionary educational leaders. 3. AASCD will provide a broad-based system of communication that is effective and efficient. 4. AASCD will build a diverse, broad-based and involved membership reflective of the state. Dr. Frank Holman President

Dr. Mary B. Gunter Executive Director

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