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  • 28 Aug 2017 12:28 PM | Lewis (Administrator)

    August 29: Please Join ASCD and its Title II coalition partners for a National Day of Action in Support of Title II Funding!

    We need every voice!

    Join us on August 29 for a National Day of Action to advocate for full funding for Title II in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Nearly every district receives Title II funding to support the recruitment, preparation, development and retention of excellent teachers and leaders, but the funding for Title II is in danger of being eliminated. The elimination-or significant reduction- of Title II funding would have significant and negative impacts on teachers, school leaders, principals, and the students they serve.
    Three Simple Ways to Advocate for Title II Funding on August 29

    1. Sign up for our Thunderclap

    A Thunderclap is a social media tool to amplify a message. To participate in our Thunderclap, go to http://thndr.me/lMppSy<http://sendgrid.thunderclap.it/wf/click?upn=YDBP6RK3mvJEJxxpkIniqIgXJdiItQ-2BXuua7nscy87k-3D_cNCEmz06J3tf6xqEweWdaqKN3Qw0LSp7EbcWjfHo4NX1MvjwUknqcg1QWN62-2B7AmNwTwZMnZIwXuUBARCJokZTzqRG9-2Fz5LjXahjVuJrC74Ov8rbvgIlluOD0wVEVNqb0Pl2tJsGmbTXzHYRaRTHtzeYyC4NvKOE8UYhY3xtKkuiPUjfWKwq87rSWaj5j1tAp1Xg36sP1ntMcfiYeiY-2BN7uxuUzILk1WZhA60cBein4-3D> and use your Twitter or Facebook account to sign up. On August 29th at exactly 10am ET, the tool will post an identical message in support of Title II funding to all of the supporters' accounts, amplifying our message to all of their followers and friends.

    2. Send a prewritten letter to Congress

    Use our easy advocacy tool to send this pre-written letter<http://p2a.co/AJXrvB3> to Congress about the importance of Title II, Part A of ESSA, which is critical to providing professional development for school leaders.

    3. Tweet using #TitleIIA @[Senators and Reps]

    Here are some sample tweets you can use:

    * #TitleIIA is critical for school leaders and principals to do their jobs effectively, cuts threaten this ability
    * Millions of school leaders depend on #TitleIIA to improve schools and instruction in the classroom
    * #ESSA allows states to use 3% of #TitleIIA funds for PD for principals, cutting decreases the chances to seize this opportunity
    * The quality of teaching and leadership in schools are the two most significant in-school factors tied to student achievement. #TitleIIA
    * #TitleIIA supports increased student academic achievement by promoting strategies that will positively affect educator effectiveness.
    * Educators and students deserve schools led by great principals. Tell Congress to maintain school leadership funding through #TitleIIA
    * Students and teachers need great principals to thrive-Tell Congress: Don't cut school leadership funding! #TitleIIA
    * Without great principals, we won't have great schools. Tell Congress to maintain school leadership funding! #TitleIIA
    * Educators: Join us in telling Congress not to cut school leadership funding! #TitleIIA

    We hope you can join us and educators from around the country on August 29th to support professional development and Title II funding. Check out all of the Title II information and resources at www.ascd.org/TitleII<http://www.ascd.org/TitleII> to get involved in the National Day of Action and to support PD.

    David Griffith * Senior Director of Government Relations

    1703 N. Beauregard Street * Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
    P (703) 575-5621 * M (571) 245-9677 * F (703) 575-5486 * www.ascd.org<http://www.ascd.org/>

  • 24 Aug 2017 12:22 PM | Lewis (Administrator)

    ASCD Stands Against Racism and Racial Segregation


    Over the past week, my heart was broken as we were reminded once again that hate and racism still infect many of our fellow citizens, in far too many places. For nearly 75 years, ASCD has taken a stand against racism and racial segregation, spoken out against acts of censorship, and defended human and civil rights. As educators, parents, and protectors of children, we must condemn the acts of hate and violence that occurred last week in Charlottesville, Va., and call on all leaders and educators to take a stand against white supremacy and intolerance.

    At the core of ASCD's mission is a strong commitment to ensure that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Hate has no place in America's communities and schools, and, as educators, we have a responsibility to help instill civility and empathy in the next generation of citizens, both in the United States and around the world.

    This week ASCD has reflected on last weekend's events and has listened to the needs of educators who work with students every day. As you head back to your classrooms now and in the coming weeks, we want to support you as you prepare to facilitate potentially tough discussions about the state of our country and current events involving race and hate. For decades, our authors and contributors to Educational Leadership magazine have often addressed tough topics like racism, so we have compiled a list of resources http://inservice.ascd.org/resources-for-addressing-racism-and-hatred-in-the-classroom/ that can serve as a starting point for your in-school discussions. More resources can be found on Twitter and other social media using the hashtag #CharlottesvilleCurriculum https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CharlottesvilleCurriculum&src=tyah.

    Click and share Resources for Addressing Racism and Hatred in the Classroom http://inservice.ascd.org/resources-for-addressing-racism-and-hatred-in-the-classroom/

    Thank you for being an ASCD community member, and thank you for the hard work you do every day to provide a high-quality education to all students as well as forge a more hopeful future for them.


    Deb Delisle 
    ASCD Executive Director and CEO

  • 30 Jun 2017 12:00 PM | Lewis (Administrator)

    June 30-July 2, 2017

    The 2017 Conference on Teaching Excellence (CTE) at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver

    The Future of Teaching Begins Here

    RegisterJoin us in Denver, Colorado for hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves professional learning for innovative, creative, and dedicated educators, like you! 

    The ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence is designed with your specific needs in mind—because supporting the whole child takes teachers who are unstoppable.



    Conference Registration Information

    Registration Fees

    There is no early-bird pricing for the Conference on Teaching Excellence.

    • ASCD Members: $463.00
    • Nonmembers: $529.00
    • On-Site Rates: Register on-site in Denver for an additional $30.00 fee beginning June 29, 2017.
    • Student Rates: A student rate of $171.00 is available for qualified attendees. Please contact the ASCD Service Center at 1-800-933-2723 for more information.
    • Separate Events: Registration for the conference does not include registration to the pre-conference institutes on June 29, or the keynote luncheons on Friday, June 30 or Saturday, July 1, for which additional fees and registration apply. The Keynote Luncheons are $89.00 per registration.
    • Registration Form: All five registration forms must be mailed together. (For pre-conference institutes, registrations must include materials fees, if applicable.)
    • More Information: Review registration information, terms, and conditions.

    Register as a Team and Save!

    Register four people and the fifth registration is FREE!

    Every fifth person who registers from your school or district may attend the 2017 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence, pre-conference institutes, or both at no cost.

    All team members must register at the same time and for the same events at the conference, pre-conference institutes, or both. All five registration forms must be mailed together. (For pre-conference institutes, registrations must include materials fees, if applicable.)

    Download the registration form (PDF)

    Would You Like to Volunteer?

    All pre-conference and conference sessions require a volunteer. Attendees who volunteer will receive a $10 ASCD gift certificate for every session hosted ($25 gift certificate for a pre-conference institute). You must be a registered attendee to volunteer. Read more about volunteer responsibilities and how to sign up.

  • 2 Jun 2017 1:30 PM | Lewis (Administrator)

    June 2, 2017

    Colorado ASCD is sponsoring a Whole Child Art Contest!


    — NO ENTRY FEE! —

    Please note: *Entries shall become the property of Colorado ASCD.


    Students PreK-12 are invited to submit original artwork to be displayed at the ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence, June 29 – July 1, 2017 in Denver.

    All art will be eligible for judging in a “People’s Choice” award at the gala opening event on June 29. Attendees will be asked to vote for the art that best illustrates each tenet of the Whole Child. 

    There will be a finalist selected for art depicting each of the Whole Child Tenets that receives the most votes:

    Healthy Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.

    Safe Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.

    Engaged Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.

    Supported Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.

    Challenged Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment.


    Any artwork that depicts copyrighted images will be rejected.

    For example, no artworks depicting characters from television shows, movies, video games, or books will be accepted. All artworks must be original ideas and created entirely by the student.

    TO SUBMIT, Mail To:
    Nancy White, COASCD Board of Directors
    1827 Snowflake Dr.

    Colorado Springs, CO 80921

    *Please attach a business-sized card that includes student’s name, contact information, teacher, school and district.

    Questions? Email Nancy White at NancyW1354@gmail.com



  • 1 Jun 2017 7:37 PM | Lewis (Administrator)

    June 1, 2017

    Colorado Teacher of the Year Application Deadline

    Colorado Teacher of the Year Application

    The application for the 2018 Colorado Teacher of the Year is available at the link below. Application materials are due on Thursday, June 1, 2017.


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