Introducing the ASCD Activate Professional Learning Network
For nearly 75 years, ASCD has been dedicated to helping educators expand and enhance their repertoire in learning, teaching, and leading.At every step of the education career ladder, ASCD is committed to providing equitable access to professional learning that ensures the success of every child.
As part of that continuing commitment, I am excited to announce the ASCD Activate Professional Learning Network, a newly designed platform that combines ASCD’s award-winning and evidence-based resources, products, and services into a comprehensive package. ASCD Activate provides the flexibility schools and districts need to support and enhance their teams’ professional learning at an incredible value. ASCD Activate stemmed from a need to address dwindling professional learning funds available to schools and districts as well as a diminishing potential to fund memberships by schools and districts.
Changing Professional Learning
ASCD Activate has the potential to change the game in professional learning. Starting as an annual subscription for a robust bundle of ASCD digital products, ASCD Activate will evolve into an online collaborative community of educators committed to growing their practice. The future of ASCD Activate will help schools reimagine how educators connect and learn. Examples include using the network to
- Explore factors for building a positive school culture and leading professional learning while examining research-based principles for improving student learning, school productivity, and district performance.
- Analyze current challenges such as embracing and celebrating diversity globally and within classrooms.
Through ASCD Activate, ASCD is reimagining professional learning and providing the means—our incredible products—to differentiate professional learning opportunities based on each educator’s needs. As educators continue to demand highly effective resources to expand their knowledge with increasingly limited time to do so, ASCD Activate will help them meet that demand. Additionally, ASCD Activate responds to educators’ desire to engage in professional learning anytime, anywhere, and, most especially, in a job-embedded manner.
Fueled by Research-Backed Resources
ASCD Activate is powered by ASCD’s award-winning resources. It provides teams with access to a full year of materials that are:
- Evidence- and research-based, developed by educators for educators.
- Digital, for anytime access for group or individual learning.
- Time saving, designed to fit into busy educators’
- ASCD Activate also helps educators connect and interact with colleagues and peers on ASCD EDge® by reading or publishing blog posts, commenting on all community and ASCD website content, and starting their own groups.
For more information about ASCD Activate, including a detailed list of available resources, visit www.ascd.org/activate.