We’re always looking for new ways to insert ASCD voices into our conversations on Inservice. With this in mind, we’ve developed a question-and-answer session for ASCD members. Our members come from all walks of life, and we’re happy to share a part of their story. To learn more about ASCD and how you can become a member visit our website.
1) Complete this sentence: “Because of ASCD . . .”
I have developed professional skills that I may not have had the opportunity to develop otherwise. ASCD has also helped me to network with educational leaders and teachers across the country and the world. I served on a panel with a fellow emerging leader from Argentina and presented at the ASCD Annual Conference with a connection from Florida that developed through ASCD leadership events. I wrote articles for ASCD publications that are distributed and read internationally. I have developed friendships with educators from California after meeting at the 2013 Annual Conference. I have been a guest on a podcast about the principalship today because of ASCD. I am no longer only a pupil and leader of the teachers in my school; I am now a collaborator of excellent educational leaders across the globe. My “backyard” got a whole lot bigger because of ASCD.
When I nominated Washington Montessori in Greensboro, North Carolina, for ASCD’s Vision in Action Award this year, I thought, “It’s worth a shot, for the amazing things they do every day.” When the school won and accepted the award in front of an audience large enough to rival a presidential induction, I was so proud and moved. Sharon Jacobs’ speech was moving, inspiring, and so uplifting. I sat in awe of the energy, joy, and inspiration in the room. My favorite ASCD moment had nothing to do with me and everything to do with excellent and inspiring educators.
3) What is your favorite ASCD resource/publication/solution/event and why?
One of my favorite ASCD events is the L2L (Leader to Leader) Conference. It provides an intimate setting in which ASCD leaders can come together, share great ideas, and truly network. Another favorite is the ASCD Annual Conference—there is so much to take in that it’s empowering. My favorite ASCD publications are Educational Leadership and Education Update. They both have current, easy-to-digest ideas and information that I can turn around and use with staff the next day.
4) Why are you an ASCD member?
I am an ASCD member because ASCD is the international powerhouse of educational leadership. Whereas other organizations only focus on the research or only focus on lessons and quick ideas, ASCD truly juxtaposes research and practice. Whether it’s professional development, publications, or networking via social media, ASCD is the commander of synergizing what we do and why we do it.
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