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ASCD Conference is a Great Choice!

Add ASCD to your education conference hit list.
(Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

Ascd2 I attended the ASCD Conference  in San Antonio for the first time. I wasn't sure what toCrowds1 expect. Although, I know that whenever in Texas, I've been overwhelmed with the politeness and courtesy everywhere. The ASCD conference staff went out of its way to make me feel at home, and I'm certain the ASCD Conference attendees felt that welcoming warmth, too.

Educators and administrators attended from everywhere. My flight to San Antonio carried educators from Vermont. I may have talked and asked too many questions of a special education teacher seated next to me, but I wanted to find out why she was traveling to ASCD.  It wasn't for technology alone, but rather a combination of things, such as learning more about assessment, new curriculum ideas, as well as professional development solutions.

ASCD was founded in 1943 and this was their 65th annual conference! Evidently, they're doing something right, and their Learn. Teach. Lead slogan makes education sense. This conference had 50 technology sessions from how to integrate technology into3ascd the arts to using iPods for global learning. Beyond that, the three-day conference had 500 sessions, including ELL, brain-based Ascdoutsideeducation, assessment, mentoring, professional development, education advocacy, and worldwide education presentations. I peaked into a few pre-conference sessions, and even caught Robert Marzano speaking to a packed roomand the conference hadn't started yet.

ASCD's exhibit floor made my day as an old chalk pusher and education product follower. Many times the software side of technology takes a backseat to all the gadgetry and tech hardware, but online and software solutions, including those with print materials, as well as REAL books had a bigger spotlight at ASCD. The aisles were packed.

My ASCD booth video interviews will be posted at http://www.scholastic.com/administrator/.



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