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    A Worldwide Community
         of Educators

Who We Are
• Founded in 1943, the Association for Supervision and
  Curriculum Development (ASCD) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan
  membership organization that develops programs, products,
  and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and

• Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional
  educators from all levels and subject areas—superintendents,
  supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and
  school board members.

What We Do
• As our name reflects, ASCD was initially envisioned to
  represent curriculum and supervision issues.

• We now provide expert and innovative solutions in professional
  development, capacity building, and educational leadership.

ASCD as an Advocate
• Since its inception, ASCD has built on a core set of values and
  beliefs in support of the whole child.

• We believe student success depends on academic knowledge,
  physical and emotional health, engagement, and school and
  community support.

• We advocate for sound education policies and best
  practices to ensure that each child is healthy, safe,
  engaged, supported, and challenged.

Become an Educator Advocate Today
• It only takes a minute to become an effective voice for

• When you sign up to be an ASCD Educator Advocate,
  we provide you with the resources to make sure your advocacy
  time is minimal but your influence significant.

• Visit www.ascd.org/actioncenter to join ASCD Educator

ASCD’s 2008 Legislative Agenda
This year ASCD’s legislative agenda addresses the
following education policy priorities:

   1.   Multiple Indicators of Achievement
   2.   School Improvement and Services
   3.   Teachers and School Leaders
   4.   Innovative High School Redesign

Multiple Indicators of Achievement
• No Child Left Behind relies too heavily on single
  assessments administered once each year in select
  subjects. Such indicators for evaluating students are
  limited and do not provide a valid assessment of their

• ASCD calls on Congress to include multiple indicators of
  achievement—such as student grades, portfolios and
  exhibitions, and progress and growth—when determining
  adequate yearly progress for all students, as well as for
  entire schools and school districts.

School Improvement and Services
• Instead of giving schools the tools, resources, and
  funding necessary to address their students’ unique
  learning needs, the school improvement system under
  No Child Left Behind imposes sanctions that often fail to
  help schools meet their achievement goals.

• As soon as a school needs improvement, the full
  complement of improvement strategies must be made
  available, and schools should be given the flexibility to
  choose the strategies best suited to their unique needs.

Teachers and School Leaders
• The importance of high-quality educators cannot be
  overstated. To improve student achievement, school
  districts need effective teachers and school leaders.

• ASCD calls on Congress to provide support for merit and
  incentive pay programs, as well as increased resources
  and flexibility for comprehensive, high-quality professional
  development for educators.

Innovative High School Redesign
• ASCD supports high school redesign that includes
  a rich and rigorous curriculum, meaningful and relevant
  experiences, and relationships with caring adults who
  know students well.

• We call on Congress to support the efforts of states
  and local education agencies to improve educational
  outcomes by using research-based approaches that
  ensure high school graduates become productive
  citizens, prepared for economic success in a
  competitive global market.

Educating the Whole Child
• Since its inception, ASCD has built on a core set of values
  and beliefs in support of the whole child.

• We believe student success depends on academic
  knowledge, physical and emotional health, engagement,
  and school and community support.

• Visit ASCD's www.wholechildeducation.org for more

ASCD as an Expert Source
and Content Provider
• We are an award-winning publisher of books, periodicals,
  and a variety of online and multimedia products.

• ASCD’s professional development resources, programs,
  and conferences focus on specific issues, such as
  differentiated instruction, formative assessment, and health
  and learning, that show promise in improving student

• We provide educators with the tools they need to
  implement best practices at the district, school, and
  classroom levels.

ASCD Resources
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•   Web site: www.ascd.org
•   Action Center: www.ascd.org/actioncenter
•   Advocacy Guide: www.ascd.org/advocacyguide
•   ASCD Fact Sheet:
•   Communications Tool Kit: www.ascd.org/leapcommunicationskit
•   Legislative Agenda: www.ascd.org/legislativeagenda
•   Whole Child Initiative: www.wholechildeducation.org
•   Whole Child Community Conversations Project:
•   Whole Child Resolution Tool Kit: www.wholechildeducation


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