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A Worldwide Community
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
• 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
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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