Almost Famous at ASCD
Accomplished California Teachers is all about teacher leadership, and I’m please to say that we are present and accounted for here at the ASCD 2011 Annual Conference.
And hat’s off to the folks at ASCD for allowing bloggers to have “press” passes – access to all the sessions, and a nice, quiet place to sit and write (with the laptop plugged in).
So what have we ACT members been up to?
Jason Buell and Alice Mercer are both ACT members and bloggers, seen here in the press room getting ready for press/blogging action on the first day of the conference. Jason has been writing some great posts on specific sessions, and his perspective means it’s not just a report of what happened, but it’s got the “value-added” from his classroom expertise.
Dave Orphal and Alice Mercer interviewed Luis Torres a little later in the day (at left). Torres, the principal of PS 55 in the Bronx, NY, was one of the this year’s winners of an ASCD Outstanding Young Educator award.
Taking it to the next level, Alice Mercer has been webcasting from the conference. Earlier this morning she grabbed another ACT member and blogger, Larry Ferlazzo, and interviewed him at the Eye on Education booth where folks are taking an interest in Larry’s new book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves. I walked up to see how it was going and found myself taking part in the conversation as well.
I also enjoyed meeting ACT member and blogger Darlene Pope. We’ve been in contact for a while, and Darlene has been one of three ACT members engaged in an ongoing education policy roundtable in Southern California, convened by State Senator Carol Liu. Darlene and I were lamenting the relatively poor showing at ASCD by California educators and presenters. Not the first time I’ve had this feeling at a national conference. Is it a sign of east coast bias in our organizations, or a symptom of California’s failure to encourage professional development? Darlene might be blogging about that topic later – stay tuned. But in the meantime, I’m pleased to say that Accomplished California Teachers is representing at ASCD.