• Day 2 Begins with Reaching Out.....

    Posted by Thomas Tramaglini on 3/7/2010 5:00:00 PM

     Sunday's ASCD Annual Conference began with me attending a session on Reaching out to Latino Parents of English Language Learners...

    Presented by Rocio Delgado of Trinity University here in San Antonio.

    What I learned most was that we need to build parents into the culture of the schools - If you build parents into the school culture, the parents are more likely to be involved in your schools each day.  Clearly, as Dr. Delgado presented, when we see federal data, and see this cultural connection missing, especially as students get older, we tend to have lower student success.

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  • Don Tapscott hits a home run at general session...

    Posted by Thomas Tramaglini on 3/7/2010 5:00:00 PM

     At the general session, Don Tapscott, acclaimed best-selling author of technology and our society publications presented growing up digital: the net generation and the transformation of learning.  

    This session described the gaps between the net generation and where most of our - I fully encourage everyone to visit Don Tapscott's website http://dontapscott.com/and read his bio below.

    Don Tapscott, one of the world’s leading authorities on business strategy, is Chairman of nGenera Insight. He was founder and chairman of the international think tank New Paradigm before its acquisition by nGenera.

    Don is an internationally sought writer, consultant and speaker on business strategy and organizational transformation. He has given more than 400 keynotes speeches and presentations over the past five years. His clients include top executives of many of the world’s largest corporations and government leaders from many countries. The Washington Technology Report called him one of the most influential media authorities since Marshall McLuhan.

    Don is the author of thirteen widely read books about information technology in business and society, most recently Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World (October 2008). The book is the sequel to Growing Up Digital (1998), which established him as one of the leading thinkers about the Net Generation. Immediately prior to this, Don wrote, with co-author Anthony D. Williams, Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (2006). Wikinomics was an international bestseller, #1 on the 2007 management book charts, and on The New York Times and BusinessWeek bestseller lists. Translated into 20 languages, Wikinomics was a finalist for the prestigious Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Best Business Book Award and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by a number of publications, including The Economist.

    Don’s other well-known books include: Paradigm Shift: The New Promise of Information Technology (1992); The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence (1995); Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs (2000); and The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business (2003).

    Don is a frequent writer for the Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Business 2.0, The Financial Times, USA Today, and Business Week, and has been interviewed and quoted widely in the broadcast media including CNN, NBC, CBS, NPR, and the BBC.

    Don is Adjunct Professor of Management, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and Statistics, an M.Ed. specializing in Research Methodology, and two Doctor of Laws (Hon) granted from the University of Alberta in 2001 and from Trent University in 2006. He is involved extensively in the transformation of education, working with many universities, school boards and Educational Secretaries and Ministers around the world. He is also working with government leaders around the world to reinvent government for the digital era and strengthen democratic institutions. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

    Deeply committed to the issue of mental health, Mr. Tapscott is a former member of the Board of Trustees at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and was Chair of the Centered on Hope Campaign for the Center for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation. He is a founding member and a member of the committee of Advisers of the Business & Economic Roundtable on Addiction & Mental Health. He and his wife, Ana P. Lopes, are the benefactors of the Tapscott Chair in Schizophrenia Studies at the University of Toronto. He was Chair of the 1999-2001 Trent University Beyond Our Walls Capital Fundraising Campaign.

    Downloadable pdf of Don Tapscott’s biography.

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  • EL and OYEA forum blog

    Posted by Thomas Tramaglini on 3/7/2010 5:00:00 PM

     At the Annual Emerging Leader and Outstanding Young Educator Award Winner forum, outstanding colleagues from around the nation shared how each of us are making an impact on children via ASCD.  For instance, both Brian Peterson from New Mexico ASCD and Dr. Tony Frontier from Wisconsin ASCD (Affiliate Exellence Award Winner 2010) discussed their roles as their affiliate's President-Elect.  Tom Tramaglini, NJASCD President-Elect also described the successes of NJASCD and his vision of the next two years as NJASCD President.

    Finally, Mark Cohen, 2009 Outstanding Award Winner, presented his secret for success as a Principal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Germantown, MD.  I encourage you to read his ASCD featured blog (ascd.org) as Mark is truly a gifted leader that we can all learn from.  Most significantly, Mark shared how he took a failing middle school to excellence by building a culture of belief and success.

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  • NJASCD Executive Director presents....

    Posted by Thomas Tramaglini on 3/6/2010 4:00:00 PM

    NJASCD Executive Director is presenting a Plan for Implementing a 21st Century Educational Plan...  

    Her presentation is attached: Adair ASCD 3.6.2010

    For more resources: please visit:


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  • ASCD Whole Child Center Open

    Posted by Thomas Tramaglini on 3/6/2010 2:00:00 PM

     During my visit to the Whole Child Central area, I was able to visit with Whole Child experts and take action on supporting the Whole Child initiative.

    For those NJASCDers at the conference, below is some information which I found at ASCD on the area here at the conference center in San Antonio

    -Thomas Tramaglini, NJASCD President-Elect 2009-2010, President 2010-2012

    Vision in Action at Whole Child Central

    Laura Varlas

    Conference Daily Quick Links


    This year, we're taking whole child advocacy to the next level and creating a designated area with resources, workshops, and space to collaborate with like-minded leaders working to ensure that each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

    You'll want to stop by Whole Child Central—located in the West Registration area adjacent to the hall for general sessions—between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, for these exciting events. Whole Child Central is sponsored by CTB/McGraw-Hill.

    Saturday, March 6

    • 9:00 a.m.—Join Bruce Taylor and Sandra Bernhard from the Washington National Opera and the Houston Grand Opera to discuss how the arts play a critical role in a whole child approach to education.
    • 9:45 a.m.—Fran Meyer of the National Dance Association continues the conversation on how vital the arts are in the education of the whole child.
    • 12:00 p.m.—Meet with Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone, after his general session.
    • 12:30 pm.—Denise Wolk and Carol Liber from Educators for Social Responsibility.
    • 2:00 p.m.—Whole Child Action Hour with petition signing and advocacy action with David Griffith, ASCD Director of Public Policy, and New York ASCD
    • 3:30 p.m.—Jacqueline Newton from Iroquois Ridge High School.
    • 4:00 p.m.—Stephanie Nixon and Jamie Buffington from T. C. Howe Community High School.
    • 4:30 p.m.—Ted McConnell from Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools.

    Sunday, March 7

    • 9:00 a.m.—Sam Chaltain from Forum for Education and Democracy.
    • 9:30 a.m.—Bridget Fortner from CTB
    • 11:30 a.m.—Eric Schaps and Ginger Cook from Developmental Studies Center.
    • 12:30 p.m.—Join us for a conference proposal writing workshop, and get a head start on your whole child proposal for next year's conference.
    • 1:00 p.m.—Peter Yarrow from Operation Respect will be signing his book.
    • 1:30 p.m.—Participate in the live recording of the Whole Child Podcast, featuring the winning school of Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award.
    • 3:15 p.m.—Sarah Krongard from Massachusetts ASCD
    • 3:45 p.m.—Sarah Pearson from Coalition for Community Schools.

    Visit Whole Child Central any time to sign the Whole Child Petition, pick up free resources, explore www.wholechildeducation.org, tape video testimonials, and meet with other attendees. Best of all, you'll find a comfortable space to network with conference attendees from across the world who share your commitment to children and transforming the global conversation about education.

    From building awareness to planning for engagement to taking action to improve your school and community, Whole Child Central is your creative space for moving vision to action.

    Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award

    ASCD will also be introducing Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award, another first at this year's conference. The new award, designed to recognize schools that have implemented a successful whole child framework, will be presented on Sunday, March 7, at ASCD's Leadership Appreciation Luncheon. The winning school will be a featured guest on the live taping of the podcast in Whole Child Central.

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  • Michael Fullan Presents....

    Posted by Thomas Tramaglini on 3/6/2010 2:00:00 PM

     Dr. Michael Fullan of the University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada) presented motion leadership.  Dr. Fullan described different components of motion leadership and his six secrets of leadership.  

    The outline for the presentation focused on the following themes:

    • Ready-Fire-Aim
    • Instructional Core
    • Love, Trust and Resistance

    One of the points of the presentation Dr. Fullan provided further details onhis website -

    Motion Leadership (Fullan, 2010) - The Skinny


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  • ASCD Opening Session...A hit...

    Posted by Thomas Tramaglini on 3/6/2010 1:00:00 PM

     At the general session of ASCD San Antonio 2010, members of NJASCD and other ASCDers from around the world were part of an outstanding session.

    First, ASCD Executive Director, Dr. Gene Carter announced the 2010 Outstanding Young Educator Awards winners - Information can be found at the bottom of this blog on each of the award winners. Each winner gave inspirational speeches which seemed to fire everyone up at the conference.

    Second, Geoffrey Canada provided a captivating keynote address at the general session.  At the session, Canada offered a vision of helping all kids regardless of the complex society that we all live in. 

    During the general session, ASCD President Linda Mariotti discussed how the session was being streamed live on the internet and seen around the world.

    Information on OYEAs 2010

    ASCD Selects Principal from Newport News, Va., and Assistant Principal from Prince George's County, Md., as the 2010 Outstanding Young Educators

    San Antonio, TX (03/06/10)—Brian Nichols, principal of Hidenwood Elementary School in Newport News, Va., and Michael Powell, assistant principal at Patuxent Elementary School in Prince George's County Public Schools, Md., are the winners of ASCD's 2010 Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA). ASCD honored Nichols and Powell today at its Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in San Antonio, Tex.

    "Brian and Michael have very different leadership styles and strengths, but they share a common goal," said ASCD Executive Director Gene R. Carter at the awards ceremony. "They both strive to not only provide their students with top-notch academic programs, but also prepare them to become caring, successful, active citizens who contribute to their communities."

    Nichols has a history of turning around low-performing schools through a mix of strategic use of data, collaborative leadership, and innovative education practices. "Hidenwood has progressed from a school on a federal watch list to a school that everyone wants to watch because it's exceeded AYP benchmarks for two consecutive years and embraced 21st century learning technologies," says Nichols.

    Nichols has used technology to improve instruction and effectively communicate with his school's various stakeholders. He and his staff have created a virtual data wall that teachers can access at all times to track individual student progress across an array of indicators, from formative and summative benchmark assessment results to student participation in afterschool activities and leadership groups. The wall drives regular data-focused and collaborative conversations, during which teams develop individualized instruction and support plans for students who aren't meeting benchmarks. Meanwhile, the school's Technology Academy merges project-based learning with technology integration to help students become problem solvers and global citizens. Nichols also maintains a Hidenwood Twitter feed and produces video updates to keep parents and community members engaged and informed.

    Nichols's approach as a professional development leader at his school models what he expects of his teachers. His staff members never receive the exact same professional development. Instead, they participate in differentiated professional development opportunities that take into account their current knowledge and skill levels and are tailored to meet student needs. Nichols also empowers his educators to become professional development leaders themselves by conducting observations and walkthroughs of each other’s classrooms and sharing their strengths.

    Meanwhile, Powell’s trademark is implementing project-based learning opportunities that help to both increase student achievement and build character. When faced with the challenge of improving his school's math and science scores, for example, he created No Child Left Inside—a program designed to engage students and the broader community in transforming Patuxent into a green school. Through hands-on learning that included testing the pH level of the local stream, creating habitats for local animal species, and maintaining a history trail, students bolstered their science and math skills while contributing to a cleaner and greener community.

    Powell describes himself as "both a tireless advocate for children and a community organizer," and his work at Patuxent Elementary School, particularly his efforts related to increasing parent involvement, demonstrates the actions Powell puts behind those words. Powell involves parents in the Young People Improvement Conference, which he created to help students in grades 3 through 6 develop critical life skills. Meanwhile, Powell’s Men in Action with a Purpose program teaches fathers how to support their children's learning. Powell has trained the fathers in implementing reading strategies, using student portfolios at home to support academic success, and understanding differentiated instruction and data-based instruction.

    Powell is committed to providing students with opportunities to voice their opinions, develop leadership skills, and plan for their futures. He brings his students and their families on visits to Georgetown and Howard Universities, where they learn about college life and begin at an early age to view postsecondary education as an essential part of their futures.

    ASCD, an international educational leadership association, created the OYEA Program in 2002 to recognize creative and committed teachers and administrators under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the lives of children. A panel of diverse education professionals selected Nichols and Powell as the 2010 OYEA winners from a large pool of candidates nominated by educators across the globe. They will each receive a $10,000 cash award and an ASCD Institutional Membership for their schools.

    ASCD's OYEA Program provides winners and a cadre of honorees with opportunities for leadership skill building, professional development, and networking and sharing of best practices with one another and the ASCD community. GlobalScholar, an ASCD Premier Sponsor, is a supporter of the OYEA program.

    The 2010 OYEA honorees are John C. Canter, English and journalism instructor, Pope High School, Cobb County School District, Marietta, Ga.; Kurtis Hewson, principal, West Meadow Elementary School, Livingstone Range School Division No. 68, Claresholm, Alberta, Canada; and Yim Tam, history and social studies teacher, Franklin High School, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, Calif.

    Nominations are currently being accepted for next year's award. To nominate someone or learn more about the OYEA Program, visit www.ascd.org/oyea. Contact ASCD to schedule an interview with or obtain a photograph of the OYEA winner.

    Contact Information:  

    • Barbara Michelman, communications director, 1-703-575-5764 or by e-mail


    Founded in 1943, ASCD is a nonprofit educational leadership association that develops programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead. We provide expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership. ASCD's membership comprises more than 170,000 principals, teachers, superintendents, professors of education, and other educators from 136 countries. Our association also has nearly 60 affiliates throughout the world.

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  • Yong Zhao Presents Catching up or Leading the Way

    Posted by Thomas Tramaglini on 3/6/2010 9:05:00 AM

     This morning, members of NJASCD are attending Yong Zhao's session on Catching Up or Leading the Way.  Zhao is discussing the direction of education in the United States, the implications of the current accountability era with programs such as Race to the Top and the No Child Left Behind Act.

    For more information about Dr. Zhao's book or his research, click on the links below.



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  • NJASCD having a presence at ASCD Annual Conference

    Posted by Thomas Tramaglini on 3/5/2010 2:00:00 PM
    Several members of the NJASCD Executive Board including Executive Director Marie Adair, Kean University Liaison Dr. Bob Weiner, President-Elect Tom Tramaglini, and Past President Dr. Mariann Helfant are in attendance at today's Leadership Council meeting.

    At the session, our Leadership Council representatives have interacted with colleagues from around the world on topics such as national standards, what the world of education will be like in 2020 http://www.kwfdn.org/future_of_learning/and have received an update from ASCD legislative leadership on the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.
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  • ASCD Position Development

    Posted by Thomas Tramaglini on 3/5/2010 2:00:00 PM

     Marie Adair, Executive Director of New Jersey ASCD presented with national colleagues ASCD's position on National Standards.  The presentation was given Friday afternoon to the Leadership Council who discussed and adopted the design of the position statement.  Marie chairs several committees for ASCD, and serves many important roles as a leader in ASCD.

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