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August 20, 2014, 4:24 pm

Education association plans Philly conference

With all the turmoil surrounding the state of public education, organizers of the upcoming conference by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development couldn’t have chosen a better time to hold its conference here.

The ASCD’s 67th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show runs from Saturday, March 24, through Monday, March 26, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and will include a series of discussions and workshops — virtual and in-person — led by many of the nation’s top education experts.

The conference will include more than 80 exhibitors displaying the newest educational models, and those attending will have the opportunity to also partake in any number of the more than 20 virtual sessions helmed by educators Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Charlotte Danielson, Robyn Jackson and Doug Reeves.

Jacobs is an educational author who serves as executive director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute, and is also the president of Curriculum Designers, Inc.; Danielson, also an educational author, formed The Danielson Group, a pro-education organization that promotes new educational methods.

Reed Timmer, Discovery Channel’s Chief Meteorologist and star of its “Storm Chasers” series will be one of the featured speakers, along with Dr. Atul Gawande, associate professor of Harvard University’s Department of Health Policy and Management.

ASCD has a tiered fee system for both members and non-members attending the conference, with prices ranging from $447 for members to attend the conference with a one-day pass for the pre-conference institute, to $763 for non-members attending the conference and the full three-day pre-conference institute.

ASCD is also offering several discounts and “special registration classes.” It is also offering free one-day passes to educators wishing to sample the offerings; ASCD also has a program where hopeful attendees who are short on funds can petition the ASCD for free admittance.

Information on the conference, its fees and other financial considerations can be found on its site,

“ASCD is more committed than ever to finding new and creative ways to deliver the professional development educators and the students they serve deserve,” said Debbie Brown, ASCD’s director of professional development, conferences and institutes. “With the annual conference and exhibit show one-day pass, educators can drop in for the day and network with their colleagues and peers while they participate in one of education’s premier professional development events.

“Then, when they return home, they can rejoin the conference virtually and continue their learning.”

The Alexandria, Virginia-based ASCD formed in 1943, and has more than 150,000 members in 145 countries. It also has state-based subordinate organizations, such as the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum development — which is working on its own annual convention occurring in November in Hershey, Pa.

“At this time, we’re thrilled to be in Philadelphia for education’s biggest professional development event of the year,” said Ed Milliken, ASCD’s interim Chief of Professional Development. “We know that educators need ongoing, professional development to help them continue to meet the many needs of today’s challenging education environment.

“The 67th ASCD annual conference and exhibit show provides educators from all levels and at all stages of their careers a weekend of intense professional development from the world’s leading education experts,” Milliken continued. “We encourage all educators in the Philadelphia area to attend this event.”