The 2012 ASCD Annual Conference: A Collective Call to Action will help educators find solutions to the questions of personalization, engagement and advocacy.

A Collective Call To Action

Educators are increasingly called upon to personalize their approaches, engage with students, and advocate for their schools, students and fellow educators.

This year’s conference, A Collective Call to Action — to be held from March 24 to 26 in Philadelphia — brings together educators from around the world to share ideas, learn new techniques and build a support network with colleagues.

General conference sessions include Discovery Education’s chief meteorologist, Reed Timmer, star of Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers,” who will draw links between science education and application-oriented science curriculum and the work of scientists.

Meanwhile, professor and best-selling author Atul Gawande of Harvard Medical School will offer a systemic approach to setting goals for your school and your life.

With more students going online in the classroom, professor Justin Patchin of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will lead a special feature session to discuss the importance of cyber citizenship. He will highlight resources that are available to teachers, including the Pause Before You Post Campaign.

As you attend these and others of the more than 500 sessions offered over the conference’s three days, you will come away with increased knowledge and valuable connections to fellow educators who have similar ambitions to better their schools, their communities and themselves.

Besides sessions, there will be more than 270 exhibits — including more than 80 from new exhibitors — displaying the latest products and services for educators.

Go to for more information to help prepare you for the conference and a glimpse into how the conference topics relate to the latest news in education.

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