ASCD, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, has a lot to offer teachers as well as administrators. The organization was founded in 1943 and has continually provided high quality professional development, current research and issues, along with a commitment to improve education, one child at a time.
How does this play out for special needs kids? ASCD supports a positive approach to neurodiversity, which means celebrating learning differences and improving students’ ability to understand their unique strengths. This also means less emphasis upon labeling/pathology, less test-driven assessment, and more technological support for struggling students. With state and federal monies dependent upon labels, is this possible? Certainly! Most elementary students are oblivious to the behind-the-scenes labeling process. As they mature, students can participate in that process with a secure awareness that there is no average learner.
Check out the membership options for ASCD. You’ll be glad you did!