Klea Scharberg

Bold Actions for Complex Challenges

More than a decade into the 21st century, we continue to face education challenges from the last century. To move forward, we must develop knowledgeable learners equipped with the necessary academic, technological, social, and economic skills to compete in the global community. This weekend, the ASCD 2011 Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif., will engage participants in dynamic, diverse dialogues that lead to bold actions to address the challenges of learning, teaching, and leading.

With nearly 500 sessions to choose from, we organized conference sessions around specific strands that highlight important areas in education. Each of the sessions relates to one of the following three strands:

  • Dynamic Challenges: Educational challenges are growing and changing in both speed and complexity. Learning, teaching, and leading are affected at every educational level as educators seek feasible, adaptable, and sustainable solutions that also address the whole child.
  • Powerful Conversations: Learners and leaders participate in and organize ongoing and diverse conversations about education challenges, seeking solutions to move our systems forward.
  • Bold Actions: Successful educators are open to change and swift to adapt. Bold, significant actions challenge the status quo of learning, teaching, and leading.

Various sessions within each strand will be geared toward educators with different job roles—teachers, administrators, or university professors. Sessions in each strand will also focus on different age levels, from preK to adult education.

Whole Child Central

If you're attending the conference, visit Whole Child Central (in the Moscone Center, Exhibit Level, Exhibit Hall, Booth 623) to learn how to develop and support your school's and community's approach to educating the whole child. There are several opportunities and events for you to learn more about a whole child approach to education and ASCD's Whole Child Initiative.

Join us for an intimate discussion with a General Session speaker

Join us for intimate discussions with other noted speakers

Participate in the Whole Child Podcast live recording

Join us Saturday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., PT, for the recording (session 1335), featuring Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews and staff and students from Quest Early College High School, winner of the 2011 Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award. They'll be discussing strategies for graduating students ready for college, careers, and citizenship.

Attend sessions

  • "A Healthy Paradigm Shift for Education," with ASCD Healthy School Communities Director Sean Slade (session 1259—Saturday, 1:30–3:00 p.m., PT)
  • "Whole Child, Whole Community: Reaching All Takes All," with South Kitsap (Wash.) School District Superintendent David LaRose (Session 2257—Sunday, 1:15–2:45 p.m., PT)
  • "Getting Everyone on Board to Educate the Whole Child," with ASCD Whole Child Initiative Manager Jessica Cameron Wakefield (session 3205—Monday, 12:15–1:15 p.m., PT)

Ask your questions of the experts

Teachers, principals, superintendents, and students who are successfully taking a whole child approach to education will be ready to answer your questions on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Monday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Network and collaborate

You can relax in the lounge, thumb through free materials, discuss ideas with colleagues and experts, share your experience or expertise in implementing a whole child approach to education, and learn how you can take action on behalf of the whole child locally and nationally.

Whole Child Central is your source at ASCD's Annual Conference for resources to help you, your school, and your community take a whole child approach to education.


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