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ASCD Awarded Grant to Offer Free Virtual Teacher Networks

Posted Aug 6, 2013
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ASCD has been awarded a two-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide educators with free, ongoing virtual professional development (PD) trainings on the instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards.

The virtual PD networks, facilitated by ASCD expert faculty and consultants, will cover math, English language arts literacy, literacy shifts for science, and literacy shifts for social science. The designated ASCD Faculty member will develop a syllabus to guide the two-year professional learning course that has been aligned to the shifts in each of the respective content areas.

The webinars will allow teachers to interact in real time with a designated faculty member, and will be archived for later access, enabling educators to participate at their convenience.

Additionally, educators will be able to engage with, and learn from, each other through virtual professional learning communities created for each strand on the ASCD EDge social networking platform, which currently has more than 60,000 registered users. ASCD EDge enables participants in each learning group to explore topics in greater depth while sharing resources with other members.

For more information about ASCD or ASCD membership, please visit To learn more about ASCD's professional development resources and to sign up for free trials of ASCD’s online learning programs, please visit

Source: ASCD,

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