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ASCD Introduces Four New Courses to PD Online™ Series

Alexandria, VA (05/05/11)—ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, announces the addition of four new courses to its popular PD Online™ series.

“Educators worldwide rely on ASCD for high-impact, just-in-time professional learning solutions that are relevant and user-friendly,” said ASCD’s Chief Program Development Officer Judy Zimny. “By leveraging leading-edge digital technologies, PD Online provides educators with flexible, on-demand access to compelling content from renowned experts in the fields of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership—standing as a powerful go-to option for new and experienced educators.”

The four new PD Online courses announced today are

· The Art and Science of Teaching—ASCD author Robert Marzano uses 10 design questions to guide educators through practical, user-friendly applications of the most current research.  

· Understanding by Design®: An Introduction—UbD™ authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe provide a framework that effectively supports teachers in guiding students beyond facts and details to deeper, more relevant levels of understanding.  

· Response to Intervention: An Introduction—RTI provides educators with structured implementation of strategies that support personalized learning for all students. 

· Formative Assessment: Deepening Understanding—Formative assessment provides educators with a range of best practices that translate ongoing, relevant student feedback into focused learning. 

ASCD’s commitment to innovative digital content delivery stretches back to the launch of its award-winning PD Online series in 1996. Since that time, ASCD has remained focused on leading the way in high-quality digital content delivery. With a flexible, multimedia design and a deep course catalog, the PD Online series supports the needs of almost any type and size of learning group—from individual learners and small professional learning communities to districtwide professional development, and integration into university courses and programs.

In addition, ASCD’s PD Online courses allow states, districts, and schools to personalize and monitor professional development for individual or groups of educators when and where it is most convenient and effective. This level of personalization and monitoring—coupled with ASCD’s commitment to content quality—helps provide teachers with opportunities to earn college and professional development credit.  

“ASCD’s PD Online courses enable every Arkansas teacher to easily learn from a rich variety of thought leaders through a flexible, user-friendly format,” said Chris Caram, director of the Arkansas Educational Television Network. “In addition, our ability to monitor and manage educators’ participation further supports our ongoing evaluation of the return on and educational impact of this investment.”

For more information on PD Online courses or to learn more about ASCD and ASCD membership, visit

Founded in 1943, ASCD is a nonprofit educational leadership association that develops programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead. We provide expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership. ASCD's membership comprises more than 160,000 principals, teachers, superintendents, professors of education, and other educators from 148 countries. Our association also has 58 affiliates throughout the world.

Contact: Stephen Wakefield, communications director, 1-703-575-5764