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Tuesday, July 15th – 11am Eastern Time
There’s an App for That! – The B Side:
50 Productivity Apps that will Prepare You for the Mobile Edu-volution

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT

In This Session
Let’s face it. Not every classroom is ready to launch into app-driven instruction, but we’re all moving toward mobile learning in some capacity. There is no doubt: It is coming. And when it does, will we be ready? With the prevalence of smartphone technology, educators can build application fluency in their own productivity and learning so that when the time comes, they will have the skill and expertise to help students and colleagues transition into mobile learning. This session is dedicated to apps that will save educators time that can be redirected toward better use.

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About the Presenter
Michelle Luhtala is the Head Librarian at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Connecticut.  She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award, the 2010 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY), and the Connecticut Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award.

This program is sponsored by Follett.

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ASCD’s Newest Professional Development Publications Support Best Practices for Educators

Alexandria, VA (7/8/2014)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, announced today the release of four new professional development titles that share best practices in literacy, grading, and coaching. As educators plan for the upcoming school year, they will find support in implementing effective strategies that enhance professional growth and lead to higher achievement among their students.

“These new resources offer educators the essentials they need to be effective in the key areas of literacy, critical reading of both literary and informational text, and using testing and grading for learning,” said ASCD’s Acting Executive Director Judy Seltz. “Each of these is critical to teacher and student success. We hope educators apply these practices in their planning and instruction so that students are fully engaged in their learning.”

New Professional Development Books

Read, Write, Lead: Breakthrough Strategies for Schoolwide Literacy Success: Mentor teacher and instructional coach Regie Routman shares proven methods on how teachers and principals can ensure effective literacy instruction for all K–12 students, including second-language and struggling learners.  Routman shares best practices for teaching reading and writing skills that reduce the need for intervention, offers tips on giving productive feedback to accelerate student and teacher learning, and provides a foundation for building professional literacy communities that help educators create sustainable school change. ($37.95 print)

Total Literacy Techniques: Tools to Help Students Analyze Literature and Informational Texts: Building on ASCD’s best-selling book Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner, authors Pérsida Himmele and William Himmele worked with National Board-certified teacher Keely Potter to develop more than 50 teacher-tested tools and techniques that help students read independently and critically. These tools will help educators engage students to discuss and write about literature and informational texts clearly and cogently. ($28.95 print)

Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn: Educator Myron Dueck shares his experience in revamping assessment procedures while offering lessons, anecdotes, and cautionary tales that address students’ understanding of content.  Educators will learn practical strategies for ensuring that grades measure students’ knowledge, for designing and distributing unit plans, for creating a flexible and modular retesting system, and for examining the fairness and effectiveness of grading homework and assignments.  ($28.95 print) Read a sample chapter.

New ASCD AriasTM publications

An ASCD Arias publication is about 50 pages long and answers a crucial and timely “How do I . . . ?” question. Available in print and e-book formats, these titles contain original, stand-alone content that educators can read in one sitting and immediately apply to practice. These convenient and succinct publications offer the expertise of education thought leaders, experienced practitioners, and researchers.

  • Learning From Coaching: How do I work with an instructional coach to grow as a teacher? Educator and instructional coach Nina Morel tackles common questions and concerns about instructional coaching, including how to fit it into the school day and how to develop a productive relationship. Morel includes real coaching scenarios and classroom-tested strategies, along with troubleshooting tips.  Educators will learn about the benefits of coaching, what to expect from a coach, how to set goals, and ways to build a supportive relationship that leads to teacher satisfaction, professional growth, and student achievement. ($12.99 print or $6.99 e-book)

To learn more about our books program or to read sample chapters from selected books, visit For more information about ASCD, visit or read the 2013 Annual Report.

ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit


PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer and Teachers Team Up to Fight Germs 

PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer 30-Day Classroom Challenge rewards educators for teaching students healthy habits

AKRON, Ohio (July 8, 2014) – During this back-to-school season, GOJO, the makers of PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer, invites teachers to participate in the PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer 30-Day Classroom Challenge. In joining the Classroom Challenge, teachers are pledging that for 30 days (between now and December), they will focus on helping students understand the importance of hand hygiene.

When joining the Challenge, each teacher is entered in a sweepstakes. The grand-prize winner of the sweepstakes will receive a $200 Amazon gift card, $200 in PURELL products and $200 in PURELL products for a charity of their choice. Five runners-up each will win a PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer prize pack valued at over $100. The sweepstakes runs through December 2014.

To help teach their students good habits, teachers receive access to a free kit of hand hygiene materials—including grade-appropriate writing and math prompts, a programmable school supply list, display ideas, parent pages, valuable coupons and more.


“Teaching my students good hand hygiene will benefit them for life. I want happy, healthy students all year long,” said third-grade teacher Sue Walker, of Blowing Rock, N.C. Teachers like Walker have already signed up for the Challenge and will head back to school ready to show students the importance of good hand hygiene – including washing with soap and water and using PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer to fight the spread of germs.

By putting PURELL Hand Sanitizer products on their back-to-school list, teachers help students develop habits that can keep them healthy and in school. Elementary school absenteeism due to infection is significantly reduced when an alcohol gel hand sanitizer is used in the classroom as part of a hand hygiene program, according to the American Journal of Infection Control.

Missing school means missing valuable instruction time—time students can’t afford to lose. PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer kills 99.99 percent of germs and can reduce children’s absenteeism by 20 percent.1


To learn more, or to join the 30-Day Classroom Challenge, visit


About PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer and GOJO Industries, Inc.

GOJO Industries, Inc. is the inventor of PURELL® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer and the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. The broad GOJO product portfolio includes hand cleaning, hand washing, hand sanitizing, and skin care formulas under the GOJO®, PURELL®, and PROVON® brand names. GOJO formulations use the latest advances in the science of skin care and sustainability. GOJO is known for state-of-the-art dispensing technology, engineered with attention to design, sustainability and functionality. GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for hand hygiene, skin care and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with offices in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan, and Brazil.

1 American Journal of Infection Control. 2000; 28: 340–346