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March 30, 2011 ASCD Conference — Wish You Were Here! By Ruth Manna

    This weekend I'm in San Francisco for the annual conference of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). At this year's conference there are more than 9,700 educators from all over the U.S. and the world. I've met educators from Mexico, Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and states from Hawaii to New York. I've learned new teaching techniques and strategies, and all about new books and products, too! Next week I'll write more, but for now I thought you'd like to see a few snapshots of this year's ASCD conference and of San Francisco.

     

    IMG00699-20110327-1605I took this picture in front of the Moscone Center, site of the 2011 ASCD Annual Conference.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    To the right, you see one of the hundreds of sessions offered at this year's conference. Topics include teacher recruitment, professional development, habits of mind, assessment, preschool curriculum, creativity, math interventions, leadership, and many, many more.

     

     

     

     

     

    IMG00713-20110327-1614Teachers rested and chatted in this lounge area. The ASCD conference offers an opportunity to exchange ideas with educators from many diverse schools and communities. We all share a love of and commitment to education.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    In the exhibit hall there are tons of free samples. We learn about new programs and supplementary materials and find out about the latest in technology.

     

     

     

     

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    One of San Francisco's famous streetcars.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    IMG00686-20110326-2210 The gateway to San Francisco's Chinatown where we had dinner at the Empress of China. From the restaurant windows on the sixth floor we could see all the way to Angel Island.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Next year's ASCD conference will be held in Philadelphia on March 24–26, 2012. Maybe you'll make it then!

     

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