Leslie Grant, associate professor and associate dean for academic programs, has been elected vice-president of ASCD, the global community of educators dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and leading.
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“I’ve been involved with ASCD since starting in education as a middle-school teacher,” said Grant. “At every stage of my career, ASCD has been a place I’ve turned to for resources and opportunities to grow as an educator.”
Grant has served on the organization’s Board of Directors since 2015, and will serve a one-year term as vice-president. In 2014, she co-authored a book published by ASCD, West meets east: Best practices of expert teachers in the U.S. and China.
The organization, which boasts a membership of more than 115,000 superintendents, principals, teachers and advocates in more than 128 countries, produces publications and resources, hosts conferences and professional development opportunities, and leads advocacy efforts to support students and the education profession.
“Serving on the board of ASCD has been an incredibly rewarding experience because of the people I’ve met and the connections I’ve made,” said Grant. “I’ve learned so much from my fellow board members, the talented ASCD executive leadership and staff, and the many members who are working on the front lines of education every day.”
The organization’s Whole Child approach aims to move beyond test scores and redefine student success. In addition to their resources for educators and advocacy efforts, ASCD hosts conferences throughout the year, such as the annual Empower Conference and the Whole Child Symposium, which provide the education community opportunities to discuss pressing issues in education. In May 2017, the symposium tackled the issue of equity in education.
“We discussed the policies and practices that perpetuate inequity in education, and by extension, in society,” said Grant. “ASCD is committed to leading conversations about the future of education and constantly evolving to meet the needs of members and students.”
“ASCD has been an important resource for me,” she added. “I’m honored to be a part of the leadership that will ensure it continues to be a resource for future generations of educators.”