Plymouth State University teams with award-winning national curriculum development organization

August 15th, 2013 by Lynn

    Left to right: Virginia Barry, New Hampshire Commissioner of Education, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, Dr. Susan Copley, NHASCD Executive Director and William Carozza, NHASCD President. COURTESY

    PLYMOUTH — A statewide educational organization with ties to Plymouth State University has been recognized with a national award. The New Hampshire affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NHASCD) received the overall affiliate excellence award at the national conference in March. PSU Education Professor Dr. Marianne True said the award illustrates the importance of Plymouth State’s partnership with a influential educational organization.

    “It’s clear that PSU and NHASCD have mutual goals in support of education,” said True. “Their collaborative efforts contributed to NHASCD’s recent recognition at the national level.”

    The national organization cited three reasons why the PSU-affiliated board was recognized:

    · Facilitating the development of Professional Learning Communities across the state. This knowledge exchange has been credited with providing best practice examples for teachers.

    · Working closely with three local ASCD student chapters, which were created with affiliate support. Students, including those from PSU, participate in the affiliate conferences, providing volunteer services while also receiving high quality professional development. New Hampshire ASCD also provides support for students to attend the ASCD Annual Conference.

    · Co-sponsorship of the New Hampshire Journal of Education, which in 2012 included articles by Andy Hargreaves, the State Commissioner of Education, and other education thought leaders, professors, practitioners, and administrators.

    The Journal is co-edited by Professor True. Dr. True and PSU colleague Dr. Gerry Buteau serve on the NHASCD board; True is co-advisor of Plymouth State University’s ASCD student chapter.

    “The partnership that PSU and NHASCD has had for many years is illustrated in their willingness to collaborate to support the New Hampshire Journal of Education, as well as their collaborative support of PSU’s ASCD student chapter,” True said. “PSU students regularly work at and attend the state conferences hosted by NHASCD, which provides them with opportunities to meet with nationally recognized educators. NHASCD contributes annually to support PSU pre-service educator attendance at national conferences.”

    Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 134 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. The non-profit association provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.

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