By Rod Haenke
Don't get me wrong. I'm happy to be at ASCD Conference (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) in Anaheim, CA. I've already been through the exhibitor hall completely and found some very interesting products and services that I will write more about in another post.
However, I'm surprised by the lack of sessions that actually focus on curriculum and instruction. While the topics are interesting, I came to this conference because it is supposed to be the pre-eminent conference providing guidance on the latest and greatest resources and strategies for teachers and teacher leaders. For example, during the 1:00 p.m. slot there were many sessions to choose. For instance:
- Global Fluency: A New Approach to Leveraging Your School's Global Diversity
- The Inside Scoop on Connecting with Students Outside the Classroom
While interesting, I was looking for session titles like:
- Student Centered Learning Strategies
- Key Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension
- How to Teach Mathematical Concepts and Not Just Algorithms
- Professional Development to Improve Student Writing
Anyway, I was hoping for way more of the latter than the former. For the 1:00 p.m. session slot, the 3-4 sessions focused on key instructional strategies were full; the others had many empty chairs.
My recommendation for future ASCD conferences would be to focus more sessions that help learning leaders with supervision and curriculum development!