With its September issue focused on 21st century
learning, ASCD’s Educational Leadership has reaffirmed its status as the
nation’s premiere professional magazine for educators and others interested in
issues of teaching and learning.
The issue is chockful of articles presenting a variety of
viewpoints about the “21st Century Skills” debate and its
implications for both students and teachers. The EL editors, as usual, also
provide more practitioner-oriented pieces, like Marilee Sprenger’s “Focusing on
the Digital Brain” and Susan Graseck’s “Teaching with Controversy.” Then
there’s “21st Century Scholars,” “The Students Have the Answers” and
“Why Educators Should Care about Teaching with Games.” And many more.
This fall, ASCD is also offering a digital version of the
magazine to members — it's a flip-thru interactive package with the graphics intact,
complemented by active hyperlinks. Alone, it’s worth the price of admission,
which can be as little as $29 a year for web-only membership.
Here’s the September Table of Contents. As always, a
generous handful of articles are made available to the general public
(something you won’t find at the sites of most other major education magazines) while
others can only be accessed online by members.
This month’s public articles include:
What Would Socrates Say?
Do we need to craft a new model of education for the 21st century?
It's a question worthy of Socrates.
The 21st Century Skills Movement
The chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills spells
21st Century Skills: The Challenges Ahead
Rotherham and Daniel Willingham
Why the 21st century skills movement could falter and key
considerations that might strengthen it.
Why Creativity Now? A Conversation with Sir Ken
Amy M. Azzam
Creativity is a crucial skill, Sir Ken tells us.
21st Century Scholars
A district extends its school day, and the students applaud.
The Art and
Science of Teaching / Six Steps to Better Vocabulary Instruction
Advice from the
best practices guru.
Digitally Speaking / Taking the Digital Plunge
New column by award-winning middle grades teacher
What Research Says About. . . / Encouraging Girls to
Pursue Math and Science
Tracy A. Huebner
Use high-mastery teaching strategies.
These free articles are not included in the print issue
but available on the Web:
Navigating the Cs of Change
McVerry, Lisa Zawilinski and W. Ian O'Byrne
Do your digital natives need instruction in reading online?
Here's how to help. Includes a video of sample
How to Learn in the 21st Century
Research tools have changed, necessitating new research
Managing Messy Learning
To deliver on the promise of project-based learning,
educators need project management strategies.
Leading for Global Competency
How can we prepare the next generation for international
ALSO: keep an eye on the ASCD Inservice blog during the month.
Sometimes they feature an article and provide free access via the blog.)
Thanks, ASCD, for balancing membership needs and the
organization’s public service mission and giving us all some thoughtful
material to contemplate as the new school year begins.