Winter 2014

In This Issue
Leadership Redefined
Three Thoughtful Keys
A Spirit of Pioneering
Write for VaASCD
Beyond the Content
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Help your PreK and Kindergarten students learn to control their behaviors and emotions. Attend our professional development institute on self-regulation with Amanda Williford. Details here.

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Leadership Redefined: You ARE a Leader
  by Dave Weber
Dave Weber, keynote speaker at VASCD's 2013 annual conference reminded attendees that we are all leaders. He encourages educators to take responsibility for leadership no matter their position in the organization. 


Some people define leadership by a title. Others define a leader by the amount of responsibility or authority one has, or by how many people a person oversees. Sometimes, a leader has a combination of all of those. I want to reframe the idea of what it means to be a leader, to help people understand that the idea of leadership isn't just some lofty goal or state of being reserved for presidents, CEOs, and the rich.  Read more...  

Three Keys to a Thoughtful Professional Life
  by Daryl Chesley, VASCD President


The success of nearly every venture can be predicted by the level of deliberateness that goes into the planning of the event. An excellent example of this premise is the level of success of our most recent VASCD Annual Conference. A team of dedicated professionals who came together in a very deliberate and well planned manner were able to organize and deliver an incredibly high level product.

Using this logic, I ask each of you to consider employing such a level of thoughtfulness in three areas of your professional career.  Read more.



A Spirit of Pioneering 
in Virginia?
by Laurie McCullough, VASCD Executive Director

"Once an organization loses its spirit of pioneering and rests on its early work, its progress stops".       -Thomas Watson 
During Thomas Watson's tenure as CEO of International Business Machines (1941-56), the company grew into an international force, a household word, and the undisputed leader in computer technology. Watson knew that the innovations of the 1920's would not carry his company into the next decade. IBM had enormous success under Watson's leadership. His company shaped the future by understanding not only what customers needed at present, but also what they would need next, and then innovating toward future needs.


Understanding and meeting the needs of the future is the call to educators as well. Read more... 


Write for the VaASCD Journal!
We are currently accepting submissions for the Spring 
2014 issue of Virginia Educational Leadership. Manuscripts are due by February 21. 
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Teaching and Learning Beyond the Content: A 2013 Conference Reflection
by Robin Hoffman, VASCD Board Member (shown here with her awesome family!)

When I was in the third grade, my teacher presented me with my very own race horse- albeit a paper race horse ready to be decorated by excited third-grade students.   Filled with color and doodles, I vividly remember how the letters of my name flowed along the outline of the reins, looping together in some novice version of cursive. 


The next day, the teacher invited us to place our horses at the starting gate of the bulletin-board race track which stretched across the length of the back wall.  And so began the practice of timed, multiplication quizzes during our morning math routine.  Accuracy and speed dictated if and how far your horse progressed along the linear track.  Each day I eagerly anticipated those drills which resulted in my horse swiftly moving along the track.  The experienced became a cherished school memory.

Years later at a wedding, I bumped into my third grade teacher. Read more


by Marsha Carr, 
Asst. Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Self-mentoring™ has gained national and more recently international attention. Self-mentoring refers to an achiever, willing to initiate and accept responsibility for self-development by devoting time to navigate within the culture of the environment in order to make the most of opportunity to strength competencies needed to enhance (job) performance and (career) progression. Self-mentoring is the art of accepting responsibility for personal and/or professional growth through the identification and development of individual skills, aligning internal and external resources to meet goals/expectations, and applying social and professional networking to further support goals. Self-mentors choose the path to reach each goal through collaborations, observations, one-one-one interactions, discussion groups, networking activities, community clusters, and other various identified measures of self-mentoring. Read more...