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The Just ASK Spring 2018 Mentoring in the 21st Century® Institute 
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In the News


JUST RELEASED! The 2018 Just ASK Closing of School Checklist is now available! If you want a smooth closing do not miss this invaluable tool with great suggestions for making that happen. No one is left out… administrators, student services personnel, teachers, and support staff!

The Just ASK Spring 2018 Mentoring in the 21st Century® Institute was held April 18-20, 2018, in the Washington, D.C. area! Educators from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Texas, and Virginia all agree that it was a great fun-filled learning experience. See pictures here. YES! Dates for the Spring 2019 will be announced in the near future!

Just ASK had a great time at ASCD in Boston! Paula, Brenda, and Julie chatted with folks about our current partnerships or how we might work together in the near future. Highlights included reconnecting with our colleagues and friends Lisa and Jeff Craig, Bruce Wellman, Claudia Wheatley, and John Elwell.

The issue of Making Standards Come Alive! titled “Let’s Hear It for Empathy” is the most read issue of the entire collection. If you liked it,  you will really like “Let’s Hear It for Civility!” In this issue, Heather provides a solid rationale for teaching our students how to use civil behavior whenever they engage in discussions  and shares dozens of strategies to use in so doing. Also read her latest issue  “Let’s Hear It for Activism!” in which she makes powerful connections between student voice and choice as they hone their persuasive/argumentative writing skills. Heather is really on a roll with these issues! Don’t miss them.

The April/May 2018 Mentoring Memo is Now Available: You can access the April and May Mentor’s Calendars for guidance as to how best to support novice teachers right now. The Tool of the Month once again features, “Advice to New Teachers,”  a 13-minute clip available in the Mentoring Resources Collection section of our Resources Center and on Just ASK’s YouTube Channel. The reflective questions and the extraordinary answers are just what you need to share with those novice teachers this month. Shari VanderVelde’s advice is truly inspirational. 

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Just ASK uses a common language and concept system to provide a systemic approach to teaching, learning, and leading in the 21st century. Thousands of educators across the country are using our publications and products, attending our institutes, and participating in our onsite workshops. Their application of their learning has led to more students learning more, more of the time!