Hofstra’s Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) student chapter recently escaped some chilly Long Island weather for a few days of insightful presentations and learning in Houston, Texas.
The undergraduate and graduate chapters, along with advisor Dr. Esther Fusco, attended the 70th Annual Conference and Exhibition Show for the national ASCD organization, which promotes professional development among educators.
Hofstra ASCD members presented to other student chapters during the conference and shared the work they’ve done on campus, including apparel sales, Scholastic book sales, charity donations and professional development workshops.
“The most rewarding part of the conference was being able to be around so many passionate and dedicated educators in one place,” said Ariel Adrian, graduate treasurer of Hofstra ASCD and literacy studies graduate student. “We commonly share the education career path, but we also share the love for networking, conferencing and professional developments.”
Members also attended breakout sessions focusing on various topics such as reading, STEM, differentiation, behavior management and creativity. These sessions provided insights, skills and tips that the students can apply in their own classrooms.
Another highlight of the ASCD’s trip was a visit to a new middle school in the Cypress-Fairbanks district, where they received a tour from current eighth graders and learned more about the school’s curriculum planning.
“[The trip] was a great experience and I feel so lucky to have represented the Hofstra Pride down in the South,” Adrian said.