Emerging Leader

Would you kindly allow me a bit of humble brag time? I hope so. That’s what blogs are for, after all. The ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2017 was announced today, and I’m honored to be included among their ranks.

dhxnahdxuaefrb2Forty-Six Top Educators Selected for ASCD’s 2017 Emerging Leaders Class

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2017

Contact: Leslie Malone

ALEXANDRIA, VA—ASCD is excited to announce the selection of 46 educators for its 2017 class of emerging leaders. The Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy, and practice on both the local and national levels.

“The 2017 class of emerging leaders joins an elite group of educators who are making a meaningful impact on students across the world,” said Ronn Nozoe, ASCD Associate Executive Director. “The caliber of this year’s group is inspiring, and we look forward to learning from these leaders as they engage with the education community.”

Educators selected for the Emerging Leaders program have been in the education profession for 5–15 years; demonstrate a passion for learning, teaching, and leading; come from a diverse range of positions, locations, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives; hold promise as leaders; and are committed to ASCD’s beliefs and to pursuing leadership opportunities.

Following the nomination process, this year’s leaders were chosen by an advisory panel composed of ASCD staff, education thought leaders, and emerging leader alumni.

The 2017 class of emerging leaders is one of the most geographically diverse cohorts in the history of the program with emerging leaders hailing from 23 states, China, Colombia, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, and Pakistan. The class includes superintendents, principals and assistant principals, teachers, literacy coaches, professional learning specialists, and a digital learning specialist, among other roles and titles.

All emerging leaders are enrolled in the program for two years and help shape education policy, advocate for the whole child, and explore multiple ASCD leadership pathways. Some alumni from the program—including Steven Anderson, Fred Ende, Tony Frontier, and Pete Hall—have become ASCD authors, and others have become ASCD Faculty members and Board members. While in the program, educators can take advantage of numerous opportunities such as

  • Attending the invitation-only Leader to Leader conference in July, where leaders of various ASCD constituent groups convene to learn, share, and lay the groundwork for further collaboration.
  • Presenting at ASCD conferences and events.
  • Writing for ASCD publications, including the Inservice blog, and contributing blogs and articles to other outlets.
  • Hosting episodes of ASCD Learn. Teach. Lead. Radio, a weekly program produced in partnership with BAM! Radio Network.

To view the entire list of the 2017 emerging leaders, visit the Emerging Leaders Directory. For more information on ASCD’s Emerging Leaders program, visit www.ascd.org/emergingleaders. To learn more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services, and memberships, visit www.ascd.org.

Author: John

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project, after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader, and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. He is a past presenter and regular attendee at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower19, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports summer conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races. John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Laura, a high school music teacher and fellow graduate of The Catholic University of America, and a giant-sized Maine Coon cat named Jack.

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