Just ASK Publications & Professional Development

Just ASK Publications & Professional Development Just ASK offers consulting services, publications, and products that promote a systemic approach to teaching, and leading in the 21st century.
Just ASK Publications & Professional Development (Just ASK) is based in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. Established in 1989, Just ASK provides products and services for educators in formats that facilitate a shared understanding and use of best practice in teaching, learning, and leading in classrooms, schools, and districts in the 21st century.

Our colleagues from Palmdale School District stopped by the Just ASK booth at the 2019 California Induction Conference i...
12/03/2019

Our colleagues from Palmdale School District stopped by the Just ASK booth at the 2019 California Induction Conference in Palm Springs. We were delighted to meet Janet Simons, Palmdale’s new Coordinator of Teacher Support and Federal Programs (third from left).

Thanks for all you do! The world is a better place because of all your efforts to support student learning and well bein...
11/25/2019

Thanks for all you do! The world is a better place because of all your efforts to support student learning and well being.

Just ASK is excited to be a Platinum Sponsor of the California Induction Conference again this year. Julie and Paula wil...
11/20/2019

Just ASK is excited to be a Platinum Sponsor of the California Induction Conference again this year. Julie and Paula will be in Palm Springs, California, for the conference December 2-4 and are looking forward to seeing our California friends and colleagues in that beautiful setting! https://www.californiainductionconference.com/

11/11/2019
Just ASK November Birthdays!
11/05/2019

Just ASK November Birthdays!

Don't forget to vote!
11/05/2019

Don't forget to vote!

***************CONGRATULATIONS NATS!***************
10/31/2019

***************CONGRATULATIONS NATS!***************

What’s a principal to do? If you are pondering how to promote deeper learning, eliminate archaic practices, make facul...
10/30/2019

What’s a principal to do? If you are pondering how to promote deeper learning, eliminate archaic practices, make faculty meetings optional, or other puzzling challenges, don’t miss the practitioners’ stories in the latest issue of Just for the ASKing! https://justaskpublications.com/jfta/whats-a-principal-to-do/

WAY TO GO NATIONALS! GOOD LUCK IN GAME SEVEN!
10/30/2019

WAY TO GO NATIONALS!
GOOD LUCK IN GAME SEVEN!

10/29/2019
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights and symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and ...
10/25/2019

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights and symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance". Here are some fun facts about diwali https://www.wordzz.com/diwali-infographics/.

Way to go Nats!
10/16/2019

Way to go Nats!

10/08/2019
10/08/2019
******CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER!******ALL 18 ACPS ARE FULLY ACCREDITED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARSAlexandria City ...
10/01/2019

******CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER!******

ALL 18 ACPS ARE FULLY ACCREDITED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS

Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), Virginia, serves over 15,600 students from more than 114 countries and speak 119 languages. 61% come from economically disadvantaged families and 41% are English-language learners. The T. C. Williams Scholarship Fund, now in its 33rd year, this past year raised over $450,000 for scholarships for seniors; more than half of the recipients are the first in their families to attend college.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. said at the accreditation announcement, “This kind of success doesn’t happen by chance, nor does it happen overnight. It happens through planning, preparation and dedication for all students to experience success regardless of their life circumstances. It has taken the hard work and commitment of six superintendents and many staff over the course of 20 years to get ACPS to where it is today.

Superintendent Hutchings was joined for the accreditation announcement by six former superintendents (pictured below), all of whom contributed to this accomplishment: Herb Berg (1995-2001), Rebecca Perry (2001-2008), Morton Sherman (2008-2013), Alvin Crawley (2013-2017), and Lois Berlin (2017-2018).

Special greetings to our friend and colleague Ronni Reed!
09/29/2019

Special greetings to our friend and colleague Ronni Reed!

The first day of the Just ASK five-day Coaching Academy hosted by OCM BOCES, Liverpool (greater Syracuse area), New York...
09/24/2019

The first day of the Just ASK five-day Coaching Academy hosted by OCM BOCES, Liverpool (greater Syracuse area), New York, is today! The academy is designed and led by Just ASK Senior Consultant and author Brenda Kaylor who has an accomplished record as a coach, professional development director, and consultant. School districts participating in the academy include North Syracuse, Batavia, Cortland, Homer as well as OCM BOCES staff.

Just ASK Senior Consultant Julie McVicker once again made her annual visit to Rangely, Colorado, to work with new teache...
09/23/2019

Just ASK Senior Consultant Julie McVicker once again made her annual visit to Rangely, Colorado, to work with new teachers from Meeker and Rangely School Districts. Each new teacher attending received a copy of Why Didn’t I Learn This in College? so that they can expand and refine their use of the approaches and strategies they explored with Julie.

Hiring a high-performing teacher or principal can seem daunting, especially when hiring for a high needs or transformati...
09/23/2019

Hiring a high-performing teacher or principal can seem daunting, especially when hiring for a high needs or transformational situation. Hiring coachable high performers can buffer some of the natural learning curve that all new teachers and principals encounter and, thereby, reduce the impact of that learning curve. Read what Marcia Baldanza learned in an online course in the latest issue of Professional Practices for the 21st Century Leader. https://justaskpublications.com/just-ask-resource-center/pp/hiring-coachable-high-performers/

09/16/2019
UNILAD

What an awesome way to start the school day!

The way this teacher greets her students 👏

Regardless of how experienced or new to teaching one may be, we can all use an update on fresh ideas and timely reminder...
08/30/2019

Regardless of how experienced or new to teaching one may be, we can all use an update on fresh ideas and timely reminders that can make the classroom environment the best it can be. Read what Bruce Oliver has to say in this issue of Just for the ASKing! https://justaskpublications.com/jfta/the-best-management-program/

https://justaskpublications.com/professionalpractices/timely-tips-for-new-principals-and-teachers/With the opening of sc...
08/30/2019

https://justaskpublications.com/professionalpractices/timely-tips-for-new-principals-and-teachers/
With the opening of school some of our new principals and teachers are new not only to their positions, but also to the school, the district, and perhaps even the state. They worry about not being able to meet the demands of the position and that others will be more skilled and have greater knowledge.

In this issue of Professional Practices Marcia Baldanza (https://twitter.com/BaldanzaMarcia) gives tips for new principals and teachers and she also discusses the power of professional stories and having one-on-one conversations where expressing willingness helps better understand the perspectives of others.

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08/26/2019

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Just ASK teaching resources will help you decide which teaching strategies are right for your classroom. Be sure
to check out the books featured below!

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There is no better place to find back to school resources for 2019-2020 than Just ASK!Go to https://justaskpublications....
08/13/2019

There is no better place to find back to school resources for 2019-2020 than Just ASK!

Go to https://justaskpublications.com and check out the areas of focus that interest you.

You will find tools for instruction, collaboration, and leadership of students and staff.

https://justaskpublications.com/jfta/we-should-appreciate-teachers-24-7/The summer issue of Just for the ASKing!  featur...
07/15/2019

https://justaskpublications.com/jfta/we-should-appreciate-teachers-24-7/

The summer issue of Just for the ASKing! features some of the quotes and comments Bruce found across the Internet and social media platforms that celebrates what teachers do all across the year. Access this issue at https://justaskpublications.com/jfta/we-should-appreciate-teachers-24-7/ and think about which quotes cause you to pause and ponder, nod your head, and say to yourself, “I think I will use these during the opening of school.”

Just ASK congratulates the 2019 World Cup Champions! Our USA TEAM wins again!
07/08/2019

Just ASK congratulates the 2019 World Cup Champions!
Our USA TEAM wins again!

GOOOOOO… U. S. Women’s Soccer Team in the World Championship Game!
07/07/2019

GOOOOOO… U. S. Women’s Soccer Team in the World Championship Game!

07/01/2019
Just ASK June 2019 Mentoring MemoThis month's mentoring memo includes the June Mentoring Calendar and summer reading rec...
06/24/2019

Just ASK June 2019 Mentoring Memo

This month's mentoring memo includes the June Mentoring Calendar and summer reading recommendations; included are recent articles and books from Harvard Press and ASCD as well as some home-grown Just ASK prize winners. It also has links to current fiction best-seller lists; you certainly deserve to treat yourself to a couple of good novels this summer. Happy reading! Access this mentoring memo at https://justaskpublications.com/mentoring-memo/

06/13/2019
06/06/2019
Thank you WeAreTeachers for sharing this wonderful image.
05/29/2019

Thank you WeAreTeachers for sharing this wonderful image.

Thanks to Diane Starkey and Webster Central PTSA for sharing!
05/28/2019

Thanks to Diane Starkey and Webster Central PTSA for sharing!

Access this month’s JFTA! READLIST at https://justaskpublications.com. There is nothing Bruce is more passionate about...
05/15/2019

Access this month’s JFTA! READLIST at https://justaskpublications.com. There is nothing Bruce is more passionate about than formative assessment. You don't want to miss these!

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