ASCD and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Partner to Launch New PD Online™ Course

Exploring 21st Century Teaching and Learning
Alexandria, VA
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Alexandria, VA (02/23/12)—ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the premier professional association for school district technology leaders, have launched a new PD Online course titled From Vision to Action: The 21st Century Teaching and Learning Plan.   

The new course outlines 21st century teaching and learning and empowers educators with the tools and concepts needed to develop a vision of 21st century education in their school or district and translate it into actionable practice. 

“We’re excited to enter into this first-ever partnership with ASCD to bring this course to all educators,” said CoSN chief executive officer Keith Krueger. “By offering a highly interactive program, school and district leaders, and particularly those that want to work in collaboration with their peers, will be able to truly envision and implement a teaching and learning plan for the 21st century. Such an undertaking is the core of our organizations’ joint mission to create learning environments that enable students to maximize their potential.”

Course topics include

  • Drafting a vision plan to help schools adopt 21st century teaching and learning practices and skills;
  • Using key data from schools or districts to assess what must be done to support 21st century learning;
  • Selecting the right approach for turning a vision for 21st century learning into an effective action plan;
  • Monitoring and assessing the implementation of an action plan; and
  • Reflecting on implementation for a better understanding of the plan’s successes and challenges as well as to facilitate future refinements and improvements.

Each module of From Vision to Action: The 21st Century Teaching and Learning Plan contains readings, videos, or presentations conveying the course’s objectives. The modules also contain “Check for Understanding” questions, which provide immediate feedback on learning, and an application exercise that offers opportunities to work with and practice the concepts and skills taught in the course. In addition, each module contains customizable tools that may be downloaded.

Since 1996, ASCD has provided innovative and award-winning PD Online courses to educators across the world. The PD Online series incorporates multimedia and high-quality, digital content that fits the need of almost any type and size of learning group—ranging from individual learners to entire districts and university programs. With the PD Online series, districts and schools can personalize and monitor professional development for individual educators and groups seeking to earn college or professional development credits.

“Today’s educational technologies, when leveraged correctly, have the power to transform learning and take students beyond the four walls of their classrooms,” said ASCD executive director and chief executive officer Dr. Gene R. Carter. “Through this new PD Online course, built in partnership with our colleagues at CoSN, we are providing school leaders with the framework and resources they need to leverage technology to its fullest potential.”

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Contact Information:

Stephen Wakefield, ASCD communications director, 1-703-575-5764 or

Jennifer Cummings, CoSN, 1-202-496-2131 or


About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources.

About ASCD

ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 150,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 145 countries—the ASCD community also includes 58 affiliate organizations. The nonprofit's diverse, nonpartisan membership is its greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit 

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