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 ASCD announces our next Executive Director

ASCD Announces New CEO, Deborah S. DelisleAlexandria, VA (4/30/2015)—ASCD’s board of directors announces today the appointment of U.S. assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, Deborah S. Delisle, to the post of ASCD’s executive director and chief executive officer.

Delisle will take the helm of ASCD effective July 1, 2015. She will replace executive director Judy Seltz, who is retiring at the end of June. “I’m honored to join this respected association and excited to lead the next phase of ASCD’s growth,” said Delisle. “ASCD has a talented roster of professionals dedicated to success for all educators, and loyal member and customer bases that I am proud to represent. I am passionate about ASCD’s mission to support the whole child through high-quality professional development and I look forward to the many new initiatives we will embark upon.”

During Delisle’s 38-year career, she has served as a teacher, gifted education specialist, curriculum director, elementary school principal, district associate superintendent, and superintendent. She was nominated to her current position by President Obama in January 2012 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27, 2012. She plays a pivotal role in policy and management issues affecting elementary and secondary education for the U.S. Department of Education. Delisle has coordinated and recommended policy for programs designed to assist state and local education agencies in improving the achievement of elementary and secondary school students.

Prior to her role at the Department, Delisle was a senior fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education with a deep interest in educator performance systems and creating transformative cultures in schools and districts to support educators and students. Prior to that work, Delisle served as Ohio’s 35th state superintendent of public instruction from 2008 to 2011. “Following a comprehensive search, the board selected Deborah Delisle for her extensive knowledge of what educators truly need to succeed in their ever-changing roles,” said Nancy Gibson, ASCD President. “This was a thorough process, and we’re confident we have found the right leader for ASCD. Deborah’s combination of qualifications and proven success is matched by few in education, and we know she will provide visionary leadership for ASCD’s continued quest for excellence in learning, teaching and leading.”

ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit



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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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Teach, Lead, Manage: A Tall Ship Adventure

Apply by June 1, 2015. Program runs August 16-22, 2015

Spend ten days aboard the brand new 200-foot Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry sailing the coastal waters of New England while building your leadership, communication, management and teaching skills. Take part in a Seamanship Course which will serve as an adventure filled backdrop to an innovative course on Quality Educator Relations© designed to improve your ability to teach, lead and manage- regardless of your profession. Assist seventeen professional crew in the operation of this magnificent ship as it sails from the historic city of Newport, Rhode Island in Narragansett Bay to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, by Cape Cod and up the Atlantic Coast to northern ports. Learn to work as a team as you hoist and brace the yards on the ship’s 130-foot tall rig and take the helm to guide the ship’s course on a voyage of discovery. Translate the shipboard experience into innovative ideas for teaching, communicating and leading with the help of university faculty members trained in educational theory, technology and film.

Participants are not passengers; they will share fully in the responsibility of the ship’s operation. This education-at-sea course is designed for educators, counselors, supervisors, school support staff, and college students who want to communicate more effectively with others and create productive learning environments. Research has shown that working as a crew member in training on a Tall Ship provides a unique opportunity to acquire and exercise effective communication skills. Be prepared to work hard and have an adventure of a lifetime!

Offered by Salve Regina University and Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI). Program Leaders: Dr. Kathleen Vespia, Coordinator of Secondary Education, Salve Regina University and Roy Bergstrom, Lead Media and Information Technologist, University of Rhode Island.

Program Highlights

Learn navigation, seamanship, sail handling, & knot tying

Work aloft with breath-taking views from a 130-ft-tall rig

Feel wind on your face while steering a 500-ton ship

Travel intricate New England coastline under wind  

Practice safety drills; learn habits vital to live safely at sea

Learn old songs sailors sang and stories they told

See creatures from bioluminescent plankton to whales

Watch sunrises, sunsets, and the arc of the night sky

Visit charming historic ports throughout New England

Return to land with a new perspective

Academic Focus

For the crew of Sailing School Vessel Oliver Hazard Perry, the realities of shipboard life demand a dynamic personal and communal framework to respond to the continual, ever-shifting stimulation. Whether it’s the attitude of the weather or of their shipmates, a Tall Ship sailor works as part of the whole to solve the problem. Participants in this ten day excursion will draw from the experience of Tall Ship sailing to understand the Process Communication Model® and experience its benefits. This course at sea provides two major learning opportunities. First, participation in a Quality Educator Relations© course where you will learn various ways of communicating with and motivating others as well as strategies for meeting the needs of people, managing stress and promoting a productive working environment. Second, instruction in the use of film for designing, creating, and delivering meaningful lessons for a variety of professional contexts. The internationally recognized, research based concepts of the Process Communication Model® developed by Dr. Taibi Kahler, a clinical psychologist from Purdue University, will be the foundation of the instruction.

Course Expectations

Faculty leaders may schedule pre-underway meetings and assignments as needed prior to program departure. Students must complete the online Personality Profile Inventory (PPI), three weeks prior to departure. A link will be provided. Students must complete required readings prior to sailing. Students will stand watch and follow all orders and instructions of OHPRI crew onboard. All students will produce a short film that incorporates the key concepts of the Process Communication Model® and provides an engaging learning experience for others. (Salve Regina Secondary Education majors will have completed the final course module, Developing Effective Communication Skills in SCD410 Classroom Management.)

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must be 18 years or older and willing and capable of following professional crew instructions, including emergency procedures. OHPRI reserves the right to deny admission to any student based on evidence that the participants presence may negatively affect the operations of the ship and safety of the crew.

How to Apply

Complete online application and submit all required supplemental materials by June 1. Detailed application instructions available at:

Program Fee $1750 Included in these fees: On board lodging in climate controlled, modern, multi-person berths and three meals a day. Seamanship Course taught by OHP professional crew Quality Educator Relations course Certificate of Completion Course materials. Official excursions and entrance fees.

Not Included in this fee:

Transportation to and from Newport. Personal expenses in port.

Payment Schedule

Full Payment Due by June 15, 2015. Your payment holds your space in the program. Please be aware that there is a withdrawal and refund policy outlined in your Participation Agreement.


Drexel Hall Salve Regina University 100 Ochre Point Avenue Newport, RI 02840-4192 Phone: (401) 341-2372 / Fax: (401) 341-2972

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is a US documented vessel, inspected and certified by the US Coast Guard. Safety standards for Sailing School Vessels differ from those of passenger vessels on a comparable route, because persons aboard training ships are not passengers but participants who fully share in the ship’s operation. SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will meet or exceed all safety requirements for a vessel of her size and class.



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