ASCD appoints Susan Race as new director of professional development

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, has appointed Susan Race as the association’s director of professional development. In her new role, Race will lead and oversee all organizational, field–based professional development operations and institutes.

“We are pleased to welcome Susan to our dynamic program development team,” said Mary Catherine “MC” Desrosiers. “The appointment of Susan as director of professional development reinforces ASCD’s commitment to delivering high-quality and effective professional development products for educators.”

Among the many responsibilities in her new role, Race will conceptualize, design, and develop all aspects of ASCD’s professional development models. She will also serve as a conduit of information to support ASCD’s content acquisition and sales and marketing efforts, as well as identifying and developing promising practices and trends. In addition, she will serve as a team leader in the development of new and innovative ASCD programs, products, and services.

Race brings more than 15 years’ experience in education and program, product, and process modification to ASCD. Before joining the association, Race was an educational consultant providing training and support around teacher observation, coaching, and evaluation for The Danielson Group.

Prior to her role as consultant, Race served as chief academic officer and SVP at Nobel Learning Communities, Inc., where she led curriculum and professional development initiatives in 185 private preschools and private grade preK–8 schools in 16 states. She also served in various management, professional development, and operation roles as an assistant superintendent at Pottsgrove School District. Race holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Widener University, and she is also a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business education and a Master’s of educational administration.

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Contact Information

  • Katie Test, communications specialist, 1-703-575-5608 or by e-mail.
  • Alexandra Fenwick, communications assistant, 1-703-575-5482 or by e-mail.

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 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 134 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 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