ASCD expands Emerging Leader Program to serve more young educators

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, is pleased to announce the expansion of the ASCD Emerging Leaders program. The two-year Emerging Leaders program is designed to prepare younger, diverse educators for potential influence and ASCD leadership. The expanded program now enrolls more educators, inducting a larger membership class than ever before, and includes an Emerging Leaders Grant opportunity that will award selected participants in their second year of the program with grants of up to $2,000. All emerging leaders in the program are provided with opportunities to pursue various leadership pathways, including serving on committees, hosting networking events for educators, advocating for sound education policy, and contributing to ASCD publications such as Educational Leadership and ASCD’s Inservice blog.

“ASCD is proud to support young educators on their path to becoming outstanding leaders,” said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Gene R. Carter. “The expanded program will create leadership paths for even more educators and provide new ways to directly benefits students and the education profession.”

The new Emerging Leaders Grant Program will help emerging leaders grow professionally and gather information that may improve the way other educators learn, teach, and lead by awarding grants of up to $2,000 to selected emerging leaders. Applicants must propose a program that has clear and measurable benefits for students, an achievable implementation process, and an innovative whole child approach to education.

Typically, emerging leaders have been in the profession between 5 and 15 years, have a marked interest in making a positive contribution to education policy and practice, and have invested in professional growth opportunities aimed at improving student outcomes.

Applications for the 2014 Emerging Leaders Class will open on February 1, 2014. To receive a notification reminder when ASCD is accepting applications, send an e-mail to

For more information about ASCD’s Emerging Leaders program or to learn more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services, or membership, visit

ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 140,000 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