Iowa ASCD Agenda - Summer Retreat, July 29, 2014


Iowa ASCD Executive Board of Directors Meeting 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

with Continental Breakfast and Networking from 8:30 – 9:00 A.M.


Location:  Viterbo University - 4949 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA  50266 

Take Exit I-80 #125/University Avenue; go east about one block to the corner of 50th Street and University (McDonalds on the left and Sheraton Hotel on the right); turn right (south) onto 50th Street and go approximately two blocks where you will see Viterbo University on the left.  PLEASE PARK IN THE BACK OF THE UNIVERSITY.

Dress: Summer!  Comfortable!

RSVP:  Regrets only to Lou Howell at or 515.229.4781

Preparation for Meeting: 

  • Complete, if needed, any goal/event committee/team meetings no later than July 25, 2014.
  • Bring a large poster/Post-It of “what’s happening &/or needs to happen” with the events/opportunities for which you are the chair (e.g., Fall Institute, Fall Academy, Curriculum Academy, Grade-Level Conference, Advocacy Workshop, Summer Institute, Membership, Technology, Social Media, Website, Partnerships.  Be creative – push us visually!  (This will take the place of our traditional “update” for the summer retreat.
  • Review documents, including the strategic plan, prior to the meeting.    You can access the digital versions at
  • Bring your favorite quote that helps us Learn! Teach! Lead! In ensuring learning for all!


Directors:  Diane Campbell, Allan Eckelman, Jason Ellingson, Lou Howell, Rita Martens, Becky Martin, Ottie Maxey, Leslie Moore, Sara Oswald, Susan Pecinovsky, Elaine Smith-Bright, Kym Stein, Cindy Swanson, Veta Thode, Kevin Vidergar, Pam Vogel, Chris Welch, Jan Westerman-Beatty,  Amy Wichman, Amy Whittington, Sue Wood,


Focus on Our Group Norms:  Listen for Understanding, Speak to Be Truthfully Understood, Confront the Tough Challenges, Come Prepared, Have Fun, Start on Time and End on Time, Value Diversity, Honor Confidentiality


Networking:  8:30 – 9:00 A.M. Coffee and “goodies” available

I.   Welcome (9:00 A.M.)  (President, Kevin Vidergar)

  • Welcome by Past President Allan Eckelman and “Passing of the Gavel” to President Kevin Vidergar (Allan Eckelman, Kevin Vidergar)
  • Review of Agenda and Group Norms (Kevin Vidergar, President)
  • Welcome Activity  (Kevin Vidergar, President):  Each director will share name, role “back home,” role within Iowa ASCD, and a “favorite quote” that supports Learn! Teach! Lead! as we seek to ensure learning for all.

II .    Business Meeting (9:30 A.M.) (President Kevin Vidergar)

III.  Ensuring Learning (10:00 A.M. with breaks and lunch) (President Kevin Vidergar)

  • Intended Outcomes:  (1) Build common understanding of what it means to “ensure learning” and (2) Craft a common understanding of Iowa ASCD’s role in ensuring learning for participants of each of our activities.

  • Activities

    • Building a common understanding of what it means to ‘ensure learning’: President’s Vision, Capturing My Thinking, Pair, Square, and Share (Tool – My Thinking, Part 1)
    • How might Iowa ASCD ensure learning?  (Tools – My Thinking, Part 2, Graphics in the Room)
    • Next Steps

III.  Ensuring Our Own Learning (2:30 P.M. with Break)  (Executive Director, Lou Howell)

IV.  The Challenge (3:30 P.M.)  (President, Kevin Vidergar)

V.  Adjournment (3:55. P.M.) (President, Kevin Vidergar)

Iowa ASCD Strategic Plan - 2013 - 2016

Expense Report Form (Copy in your folder as well)