Two of the largest education organizations may soon be one in 2023. If members of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), one of the oldest and largest K-12 professional development associations vote to approve the plan in November, they will merge with The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a nonprofit helping K-12 teachers with technology tools.
“As we emerge from the global pandemic, ISTE has taken the opportunity to reevaluate our role in the broader education community,” a statement on the ISTE site announces. “Technology is no longer an optional add-on, but a key tool for all learning.
“After careful consideration and a comprehensive due diligence process, the ISTE Board of Directors has voted to merge with ASCD, the standard bearer for instructional leadership at the school and district levels,” according to ISTE.
The ASCD bylaws require a 45-day consideration period followed by a member vote. An ASCD member vote is scheduled for November; if the vote is successful, the merger process will begin in January 2023. ASCD members total nearly 80,000. A recent Education Week article discusses the likely possibility in more detail. More information will be available later this fall. Learn more.