Who We Are

Maryland Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Maryland ASCD) was organized in 1946 to provide leadership in education across the state. Maryland ASCD has continued to provide resources, professional learning opportunities, and leadership in the continually changing environment of education. Maryland ASCD works closely with the international organization of ASCD and other state affiliates to provide information about the latest educational news and updates.  Maryland ASCD has a strong base of evidence about learning, teaching, and leading.  Maryland ASCD provides leadership in education across the state.  Its members include school system administrators, teachers, college/university faculty, and others who are dedicated to providing quality education for children.

Our Staff

Heather Lageman

Executive Director and Past-President

Baltimore County, MD

Donna Michel

President, Maryland ASCD

Howard County, MD

Doug Elmendorf

Vice-President, Maryland ASCD

Victor Pellechia

President_Elect, Maryland ASCD


Mary Lou Nelson

Member at Large, Maryland ASCD

Queen Anne’s County, MD

Rita Gaudiello

Treasurer, Maryland ASCD

Westminster, MD 21157

Whole Child Network


ASCD Whole Child NetworkMaryland ASCD has joined the network and is looking forward to focusing our support and goals aligned to the Whole Child ASCD Initiative by participating in the network as it evolves.

At Common Ground last year, Maryland ASCD facilitated a Round Table on The Whole Child. Many participants responded with enthusiasm about the concept and the potential. Please check here frequently as we grow in this important endeavor!

Please read about the Whole Child Approach and what the NETWORK will bring to Maryland. See the information included below and follow links for more information. ASCD will be looking for Maryland schools that want to participate. If you are interested in being on The Whole Child Committee please call or email Chris Sparr at sparrcl@aol.com, or 443-465-4134.

The ASCD Whole Child Approach

The demands of the 21st century require a new approach to education, one that fully prepares students for college, career, and citizenship. Research, practice, and common sense confirm that a whole child approach to education will develop and prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow by addressing students’ comprehensive needs through the shared responsibility of students, families, schools, and communities.

All educators want to improve the work they do for students, their families, and the community. Whether it’s instruction, school climate, leadership, family engagement, or any of the other issues schools face on a daily basis, all educators need tools to help them improve their actions and methods. A whole child approach, which ensures that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, sets the standard for comprehensive, sustainable school improvement and provides for long-term student success.

ASCD’s Whole Child approach is an effort to transition from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of all children. Through this approach, ASCD supports educators, families, community members, and policymakers as they move from a vision about educating the whole child to sustainable, collaborative actions.

Whole Child Tenets

  • Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.
  • Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
  • Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.
  • Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.

What Do You Get from the Whole Child Network?

Schools that join this free network receive access to the following:

  • ASCD Whole Child School Improvement Tool™: ASCD’s online needs assessment tool is based on the ASCD Whole Child approach to education.
  • ASCD Whole Child School Improvement Tool report: A report specifically designed for whole child schools that details results down to the indicator level, highlighting key areas where the school is doing well and other areas that need additional supports.
  • ASCD Whole Child Network Guide: A dedicated guide that walks ASCD Whole Child Network schools through the report’s results and helps with planning the school’s professional development activities.
  • ASCD Action Planner: Designed for use in conjunction with the ASCD Whole Child Network™ Guide, the Action Planner allows schools to outline their yearly professional development and activities focused on a problem of practice.
  • ASCD Whole Child Network Continuum™: This continuum of 150 benchmarks is aligned to each Whole Child Tenet and Indicator spread across three levels from beginning through mastery.

Are you receiving the ASCD Whole Child Newsletter?

Sign up on www.wholechildeducation.org to receive this biweekly free resource and stay up to date on policies and practices, data, strategies, and tools to help you ensure that each child in your community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.