Rockdale Open Campus Assistant Principal Torian White has been selected as part of national education nonprofit ASCD's 2011 class of Emerging Leaders. The Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy, and practice on both the local and national levels.
The leaders are enrolled in the program for two years, and may be paired with an ASCD mentor—a Board of Directors member, Leadership Council member, affiliate leader, or other high-level contributor—who will provide support and help to guide their development. White will also attend ASCD's Leader to Leader (L2L) Conference in late July, where he will have the chance to grow as an ASCD leader and access new ideas, resources, and best practices from ASCD leaders, presenters, and staff.
This year's leaders were invited to apply for the competitive program based on self-nominations and recommendations made by past program participants, current ASCD members, and the greater education community.
“I’m excited to be a part of ASCD’s Emerging Leaders program, and I am proud to represent my district and state. I share this honor with my family, colleagues, and students,” said White, who just concluded his first year as assistant principal. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to grow as a professional, and I believe this program will equip me with tools to become a more effective educator and help more students in the community.”
Emerging Leaders have generally been in the profession between five 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. The 2011 class of Emerging Leaders come from a wide range of regions and professions, ranging from reading specialists to effectiveness managers, hailing from across the globe and educating students from Iowa to Argentina.
“We are proud to work with this group of outstanding young people and provide them with the tools and connections to help them on their journey to become leaders in education,” said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Gene Carter. “This 2011 group of leaders is such a passionate group of teachers and administrators, and we’re proud to induct them into the program.”
For more information on ASCD’s Emerging Leaders program or to learn more about ASCD and ASCD membership, visit www.ascd.org.