So I received an e-mail from ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) today.  I am really excited and honored to make it through the first round for the OYEA!

Dear Gary,

Congratulations! You have been selected as an exemplary nominee for the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) 2012. The OYEA Selection Committee appreciates your hard work and creativity as an educator, and consequently selected you from a large pool of applicants to move forward in the selection process.

For those of my teaching friends who are not aware of ASCD, it is actually quite an impressive organization.  As a member you get a magazine called Educational Leadership which is well worth the membership fee.  You can actually view the articles online.  For those of you who are techies, you should check out the February issue, Teaching Screenagers. This issue is all about the issues of teaching kids who are glued to Smartphones, Facebook, and Twitter.   One article I particularly suggest reading is how to have your students use cell phones constructively in the classroom.