From Teacher to Superintendent
About Leslye Abrutyn
A Pennsylvania teacher and administrator, Leslye Abrutyn, EdD, possesses a background in education spanning more than four decades. Her distinguished career has encompassed continuous promotion from general education and specialized classroom instruction to progressively responsible administrative positions. Leslye Abrutyn’s most recent educational service was to the Penn-Delco school district in the town of Aston, where she performed duties as the district superintendent for a decade.
Leslye Abrutyn received a number of education degrees and special certifications early in her career. She began her career in elementary education, moving toward special education and reading instruction soon after. At a junior high school in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Abrutyn coordinated the Title I Reading Program. She later worked in special education at a Rosemont high school. After earning several principal certifications, she took on responsibilities as assistant principal in Ardmore’s Merion School District. Eventually, she served as assistant and head superintendent in Aston.
In addition to authoring several publications, delivering presentations, and filming broadcasts on the topic of educational improvements, Leslye Abrutyn has earned numerous awards, grants, and recognition for her achievements. Most recently, she was chosen from a pool of 34,000 alumni of her alma mater, Boston University, to receive the Dean Arthur Herbert Wilde Society Award for service to her profession.
ASCD Offers Variety of Professional Development Opportunities for Educators, by Leslye Abrutyn
Formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, ASCD exists to develop programs that benefit educators. Educators then use these programs to become more effective in the classroom, better preparing their students with the knowledge they need to enter the workforce on the cutting edge.
Educators interested in taking advantage of ASCD's offerings have a number of professional development programs from which to choose. Every year, the organization hosts conferences and symposiums and provides online education programs designed to meet the needs of any educator. Conferences, for example, take place over several days and feature presentations from experts in particular fields and learning sessions designed for educators who concentrate on specific areas.
For more intense training, ASCD recommends institutes. These gatherings last from one to three days and enable educators to receive training from recognized experts. The institutes are also a great place to network with fellow educators.
About the author: An educator and administrator, Leslye Abrutyn has been involved with ASCD for most of her career. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, such as "Portfolios in the Classroom: An Introduction to Using," "The Most Important Data," and others.