Teacher Selected for ‘Education Rock Star’ Program

June 22, 2016, 10:23 AM HST
* Updated June 22, 10:27 AM
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teacherJustin Brown, career and technical education coordinator at Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona, was selected for ASCD’s 2016 Emerging Leaders program.

ASCD is a global community of educators dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading.

The Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy, and practice on both the local and national levels.

With 50 total members, the 2016 class is the largest since the program’s inception in 2005 and includes educators from 20 states, the District of Columbia, Bermuda and Taiwan.

“This year’s group of emerging leaders are the education rock stars of tomorrow,” said Ronn Nozoe, ASCD associate executive director and former deputy superintendent of the Hawai‘i Department of Education. “Each of these educators brings a special passion and commitment to ensuring all kids succeed. We look forward to learning from each of these extraordinary leaders and giving them a platform to increase the positive change they bring to the profession and to the lives of students.”


All emerging leaders are enrolled in the program for two years and help to shape education policy, advocate for the whole child and explore multiple ASCD leadership pathways. Alumni from the program―including Steven Anderson, Fred Ende, Tony Frontier and Pete Hall―have become ASCD authors, while others have become ASCD faculty and board members.


While in the program, educators have the opportunity to take advantage of numerous opportunities, such as the following:

  • Presenting at ASCD conferences and events
  • Writing for ASCD publications, including the Inservice blog, and contributing blogs and articles to other outlets
  • Facilitating the #ASCDL2L Twitter chat, which occurs on the first Tuesday of each month
  • Hosting episodes of ASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio, a weekly program produced in partnership with BAM! Radio Network

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