AASA, JASON Learning Announce Partnership to Promote STEM Education

AASA members can access this powerful, integrated learning system for their districts, schools and communities

For Immediate Release

Alexandria, Va. – June 9, 2014 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and JASON Learning have launched a nationwide STEM partnership to bolster teaching and learning excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Created in part by the National Geographic Society, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, NASA and other international STEM leaders, JASON Learning is used by more than three million students nationwide. One of America’s foremost authorities in STEM based, standards-aligned integrated curriculum and assessment courseware, JASON is a recent winner of two prestigious CODiE Awards, a program that recognizes expertise in the software and information industries.

By virtue of its robust, cloud-based platform—the JASON Mission Center—students are encouraged to explore and develop learning experiences at their own pace through a variety of media resources. “JASON’s platform allows teachers to easily and effectively customize and differentiate lesson plans for students of all learning capabilities,” said Eleanor Smalley, executive vice president and chief operating officer, JASON Learning. “The platform allows for seamless integration into district curriculum.”

Through this partnership, AASA members will have the opportunity to access the entire JASON program. The package includes curriculum, videos, assessments, support materials and some of the best thinking about STEM today.

“STEM education has become a critical component to our economic growth,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “By advancing the AASA-JASON Learning partnership, we will reach more school districts, more schools and most importantly, more students in our efforts to escalate STEM learning environments, especially in low-income areas. I encourage our members to take advantage of this cutting-edge initiative.”

“We are excited about this partnership because AASA is America’s premier voice for advocating on behalf of public schools and public school children by working directly with school district leaders. Our work will advance academic success for our students,” added Smalley.

The program will provide schools with lesson plans, assessments and comprehensive professional development programs. The program will also:

    · Deliver professional development opportunities for superintendents in STEM curricula;

    · Create opportunities for superintendents to become part of JASON Learning’s National Argonaut Program—an initiative that’s engaged hundreds of students and educators worldwide in hands-on, scientific field work.

For more information about the AASA-JASON Learning national STEM partnership and how AASA members can access the program, contact Mort Sherman, AASA superintendent-in-residence, at msherman@aasa.org or Eleanor Smalley, JASON Learning executive vice president and chief operating officer, at esmalley@jason.org. In addition, please visit the website at http://www.aasa.org/jason.aspx.

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About JASON Learning
JASON Learning is a nonprofit organization managed by Sea Research Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the National Geographic Society. Founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard, the mission of JASON is to inspire and educate kids everywhere through real science and exploration. JASON provides multimedia curricular experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for K-12 students, and corresponding professional development for educators in a wide variety of formal and informal education environments.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 10,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.


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