Nation’s Top Superintendents Convene for AASA’s 2014 State Superintendent of the Year Forum

Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 12, 2014 – The 2014 State Superintendents of the Year and other education stakeholders will gather at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., today and tomorrow, Nov. 12-13, 2014, to discuss some of the most critical issues in education today. The State Superintendent of the Year Forum, entitled “Leadership for Change,” is co-sponsored by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, Aramark and VALIC.

Attendees will include Alberto M. Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and AASA’s 2014 National Superintendent of the Year. This year’s State Superintendents of the Year are also attending.

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“As a founding sponsor of AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year program, Aramark is proud to support the ongoing leadership, innovation and commitment to excellence by AASA and the state superintendents we are honoring,” said Jeff Gilliam, president, Aramark. “We thank the talented school system leaders who are dedicated to advancing student achievement in not only their respective school districts and communities, but their states across the nation.”

"VALIC is pleased to partner with Aramark and AASA to salute the women and men being honored during the Superintendent of the Year Forum," said John Kevin, vice president, K-12 Markets, VALIC.

“The superior leadership these superintendents offer is bringing a positive education experience to the schools and students they serve. When educators like these work together, we know that the level of learning will continue to grow.”

Topics of discussion throughout the Forum will include student data/privacy, school discipline and school finance. The Forum will also include a trip to the White House for a discussion with the Domestic Policy Council, a tour of Capitol Hill and discussions at the Hall of States.

AASA hosted its 2014 National Superintendent of the Year Gala last night to celebrate the leadership and exceptional contributions these school system leaders are making throughout the country. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan served as keynote speaker at the event, which was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel.

“The outstanding superintendents we are celebrating are a direct link to why our public schools throughout the country continue to thrive,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We commend our sponsors for supporting AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year program. Through our Forum, we are communicating to the country that superintendents serve as the voice for all children in their communities.”

For more information about AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year program, contact Paula Dearden, AASA director of awards and scholarships, at pdearden@aasa.org.

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About Aramark
Aramark delivers experiences that enrich and nourish people’s lives through innovative food, facility, and uniform services. To help support the K-12 educational mission, Aramark K-12 Education partners with more than 500 school districts across the country - offering breakfast and lunch meal programs, after-school snacks, summer meals, catering, nutrition education, and facilities management services, including maintenance, custodial, grounds, and energy management. Aramark programs are designed to encourage healthy eating habits, increase meal participation, and create safe, clean, comfortable learning environments for students and district communities. For more information, please visit www.aramarkschools.com.

About VALIC

For more than half a century, VALIC has served as a leading retirement plan provider for K-12 schools and school districts, as well as for higher education, healthcare, government and other not-for-profit institutions. As of June 30, 2014, VALIC has more than $88 billion in total assets under management and manages plans for nearly 24,000 groups serving nearly 2 million plan participants. VALIC represents The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. and VALIC Retirement Services Company. For more information about VALIC, please visit www.VALIC.com.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.