AASA Launches Digital Consortium

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James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – (Nov. 18, 2014) – Inresponse to the rapidly increasing level of digital learning underway in our schools, more than 20 superintendents from across the country today joined the leadership of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, in Seattle, Wash., to launch the AASA Digital Consortium. The meeting was hosted by Amazon at the company’s headquarters in Seattle, Wash.

The purpose of the consortium is to provide school administrators with insight into successful models of best practices using digital media.

Superintendents who attended the meeting have been recognized as educational leaders who have integrated technology into the learning process to positively impact student achievement. The gathering allowed superintendents to exchange information with respect to high-tech programs underway in their respective districts.

“The district leaders who joined us for this consortium are leading the way in the implementation of digital learning, which is why we’re excited about this new initiative,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “A tablet in the hands of every child will amount to nothing if the appropriate content and delivery systems are not in place. We thank Amazon for its support of this convening.”

Technology offers the potential to realize a personalized education for every child,” said Denny Dearden, associate executive director, leadership, meetings and partnerships, AASA. “It can be a powerful tool when used by educators that have been trained to maximize its effectiveness and when the hardware and software add value to the learning process. We are grateful to Amazon for collaborating with us to boost technology in K-12 learning nationwide.”

“We are confident this collaboration will help us take advantage of the resources currently being used to enhanced engaged teaching and learning in our schools,” added Domenech. “Sharing experiences and best practices will help us devise a blueprint for digital learning that districts can use to inform and enable their respective digital transition plans.”

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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 advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.