AASA Learning 2025
Vision & Action for Today's Learners
AASA Learning 2025: Student-Centered, Equity-Focused, Future-Driven Education is a movement that calls for holistic redesign of the public school system by 2025.
The initiative is grounded in the foundational work of the AASA Learning 2025 National Commission, comprised of thought leaders in education, business, community and philanthropy, and is guided by the commission’s report, An American Imperative: A New Vision of Public Schools.
Join colleagues as we impact the future of public education.
Why Become an AASA Learning 2025 Demonstration System?
The time for action is now.
Learn, grow and take action with colleagues, plus gain access to services tailored specifically to your district’s individual needs.
Become part of communities of practice, unlock access to extensive professional learning, receive senior consulting services and strategic planning support, and move your district forward with evidence- and research-based recommendations to provide all learners with a bright future.
More than 120 systems are already working to change the future of education. Will you join us?
We often talk about lifelong learning, but we rarely give ourselves opportunities to engage in that learning. Learning 2025 serves as the perfect remedy—a remedy for future-driven, equity-focused education.Shari Camhi
Benefits of Being Involved with Learning 2025
AASA Learning 2025 Demonstration Systems will actively engage in system transformation in one or more of the national commission’s recommended redesign components through access to a full year of personalized support and resources.
Communities of Practice
Communities of practice are networked learning communities engaged deeply in one area of Learning 2025 Redesign Components and/or engaged with similar school systems on programs of practice and effective strategies for school improvement. Systems may join up to three (3) Communities of Practice.
Mentoring & Consulting
Each superintendent/school system will be paired with a mentor/consultant with extensive experience. An intake session will drive a personalized plan of support for the system. The mentor/consultant will connect the superintendent with successful and next practices on issues and initiatives their district is addressing.
Participation in an AASA Cohort
Demonstration systems will have the opportunity to participate in one AASA Cohort where participants will explore problems of practice, drive improvement in their district and across the nation, and work together to better meet the needs of all learners.
Join discussions and roundtables with colleagues who share similar responsibilities. Sessions will include sharing successful practices and policies, new and emerging instructional redesign, and workforce redesign. Special Wonder-Hour sessions will be held six times during the year, focusing on a future trend likely to impact education systems.
Monthly Professional Learning & Exclusive Resources
Experience regular, ongoing professional learning featuring thought leaders and colleagues who are doing the work alongside you, plus access resources exclusive to Learning 2025 participants to aid you on your journey.
In addition to continual virtual and in-person networking opportunities with other demonstration systems, districts will be provided the opportunity to connect with national thought leader practitioners and others who support system initiatives.
Learning 2025 in Action
Learning 2025 Demonstration Systems are moving the needle and creating real, holistic systemic changes in their districts, communities and across the country.
December 01, 2022Broadening Students’ Skills and Readiness Beyond SchoolType:
ArticleTopics: College- Career- and Life-ReadinessThe fourth column in our series showcases Ephrata, Pa., one of AASA Learning 2025’s Lighthouse school districts.
November 01, 2022Naperville’s Essential Integration of SELType:
ArticleThe third column in a year-long series showcasing each of the AASA Learning 2025’s Lighthouse school districts.
October 01, 2022How Baldwin Prepares Students for Their FuturesType:
ArticleTopics: College- Career- and Life-ReadinessThe second column in a year-long series showcasing each of the AASA Learning 2025’s Lighthouse school districts.
September 01, 2022A Beacon of 12 Shining LightsType:
ArticleTopics: Curriculum & Assessment District & School Operations EquityThe first column in a year-long series that will showcase each of the AASA Learning 2025’s Lighthouse school districts.
One of the most valuable aspects of AASA right now is the initiative for Learning 2025. Being a part of that initiative has offered me more opportunity than I could have imagined to figure out 'how do we move our schools forward, how do we support the whole child, how do we have future-driven schools, and how do we make sure that no child, not even one, is marginalized'.Mary Templeton
Demonstration System Video Spotlights
AASA's Vision of Systemic Redesign
The commission has identified core components and corresponding essential areas of systemic school redesign.
As leaders, teachers, and students work to realize this vision, all must play an active role in redesigning systems, reengineering instruction and co-authoring the learning journey.
Core Redesign Components:
Systemic redesign must happen within an intentional, relationships-based culture that is:
- Whole Learner Focused: The entire system must attend to the social, emotional, cognitive, mental health and trauma-based needs of ALL learners.
- No Learner Marginalized: ALL children, families and staff must be embraced, valued equally and served with equity—regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic circumstance or disability.
- Future Driven: Schools must routinely anticipate forthcoming changes in the career landscape to inform all decisions today.
Learning must entirely reorient around the learner.
In order to meet ALL learners’ social, emotional and cognitive needs, instruction and learning must happen on a growth model continuum, where data analytics, planning, learning and evidence of learning operate in a feedback loop to personalize learning.
Panels of school, association, state and federal leaders must convene to determine how to unlock resources to meet ALL children’s Whole Learner needs in the following categories:
- Learning Accelerators: Broadband must be deemed a public utility so that ALL learners have access to the technologies necessary to access and accelerate learning.
- Aligned Community Resources: To meet Whole Learner needs, educators, learners and learners’ families must have access to a robust, multi-tiered system of supports.
- High-Quality Early Learning for ALL Children: ALL children must engage in high-impact early learning to prepare them to function as co-authors of learning in their K-12 journey.
- Diverse Educator Pipeline: Educators and staff must represent the learners, families and communities they serve so that true culturally-responsive learning is possible.
Registration Now Open for the National Summit
This initiative alone has driven conversations toward unprecedented realizations, and we have pushed our leaders to learn, unlearn and relearn—and to think boldly while doing so in support of each and every child—especially those who are furthest away from educational opportunity.Calvin J. Watts
3 Ways to Become Involved
Become a Demonstration System
Commit to creating a better future for learners around the nation while moving your district forward with evidence- and research-based recommendations. Leverage the largest professional learning network of top educators in the country and get year-round access to personalized support, communities of practice, mentors, resources, collaboratives and more.
Become an Engaged System
An opportunity to become engaged with Learning 2025 on a smaller scale. Engaged systems have access to specific resources and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues.
Become a Learning 2025 Partner
The potential impact of this initiative is a massive one. But it can only happen with help from generous partners like you. Partner directly with school leaders to support the Learning 2025 initiative.