Education Reform Key Topic at 2011 AASA National Conference on Education, Denver, Colo., Feb. 17-19

Contact: Kitty Porterfield, communications & media, 703-774-6953,

2011 National Conference on Education hosted by the American Association of School Administrators

February 17-19, 2011

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver, CO 80202 

Conference Information
Daily schedule

Media Registration
Members of the press who wish to attend must complete a registration form to receive a complimentary press pass. The form is available at or by contacting Kitty Porterfield, Reporters may also register on-site at the conference registration desk located in Hall D foyer of the Convention Center. 

Social Media and Online Coverage
You can follow the conference at or on Facebook at Online coverage including photos of the National Superintendent of the Year and keynote speakers will be posted at

The National Conference on Education is the annual meeting of current and aspiring school system leaders in the United States, including superintendents, principals, cabinet members, and directors. The conference will address critical issues affecting public education, including education reform, federal funding for education, budgeting in the new economy and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Education reporters are encouraged to attend for the latest information on national trends and issues affecting education and leadership, including assessment and accountability issues, student achievement, teacher pay, fiscal operations strategies and cost-containment practices, and superintendent/school board relations.

Keynote speakers are:

  • Michael Fullan, professor emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
  • Diane Ravitch, research professor of Education, New York University; and senior fellow, Brookings Institute and author.
  • Darrell Scott, author; founder of Rachel’s Challenge; speaker; and the father of Columbine High School victim Rachel Scott.

New!The Great Education Conversation

To advance the wide-ranging conversation on school reform currently under way across the nation, AASA has brought together educators and thought leaders who represent many sides of the debate, including

  • Rick Hess, director of Education Policy, American Institute Enterprise
  • Eric Paisner, vice president, Knowledge and Partnerships, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • Adam Porsch, program officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Robert Slavin, chairman, Success for All Foundation
  • Dennis Van Roekel, president, National Education Association 

The 2011 National Superintendent of the Year will be announced at the first general session on February 17. Additional awards presented during the conference will recognize outstanding school leaders.

The NCE Marketplace will feature approximately 250 exhibits showcasing the latest educational products and services.

Video and audio taping are not allowed at the conference without prior permission from AASA. Contact Christopher Daw at for more information. Please put “NCE Video and Audio Taping” in Subject Line and “cc” Kitty Porterfield at

Also of note on Feb. 15-16 Denver Conference by U.S. Department of Education

The Conference on Advancing Student Achievement through Labor-Management Collaboration sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education — in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators, National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, National School Boards Association, Council on Great City Schools and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service — will be held at the Denver Convention Center, on February 15-16, immediately preceding the AASA National Conference of Education. 

One hundred fifty school districts, many of whom will also be in attendance at AASA’s national conference, will participate. The conference intends to identify ways that collaborative labor-management relationships, policies and agreements can more directly drive student achievement. For more information: or U. S. Department of Education Press Office at

About AASA

The American Association of School Administrators, 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 Follow AASA on twitter at on Facebook at

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