AASA Calls on Nation’s Superintendents to be ‘Connected Educators’

AASA Encourages Administrators to Increase Engagement in Online Learning Communities as Part of Connected Educator Month

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James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – (Sept. 26, 2013) – Recognizing the significance of online collaborative learning in improving classroom instruction and academic achievement, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is calling on the nation’s superintendents and other administrators to be “connected educators.”

October is Connected Educator Month 2013 and school system leaders are encouraged to leverage online and social media tools to share best practices and create digital learning communities.

“Connected educators are essential in positive teaching and learning environments,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Collaboration through high technology is a must for today’s superintendent, which is why we are pleased to see an increasing number of administrators leveraging online platforms. Connected Educator Month is important to our entire education continuum.”

AASA is a partner in Connected Educator Month 2013, a national initiative convened by the U.S. Department of Education. During the program’s inaugural year in 2012, more than 170 education organizations, companies and communities came together to offer more than 450 events and activities. Connected Educator Month information reached more than four million individuals through the event hashtag. The hashtag for Connected Educator Month 2013 is #ce13.

The program focuses on building capacity and galvanizing action to prepare educators to thrive in a connected world. It is also aimed at helping school districts promote and integrate online social learning in their formal professional development.

“Across the nation, superintendents are using websites, social media, blogs and other channels to collaborate quickly,” added Domenech. “It’s important that online engagement continues not only during Connected Educator Month, but throughout the school year.”

As part of Connected Educator Month, AASA and superintendents across the United States will play key roles in shaping efforts in local districts and throughout the nation. Connected Educator Month provides superintendents an opportunity to connect educators to proven life-long professional development opportunities. Specifically, AASA will:

  • Encourage districts to take advantage of free information and a variety of connected education resources created by experts in the field;
  • Encourage communities to host district-specific Connected Educator Month activities, using tools provided by the U.S. Department of Education;
  • Promote AASA, state chapter and individual district-led events and activities aligned with Connected Educator Month;
  • Promote exemplars and promising models where states and districts highlight connected educators and the role of the superintendent;
  • Encourage all educators to participate in online communities and learning networks as part of Connected Educator Month.

To help superintendents maximize the opportunities available through Connected Educator Month, the effort will:

  • Offer a dedicated Connected Educator Month web page (bit.ly/cem_for_districts) for school districts, as well as individual states;
  • Offer an online toolkit for school districts (bit.ly/cem13_district_toolkit) on Connected Educator Month and tips on how best to engage communities;
  • Allow each participating district to create its own page on the Connected Educator Month website to serve as a home base for its educators.

Those who want to be a part of Connected Educator Month are urged to sign up via http://connectededucators.org. This site provides access to all aspects of Connected Educator Month and offers regular updates on activities at the local, state and national levels. Educators can also become a part of edConnectr (http://edconnectr.connectededucators.org) a new online platform that matches educators to events and activities of greatest relevance to them.

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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. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage.

About Connected Educator Month

Connected Educator Month is a highly distributed, month-long online event convened by the U.S. Department of Education. The overarching goal of Connected Educator Month is to bring together educators at all levels, in all disciplines, addressing key education issues by moving together toward a fully connected and collaborative profession. For more information about Connected Educator Month, visit www.connectededucatormonth.org.