Nation’s Top School System Leaders Convene for AASA’s Superintendent of the Year Forum

Forum to be preceded by First Annual AASA National Superintendent of the Year Gala


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 12, 2013 – The 2013 Superintendents of the Year and other education stakeholders will gather at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, to discuss some of the most critical issues in education today. The Superintendent of the Year Forum, “Current Challenges and Future Opportunities Facing Public Education” is co-sponsored by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, ARAMARK Education and VALIC.

Attendees will include Mark A. Edwards, superintendent of Mooresville, N.C., Graded School District and 2013 AASA National Superintendent of the Year, as well as this year’s State Superintendents of the Year. Members of the media are invited to attend the forum.

Featured sessions include:

  • “Champions for Kids”
    Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA
    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • Panel Discussion: The Common Core: A Discussion of Standards, Assessments and Implementation
    Michele McNeil, reporter, Education Week (moderator)
    Maria Ferguson, executive director, Center on Education Policy
    Cheryl Oldham, vice president, education policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Update From the U.S. Department of Education
    Deborah S. Delisle, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Digital Conversion-Model for Student Achievement
    Mark A. Edwards, AASA National Superintendent of the Year
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Superintendents’ Vision for Public Education
    Joseph Scherer, executive director, Superintendents National Dialogue
    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“ARAMARK is honored to sponsor this program because we understand the importance of—and have a fundamental responsibility to support—a vibrant, strong public education system,” said Dennis Maple, president, ARAMARK Education. “It is inspiring to work with these superintendents, whose leadership, passion and tireless efforts are creating the relevant solutions and productive school environments that will assure promising futures for our children and successful competition in a 21st century global economy.”

“VALIC is proud to join ARAMARK and AASA for honoring these superintendents for the work they do to improve the lives of children across the country,” said John Kevin, vice president, K-12 Markets, VALIC. “We salute the achievements of these individuals for creating the essential learning environments in their schools and communities. When educators like these work together, we know that the level of learning will continue to grow.”

On Friday, Nov. 15, superintendents are meeting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Likely topics of discussion will include the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, career and technical education, teacher preparation, education technology, rural education and education funding.

A day prior to the forum, AASA will host its first annual Gala on Nov. 13 to celebrate the leadership and exceptional contributions these school system leaders are making throughout the country. The gala will be held at the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

“We commend our sponsors for supporting AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year program,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “By showcasing our national and state Superintendents of the Year on the national stage, we’re communicating to the country that one of the most important factors in our educational system begins with school district leaders. These are the individuals who help shape education policy and we’re proud to work directly with them.”

More information on the Superintendent of the Year program and a list of the 49 state-level award winners can be found at


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 Follow AASA on Twitter at or on Facebook at Information on AASA Children’s Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.

About ARAMARK Education
To help support the K-12 educational mission, ARAMARK Education provides a complete range of food, facility, uniform and other support services to more than 500 school districts in the U.S. ARAMARK Education offers public and private education institutions a family of dining and facility services including: on-site and off-site breakfast and lunch meal programs; after-school and summer meals; catering; nutrition education; retail design and operations; maintenance, custodial, grounds, energy management, construction management, and building commissioning. For more information on ARAMARK’s K-12 food and facility services programs, please visit

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 August 30, 2013, VALIC has more than $79 billion in total assets under management and manages plans for nearly 25,000 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 on VALIC, please visit