AASA Launches National Network of Education Leaders to Improve Schools


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – May 21, 2014 – School system leaders from across the country have established a network to serve as critical friends as they address challenging issues of school improvement, transformation and accountability announced today by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

The AASA Collaborative, comprising superintendents and other educational leaders, will focus on a broad set of accountabilities, not limited to high-stakes testing. Including consultancies, site visits, conferences, in-person and online professional learning, and connections to university and corporate colleagues, the Collaborative builds systems improvements to assure sustainability over time.

“Superintendents are our thought leaders in education,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “I see the Collaborative as a vehicle to give them the voice they deserve and the support and resources they need to carry out their very important work.”

“Locally-driven, grass-roots, bottom-up initiatives connected through sensible networks of innovation-minded leaders and schools are much more effective in bringing about meaningful changes to education than mandates by a centralized authority,” said Yong Zhao, presidential scholar, College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore. “The AASA collaborative is one of such networks.” (Zhao will serve as one of the Collaborative’s thought leaders.)

The AASA Collaborative offers connected approaches to address key issues of policy and practice as school leaders seek to meet evolving demands. The Collaborative will establish an environment where superintendents can learn and grow together as they work to develop and meet the high expectations for each and every student. These approaches include networks for sharing ideas, assessing models of learning excellence and superintendent study groups.

“Serving as a superintendent is one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs in America,” said Morton Sherman, AASA superintendent-in-residence, who is leading the Collaborative. “By working together we can advocate for excellence in education from front line administrators whose experience and passion will establish a new national model.”

For additional information on the AASA Collaborative and how to become a part of it, visit http://www.aasa.org/AASACollaborative.aspx.

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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. Information on AASA Children’s Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.