Nation’s School System Leaders Convene in San Diego to Celebrate AASA’s 150th Anniversary


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Alexandria, Va. – Dec. 3, 2014 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, will bring together hundreds of superintendents, school system administrators and other education decision makers to celebrate 150 years of supporting and advancing public education at the 2015 National Conference on Education, Feb. 26-28, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Themed “Celebrate Public Education in America,” AASA’s anniversary celebration will address some of public education’s most critical issues, including the Common Core State Standards, superintendent/school board relationships, digitizing learning and healthy school environments.

“AASA has been serving as the voice for school district leaders for 150 years,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We are helping superintendents set the pace for the way children learn and what they will achieve later in life. As we applaud public school leaders everywhere for the tremendous work they do, we are looking forward to this milestone in an effort to set a positive educational framework for generations to come.”

For the first time, superintendents will be recognized for completing the prestigious National Superintendent Certification program. Launched in 2013, the educational leadership program focuses on sharpening the skills that successful superintendents acknowledge are needed to thrive on the job.

“Development of our nation’s superintendents has been a longstanding mission of AASA,” added Domenech. “Our ability to ensure that our district leaders have the tools and training to succeed in the job is critical to moving the success of America’s schools.”

Keynote speakers at the conference will include:

· Richard W. Riley, senior partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP and EducationCounsel LLC. A former U.S. Secretary of Education (1993-2001) and a former Governor of South Carolina (1979-87), Riley, with full support of the firm, remains an ambassador for improving education in the state, nation and abroad.

· Cal Ripken, Jr., Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and vice chairman of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Known as the “Ironman” in Major League Baseball for having played 2,632 consecutive games for the Baltimore Orioles, Ripken will explain how values through education, or what he often refers to as “teachable moments,” are essential to the development and success of young people today.

· Dan Heath, Sr. Fellow at Duke University’s CASE Center and best-selling author. When it comes to making choices, it seems our brains are flawed instruments. Heath will discuss how merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn't fix the problem. The real question, he asks, is how can we do better?

· Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, president and CEO of Educational Achievement Services, Inc., Kickbusch will provide her personal story of challenges and triumphs as a child of the “barrio” who succeeded in spite of many cultural, social and educational obstacles. This discussion will provide attendees with different dimensions of diversity in today’s environment.

During the first General Session (Thursday, Feb. 26), AASA’s 2015 National Superintendent of the Year will be announced. Now in its 28th year, the program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead our nation’s public schools.

From start to finish, educators will have the opportunity to follow the activities and conversations through AASA’s Conference Daily Online. The award-winning publication provides a comprehensive look at the conference proceedings, including coverage of key speakers, award winners and AASA governance activities, plus photo and video galleries.

The conference hashtag is #NCE15 while the anniversary hashtag is #AASA150. For more information about the 2015 National Conference on Education, visit


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