Report Captures Best Practices for Transforming Schools To Meet the Needs of All Students

June 4, 2009

Amy Vogt

ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Association of School Administrators has released “Transforming Our Schools,” an in-depth look at the challenges facing today’s school superintendents as they work to transform the nation’s public schools. The report summarizes discussions held among the country’s top public school superintendents at the 2008 National Superintendent of the Year Forum, an intensive, three-day leadership event hosted by AASA, ARAMARK Education and the ING Foundation, the program’s sponsors.

At the forum, the 2008 State Superintendents of the Year from urban, suburban and rural school systems participated in interactive discussions on best practices for transforming their schools to meet the needs of all students. Transforming a school district takes leadership, commitment and time. It also requires the support of stakeholders, the participants noted.  Superintendents of the Year identified the following groups as critical to transformation: 

  • Community members and leaders
  • School board members
  • Students
  • Business leaders
  • State legislators, and
  • Higher education leaders.

The superintendents agreed that the ability to speak in a unified voice to leaders of education-related organizations about superintendents’ vision for public education also affects whether transformation is successful.

In addition, successful transformation centers on promoting strategies that educate the total  child, said the participants. They agreed that other countries that are successfully educating their children keep this front and center.

A copy of the “Transforming Our Schools” report is available at: Copies may also be requested from AASA.  More information about the National Superintendent of the Year program is available at

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