Superintendents to Convene in California for Personalized Learning Summit


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Alexandria, Va., Vista, Calif. – Sept. 19, 2016 – Superintendents from across the country are gathering at the Quantum Learning Network in Oceanside, Calif., Sept. 21-23, for the fall meeting of AASA’s Superintendents’ Leadership and Certification Summit.

Vista Unified School District, a leading school district in implementing personalized learning, is hosting the meeting, the second of two cohort meetings this year. Vista Challenge High School was awarded a $10 million grant this month, as one of 10 schools across the country honored as an “XQ Super School.”     

“When we talk about personalized learning in our country, we’re not referring to a distant hope lingering on the horizon—it’s happening now and thriving throughout dozens of school districts in America,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “I applaud AASA members who are participating in our superintendent’s cohort. This engagement is geared to share the successful models of personalized learning that are directly addressing the needs of our students. We are also grateful to Vista USD for hosting our meeting.”   

“It’s an honor for the Vista Unified School District, our staff and community to serve as the host site for AASA’s Superintendents’ Cohort on Personalized Learning,” said Devin Vodicka, superintendent, Vista Unified School District, and the 2016 AASA State Superintendent of the Year from California. “It is critically important to create a community of superintendents to lead this national movement. As we grow this movement, more and more students in small school districts and large will benefit.”

The three-day gathering will provide opportunities for participating superintendents to learn and grow together with an eye toward working as “critical friends” as action steps are taken in their respective districts. An essential part of this new cohort will be taking active roles with colleagues toward an AASA Personalized Learning Certificate. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit various schools to get a firsthand look at personalized learning in action.

“We created this cohort in order for superintendents to have a voice as we transform teaching and learning excellence through the growing personalized landscape in public education,” said Mort Sherman, associate executive director, AASA. “We are determined to create opportunities for superintendents to engage in what has become an effective way to reach every child in a school district.”   

Earlier this year, Personalizing 21st Century Education: A Framework for Student Success (Jossey-Bass), a book co-authored by Domenech, Sherman and John L. Brown, which begins with a manifesto for change, emphasizing the significance of true personalization for every learner.

For more information about AASA’s Personalized Learning program, visit the AASA website, or contact Mort Sherman 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

About Vista Unified School District
Vista Unified School District, located in San Diego’s North County, serves more than 22,000 Pre-K-12 students across 31 schools, 58 percent of whom are considered low-income and qualify for free or reduced price meals while 10 percent are homeless. 24 percent of Vista’s students are learning English as a second language.