Nation’s Superintendents to Gather in Nashville for AASA’s 2018 National Conference on Education

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National Superintendent of the Year® to be Announced

Alexandria, Va. – January 24, 2018 – School system leaders and other advocates of public education representing diverse communities throughout the nation are meeting in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 15-17, for the 2018 National Conference on Education. Hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, this event is regarded as the most comprehensive professional learning and networking event for school superintendents and administrators.

Themed “Education in the Digital Age,” superintendents will present case studies and engage with their peers about improving academic outcomes for the more than 50 million students attending our public schools. Key topics throughout the conference are curriculum and instruction; digitizing education; leadership for equity; personalizing education; principal supervisor initiatives; and superintendent/school board relationships.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, president historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Sal Khan, founder and CEO, Khan Academy
  • Catherine E. Lhamon, chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights at the U.S. Dept. of Education
  • Todd Rose, president and co-founder, Center for Individual Opportunity
  • Mara Casey Tieken, associate professor, Bates College  

“There is no better time than now to reframe the current dialogue on public education — the bedrock of our society and the lifeblood of our democracy,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “For generations, AASA has been bringing together the sharpest minds in education for this event. It will be an honor to have hundreds of superintendents — America’s foremost thought leaders in public education — join us in Nashville for our national conference.”   
On Day No. 1 of the conference, the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year® will be announced. The four finalists include:

(VIDEO: Watch the January 11 press briefing featuring the four finalists, held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.)

On Day No. 2 of the conference, attendees will participate in the I Love Public Education rally, sending a signal to educators, policymakers, business leaders, media and parents to promote the important roles public education plays to lead, shape and grow communities across the country. On this day, the recipients of the 2018 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award will also be honored. This award recognizes leaders who exemplify the qualities modeled by the late Effie Hall Jones, an educator and former AASA associate executive director. These distinctive attributes included her professional and personal commitment to diversifying the field of education with high quality leaders and ensuring the best education for all students.       

During the conference, the nearly 40 superintendents who have completed the rigorous National Superintendent Certification Program® will be recognized for their achievements. Through AASA’s in-depth curriculum, dynamic in-person sessions, one-on-one mentoring and long-term professional networks, the program delivers the comprehensive leadership development early career leaders need.

In addition, nearly 50 educators will be recognized for completing the AASA Urban Superintendents Academy with Howard University and the University of Southern California. This program offers a dynamic approach to urban superintendent preparation to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in our nation’s urban areas. 

For the third consecutive year, superintendents who are social media novices, experts or somewhere in between are invited to take advantage of AASA’s Social Media Lounge, which can be found on the conference’s showroom floor. This year’s installment will feature opportunities for attendees to learn about the latest social media tools and best practices being used in school districts; gain hands-on social media assistance; make new connections; participate in unique contests and giveaways; and take advantage of photo and video opportunities. Superintendents are encouraged to stop by the lounge during the conference and meet with NCE 18 session thought leaders. They can also engage with their peers by using the hashtag #NCE18 in their Twitter and Facebook posts.

From start to finish, educators will have the opportunity to follow the activities and conversations in Nashville through AASA’s Conference Daily Online. The publication provides a comprehensive report on the conference proceedings, including coverage of key speakers, award winners and AASA governance activities, plus photos and short videos, a Twitter feed and a conference blog that shares the experiences of four participating superintendents.

For more information about the 2018 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 advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders. For more information, visit