Leaders of K-12 Education Technology Meet in St. Louis as Part of AASA’s Digital Consortium

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Consortium Serving as National Leader in Shaping Educational Technology Policies and Programs

Alexandria, Va. – April 11, 2018 – Superintendents and other school administrators serving as champions of education technology are gathering in St. Louis, April 19-21, as part of AASA’s Digital Consortium. Created in 2014, the consortium is intended as a pathway for school district leaders to implement digital transitions and shape the technological landscape on behalf of the students they serve.

The meeting will be hosted by The School Superintendents Association, Fuel Education and the Mehlville School District. Participants who are leading successful digital transitions in their home districts will have ample opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue with their peers about successful models of digital content and professional development to improve student achievement.

“At a time when digital learning is a critical component when it comes to how students learn and raising academic outcomes, AASA’s Digital Consortium has a proven track record for mobilizing tech-savvy superintendents who are serious about building e-learning environments in their respective communities,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Through our leadership programs, we are witnessing outstanding peer-to-peer engagement among our members, which can only help their districts as they share best practices and strategies on behalf of their students and staff.”

“The technology demonstrations, school visits and speakers have been outstanding each year throughout the four-year tenure of the AASA Digital Consortium,” said Chris Gaines, president-elect of AASA and superintendent, Mehlville School District. “When superintendents attend these meetings, they see a healthy mix of what is happening across the country in terms of innovative digital curriculum. They can then bring these ideas back to their home districts. We are honored to serve as the host site for the 2018 spring meeting.”

During last fall’s consortium meeting, superintendents visited Raisbeck High School outside Seattle, Wash., and had a firsthand look at aviators and computer programmers of tomorrow going through a school day with jet planes in the backyard of their school. (Watch a short video capturing highlights from the Seattle meeting.)
    
Marlon Styles, superintendent of Middletown City Schools in Middletown, Ohio, attended the Seattle meeting. “It means the world to be in the presence of so many risk-takers who are leaders in the field of innovation as it relates to technology. We are pursuing the same goal, which is to personalize education for students. To be among the company of the best and brightest is truly a blessing.”

To learn more about the program, visit the AASA Digital Consortium website, which includes AASA’s recently produced case studies featuring several members of the consortium. Superintendents and other school system leaders can also contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership services, at msherman@aasa.org or Debbie Magee, program manager, at Debbie.Magee@aasa.org.

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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.