School System Leaders Converge in Suburban Chicago to Help Ensure High School Students are College Ready, Career Ready & Life Ready at First-Ever Redefining Ready! National Summit


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – September 26, 2018 – Superintendents from across the country are gathering at High  School District 214 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago for the first Redefining Ready! National Summit 2018, Monday, Oct. 1. The summit is hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and District 214.

Launched two years ago by AASA, the Redefining Ready! initiative introduces new research-based metrics to more appropriately assess whether students are ready to pursue their lifelong goals and dreams following post-secondary education.

“AASA is championing the critical issue of redefining college and career ready standards so our high school graduates can effectively pursue their post-secondary goals with confidence,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We are pleased that AASA members are coming together to help create successful models of engaging real-life workplace situations on behalf of our students. We are grateful to High School District 214 for serving as the host site for our summit.”

Redefining Ready! is changing the narrative about how students are learning and demonstrating their knowledge,” said David R. Schuler, superintendent, High School District 214, AASA 2018 National Superintendent of the Year and past AASA president. “The outstanding school system leaders joining us for this meeting realize the responsibility we have as educators to change the trajectory of our students’ journeys and dreams beyond high school so they can be productive citizens of society.”

U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) will deliver keynote remarks (via a video message) at the summit, which will consist of various breakout sessions and strand-specific site visits to District 214’s high schools. The program will conclude with reflection by attendees, followed by the beginning of the AASA Redefining Ready! Cohort two-day meeting.

The inaugural AASA Redefining Ready! Cohort was incredibly successful. Some of the highlights during the first year include:
• 37 districts joined the 2017-18 Redefining Ready! Cohort.
• 14 states included Redefining Ready! language in their ESSA plans.
• 31 visits were made to states and districts to talk about Redefining Ready!.
• More than 50 districts have signed up to be part of the 2018-19 Redefining Ready! Cohort.

VIDEO: Watch the AASA Redefining Ready! Cohort video, which highlights the last cohort meeting, held at Virginia Beach City Public Schools earlier this year.

To learn more about the program, visit the AASA Redefining Ready! web page. Superintendents and other school system leaders can also contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership services, at, or Debbie Magee, program manager, 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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit