Nation’s Top School District Leaders Convene in Washington for AASA’s 2018 State Superintendent of the Year Forum


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 7, 2018 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the nation’s premier voice for school system leaders, is pleased to host the 2018 State Superintendent of the Year Forum in Washington, D.C., Nov. 14-16, to honor excellence in district leadership and hold discussions covering the most critical issues in public education.

The forum, which will kick off with a gala at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, is co-sponsored by AASA, VALIC and First Student, INC.

David R. Schuler, the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year® and superintendent of Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Ill., is attending along with this year’s State Superintendents of the Year.

This year’s other National Superintendent of the Year® finalists were:

“All of us at VALIC wish a hearty congratulations to the honored superintendents who make such a positive impact on their communities and students each and every day,” said Rob Scheinerman, president of Group Retirement at AIG. “For over 50 years, VALIC has served educators planning for their retirement and we are proud to support the AASA State Superintendent of the Year Forum in honoring the fine men and women being celebrated tonight.”

“On behalf of the five million passengers we transport to and from school every day, we congratulate the men and women who will be joining us in Washington, D.C., as part of AASA’s State Superintendent of the Year Forum,” said Dennis R. Maple, president, First Student. “First Student is proud to be part of a program that showcases the country’s finest, regarding school district leadership. The individuals being honored are providing successful models of instruction and promising futures for the students they’re serving.”

“The theme of this year’s State Superintendent of the Year Forum is ‘Leaders Matter,’ a campaign we launched this summer to showcase the exemplary work by AASA members on behalf of the communities and students they serve,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “This event routinely gathers some of the sharpest minds in public education and provides school system leaders with a platform to share successful models of teaching and learning to help students become productive members of society. The educators joining us are champions for children and stalwarts of their profession.”
Topics of discussion throughout the forum will include innovative leadership, career and college readiness, and key federal policies impacting schools and equity in education.
Now in its 32nd year, the National Superintendent of the Year® program celebrates the contributions and leadership of public school superintendents. The criterion for the annual award includes leadership in learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement. The four finalists for the 2019 National Superintendent of the Year® will be announced in December.

For more information about the program, contact Jennifer Rooney, AASA director, meetings and awards, at

For more than half a century, VALIC, an AIG company, has served as a leading retirement plan provider for K-12, Healthcare, Higher Education, Government and other not-for-profit institutions. VALIC has more than $100 billion in total assets under administration as of December 31, 2017, and manages plans for nearly 23,000 groups serving approximately 1.8 million participants. VALIC represents The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. and VALIC Retirement Services Company. Additional information about VALIC can be found at
About First Student

As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes five million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, maintenance and charter services for 1,100 school district contracts. For more information, please 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’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