Nation’s Superintendents to Gather in Los Angeles for AASA’s 2019 National Conference on Education



James Minichello
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National Superintendent of the Year® to be Announced

Alexandria, Va. – January 24, 2019 – Hundreds of public school superintendents, America’s foremost thought leaders in education, are meeting in Los Angeles, Feb. 14-16, for the 2019 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 “Effective Leadership Creates Success,” the conference will provide attendees opportunities to engage with their peers about improving academic outcomes for the more than 50 million students learning and growing in our public schools every day. Key topics throughout the conference are administration and leadership, professional learning, school environment, and curriculum and instruction.   

Keynote speakers will include:    

  • Susan Rice, former U.S. National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the U.N. (Feb. 14)
  • Bill Daggett, founder and chairman, International Center for Leadership in Education (Feb. 15)
  • Jim Abbott, former professional baseball player (Feb. 16). 

The conference is also serving as a platform to highlight AASA’s Leaders Matter campaign, an initiative created to showcase school districts where the exemplary leadership of the superintendent has resulted in meaningful outcomes for schools and students. 

On Day No. 1 of the conference, the 2019 National Superintendent of the Year® will be announced. Revealed on Dec. 17, 2018, the four finalists include:

"It will be an honor to have some of the sharpest minds in public education join us in Los Angeles at our National Conference on Education,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “This event routinely provides opportunities for school system leaders to share successful models of teaching and learning on behalf of the students they serve so these young people can be college ready, career ready and life ready. I look forward to participating in the myriad of conversations soon to get underway with superintendents from across the country."

(Watch the video: “AASA’s 2019 National Superintendent of the Year® Finalists”)

In addition, the recipients of the 2019 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award will 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.

AASA will also recognize the recipients of its Women in School Leadership Award. This award pays tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation.

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, this program delivers the comprehensive leadership development early career leaders need.   

In addition, nearly 40 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.    

AASA’s Social Media Lounge turns five this year. Located on the exhibit hall floor, this year’s installment will feature opportunities for educators to learn about the latest social media tools and best practices being used in school districts, get hands-on social media assistance, make new connections, and take advantage of photo and video opportunities. Superintendents who are social media novices, experts or somewhere in between are all encouraged to stop by. They can also engage with their peers online by using the hashtag #NCE19 in social media posts. 

From start to finish, educators will have the opportunity to follow the activities and conversations in Los Angeles through AASA’s Conference Daily Online. The multimedia publication, updated each evening, 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 2019 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’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