K-12 Leaders of e-Learning Gather During AASA’s Digital Consortium Spring Meeting in PA’s Ephrata School District


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – March 1, 2019 – Superintendents and other school system leaders serving as champions of building dynamic digital environments are meeting at the Ephrata Area (Pa.) School District, March 3-5, for the third Digital Consortium meeting of the academic year hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, in partnership with Microsoft.

Launched in 2014, the purpose of the consortium is to support school district administrators as they scale successful models of effective learning experiences using digital media and innovation to be a leading national voice in our nation’s public schools.

“We are so pleased that more and more like-minded leaders who are building successful models of effective learning experiences using digital media on behalf of the students they’re serving are part of our Digital Consortium,” said Mort Sherman, associate executive director, leadership network, AASA. “The consortium is providing a platform to connect superintendents to best practices and strategies to make digital learning a reality in their communities. We are grateful to Ephrata Schools for serving as our host district. We are also grateful to Microsoft for supporting this initiative.”

The gathering will include visits to Ephrata High School and Middle School, as well as the Franklin Institute in nearby Philadelphia. Focus areas will include innovation in schools, technology and blending learning, digital leadership and goals to reinforce equity for all students.

“We are excited and honored to host the first Digital Consortium meeting of 2019,” said Brian Troop, superintendent, Ephrata Area School District. “Superintendents attending this meeting will have a chance to see schools pushing the envelope for kids and how our students are successfully using digital tools to make learning authentic and preparing themselves to be life ready.”  

Last fall, Digital Consortium superintendents visited Ohio’s Avon Local School District, where they had a firsthand look at how the school system’s partnership with local businesses and a community college is mutually benefitting students and local employers. Read “The Cleveland Triangle: A Booming Partnership Between a School District, Local Businesses and a Community College” to learn more about the meeting. In addition, watch a short video containing highlights of the gathering. 

For additional information about the Digital Consortium, visit the AASA website, which includes recently produced case studies featuring several members. Superintendents and other educators can also contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership network, at msherman@aasa.org, or Debbie Magee, program manager, at dmagee@aasa.org.


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.