AASA Launches Social and Emotional Learning Cohort


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Consortium to Serve as National Leader in Meeting the Needs of the ‘Whole Child’  

Alexandria, Va. – March 27, 2019 – Superintendents and other K-12 administrators from across the country are gathering in Nashville, Tenn., March 31-April 2, to kick off the inaugural AASA Social and Emotional Learning Consortium.

During the three-day event, presented by AASA in partnership with  Panorama Education, Move This World and Right at School, superintendents participating in this vibrant community will engage in meaningful dialogue with their peers about how SEL is contributing to the whole child—from physical and mental health to the development of fundamental, lifelong learning skills. This cohort is designed to increase capacity to effectively lead change geared toward the social and emotional outcomes for all students.

“In keeping with our successful model of developing leadership cohorts of superintendents and their teams to focus on specific areas, this new cohort is certain to make a long-lasting impact on our nation’s public education landscape,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “School administrators have a responsibility of ensuring strong academic performance from the students they serve as well as providing opportunities that will address students’ needs for social and emotional development. We are excited to launch this groundbreaking program.”

The outstanding superintendents who will serve as co-chairs of the AASA SEL Cohort include:

“We are thrilled that Superintendents Davis, Rice and Robinson are leading this new consortium comprised of school system leaders who are deeply connected to their current social and emotional learning efforts that are addressing the critical needs of their students and communities in which they live,” said Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership network. “No one can argue that this is one of the most critical fields in public education. We are hoping to grow this new cohort with leaders who are the leading innovators and risk takers in the field of SEL.”

Metro Nashville Public Schools is serving as the host school district for the inaugural meeting.
“Social and emotional learning is a vital part of academics at Metro Nashville Public Schools,” said Shawn Joseph, MNPS director of schools. “We are honored to show our support for this important work by hosting the first-ever meeting of the AASA SEL Cohort. As part of our strategic plan, we remain focused on creating engaging and close-knit communities for students and adults, and we look forward to sharing ideas and best practices with the outstanding district leaders who will be visiting our schools.”

For more information or to find out how to participate in the AASA SEL Cohort, visit the AASA website or contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership network, at 703.875.0726 or msherman@aasa.org, or Bernadine Futrell, AASA director, leadership network, at 703.875.0717 or bfutrell@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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.