School System Leaders Meet in Suburban Dallas to Discuss College & Career Readiness as Part of AASA’s First Redefining Ready Consortium of the Year


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – April 26, 2019 – Superintendents and other school system leaders from across the country are gathering in Mansfield, Texas, April 29-May 1, as part of the 2019-20 AASA Redefining Ready! initiative.

The gathering will be hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, Microsoft, Forecast5 Analytics and Naviance by Hobsons.

“AASA is championing the critical issue of redefining college, career and life ready standards so our high school graduates can effectively pursue their post-secondary goals with confidence,” said Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership network. “We are thrilled that AASA members are coming together to engage about creating real-life workplace situations on behalf of our students. We thank our sponsors for supporting this initiative.”

David R. Schuler, the 2018 AASA National Superintendent of the Year® and superintendent of Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Ill., will serve as lead teacher during the cohort meeting.

“We have a moral obligation as school administrators to plant new dreams in our kids’ heads and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do,” said Schuler. “We’re also trying to provide hope and opportunity, and get students to think beyond high school graduation.”   

Launched three years ago by AASA, the Redefining Ready! initiative is a leadership program designed to dispel the notion that test scores reported by test makers are creating a comprehensive picture of a student’s potential. The 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.

The Mansfield Independent School District is facilitating the three-day Redefining Ready! Spring Cohort meeting. “We are honored to have some of the finest school district leaders visit our community to exchange thoughts and ideas about what will have a critical impact on our students,” said Jim Vaszauskas, superintendent, Mansfield ISD. “These education decision makers serve as ‘critical friends’ to collaborate and help us further implement the student experience and positive outcomes in our districts.”      

Video: Members of the AASA Redefining Ready! Cohort discuss why the program is critical for school system leaders and their school districts.

Read Redefining Ready!: Kids are More than Academic Numbers, a story highlighting last year’s first-ever Redefining Ready! summit, held in Arlington Heights, Ill.

To join the conversation via Twitter, access #RedefiningReady.

To learn more about the program, visit the AASA Redefining Ready! web page. Superintendents and other school system leaders can also contact Mort Sherman 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