K-12 Champions of College, Career Readiness Meet in Suburban Chicago as Part of 2nd Annual Redefining Ready! National Summit



James Minichello
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Program Serving as National Leader in Shaping Aspirations of High School Graduates

Alexandria, Va. – October 1, 2019 – Superintendents from across the country championing dynamic programs and policies promoting college and career readiness are gathering in the northwest suburbs of Chicago for the second annual Redefining Ready! National Summit, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019.

Administered by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the Redefining Ready! initiative introduces research-based metrics to appropriately assess whether students are ready to pursue their lifelong goals and dreams following post-secondary education.

“AASA members know that their communities are filled with innovators, risk takers and entrepreneurs—students who have the potential to fulfill their dreams to be productive members of society,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “We know that our young people are more than filling in a bubble on a test. That’s why AASA is championing the critical issue of redefining college and career ready standards so our high school graduates can effectively pursue their post-secondary goals with confidence.”

David R. Schuler, superintendent, Township High School District 214, AASA 2018 National Superintendent of the Year® and past AASA president, serves as lead instructor of the program.

The gathering will be hosted by AASA, Township High School District 214, Forecast5 Analytics, Hobsons, Microsoft and myOptions.

“Administrators attending our summit will be able to serve as ‘critical friends’ with peers from across the country and engage about what they’re doing to create real-life workplace situations on behalf of their students,” said Schuler. “This movement has great potential. We, as the premier superintendents’ association in the world, are absolutely committed to this. We want the voices of our members heard in order to make a difference for students in communities large and small.”   

The summit will consist of various breakout sessions and strand-specific site visits to District 214’s high schools. The program will conclude with reflection by attendees, followed by the beginning of the two-day meeting for AASA Redefining Ready! Cohort members. The program will soon include readiness indicators covering kindergarten through eighth grade so elementary and middle school leaders can join the initiative in preparing students on the Redefining Ready! journey.

“We’re definitely making progress in terms of the nation understanding that our students are much more than a test score,” Andrew Wise, superintendent of Olympia Community Unit School District 16 in Stanford, Ill., said at last year’s summit. “There are several research-based indicators that we use to make sure that the students are actually ready for college, career and life. There is so much more than scoring well on a standardized test.”  

The inaugural AASA Redefi­ning Ready! Cohort was incredibly successful. Some of the highlights during the first year include:

  • 37 districts joined the 2017-18 Redefining Ready! Cohort
  • 14 states included Redefining Ready! language in their ESSA plans.  
  • 31 visits were made to states and districts to talk about Redefining Ready!. 
  • More than 50 districts signed up to be part of the 2018-19 Redefining Ready! Cohort.

VIDEO: Watch the AASA Redefining Ready! Cohort video, which highlights the last cohort meeting, held at Mansfield, Texas, Independent School District earlier this year.  

To learn more about the program, visit the AASA Redefining Ready! webpage. Superintendents and other school system leaders 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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.