Digital Innovation Leaders in K-12 Schools Meet in Alabama’s Athens City Schools as part of AASA’s Digital Consortium


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Consortium Serving as National Leader in Shaping Educational Technology Policies and Programs

Alexandria, Va. – October 25, 2019 – Public education champions of dynamic digital learning environments for all students are gathering at Athens City Schools in Athens, Ala., Oct. 27-29, 2019, for the third Digital Consortium meeting of the year. The fall gathering is hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association in partnership with Microsoft and CoSN, the Consortium for School Networking.

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

“Through a variety of leadership network programs, AASA is connecting superintendents to the best practices and strategies school system leaders need to succeed. I am proud that the AASA Digital Consortium is among our stable of programs fostering this success,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We are pleased to see Athens City Schools making digital transitions a reality. We’re grateful to Superintendent Trey Holladay and his staff for facilitating our Digital Consortium fall meeting.”   

“Hosting the fall AASA Digital Consortium meeting in NASA’s backyard will be extremely meaningful. It gives school leaders from all over the nation an opportunity to see how our students are creating the future and will hopefully inspire our colleagues to take home some great ideas for implementing change in their school communities so we can ensure a bright future for students everywhere,” said Melanie Barkley, district technology coordinator, Athens City Schools. 

Focus areas during the meeting will include innovation in schools, instructional technology and industry partnerships. Visits will include the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, SPARK Academy at Cowart Elementary School, Athens Renaissance School and Athens High School.

Nick Polyak, superintendent of Leyden High School District 212 in Franklin Park, Ill., serves as co-chair of the AASA Digital Consortium. “Technological tools are becoming less of a novelty and more of the norm to support learning. If we want our students throughout the country to have ample opportunities to be successful, we, as education leaders, must provide the latest technological opportunities for them.”

This summer, Digital Consortium superintendents and other administrators visited Wilson County Schools in Lebanon, Tenn. Watch a short video containing highlights of the meeting.

For additional information about the Digital Consortium, visit the AASA website, which includes recently produced case studies featuring several members. For more information, contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership network, at, or Debbie Magee, AASA 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