AASA Launches Case Study Series Featuring Successful Models of STEM Education


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – April 26, 2021 – The creation of successful STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) environments by school systems across the country are profiled in a new series of case studies created by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and JASON Learning, an award-winning leader in STEM education.

The case studies are showcasing members of the AASA/JASON STEM Consortia, a growing cadre of superintendents across the country, who are providing school systems and their local communities with the latest technology to bring real-life scientists and role models directly to their classrooms.

“STEM promotes equity. The AASA STEM Consortia and its strategic partner, JASON Learning, believe in STEM for all, which underscores the importance of the case studies we’re profiling,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “There is no better time than now to strengthen STEM curriculum to inspire students, motivate teachers and engage entire communities. We applaud the work being done by the school districts participating in our case study series.”

“Through our partnership with AASA, we are bolstering STEM literacy where school districts are working with kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to think about the future,” said Eleanor Smalley, president and chief executive officer, JASON Learning, and a former superintendent. “Although JASON’s content is used by teachers and schools across the country, 50 districts utilize the JASON District Model, which gives access to staff development, superintendent’s leadership development in collaboration with AASA, and all content.”

School districts profiled in the AASA/JASON Case Study series include:
  • Doddridge County Schools, West Union, W.Va. / Hyper-local Public-private Partnership Gives Rural Students a Pathway to Career Success / Superintendent: Adam Cheeseman
  • Franklin City Public Schools, Franklin, Va. / Franklin City Public Schools and JASON Learning Partner to Drive Equity Through Shared Commitment to Professional Learning / Superintendent: Tamara Sterling
  • Portsmouth Public Schools, Portsmouth, Va. / Achieving Education Equity Through STEM Education / Superintendent: Elie Bracy
  • Spring Independent School District, Houston, Texas / Spring ISD and JASON Bring STEM Education to Life / Superintendent: Rodney Watson

Reaching 5 million students nationwide, JASON’s resources enhance or replace traditional textbooks through a combination of digital materials, hands-on activities, videos and online games for students, as well as lesson plans, implementation tips, professional development and a powerful, integrated digital platform for educators.

Click here to access the case studies.

For information about the AASA / JASON STEM Consortia, visit the AASA website or contact Mort Sherman, associate executive director, Leadership Network, at msherman@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.

About JASON Learning
JASON Learning is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard. JASON provides curriculum and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for K-12 students, and high-quality professional development for teachers. JASON has been used successfully in a wide variety of formal and informal education environments. Available online at jason.org, JASON’s award-winning curricula place students in challenging, real-world situations where they are connected with and mentored by leading STEM professionals. Learn more at www.jason.org.