First-Ever AASA Learning 2025 National Summit to Kick Off in Washington, D.C.


James Minichello

AASA’s Lighthouse Demonstration Systems to be Featured at Inaugural Event

Alexandria, Va. – June 23, 2022 – Superintendents and their respective teams championing successful, innovative practices in schools are gathering at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., June 28-30, 2022, for the first-of-its-kind AASA Learning 2025 National Summit, an event that will convene more than 900 school system leaders from across the country. 

Hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the Successful Practices Network, the 13 school districts recently recognized as “Lighthouse” demonstration systems, as well as other demonstration systems that are serving as models of positive change on behalf of learners, families and communities, will present bold, actionable steps they’re taking in key areas of holistic redesign of American education. 

“Our ‘Lighthouse’ school districts will light the path for other school communities in their collective efforts to create future-focused best practices to address the critical functions of leading, teaching and learning,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “At a time when the one-size-fits-all approach is no longer being tolerated in our school buildings, our summit will provide ample opportunities for educational leaders to learn from one another in ways that will generate positive practice throughout our classrooms.” 

The selected “Lighthouse” designees are members of AASA’s Learning 2025 Network, a cadre of more than 120 demonstration systems representing forward-leaning, urban, suburban and rural school districts engaged in networking with each other to help drive education policy and ultimately improve student-academic performance. 

The goal of the network, which was created by the AASA National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education, is to guide Learning 2025 leaders as they chart their progress toward a “Lighthouse” designation in one or more areas of growth. 

 L2025 Circle Graphic

A majority of the nearly 70 scheduled concurrent sessions throughout the summit are aligned to one or more of the commission’s core components, as shown in the diagram above.

“We know that research, evidence, common sense and shared experience will serve as the light on the path of these exemplary districts as they lead the ‘Learning 2025’ charge in this unprecedented effort,” said Bill Daggett, founder, SPN. “The school districts joining us are reshaping learning environments in our rapidly changing workplace, home and society.” 

The AASA Learning 2025 Lighthouse Systems are:

Click here to access the AASA Learning 2025 National Summit agenda. For additional information about the summit, contract Mort Sherman, AASA associated executive director, at, or Valerie Truesdale, AASA assistant executive director, 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

About Successful Practices Network
Successful Practices Network (SPN), founded by Bill Daggett, is a national not for profit consulting organization focused on building capacity for schools and districts to become future focused and provide innovative supports for ALL students. SPN supports districts in focusing on the whole child and every child's needs in a rapidly changing world through consulting, technical assisting, conferences, research and thought leadership. For more information, please visit