K-12 Champions of Digital Innovation, Technology and Industry Partnerships Gather in New York at AASA’s Transformational Leadership Consortium Meeting


James Minichello

Coxsackie-Athens Central Schools to Serve as Host District
Alexandria, Va. – September 13, 2022 – School system leaders championing areas of innovation, creativity and technology are gathering at Coxsackie-Athens Central School District in Coxsackie, N.Y., October 2-4, at part of AASA, The School Superintendents Association’s Transformational Leadership Consortium.

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 and educational and community partnerships to be the leading national voices for innovation in our nation’s public schools.

“I commend our staff for creating a system that fosters post-secondary opportunities, career experiences and the skills, knowledge and understanding that are must-haves for students in the rapidly changing world we live in,” said Randy Squier, superintendent, CACSD. “We look forward to hosting the Transformational Leadership Consortium fall meeting so future-driven district leaders from across the country can network with one another while learning about the innovations we offer in our school community.”

Earlier this year, Coxsackie-Athens Central School District was designated as an AASA Lighthouse Demonstration System for its exemplary work in social emotional cognitive growth. The district is a member 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 learning, networking and working together to help drive education policy and, ultimately, improve student learning.

“In many places throughout the country, we have seen forward-moving school districts making outside-of-the-box changes to meet the individual needs for the students they serve. Coxsackie-Athens Central School District is one of those districts,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “As we continue to meet the growing demands of our students, this gathering will provide outstanding instructional practices that evolve around skills, knowledge, needs and readiness, which make up the district’s vision and direction.”

Critical themes throughout the three-day meeting will include:

  • Small Schools/Big Opportunities
  • Replicating Industry and Postsecondary Experiences to Transform a Student’s Future
  • Future-Driven on the Road to Destination 2030

“Experiences like these Transformational Leadership Consortium meetings are crucial for superintendents, school administrators and principals, as well as district central office personnel,” said Nick Polyak, superintendent, Leyden High School District 212 (Ill.), and chair of the consortium. “This program provides extraordinary opportunities for our colleagues as they work to adapt the concepts they see firsthand in an effort to implement them at their home districts. I applaud Superintendent Randy Squier and his team for hosting us this fall.”

Visit the AASA website for additional information about the Transformational Leadership Consortium. Superintendents and other educators can also contact Mort Sherman, senior associate executive director, Leadership Network, at msherman@aasa.org, or Debbie Magee, director, Leadership Network, 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.