Reimagining What Schools Should Look Like

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 Members of the AASA Collaborative used the third and final day of their summer conference with round-robin reflection on some of the most critical issues in education today and how to move from being a catalyst in public education to professional restructuring in their everyday work as superintendents.    

As inspirations came pouring in from the school system leaders attending the San Antonio meeting, Heidi Hayes Jacobs warned, “don’t just rearrange the furniture.” The founder and president of Curriculum Designers added, “We’re talking about remodeling and building a new structure. Stay true to it. Be relentless about keeping on point.”    

Yong Zhao, the presidential chair and director of the Institute for Global and Online Education at the University of Oregon, shared, “(it’s about) invention and innovation that could inspire people.”     

Following a morning discussion focused on scaling up leadership roles and personalization, the conversation shifted to the Common Core State Standards. “I have no problem with the standards themselves,” said Zhao, a conference keynote speaker. “(But) they claim to do more with critical thinking and creativity. I don’t necessarily agree.”    

“They’re vastly incomplete,” added Jacobs, another keynote speaker, who indicated the standards should be more curriculum-friendly.    

At the conclusion of the half-day workshop, Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director and a former superintendent, summed up the conference by thanking those for attending and for the work they do at their respective districts. “Your contributions on a national level are very important,” he said. “We are all thought leaders. You’re all remarkable.”    

The AASA Collaborative Summer Conference was sponsored by Hobsons. For more information about the Collaborative, visit the AASA website. 

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