Nation’s Leading Digital Educators Convene at Discovery Education

 Mark Edwards
Mark Edwards, superintendent of North Carolina’s Mooresville Graded School District and 2013 AASA National Superintendent of the year.

By James Minichello, communications director, AASA

“More than ever, public school leaders are faced with challenges to maximize learning in the classroom,” said Mark Edwards, superintendent of North Carolina’s Mooresville Graded School District. Edwards served as keynote speaker on Day No. 1 of the 2016 AASA Digital Consortium, which kicked off yesterday at Discovery Education in Silver Spring, Md. 

“I really believe that with the evolution of digital resources we are seeing remarkable things happening with engagement. With the use of resources to [increase] student interest, I think we’re on the cusp of breakthrough opportunities,” added Edwards, the 2013 AASA National Superintendent of the Year

Nearly 40 superintendents who are successfully leading digital transitions in their school districts are attending the two-day meeting, hosted by Discovery and the Horace Mann Educators Corporation. Membership in the Consortium enriches the collective leadership experiences of participating superintendents through the review and careful analysis of evidence-informed practices. 

“I think it’s so important that AASA and members work together to build a pathway for districts all around this country,” said Edwards. 

 Dan Domenech Digital Consortium
AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech.

“What we are about is taking charge—again—of being the thought leaders and experts on education,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “We have to assume the leadership and say, ‘this is how education should be.’ We have a great opportunity here in an area that is so critical. [The key is] to take this technology and make it work for us so that kids are learning.” 

Established in 2014, AASA’s Digital Consortium was created to support school leaders in the areas of innovation, creativity and technology. 

“We truly believe, given the talent in this room, that this group could emerge as the voice for educators across this country in what digital learning and digital technology means for all of our kids in this rapidly changing world,” said Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director. 

For more information about AASA’s Digital Consortium, follow the hashtag #AASA_DigitalConsortium on Twitter.

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