Day 1: Transforming Tech Education at AASA Digital Consortium

AASA Digital Consortium Recaps: Day 1Day 2Day 3 digconsortiumday1

Superintendents from coast to coast who have championed efforts to advance digital learning in their school districts are in Chicago for the AASA Digital Consortium.

Discovery Education and Horace Mann Educators Corporation are sponsoring the two-and-a-half day meeting.

“We are very proud to be a part of the AASA Digital Consortium,” said Mike Lubelfeld, superintendent of nearby Deerfield Public School District 109. “We’ve benefited from the professional relationships and connections from these meetings. At the end of the day, it’s about how to serve the adults who serve the children.”

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have you here,” said Nick Polyak, superintendent of Leyden High School District 212, host of Day No. 1 of the consortium. “We wanted to get you here. We wanted you to meet some of our students and teachers.”

(Lubelfeld and Polyak are co-moderators of the monthly Twitter chat, #suptchat, which gets underway on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.)

Established in 2014, AASA’s Digital Consortium was created to support school leaders in the areas of innovation, creativity and technology. The next meeting, also sponsored by Discovery Education, is being planned for Fall 2016.

During the first day of the consortium, superintendents had the opportunity to see firsthand Leyden’s Technical Support Internship, a student-run technology center where students administer tech support needs for other students, teachers and administrators throughout the district.

Attendees also had an opportunity to view Leyden’s machine shop, which serves as a training ground for students who are readying themselves for possible industrial positions in some of the many manufacturing plants in the area.

“For us, it’s important that we partner with industry,” said Polyak. “Students will have the opportunity to work in their own backyard if they want to.”

This gathering marks the second meeting of the year for the consortium, which met earlier this year at Discovery Education’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.

“We are not here just to share ideas, but to create ideas,” said Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director. “There are 13,000 superintendents in this country. I look at this group to give voice to all of them.”

To join the conversation via Twitter, access #AASA_Digital Consortium.

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