AASA, Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy Inaugural Conference Underway


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Former Ed. Sec. John King, Charlottesville City Schools Supt. Rosa Atkins are among keynote speakers 
Alexandria, Va. – Aug. 25, 2017 – Less than two weeks after racial unrest in Charlottesville rocked the nation, AASA, The School Superintendents Association and Howard University are hosting their third Urban Superintendents Academy Inaugural Conference today at the Embassy Suites Hilton Hotel in Alexandria, Va. 

John King, CEO of The Education Trust and former U.S. Secretary of Education, and Rosa Atkins, superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, are among the summit’s keynote speakers. Other keynotes will come from superintendents Mark Bedell (Kansas City Public Schools, Mo.) and Traci Davis (Washoe County School District, Nev.), Crystal T. Laura, author and professor at Chicago State University, and Clint Smith, the author of Counting Descent.

“The main driver behind the creation of the AASA/Howard Urban Superintendents Academy was the issue of equity and the huge disparities in our education system in the way our children are being educated,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “It is critically important to develop thought leaders across the nation that speak for the vast number of children who are not receiving the quality education they are entitled to. That’s why our Academy is an essential factor in moving our nation’s public education agenda forward.” 

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