Nation’s Top School System Leaders Meet In Washington For AASA’s 2022 Superintendent Of The Year® Forum

November 01, 2022


James Minichello

Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 1, 2022 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the nation’s premier voice for school system leaders, is pleased to host the 2022 Superintendent of the Year® Forum, in Washington, D.C., Nov. 3-4, honoring excellence in school district leadership and holding discussions covering the most critical issues in public education.

The forum, to be held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, kicks off with a full day of federal education policy panels followed spotlighting the 2022 State Superintendents of the Year, including Curtis Cain, the 2022 National Superintendent of the Year® and superintendent of the Rockwood (Mo.) School District, a position he started on July 1. Prior to that he was serving as superintendent of Missouri’s Wentzville School District.      

The forum kicks off with Cain leading a discussion covering challenges he sees to the importance of setting distractions aside and focusing on the work in our classrooms to ensure students are in a good place to learn and grow. Shortly after his presentation, Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, will lead an innovative leadership question-and-answer session featuring 2022 National Superintendent of the Year® finalists Kamela Patton, Collier County (Fla.) Public Schools, and Noris Price, Baldwin County (Ga.) School District.  

The event is co-sponsored by AASA, Corebridge, formerly known as AIG Life & Retirement, and  First Student, INC.     

“The presence of our State Superintendents of the Year as well as National Superintendent of the Year represents a living testament to the fact that there are plenty of exemplary school districts near and far working diligently to reshape learning environments in our schools,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “These outstanding district leaders are here because of the innovation and transformation underway in their school systems.”    

Equity in education, career and college readiness and key federal policies impacting schools are among the topics that will be discussed during the forum.  

Now in its 35th year, the National Superintendent of the Year® program celebrates the contributions and leadership of public school superintendents. The criterion for the annual award includes leadership in learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement. The four finalists for the 2020 National Superintendent of the Year® will be announced in December.  

For more information about the program, contact Jennifer Rooney, AASA director, meetings and awards, at


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