About a year ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, a career preparedness facility for high school students in the Cherry Creek School District, located just outside of Denver, Colo.
This visit was part of an AASA Youth Apprenticeship Summit, where superintendents joined me to get a firsthand look at engaged and motivated students pursuing potential pathways to gain the skills necessary to earn a portable credential in preparation for their next step, whether that was heading directly to college or entering the workforce.
For generations, maintaining a leadership role in reshaping America’s public education agenda has always been an integral part of AASA’s DNA. Just a few days after the outcome of the 2020 elections, we were pleased to issue a set of proposed education policy recommendations for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris.
We know that the new administration is looking for a path forward, and a healthy and quick response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic.
AASA is committed to having a strong professional and collaborative relationship with the next administration. The policy recommendations we are proposing culminate our efforts to set a new, positive course for American education and ensure America is a land of opportunity for every child.
soon kicks off a weeklong celebration on behalf of the more than 50 million
students who are learning and growing in our nation’s public schools.
Schools Week 2020 (Feb. 24-28), school systems large and small will showcase the
good news happening inside their classrooms. This annual recognition highlights
the critical role public education plays in shaping our nation’s future
and underscores why it serves as the bedrock of our democracy.
that nine out of 10 children attend public schools, there is no better time
than now to speak out for our young learners.
celebration will get a jump-start when hundreds of superintendents—the CEOs of
our public school districts and America’s ambassadors of great learning—arrive
in San Diego for the 2020 National Conference on Education (Feb. 13-15),
hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Year in, year out,
this annual gathering attracts some of the country’s foremost education thought
leaders addressing the needs of every child, every day.
Off in the distance from our
hotel, one could spot the infamous Hollywood sign perched on the Santa Monica
Mountains. They say Hollywood is where the stars are. As far as I was concerned,
the only stars that mattered were the 2,000 superintendents and other
administrators who joined us in the City of Angels to celebrate excellence in
school system leadership.
AASA’s National Conference on Education officially kicks off this week and I am pleased to report that the 2018 edition will be our largest convening in more than 10 years. This tells me that more and more superintendents and other public school administrators across the country are eager to learn from one another, trade strategies, and discuss what is working on behalf of the more than 50 million students who are attending our public schools.