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March 3

Blog post: Jeanne Collins on accumulating 12,000 steps on Day 1

A Vermont superintendent, serving as one of four official conference bloggers, on what she accomplished during her first full day of AASA conference activities. -- So far today, 12,000 steps. That is good, right? Today was about learning from colleagues. I attended a round table on google tools for ed leadership and learned the most [...]

By | 2017-03-03T02:13:01+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Around the Conference, March 3|

AASA Director Draws Cheers for Criticism of Privatization

Dan Domenech elicited hearty applause from the 1st General Session crowd at AASA’s national conference Thursday whenever he referenced the harm public schools would face from privatization waged by the federal government. In his 20-minute address, Domenech highlighted the new reality that public school leaders were now confronting under President Trump’s administration. He told the [...]

By | 2017-03-02T22:29:35+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|AASA Governance, March 3|

Oregon Superintendent Named 2017 National Superintendent of the Year

The National Superintendent of the Year program has named Matthew Utterback, who leads the North Clackamas School District in Milwaukie, Ore., as its 2017 honoree. The announcement was made Thursday (March 2) on stage at the 1st General Session of AASA’s National Conference on Education in New Orleans. Aramark and VALIC co-sponsor the NSOY award [...]

By | 2017-03-02T17:49:14+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|March 3, Top News|

VIDEO: Vollmer’s Plan for Saving Public Schools

Public schools advocate Jamie Vollmer can recall when the tide of positive public education turned. It was 34 years ago, with the publication of “A Nation At Risk,” and the public first heard the claim about the public schools’ “rising tide of mediocrity.” Those words “set loose was a rising tide of insanity,” Vollmer said [...]

By | 2017-03-02T17:45:34+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|March 3, Top News|

VIDEO: Kahlenberg Touts Choice as Strategy for Preserving Public Schooling

“How can greater choice within the public school system be used to promote strong racially and economically integrated education?” AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech raised that question before about 40 education leaders at the annual AASA Federal Relations Luncheon on Thursday at the association’s annual conference in New Orleans. Luckily, Richard D. Kahlenberg was in [...]

By | 2017-03-02T17:30:17+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|March 3, Top News|

Closing the Homework Gap on Two Coasts at Two Extremes

In Vista, Calif., Unified School District, 30 miles north of San Diego, Superintendent Devin Vodicka is focusing on internet access for the 25,000 students in his diverse community. Two-thirds of Vista’s students are from low-income families, some of them migrant families and others are highly mobile. On the opposite side of the country, Superintendent Pam [...]

By | 2017-03-02T02:35:16+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|March 3, Topical Sessions|

Researchers Join Practitioners in Finding Systemwide Solutions Under ESSA

Public schools nationwide are monitoring students’ achievements to discover areas needing improvement. Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, some of those solutions are coming from joint efforts involving education researchers and practitioners. This was one of the topics addressed in Thursday’s AASA conference panel, moderated by Robin Wisniewski, director of education systems improvement at [...]

By | 2017-03-02T02:30:44+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|March 3, Topical Sessions|