Education in the Digital Age | February 15–17, 2018 | Nashville Music City Center | Nashville, TN | www.aasa.org

Topical Sessions

Sandy Hook Promise Shares the Signs of Brewing Trouble

The Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit founded by some family members who lost loved ones in the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., works with  students and educators throughout the country on how to recognize the signs that lead to incidences including gun violence and suicide. Program directors brought [...]

By | 2017-03-04T02:40:28+00:00 March 4th, 2017|Pre-Conference, Topical Sessions|

Vancouver Uses Global Strategies to Address Its Cultural Diversity

 At a time when many school districts are struggling with cultural diversity, the Vancouver, Wash., school system has found an effective strategy to immerse  students in deeper learning experiences,  preparing them to be global leaders. In a Saturday session at the AASA national conference, Steve Webb, superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools, was joined by his [...]

By | 2017-03-04T01:20:19+00:00 March 4th, 2017|Pre-Conference, Topical Sessions|

A Coalition to Deliver Rural Mental Health Services

An icebreaker activity left educators startled during the Building a Coalition to Improve Mental Health Services for Students panel at the AASA national conference in New Orleans on Saturday morning. Delivering the first stunner was Jonathan Costa, assistant executive director of EdAdvance in Litchfield, Conn. He read aloud statistics  of children with mental health issues. [...]

By | 2017-03-04T01:10:41+00:00 March 4th, 2017|Pre-Conference, Topical Sessions|

Strategies Shared for Combating Summer Learning Loss

When the end of the school year approaches, students eagerly await the start of their summer vacation. However, across the country, low-income students suffer from a lack of opportunities during their time off. At an AASA conference session Friday on summer learning loss, Catherine Augustine, RAND Corp. senior policy researcher, shared some ideas for addressing [...]

By | 2017-03-03T02:10:04+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|March 4, Topical Sessions|

Thought Leaders Focus on Adaptive Change

Susan Enfield, superintendent of Highline Public Schools in Burien, Wash, and her presentation colleague, Joshua Starr, CEO of Phi Delta Kappa International in Arlington, Va., shared creative approaches on leading adaptive change in school districts at an AASA conference session Friday. The hour-long Thought Leader session encouraged audience members to approach and implement scalable system [...]

By | 2017-03-03T02:00:48+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|March 4, Topical Sessions|

Superintendent Panel Lays Out Options for Revamping Discipline

Discovering beneficial ways to improve  student behavior in the classroom is a  problem educators have confronted for years. With guidance from  the U.S. Department of Justice and the federal Office of Civil Rights, school districts have constructed new methods of discipline to reduce the number of minority students and children with disabilities who are suspended [...]

By | 2017-03-03T01:50:55+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|March 4, Topical Sessions|

Researcher Suggests Strategies for Closing Gaps Among Minority Students

Educational disparities among racial groups contributes to a severe achievement gap, and researchers are addressing this reality to bring solutions to educators. Tyrone Howard, associate dean for equity and inclusion at University of California in Los Angeles, presented his research on making schools culturally and racially inclusive to minority students. The AASA national conference session [...]

By | 2017-03-03T01:40:13+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|March 4, Topical Sessions|