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Leading for Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education

Leading for Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education

As I type these words, I am still in Austin, TX. While AASA’s National Conference on Education officially kicks off tomorrow, I am staying to close out the final session of our state’s First-Time Superintendent Academy before flying into Nashville to see the first General Session tomorrow. I stepped into the superintendency ten years ago […]

Language matters

On Wednesday morning, I had the opportunity to listen to Ashley Burns discuss communicating about equity issues in a school district. Ms. Burns came at this topic as a communications professional and she shared insight into how to message conversations surrounding equity with our families and community. I was appreciative of the conversation. Although it […]


While my arrival in Nashville is slightly delayed from the start of the festivities, the AASA NCE 2022 Conference is underway with their final preparations for the opening of the General Sessions, exhibits, and events tomorrow. Taking a quick look at the conference program, it is clear that there are several opportunities for us all […]

Coming to Nashville

It has been quite a year in Michigan! After the 2020-2021 school year, most school leaders in Michigan thought that 2021-2022 would be, all things considered, more “normal.” In 2020-2021, in the Novi Community School District – my school district in Michigan, we had hybrid and virtual students. Our hybrid students had to keep social […]

Seen & Heard Around the Conference: A Pre-Dawn Run Through Nashville, A Love of Forced Reading, A Crisis That Left Them Practicing Communication

A Hot Mess at Home Prevented Them From Discussing It Here There was more than a bit of irony involved in the cancellation of an Illinois-based superintendent who was scheduled to present in Nashville on crisis communications. Lori Riley, superintendent of Woodland School District 50 in Gurnee, Ill., and her director of communications, Brooke Hagstrom, were […]

Expect a Bustle in Exhibit Hall with 306 Booths, Roundtables, Snack Breaks

Inside the exhibit hall at the AASA national conference in Nashville, attendees will find the Knowledge Exchange Theater, the Social Media Lounge, dozens of roundtable presentations and 306 commercial and non-profit exhibitors ready to answer questions about services and products in K-12 education.  The total number of exhibit hall booths is the room’s capacity and the largest […]

Conference Bookstore to Stock 220 Titles on Organizational Leadership Plus AASA Merchandise

The conference bookstore at AASA’s 2022 National Conference on Education in Nashville will carry about 220 works on various aspects of K-12 education and system leadership.  Offered at discount prices, the books will be organized in nine categories, including leadership, conference speakers, focus on kids, personal/professional growth, technology/data/media and “Dan’s Discoveries” (reading recommendations from AASA […]

Seven Authors to Sign Their Latest Works in AASA Bookstore

Several of the prominent presenters appearing at the AASA conference will sign copies of their books on the following schedule at the AASA Bookstore. Thursday, Feb. 17: Gregg Behr, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m., author of When You Wonder, You’re Learning: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids Rex Miller, 11:30 a.m. – […]

Social Media Lounge Serves as Central Networking Hub in Exhibit Hall

Now in its eighth year, the Social Media Lounge offer activities and learning sessions for conference-goers who are interested in expanding their social media literacy and social networking for professional growth. Located in the middle of the exhibit hall, AASA’s Social Media Lounge offers a fun, relaxing spot to experience hands-on training, share tips and […]

It’s Been an Upbeat Year for AASA’s Fortunes, But AASA’s Director Pledges All-Out Support for Beleaguered School Leaders in His Annual Review

While AASA has weathered the past year with aplomb, the real test of the association is how it can support the increasingly politicized and pressure-packed world of its superintendent members on the front lines of a divided nation. That was an overriding message of Executive Director Daniel Domenech’s remarks to the AASA Governing Board Wednesday […]