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Seen and Heard Around the Conference

A Rush to Best-Seller StatusA superintendent from Michigan was so taken by what he learned in a fellow superintendent’s recent book, he raced to the AASA Conference Bookstore to buy all available copies to take back home.

Daggett Re-envisions Learning for the Whole Child in an AASA Keynote Address

At the fastest-improving schools, educators’ mindset changed from fast-forward thinking to future-focused thinking, according to Bill Daggett, the keynote speaker at Friday’s 2nd General Session. Daggett, founder and chair of the International Center for Leadership in Education, supports this assertion with research findings of three studies that looked at individual school performance, the practices of […]

Twenty Early-Risers Take to Nearby Streets for Fun Run

What was dubbed the first “Officially Unofficial NCE Fun Run” attracted 20 early-rising superintendents (and a few AASA staff members) for a jaunt around the streets of the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday.

Rebounding in a School District Through Reconfiguration of Grade Levels

Faced with declining enrollment and state funding, the Chardon Local Schools in Chardon, Ohio, needed a new plan to ensure its survival. During a roundtable presentation “School District Reconfiguration in Response to Declining Enrollment and Loss of Operating Revenue” at the AASA National Conference on Education on Friday, superintendent Michael Hanlon and assistant superintendent Edward Klein discussed how they used reconfiguration to cut costs in their district without cutting student programs.

Past Presidents Take a Bow in the Limelight

AASA does not overlook an opportunity to recognize those who served as the elected leaders in the past. At the conference’s 2nd General Session on Friday morning, 17 of the past presidents were formally acknowledged at the front of the assembly hall.