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AASA, The School Superintendents Association

No one knows more about the impact the digital revolution is having in our world than leaders of America’s public school system. As we work to ensure that richer learning experiences are being delivered to our students, we are pleased that AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is partnering with the National School Boards Association and the Consortium for School Networking on an online platform to capture successful models of digital best practices and concepts.

We encourage our respective members and stakeholders to utilize this resource and share the content with staff, business and community leaders, and parents to improve school systems nationwide. We know that many superintendents are thoroughly engaged in innovative, technology-based solutions to improve our schools. We are excited about this joint initiative.

It is time we put the power of digital media to work for us. It needs to be part of the fabric of our school districts to tout the great things occurring in our school buildings. Working collaboratively with NSBA and CoSN, we know that “Leading the Digital Leap” will help us spread the good news of what is happening nationwide in public education.

 

RESOURCES

 

E-Rate

Back-to-School Toolkit: E-Rate

E-Rate represents the single-largest source of education technology funding for the nation’s schools and libraries. With the critical role Internet connectivity plays when it comes to increased digital learning capabilities, AASA provided a toolkit to its members in an effort to educate them about E-Rate and the critical role it plays in education today.

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AASA Applauds FCC’s Bold Action on Historic E-Rate Order

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Blogs by AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech:

President Obama Addresses More than 100 Superintendents Invited to the White House to Kick off the Future Ready Schools Digital Learning Initiative
E-Rate Modernization Highlights How Advocacy is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Modernizing E-Rate: A Must Have in Education
Steps to Modernize E-Rate and Improve Technology in Education

Blog by AASA President-Elect David Schuler:

Blog by AASA Associate Executive Director of Policy & Advocacy Noelle Ellerson:

 


AASA and JASON Learning: A STEM Partnership

AASA and JASON Learning, an award-winning leader in STEM education, have launched a nationwide partnership to enhance teaching and learning excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This new partnership, which benefits a diverse range of students, uses the latest technology to bring experts from throughout the world to our classrooms.

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Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action

AASA and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have been awarded a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to collaborate with Gartner, Inc. to initiate a project titled Closing the Gap: Turning SIS/LMS Data into Action (Closing the Gap). The Closing the Gap project is aimed at understanding how members of the K-12 education community can use the data available in Student Information Systems (SIS) and Learning Management Systems (LMS) to improve classroom instruction.

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AASA’s National Conference on Education

AASA celebrates its 150th anniversary at its National Conference on Education, Feb. 26-28, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. Hundreds of superintendents and other educators attending will have the opportunity to attend a multitude of sessions geared to advancing high technology in education. These sessions include:

• How to Go from Tech Scared to Tech Savvy
• Blended Learning to Catapult Systematic Writing Instruction
• Social Media and Cybercivility: Educational and Legal Challenges
• Optimizing Education Technology while Protecting Student Data Privacy
• Co-Creating Innovation for Our Public Schools ~ An Action Agenda
• Aligning College/Career Readiness Efforts to Meet 21st Century Post-Secondary Reality
• Evaluating and Assessing Your Digital Learning Initiative: Keys to Success
• The Digital Transition: If You Haven’t Done It, Why Not?
• Finding, Evaluating and Buying: Insights from a National Ed-Tech Purchasing Study
• Turn Technology from Teacher’s Enemy to Assistant
• Creating an Online-Blended Learning Environment: A Guide to Vision/ Implementation

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School Administrator

The School Administrator is an award-winning magazine, published monthly by AASA. A sample of articles focused on social/digital media are included below.

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“Delivering Instruction Online,” by Lisa Andrejko

A superintendent’s take on what to expect when a school district blends traditional and cyber learning.

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“What Superintendents Can Learn From Twitter,” by Daniel Frazier

The author, a superintendent himself, illustrates how school leaders are using Twitter for conversations on significant educational issues.

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“The Superintendency and Social Media,” by Chris Kennedy

A veteran superintendent’s digital network brings him substantive professional benefits that include the sharing of best practices and problem solving at his fingertips.

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“Connecting With Social Media,” by Daniel D. Cox

The author documents the vitality of Twitter and blogging in the hands of superintendents after initially rejecting the notion himself.

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