Avon Schools Host K-12 National Leaders in Digital Education

Consortium Serves as National Leader in Shaping Educational Technology Policies and Programs

A pre-engineering Avon Middle school student shows AASA member from Alabama a standing desk she is building.

Superintendents and other school system leaders highlighted successful efforts to build dynamic digital learning environments when they met at the Avon Local School District in Avon, Ohio, Oct. 8-10, as part of AASA’s Digital Consortium. Consortium members toured Avon High School, Avon Middle School, Berea City Schools, Lorain County Community College and the Cleveland Clinic.

Created in 2014, the purpose of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) consortium is to support school district administrators as they scale successful models of effective learning experiences using digital media to be a leading national voice for digital innovation in our nation’s public schools.

The School Superintendents AssociationFuel Education and Avon Local Schools hosted the three-day meeting where participants leading successful digital transitions in their home districts had ample opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue with their peers about digital content and professional development to improve student achievement.

“At a time when digital learning continues to grow in urban, suburban and rural America, we are so pleased that dozens of exemplary superintendents who are championing these digital transitions will be with us as part of the AASA Digital Consortium,” said Mort Sherman, associate executive director, leadership services, AASA. “Participants will have ample opportunities to serve as ‘critical friends’ as they share best practices and winning strategies with each other in order to foster powerful learning environments for the students they serve.”

“Avon Local Schools is honored to serve as host site for the AASA Digital Consortium—a leading national voice in public education,” said Michael Laub, superintendent, Avon Local Schools. “The educators joining us all have extensive experience when it comes to innovation, technology and blended learning in our schools. I look forward to the rich conversations during the consortium and how they will lead to strengthening digital learning.”

Membership in the consortium enriches the collective leadership experiences of participating superintendents through the review and careful analysis of evidence-informed practices. “Good ideas are not zip code-centric. When we share ideas and apply them in our own districts, it generates a powerful impact on what we can do for our students,” said Nick Polyak, superintendent, Leyden High School District 212 in Franklin Park, Ill., and co-chair of the AASA Digital Consortium.

This summer, superintendents visited North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, where they had a first hand look at how the school system and local business community are working together to help ensure students are successful beyond high school. Read: “The Charlotte Pipeline: Students, Schools and Local Businesses Have Created a Sustainable Model to Grow the Region’s Workforce” to learn more about the meeting. In addition, watch a short video that highlights the gathering.

For additional information about the Digital Consortium, visit the AASA website, which includes recently produced case studies featuring several members. Superintendents and other educators can also contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership services, at msherman@aasa.org, or Debbie Magee, program manager, at dmagee@aasa.org.

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