High school seniors are invited to be part of
the student panel and scholarship program
at the 2018 Winter Governance and Legal
Seminar, March 1– 3, 2018, in Galveston.
Four students will share personal stories
about their experiences in Texas public
schools. The selected students will receive
a $1,000 scholarship.*
The panel and scholarships are sponsored
by Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo & Kyle P.C.
A CONVERSATION ABOUT EDUCATION
Deadline to apply:
5 p.m., January 17, 2018
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to learn
*Travel expenses will be reimbursed for
ing human resources. But this group has a
built-in limit. As Nick Polyak, superintendent of Leyden High School District 212 in
Franklin Park, Illinois, admits, “Sometimes
you are dealing with things you don’t want
to talk about with your team.” There are
also some strategic initiatives that demand
more expertise than a district team can
muster, he added.
But making decisions in isolation no
longer needs to be the default for a superintendent, according to the AASA report.
Today, a growing number of school leaders
are becoming part of national groups,
connecting with peers on topics of interest,
and making lifelong friends with fellow superintendents. In today’s hyper-connected
world, superintendents are becoming the
active learners they encourage their teachers to become. These leaders are reaching
out via social media, e-mail, telephone
calls, and site visits.
“There’s been a shift that has oc-
curred because of a recognition of where
the expertise lies,” said AASA Associate
Executive Director Mort Sherman. “It’s not
with the universities or the government
researching education technology, but with
the superintendents and staff in school
districts doing the actual work.”
“Within a state, you can get stuck in
a rut of conversations,” said Idaho’s Jeff
Dillon. “There’s not enough funding; the
Legislature wants this; the state depart-
ment wants this. That drives a lot of our
But Dillon noted that when he’s in a
group with people from outside Idaho, “It’s
what’s working, what’s happening. You look
at problems differently. ‘How’d you make it
work?’ ‘How can I make it work here?’”
“I can ask questions to bring out the
best approach, tailor my ideas,” Hicks said.
More about the Consortium
Founded in 2014, the AASA Digi-
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tal Consortium was created to support
school district leadership in the areas of
innovation, creativity, and technology.
Membership in the consortium enriches
the collective leadership experiences of
participating superintendents through the
review and careful analysis of evidence-
informed practices. The consortium
provides members the opportunity to
focus on digital conversion opportunities
with peers and to receive guidance from
pioneers in the field.
Through collective involvement in
the consortium, member superintendents
strengthen leadership skills and receive
support from a network of peers and col-
leagues. As school district leaders across
the nation consider the integration of tech-
nology, the consortium is poised to help
support change, growth, and progress.
Both the case studies and the white
papers are available at no cost on the AASA
Website ( aasa.org) and Discovery Educa-
tion Website ( discoveryeducation.com).
For more information or to find out
how to participate in the Digital Consortium, visit aasa.org/digitalconsortium.
aspx or contact AASA’s Sherman at