About The Conference Daily Online
The Conference Daily Online site, updated each day at the AASA National Conference on Education, provides a comprehensive look at the conference proceedings, including coverage of key speakers, award winners and AASA governance activities, plus photo and video galleries. AASA members will share their experiences in Los Angeles, Calif., through a conference blog and Twitter feed.
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA members range from chief executive officers, superintendents and senior level school administrators to cabinet members, professors and aspiring school system leaders.
AASA members are the chief education advocates for children. AASA members advance the goals of public education and champion children’s causes in their districts and nationwide. As school system leaders, AASA members set the pace for academic achievement. They help shape policy, oversee its implementation and represent school districts to the public at large.
About AASA National Conference on Education
The program content of the National Conference on Education supports AASA’s mission to support and develop effective public school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality education for all children. The sessions offered at the 2013 National Conference on Education will help attendees increase their leadership skills and professional competence, provide an exchange of ideas and solutions, address controversial issues, provide wisdom and insights from industry experts, and provide a forum to develop a network of colleagues.
The 2013 National Conference on Education is rich with content about the issues and challenges in public education. Take this opportunity to hear recognized speakers discuss solutions, best practices, challenges and more.
Welcome to Los Angeles and to AASA’s 145th National Conference on Education. You are part of AASA’s first National Conference on Education in Los Angeles. As we experience a new conference venue, it is a great opportunity to be part of the Southern California experience. Expanding our contacts and knowledge base as school leaders could not occur in a better location.
Our work as school leaders is more challenging than ever before. Demands for higher achievement, greater accountability, managing with limited resources and responding to the latest items on the school reform agenda are sufficient to discourage the faint of heart. Your attendance at this conference is certain to help reinforce your resolve as an educator and give you the renewed spark to ignite stronger leadership and productivity.
This year’s conference will provide you with opportunities to hear some of the most respected thought leaders in our profession. The General Session speakers will feature experts on a wide range of current topics. They will challenge and inspire any AASA member to face the issues which are on all our agendas, as well as those which will emerge in the future.
If you are a first-time attendee, make your time count by planning days filled with small group presentations in which you target issues particularly of interest and applicability for your district. These experiences will complement the “big picture” ideas you receive in the General Sessions.
Time in the NCE Marketplace can be as valuable as you make it. Hundreds of exhibitors will bring you the latest in equipment, technology and curriculum materials, which become the tools you and your staff require to fulfill your mission. The variety of products from our vendor partners is sure to provide ideas for your own applications.
An important part of every conference is the opportunity to renew friendships and to make new professional associations which will build your network. You are sure to discover that the issues you face have been faced by others. Strategies and solutions most often come from those within our profession. The professional friends we make through AASA are among our best contacts throughout our careers.
Enjoy the conference, experience the city, and take your knowledge and reflections home to share with others. And, remember to come back next year when the National Conference on Education will be in Nashville.
Benny L. Gooden
Superintendent, Fort Smith, AR
Welcome to Los Angeles and the 2013 National Conference on Education — and a brand new look for AASA!
Our new logo is really only the symbol of what is taking shape inside AASA, as we seek to become a more vibrant and supportive organization. AASA is continually working to be relevant to you and all our members with new programs, new resources and new delivery systems.
We hope the progress shows. This has not been an easy year for schools across the country. We know that many of you are still facing difficult economic and programmatic challenges in your communities, and that it is more important than ever for us to help you to find innovative ways to get results for the students in your district.
At this conference, over the next few days, we hope you will hear and see demonstrations of real life solutions to your most pressing issues. Our presenters — including keynoters Linda Darling-Hammond, Deb Delisle, Jim Collins and Yong Zhao — are the best. They will offer us new insights and new frameworks for our work.
At Job Central, you have access to one-on-one career planning and job search advice, as well as an interactive Job Fair spotlighting employment opportunities around the nation.
Professional development credit for the conference is available to you through Loyola Marymount University. For more information, visit the AASA National Conference on Education website at www.aasa.org/nce or use one of the sign-up sheets that are available at AASA Registration.
At the NCE Marketplace, you can view and compare the latest developments in curriculum, software and hardware ready for your classrooms. See firsthand products and services that offer solutions to your needs. (We are certainly grateful to the exhibitors and sponsors who helped to make this conference possible.)
Finally, don’t forget to spend time networking with your colleagues — who are perhaps the best source of all for inspiration — and make a point to meet new friends every day you are here.
Enjoy your stay in Los Angeles. The city has much to offer. And have an exciting and thoughtprovoking conference.
Daniel A. Domenech
Executive Director, AASA