AASA Extends Partnership with JASON Learning to Boost K-12 STEM Outcomes

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Expanded relationship will empower superintendents and deliver best-in-class
resources, training and learning experiences nationwide

Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 14, 2018 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and JASON Learning, an award-winning leading provider of K-12 STEM content, educator training and authentic learning experiences, announced today that they are deepening their long-running partnership. Forthcoming efforts will strengthen support for superintendents and other school administrators who seek to bring STEM teaching and learning excellence to their school districts across the country.

The expanded collaboration will provide school system leaders with access to a STEM service model that includes networking and collaborating with their forward-looking peers. The new agreement will also provide access to JASON’s world-class digital STEM curriculum and resources, teacher professional development workshops, community engagement programs and global scientific research travel experiences for students and teachers.

“AASA recognizes the strong demand and immediate need in school districts for effective STEM experiences and curriculum,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Through this partnership, our organizations will leverage each other’s mutual efforts, resources and supports for superintendents to offer holistic, district-wide solutions that inspire students, motivate teachers and engage entire communities.”  

AASA has long been a leader in seeking partnerships that serve schools and communities providing opportunities to connect students to post-secondary life and career options. The AASA/JASON STEM Leadership Consortia has grown in the last three years into a service model to meet those demands.

“Superintendents are key to the success of JASON’s model, because its power comes from our ability to align and customize STEM learning within districts while also supporting a culture of STEM through the community engagement elements,” said Eleanor Smalley, former superintendent and current president and chief executive officer for JASON Learning. “Our partnership with AASA allows us to connect with amazing superintendents who truly understand this vision and are ready to lead by example.”

“This partnership is exciting because the need for systemic, high-quality STEM education opportunities in public education has never been greater,” said Matt Montgomery, superintendent, Revere Local Schools, Richfield, Ohio. “In these times of economic imbalance public schools now serve a new majority of students who are from low income families.¹  While we cannot change the economic tides, we can ensure that all students have access to a high-quality STEM education.”

Across the country, communities are turning to superintendents and districts for a vision to lead them in preparing their students to enter the STEM careers of the future. Superintendents are becoming the leaders shouldering the responsibility for preparing their communities for this new economy, and JASON’s highly integrated, role model-driven approach significantly improves academic outcomes and interest in STEM career paths.

AASA & JASON will achieve this by:

  • Creating deep connections with real-world STEM role models.
  • Increasing teacher content knowledge and efficacy in STEM instruction.
  • Developing STEM literacy and engagement among parents and community members.
  • Fostering partnerships with local businesses and community stakeholders.

For more information about the AASA-JASON Learning national partnership and how AASA members can become involved, contact Mort Sherman, associate executive director, leadership services, AASA, at msherman@aasa.org or Eleanor Smalley, president and chief executive officer, JASON Learning, at esmalley@jason.org. In addition, please visit the AASA website at https://www.jason.org/district-model.

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.

About JASON Learning
JASON Learning is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard. JASON provides curriculum and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for K-12 students, and high-quality professional development for teachers. JASON has been used successfully in a wide variety of formal and informal education environments. Available online at jason.org, JASON’s award-winning curricula place students in challenging, real-world situations where they are connected with and mentored by leading STEM professionals. Learn more at www.jason.org.

Sources: 1. Southern Education Foundation, “A New Majority”, 2015