AASA, Battelle for Kids, Successful Practices Network Create Partnership to Address Unique Needs of School Systems


James Minichello


Alexandria, Va. – June 14, 2022 —AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to announce a partnership with Battelle for Kids (BFK) and the Successful Practices Network (SPN) to bolster momentum toward a new vision for our nation’s schools and enhance students’ abilities to thrive today and throughout their lives. 


The partnership mobilizes the largest combined networks of innovative school districts in the country: AASA’s Learning 2025 Network of demonstration systems and EdLeader21. The L2025 Network is a cadre of more than 120 school districts representing student-centered, future-driven urban, suburban and rural school districts engaged in learning, networking and taking action together to help impact educational practice and policy to improve student learning. EdLeader21 is a vibrant network of 175 districts committed to 21st-century, deeper learning for every student. The capabilities and strengths from each organization provide a platform to support the individual needs of all school districts. 


“We are in a new era in American education. We’ve learned from the best practices and ideas of the past, and yet, we need to move strategically and emphatically towards the future. Today’s announcement represents a bold and innovative movement to serve America’s children as we emerge from the pandemic,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “District leaders and teachers must work to redesign systems and reengineer instruction. Our newly established partnership will help them achieve that goal.” 


BFK is a national, not-for-profit organization with the mission of realizing the power and promise of 21st-century learning for every student. Its national network, EdLeader21, brings together innovative education systems to accelerate education transformation. These systems are connected by a shared vision that purposefully integrates rigorous academic content with the skills and mindsets to prepare students for success now and into the future.


“This is a critical time in our nation’s history. As educational leaders, we are faced with a wonderful opportunity to reimagine our educational systems and create a new, enduring vision for education that prepares all students for success in this rapidly changing, complex world,” said Karen Garza, president & CEO, Battelle for Kids. “We are honored to partner with AASA and SPN to leverage our collective capabilities to support districts across the country in advancing a new vision for our nation’s schools.” 


“Last year, AASA issued, An American Imperative: A New Vision of Public Schools, a report that recommended a holistic redesign of our nation’s schools aimed at capturing a new vision of future-focused and culturally vibrant learning through the empowerment of districts to enact positive change on behalf of learners, families and communities,” said Bill Daggett, founder, SPN. “This partnership will accelerate the vision of this report, which provides specific guardrails for change, throughout our country. We have an opportunity to finally bring our schools into the future and transform them into nimble systems.”


The report affirms that leaders, teachers and learners play a role in co-authoring the learning journey for our students. Further, core component areas are essential and must be present to address any school system and community to meet the commission’s vision. These core areas include resources, culture, and social, emotional and cognitive growth.


The Learning 2025 National Summit


The Learning 2025 National Summit, co-hosted by AASA and SPN, June 28-30 in Washington, D.C., will bring together leadership, faculty, boards and staff from across the country to highlight the work of building future-focused capacity by these exemplar districts in alignment with the commission. Over the course of the summit, participants will learn from each other, as well as thought leaders and national experts, through keynote presentations, how-to sessions and networking sessions focused on strengthening culture, focusing instruction and maximizing the use of resources.


Participating districts will include the recently announced AASA “Lighthouse” systems that will serve as models of positive change in public education. The selected designates are members of the Learning 2025 Network. Click here to learn more about the summit. 


For additional information about the AASA/Battelle for Kids/Successful Practices Network partnership, contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, at msherman@aasa.org, or Valerie Truesdale, AASA assistant executive director, at vtruesdale@aasa.org.


To join the conversation via Twitter, please access #Learning2025.




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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.


About Battelle for Kids
Battelle for Kids (BFK) is a national, not-for-profit organization with the mission of realizing the power and promise of 21st century learning for every student. Our national network, EdLeader21, brings together innovative education systems to accelerate education transformation that results in deeper learning for every student. For more information, visit www.battelleforkids.org.

About Successful Practices Network
Successful Practices Network (SPN), founded by Dr. Bill Daggett, is a national not for profit consulting organization focused on building capacity for schools and districts to become future focused and provide innovative supports for ALL students. SPN supports districts in focusing on the whole child and every child's needs in a rapidly changing world through consulting, technical assistance, conferences, research and thought leadership. For more information, please visit us at www.SPNetwork.org.