AASA’s IDEAL Cohort Meeting to Share Integrated Learning Systems at September Meeting in Illinois


James Minichello

Cohort to Serve as National Leader in Shaping Future-Focused Policies and Programs 
Alexandria, Va. – September 26, 2022 – Superintendents working collaboratively to research, inspire, empower and amplify their students’ work while creating more personalized and dynamic learning environments are convening in Des Plaines, Ill., September 28-29, as part of AASA’s IDEAL (Innovative Districts Empowering All Learners) Cohort meeting followed by the cohort summit, September 30, 2022. 
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and Maine Township High School District 207 are co-hosting the event, where participants will examine best practices to ensure a student-centered, future-focused education for our nation’s students and how equity is being addressed in these school systems. 
The full-day summit will be held at Maine West High School and will include keynote speakers and general and breakout sessions featuring innovative educators from across the country sharing groundbreaking innovative practices that empower all learners. 
“In the rapidly changing, technology-driven world we live in, it’s vitally important to create an education system that reaches far beyond the best practices of the past in favor of bold action steps geared toward the future if our students are going to be successful. Superintendents and their teams that comprise AASA’s IDEAL Cohort are doing just that,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “The administrators attending this meeting are working diligently to implement positive systemic change in the learning journey for their students and staff.” 
The IDEAL Cohort seeks to provide a deeper understanding of what learners need to create the most dynamic learning environments possible. Members of the AASA IDEAL Cohort work to realize a new vision for empowering all learners and share examples of the most outstanding practices for personalized and individual learning. 
“This cohort represents a growing community of learners where we ask difficult questions in order to bring the best personalized learning for students in school districts across the country,” said Ken Wallace, superintendent, Maine Township High School District 207, and co-chair of the AASA IDEAL Cohort. “School district leaders attending our meeting will see firsthand how we inspire students’ curiosities and how they develop the academic and social and emotional skills to reach their full potential. We are honored to serve as the host district for this gathering.”
Key aspects of the three-day meeting will be focused on:

  • Adult learning and high-impact instruction 
  • Individual career planning/activities
  • Integrated career services
  • Individual learning spaces
  • “All-In” coaching plan options  

One silver lining we can take away from the pandemic is that it's providing us with an opportunity to redefine, redesign and reimagine public education as we know it. It is imperative that we rise to the occasion and take advantage of this opportunity to ensure the success of all students,said Gail Pletnick, retired superintendent, past president of AASA and co-chair of the AASA IDEAL Cohort. The cohort's mission is focused on equitya way to enhance a student-centered environment aimed to reach every single child.

Visit the AASA website for additional information about the AASA IDEAL Cohort. Superintendents and other educators can also contact Mort Sherman, senior associated executive director, Leadership Network, at msherman@aasa.org, or Debbie Magee, director Leadership Network at dmagee@aasa.org.  


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.