School Construction, Air Quality and Federal Funding: What Supts Need to Know

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School Construction, Air Quality and Federal Funding: What Supts Need to Know

Deferred maintenance and indoor air quality concerns in school buildings are not new, but the global pandemic has heightened awareness of challenges related to both. When thoughtfully implemented, strategies to mitigate risk associated with airborne pathogens can also achieve benefits such as general improvements in indoor air quality, occupant comfort, and energy efficiency. The new influx of federal funding now positions districts to address deferred maintenance, but how are federal funds best spent to do so and what construction and maintenance projects would be better addressed with future funding?

On May 12, 2021, join AASA’s Chris Rogers, Mary Filardo, Executive Director of 21st Century School Fund and Corey Metzger, Lead of ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force Schools Team as they share their advice on how to use federal funds on school construction and facility maintenance and in particular share best practices on what districts can do to improve ventilation, filtration and air cleaning strategies. Register for this webinar by clicking here.

American Superintendent 2020 Decennial Study Now Available

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American Superintendent 2020 Decennial Study Now Available

Copies of the American Superintendent 2020 Decennial Study, which examines historical and contemporary perspectives of our nation’s school system leaders, are now available through AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and Rowman & Littlefield, the organization’s co-publishing partner. The latest edition is an extension of national decennial studies of the American school superintendent that began in 1923, and can be purchased here. Check out our press release to get an overview of the Study's major findings.

AASA and PDK have also partnered in a series of podcasts to coincide with the availability of the 2020 published edition. The first episode features Starr, Gregory Hutchings, superintendent of Alexandria (Va.) Public Schools, and Jennifer Cheatham, senior lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education, in a conversation about race and equity in K-12 public schools. The second episode features Starr, Almudena (Almi) G. Abeyta, superintendent, Chelsea (Mass.) Public Schools, Deb Kerr, retired superintendent and AASA immediate past president, and, Carol Kelley, superintendent, Oak Park Elementary (Ill.) School District 97, in a conversation about women in school leadership. 

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