'Kids Can't Dream What They Can't See'

April 30, 2019, by Jimmy Minichello

Superintendents and other school system leaders championing college and career readiness are in Texas this week for the first AASA Redefining Ready! cohort meeting of the year.

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, Microsoft, Forecast5 Analytics and Naviance by Hobsons are hosting the three-day gathering.

David Schuler, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year and past president of AASA, has been serving as lead teacher for the Redefining Ready! cohort since the program’s inception three years ago.

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"Our kids can't dream what they can't see," said Schuler, the superintendent of Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Ill. "It's our job as school administrators to plant new dreams into the minds and souls and hearts of children and their families."

The Redefining Ready! initiative is a leadership program designed to dispel the notion that test scores reported by test makers are creating a comprehensive picture of a student’s potential. The initiative introduces new research-based metrics to more appropriately assess whether students are ready to pursue their lifelong goals and dreams following post-secondary education.

Today, the group of educators, who traveled from all parts of the country to be here, will visit the Mansfield Independent School Center for the Performing Arts to get a first-hand look at Redefining Ready! in action. Mansfield ISD is serving as host district for the meeting.

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"It's an honor to have you here," said Jim Vaszauskas, superintendent, Mansfield ISD. "When I first heard about the Redefining Ready! initiative from Superintendent David Schuler, it was music to my ears. This is about educating the whole child. We are big fans of AASA and big fans of Redefining Ready!."

"When we focus on what others are telling us what to focus on, it takes away from what we're doing," added Schuler.

"We welcome those of you who are with us for the first time and we extend our gratitude to those of you who are continuing with this project," said Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership network. "We believe so deeply that changes should occur in America. This initiative is core and center to what we believe as an association."

To join the conversation via Twitter, access #RedefiningReady.

To learn more about the program, visit the AASA Redefining Ready! web page. Superintendents and other school system leaders can also contact Sherman at msherman@aasa.org, or Debbie Magee, program manager, at dmagee@aasa.org.

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