STEM Leadership Consortium



Program Fees /Registration Fee: 

Nonmember Price: $2,500

AASA Member Discounted Price: $2,000  (Not a member? Join now to save $500!)
(JASON District Members have the AASA cohort included in their membership)


About the STEM Leadership Consortium

The AASA-JASON partnership benefits a diverse range of students, uses the latest technology to bring experts from throughout the world to our classrooms. It also provides districts with lesson plans, assessments, and comprehensive professional development programs. In addition, the Superintendent will be a part of AASA’s STEM Leadership Consortium. The purpose of the consortium is to develop and support a cadre of STEM focused superintendents who understand the complexity of school culture and the urgency of increasing student interest in STEM fields. Consortium members meet two times in-person along with three virtual meetings.

Who Should Participate?

Any district leader who is interested in furthering the STEM Leadership initiative and mission, particularly superintendents, assistant superintendents, district office staff and experienced principals. To join, click one of the register buttons below.

What Will I Learn?

By joining STEM Leadership Consortium, you will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of how STEM indicators play out in different contexts within your district
  • Learn with and from visionary leaders who are at every phase of implementing these new measures of success for their students
  • Work with leaders across the country to more authentically and appropriately assess and demonstrate high school graduates' readiness to survive and thrive in their futures
  • Promote STEM literacy for all students in K-12 schooling 
  • Use research-based STEM Leadership indicators to develop, evaluate, and improve STEM initiatives in your district, with the opportunity to be nationally recognized as a  STEM Certified district

Programs Dates & Details  

Program Duration: October 2022 - May 2023

In-Person Meetings:

  • November 7-8, 2022: STEM Consortium Conference, Baton Rouge, LA 
  • February 15, 2023: STEM Consortium Meeting, AASA’s National Conference on Education, San Antonio, TX  

Virtual Meetings:

October 20, 2022 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. ET
December 8, 2022 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. ET
April 13, 2023 - 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET 

Registrations are accepted on a rolling basis.


Superintendent Co-Leads

 Matt Montgomery, Superintendent, Lake Forest School Districts 67 & 115, IL

Thomas Taylor, Superintendent, Stafford County Public Schools, VA

Thomas W. Taylor is Superintendent of Stafford County Public Schools (Washington, DC area), where he oversees 33 schools in Virginia’s eighth largest school district, serving more than 31,000 students and more than 4,300 full-time employees. Stafford County Public Schools is a high-performing, majority-minority school district, where nearly half of the students participate in the federal free lunch program. Dr. Taylor is a Washington, D.C. native and has served as a social studies teacher, coach, and administrator in several Virginia school districts over the last two decades.

Partner Co-Lead

Eleanor Smalley, President & CEO, JASON Learning

Eleanor Smalley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of JASON Learning. Eleanor returned to JASON after working at the University of Virginia for the Darden Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education, aligning leadership and business practices between state and district superintendents, as the Senior Project Director. She served 30 years in Public Schools, with 12 years as Superintendent. While Superintendent, she promoted a zero dropout rate, an accelerated learning model, and a collegiate learning model with James Madison University.


Advisory Committee

Aspasia Angelou, Nadaburg Unified School District, AZ
Adam Cheeseman, Doddridge County Schools, WV
Elie Bracy, Portsmouth Public Schools, VA
Martha Salazar-Zamora, Tomball ISD, TX
Sito Narcisse, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA
Kirk Koennecke, Indian Hills Exempted Village, School District, OH


What People are Saying about the Consortium


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"As a result of our focus on STEM education, our students are constantly aware of how their education relates to the world beyond the classroom." - Dr. Elie Bracy, Superintendent for Portsmouth City Schools, VA

"Preparing students for success in college, career, and life should be the mission of every school district and every school — both here in the United States and abroad." - Dr. Rodney Watson, Superintendent for Spring ISD, TX

“We use JASON Learning because it embeds real-world experiences. When teachers know they have our support, they feel motivated to try different instructional strategies.” - Dr. Tamara Sterling, Superintendent for Franklin City Schools, VA

“With JASON Learning, we have come up with a curriculum and a partnership that allows our students to have a role in bringing internet to the entire county.” - Adam Cheeseman, Superintendent for Doddridge County Schools, WV  


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How the Portsmouth Public Schools partners with JASON Learning to level the playing field for every student
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Educational Equity Through Community STEM Programming:
A Case Study of Portsmouth, Virginia, Public Schools and the AASA – JASON STEM Superintendent Cohort 




Contact AASA program director Debbie Magee at