The Total Child

Join AASA Children's Programs Department at the 2017 AASA National Conference on Education

(Alternative School Breakfast , Children’s Health Insurance , Innovative Professional Development, National Awareness, Equity, Student Support Services, Community Schools , ESSA) Permanent link


  Join AASA Children's Programs Department  in New Orleans at the 2017 National Conference on Education (NCE), this March!  

  Below is a schedule of concurrent sessions, Thought Leader sessions and  the Dr. Effie H. Jones Memorial Luncheon. 

 Click on the links below to see flyers with details on each of our sessions.

Register today at .

During the conference follow us on social media at @AASATotalChild and  using #NCE17 and read recaps of our sessions  in Conference Daily Online.

Schedule of Events

 Thursday March 2, 2017

9:00 am-10:00 am: Thought Leader: Redesigning Professional Development Systems Leadership, Feedback and Impact (Room 207)
9:00 am -10:00 am: Igniting and Insuring a STEAM K-16 Pipeline  (Room 211) 
12:15pm -1:00 pm: Knowledge Exchange Theater: Online Support for In-School Impact: #InsureAllChildren-- a demonstration of the AASA/ Children's Defense Fund school-based, child health insurance outreach and enrollment toolkit.(Exhibit Hall)

1:00 pm-2:00 pm: Dealing with Loss and Grief in School   (Room 211)
2:45 pm -3:45 pm: Feeding Hungry Minds: Funding Your School Breakfast Program (Room 211)
4:00 pm-5:00 pm: Thought Leader: Community Schools: Cultivating Opportunity, Equity and Agency (Room 207)

 Friday March 3, 2017
10:45 am -11:45 am:  Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Provide Integrated Student Supports (Room 211)
11:45 am -1:45 pm: The Dr. Effie H. Jones Memorial Luncheon with featured speaker, Monique W. Morris, author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (Room 208)
2:45 pm-3:45 pm: Build a Culture of Equity in Your District (Room 211)




We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!




Superintendent Leadership for Professional Development Redesign: An Overview

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By Bryan Joffe, Project Director

AASA’s Innovative Professional Development partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation began in July 2014. In this effort, we work with school districts to assess their professional development systems and redesign teacher and leader PD using innovative practices. We’ve directly assisted five school districts in analyzing and redesigning PD; these districts combine to serve more than 750,000 students!  


This year, AASA created the Superintendent PD Redesign Community of Practice which includes 22 school districts from 12 different states. This group meets in-person once a year and three times a year through video conference to share strategies, best practices, and resources to improve professional development.


In working with these varied and unique districts, we’ve learned some collective lessons along the way:

a.  Districts have to find the right balance between collective learning that unifies teachers in the district through a set of common experiences and shared language and personalized PD tailored to the strengths and weaknesses of individual teachers.

b.  Data and decision-making – more and better data to identify what’s having an impact is needed to help districts make the tough decisions about where and how to spend limited resources.

c.     Innovative Designs to PD should incorporate:

  1.  Collaborative time for teachers to work together, reflect and share learning
  2.  A coherent and aligned professional development curriculum that sequences and builds meaningful skills
  3.  Feedback systems that privilege honesty, collegiality, and support
  4.  School and Teacher leaders as models: identifying peer leaders and sharing their expertise
  5.  Measuring quality and impact – what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next
Superintendent Robert Avossa, Palm Beach County School District (Fla.) with a student. 

 Building an effective, efficient system for developing teachers and leaders is not easy work. It takes commitment, time, and collaboration from multiple school district departments – teaching and learning, finance, HR, and IT just to name a few. But we know the work is valuable and important because as teaching improves, student learning improves. And student learning is what AASA and our members are all about.
We are so grateful to the many superintendents, PD directors, principals, teachers, partner organizations and colleagues that have worked and continue to work alongside AASA to enhance and improve professional development nationwide. 

For more information on AASA and Innovative Professional Development, go to

AASA Children’s Programs On the Road: Superintendent Professional Development Redesign Community of Practice

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 For the first time , school system leaders from across the country convened in Charlotte, N.C., as part of the AASA Superintendent Professional Development Redesign Community of Practice.


 Superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney, Harrisburg (PA) School District; Superintendent Beverly Emory, Winston-Salem Forsyth County (NC) Schools; Superintendent Phil Lanoue, Clarke County (GA) School District; Superintendent Luvenia Jackson, Clayton County (GA) SD; Ron Wade, Fulton County (GA) Schools; and Superintendent Rodney Watson, Spring ISD (TX).

 Nearly 20 superintendents came together on March 11-12, 2016 to share best practices and hear the latest research and most effective strategies for developing instructional leaders for their respective administrative and teaching staff. Twenty-two school districts are part of this professional development initiative.


 Superintendent Dana Bedden, Richmond (VA) Public Schools; Superintendent Larry Spring, Schenectady City (NY) School District; Eli Pristoop, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

 Eli Pristoop of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bryan Joffe and Sharon Adams-Taylor of AASA, and Marcy Singer-Gabella of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education also participated in the Community of Practice meeting in Charlotte.


Shawn Joseph, PG County (MD) PS; Superintendent Dallas Dance, Baltimore County (MD) PS; Superintendent Roberto Padilla, Newburgh Enlarged City (NY) School District; Superintendent Lolli Haws, Racine USD (WI) 


During this initial meeting, superintendents established individual professional development redesign goals as well as collective goals for the Community of Practice. Presentations were made on teacher and principal PD, the latest research in the professional development field, as well as the technical assistance available from AASA, The School Superintendents Association.


 Superintendent Robert Avossa, School District of Palm Beach County (FL); Jesus Jara, Orange County Public Schools (FL), Superintendent Lyle Ailshie, Kingsport City Schools (TN), Bryan Joffe, AASA, Superintendent Philip Lanoue, Clarke County School District (GA).


 Learn more about our Innovative Professional Development initiative.