“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”
– Mark Twain
Dear Readers of this blog – thank you for reading the various musings I have shared with you via this blog in 339 posts since 2013.
As you may know I’ve been a blogger since 2010, when I first became a superintendent of schools; and I have enjoyed each and every blog post, comment, conversation, experience, etc.
Over the past few years I have been blessed with the motivation to write, to share, to blog, to journal and to publish. My writing motivation is now moving more into the book publications realm than in the blogging realm.
With this final blog post (for now) I bid blogging a fond farewell (I may re-brand the blog or start a new medium for personal professional communication after July 1st, when my leadership journey takes me into a new venue in North Shore School District 112).
Thank you for supporting the blog and please consider reading one or more of my publications and sharing your feedback with me.
Thanks for your support and for your interest in my journey. Please continue to Engage, Inspire, Empower and do all you can for all students and members of your community.
by Michael Lubelfeld, superintendent, Deerfield Public Schools, Ill., and Nick Polyak, superintendent, Leyden High School District 212, Ill.
The purpose of the AASA Digital Consortium is to support school district administrators as they scale successful models in support of engaging, effective learning experiences using digital media in order to be the leading national voice for digital innovation in our nation’s public schools.
We have often written about the power and value of professional associations. We are grateful to the coaching, guidance, mentorship, feedback and opportunities that these associations afford leaders in the practice of education.
As co-directors of the AASA Digital Consortium we have the honor of gathering with 40-50 superintendents and educational leaders from around the nation in support of leading digital innovation in our nation’s schools. Since 2014, the consortium has visited exemplar school districts from coast to coast (Maryland, California, North Carolina, Illinois and Washington, and our next visit in April 2018 will be to Missouri).
Typically, we engage with a team of superintendents and school leaders for two days of intense leading, learning, fellowship and calls to action. Key to the influence and success of the Digital Consortium are friends like Horace Mann, Discovery Education, Google, Google Chicago, Education Reimagined, McGraw Hill, Fuel Education, Rethink Education and other leaders in the edtech space.
During our visits, tweets are shared under the #AASA_DigitalConsortium. Our challenge and charge as a group of leaders is to continue to lead with passion, energy, focus and partnership. As critical friends, we affirm that which is good and best, and we constructively critique that which can be made better.
AASA will feature blog posts from the various leadership consortia as part of its ongoing outreach and support of leadership and education. In addition, through partnerships with the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education, for example, a number of case studies and white papers have been written by or about Digital Consortium leaders.
Mike Lubelfeld is the superintendent of Deerfield Public Schools in Deerfield, Ill. Nick Polyak is the superintendent of Leyden High School District 212 in Franklin Park, Ill. Lubelfeld and Polyak serve as co-chairs of AASA’s Digital Consortium and co-moderate #Suptchat, a monthly, hour-long conversation via Twitter that engages superintendents and other school system leaders worldwide about the most critical issues in education. The program occurs on the first Wednesday of every month, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET).