Learning 2025: Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education is an AASA initiative that calls for holistic redesign of the public school system by 2025. The initiative is grounded in the foundational work of the AASA Learning 2025 National Commission, comprised of thought leaders in education, business, community and philanthropy.
The time for action is now. Schools must operate as the heartbeat of the country we want and believe in—a country where freedom, justice, and opportunity are extended to everyone, without question, qualification or exception. The recent pandemic has given us an opportunity to finally reshape schools to meet ALL Whole Learner needs for maximized achievement. We’re calling on educators to seize this opportunity to realize the vision of holistic school redesign.
This is an ongoing initiative and a living website that will continue to be updated.
Everyone associated with a school system—from superintendents to principals to teachers to school boards to parents to community leaders—must take bold steps to work together as systems on behalf of the well-being, self-sufficiency and success of our students.
— Daniel A. Domenech, AASA Executive Director
A Report from the Learning 2025: National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education
The full commission report articulates in detail AASA’s vision, which is intended to function as guardrails for specific change while also empowering districts and schools to tailor plans to the needs of their learners, educators, and communities. What makes this report stand out is its call to action comprised of recommendations coupled with specific action steps.
The commission has identified core components and corresponding essential areas of systemic school redesign. As leaders, teachers, and students work to realize this vision, all must play an active role in redesigning systems, reengineering instruction, and co-authoring the learning journey.
Systemic redesign must happen within an intentional, relationships-based culture that is:
Learning must entirely reorient around the learner.
Panels of school, association, state and federal leaders must convene to determine how to unlock resources to meet ALL children’s Whole Learner needs in the following categories:
We have an opportunity to finally bring our schools into the future and transform them into nimble systems. Our recommendations can lead to personalized and customized instruction and restore dignity and honor to teachers and the joys of learning.
— Bill Daggett, Learning 2025 National Commission Co-Chair and Founder of the International Center on Leadership for Education
We must come together as educators to help move the needle and make real, holistic systemic change. Those in official leadership roles must rise to the occasion and spearhead, enable, inform and shape the fulfillment of this vision.
The commissioners of Learning 2025 commit to leading, promoting and supporting the development and implementation of plans to operationalize the vision of holistic school redesign. Over the next few years, AASA, with the support of the commission, will provide resources, ongoing research, host discussions and events, and engage education leaders and school districts to help operationalize and realize this vision by 2025.
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, urges a vision of public schools as future-driven, rigorous, energetic and culturally-vibrant learning ecosystems—where leaders, administrators, teachers, learners, families and communities work together to redesign the school system, reengineer instruction and co-author personalized learning for ALL learners.
The ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach must no longer be tolerated. Now is the time to raise the voices of our superintendents on behalf of the students they serve.
— Kristi Wilson, AASA President and Learning 2025 Commissioner
The Learning 2025: National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education is comprised of thought leaders in education, business, community and philanthropy. The commission’s chief objective is to safely and equitably prepare all students for a workplace and society of the future.
Chairpersons: Dan Domenech, AASA, and Bill Daggett, Successful Practices Network
Facilitators: Ray McNulty, SPN, and Mort Sherman, AASA
Team Support: Todd Daggett, SPN; Valerie Truesdale and Debbie Magee, AASA
Edmonds School District
The Grable Foundation
Ithaca City School District
Turnaround for Children
Boston Public Schools
Middletown Public Schools
Guilford County Schools
Questar III BOCES
Alliance for Excellent Education
Former State Commissioner
New York Department of Education
Battelle for Kids
Arizona Department of Education
North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center
Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
Reading School District
The Grable Foundation
The Grable Foundation
Township High School District 214
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Tom Vander Ark
Vancouver Public Schools
Kristi Wilson, AASA President
Buckeye Elementary School District