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AASA Learning 2025

Vision & Action for Today’s Learners


AASA Learning 2025: Student-Centered, Equity-Focused, Future-Driven Education is a movement 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, and is guided by the commission’s report, An American Imperative: A New Vision of Public Schools.

Join colleagues as we impact the future of public education.

AASA Learning 2025 Demonstration Systems are creating student-centered, equity-focused, future-driven educational systems that serve ALL learners.


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School Systems in 24 States

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1 Million+

PreK-12 Learners

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150 Million+

Community Members

Collaborate with Other Future-Driven Educational Leaders


The time for action is now. Learn, grow and take action with colleagues, plus gain access to services tailored specifically to your district’s individual needs. Become part of communities of practice, unlock access to extensive professional learning, receive senior consulting services and strategic planning support, and move your district forward with evidence- and research-based recommendations to provide all learners with a bright future.

What’s Included?

AASA Learning 2025 Demonstration Systems will actively engage in system transformation in one or more of the national commission’s recommended redesign components through access to personalized support and resources, including:

  • Mentoring & Consulting
  • Communities of Practice
  • Monthly Professional Learning
  • Exclusive Resources
  • Study Groups & Collaboratives
  • Networking

and so much more!


Demonstration Systems
AASA Members: $11,000/year
Nonmembers: $11,500/year

Engaged Systems
AASA Members: $3,500
Nonmembers: $4,000

Interested in Customized Services and Support?
Contact Learning2025@aasa.org

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

Learning 2025 in Action


Learning 2025 Demonstration Systems are moving the needle and creating real, holistic systemic changes in their districts, communities and across the country.


See the Impact

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Parkway Schools (Mo.)

Maine Township High School District 207 (Ill.)

Wilder School District 133 (Idaho)

AASA’s Vision of Systemic Redesign


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.


Core Redesign Components

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Systemic redesign must happen within an intentional, relationships-based culture that is:

  • Whole Learner Focused: The entire system must attend to the social, emotional, cognitive, mental health and trauma-based needs of ALL learners.
  • No Learner Marginalized: ALL children, families and staff must be embraced, valued equally and served with equity—regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic circumstance or disability.
  • Future Driven: Schools must routinely anticipate forthcoming changes in the career landscape to inform all decisions today.

Social, Emotional & Cognitive Growth

Learning must entirely reorient around the learner.

In order to meet ALL learners’ social, emotional and cognitive needs, instruction and learning must happen on a growth model continuum, where data analytics, planning, learning and evidence of learning operate in a feedback loop to personalize learning.


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:

  • Learning Accelerators: Broadband must be deemed a public utility so that ALL learners have access to the technologies necessary to access and accelerate learning.
  • Aligned Community Resources: To meet Whole Learner needs, educators, learners and learners’ families must have access to a robust, multi-tiered system of supports.
  • High-Quality Early Learning for ALL Children: ALL children must engage in high-impact early learning to prepare them to function as co-authors of learning in their K-12 journey.
  • Diverse Educator Pipeline: Educators and staff must represent the learners, families and communities they serve so that true culturally-responsive learning is possible.
Calvin Watts

This initiative alone has driven conversations toward unprecedented realizations, and we have pushed our leaders to learn, unlearn and relearn—and to think boldly while doing so in support of each and every child—especially those who are furthest away from educational opportunity.

Calvin J. Watts, superintendent, Gwinnett County Public School District (Ga.)

Mary Templeton

Thrilled to be part of Learning 2025... We are in a spot right now in which the system is out of balance. The equilibrium is off. We need to seize the day, to grab hold of future-driven thinking and ensure every child is valued.

Mary Templeton, superintendent, Washougal School District 112-6 (Wash.)

Help Shape the Future of Public Schools 


Join AASA, in partnership with Successful Practices Network and Battelle for Kids, and hundreds of school districts across the country as we actively engage and work together to create a future-focused public school system that serves all learners.


3 Ways to Get Involved

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Become a Demonstration System

Commit to creating a better future for learners around the nation while moving your district forward with evidence- and research-based recommendations. Leverage the largest professional learning network of top educators in the country and get year-round access to personalized support, communities of practice, mentors, resources, collaboratives and more.

See All Benefits    |    Apply to Become a Demonstration System


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Become an Engaged System

An opportunity to become engaged with Learning 2025 on a smaller scale. Engaged systems have access to specific resources and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues.

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Become a Learning 2025 Partner

The potential impact of this initiative is a massive one. But it can only happen with help from generous partners like you. Partner directly with school leaders to support the Learning 2025 initiative.

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Registration Now Open for the National Summit 

AASA Learning 2025 National Summit

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

The Learning 2025 Commission 


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.

The Commissioners

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

Gustavo Balderas
Edmonds School District

Gregg Behr
Executive Director
The Grable Foundation

Luvelle Brown
Ithaca City School District

Pamela Cantor
Turnaround for Children

Brenda Cassellius
Boston Public Schools

Michael Conner
Middletown Public Schools

Sharon Contreras
Guilford County Schools

Gladys Cruz

Deborah Delisle
Alliance for Excellent Education

MaryEllen Elia
Former State Commissioner
New York Department of Education

Karen Garza
Battelle for Kids

Benjamin Heuston
Executive Director

Kathy Hoffman
State Commissioner
Arizona Department of Education

Sam Houston
North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center

Ann Levett
Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Khalid Mumin
Reading School District

Bart Rocco
Grable Fellow
The Grable Foundation

Bille Rondinelli
Grable Fellow
The Grable Foundation

David Schuler
Township High School District 214

Malbert Smith

Aaron Spence
Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Stuart Udell

Tom Vander Ark
Getting Smart

Steven Webb
Former Superintendent
Vancouver Public Schools

Kristi Wilson, AASA President
Buckeye Elementary School District

Jessie Woolley-Wilson
DreamBox Learning

Kelly Young
Education Reimagined

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