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AASA National Conference on Education

February 13, 2020
San Diego, CA

We look forward to seeing you at AASA. You can find us cheering on educators from our partner districts, who will be presenting at the following sessions:


Prevent Failure: Preparing Middle School Students for Success in High School

Thursday, February 13, from 9–10 a.m.


  • Laurie Barron, Superintendent, Evergreen School District, MT
  • Kerrie Torres, Assistant Superintendent, Brea Olinda Unified School District, CA
  • Jennifer Rushton, Director of Curriculum–Instruction and Assessment, Greater Egg Harbor Regional Schools, NJ
  • Tami Cummings, Associate Principal, Horace Mann Middle School, WI

College and career readiness begins in middle school. Student performance in 9th grade is a strong indicator of later high school success or failure, and students who finish ninth grade on track are four times more likely to graduate from high school. The good news is that many districts can and are helping students successfully navigate that critical transition. Join three districts for a candid discussion about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to strategies for supporting struggling middle school students with intervention and remediation to get them back on track and prepared for the transition to high school.



CTE: Expanding Options for All Students, Creating Pathways for Success

Friday, February 14, from 8–9 a.m.


  • Michael Connet, Associate Deputy Executive Director, Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
  • Kerrie Torres, Assistant Superintendent, Brea Olinda Unified School District, CA 
  • Brian Bachtel, Director of Career Technical Education, Kent City Schools, OH
  • Sandra Cerny, CTE Credentialed Teacher, Temecula Unified School District, CA

More and more districts across the county are recognizing the value of career and technical education and are expanding CTE programs and creating programs of study that are rigorous and aligned with post-secondary education and career pathways. Recent research has found that students who concentrate in CTE are more likely to go to college than otherwise equivalent students who do not, and a quality CTE program can reduce the dropout rate by as much as six percent. Join ACTE and three leading school districts for a discussion on the benefits of a rigorous CTE program to increase opportunities for all students while maximizing academic outcomes