Secondary Curriculum & District Technology Leader Participates in Digital Consortium

ATHENS, Alabama, November 29, 2017 --- Melanie J. Barkley, Secondary Curriculum and District Technology Coordinator of Athens City Schools joined several dozen school system leaders who are championing dynamic digital learning for fall meeting of the Digital Consortium, administered by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, Oct. 15-17, in Seattle, Wash.


During this immersive three-day event, participating superintendents successfully leading digital transitions across the country, engaged in meaningful dialogue with their peers about emerging and successful models of combining digital content and professional development to improve student achievement.


Highline Public Schools served as the host school district. The meeting included visits to Raisbeck Aviation High School, Chinook Middle School and Midway Elementary School, all in the Seattle-Tacoma area, and wrapped up with a tour of the Boeing Company.


“Participating in the fall AASA Digital Consortium meeting—in Boeing’s backyard—was extremely meaningful. It gave all of us an opportunity to see how our students can create the future,” said Barkley. “During our visit to Aviation High School, we saw college and career readiness in action, which is such a critical issue in education today. With a 747 jet plane parked just outside the school, aviation students have a firsthand look at the aviation industry.”


Established in 2014 by AASA, the Consortium was created to provide school district leaders the opportunity to work together as critical friends to learn, take action and gain insight into emerging and successful models of best practices using digital media in support of engaging and effective learning experiences.


“AASA members who are part of our Consortium are key ambassadors for leading the digital revolution in America’s public schools,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “These meetings provide a platform to connect superintendents and other school district administrators to share best practices, concepts and strategies to advance academic outcomes for the benefit of the students they serve. We thank McGraw Hill Education for supporting this initiative.”


Membership in the Consortium enriches the collective leadership experiences of participating superintendents and district technology leaders through the review and careful analysis of evidence-informed practices. For more information or to find out how to participate in the Digital


Consortium, visit the AASA website or contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, at