ACS hosts national digital consortium

ars students ATHENS, Alabama, October 24, 2019 --- Athens City Schools (ACS) will host the AASA Digital Consortium to highlight successful models of digital learning on October 27-29, 2019.


ACS will welcome more than 50 school system leaders from across the country who are championing dynamic digital learning for the fall meeting of the Digital Consortium, administered by The School Superintendents Association. 


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


ACS will serve as the host school district. The meeting will include site visits to: SPARK Academy at Cowart Elementary, ACS’s dedicated K-3 STEM school; Athens Renaissance School, ACS’s blended and online K-12 school; and the new Athens High School campus, a model for building innovation.  The meeting will include dinner at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) underneath the Saturn V rocket, highlighting the Tennessee Valley’s connection and commitment to science and space studies.


“Hosting the fall AASA Digital Consortium meeting—in NASA’s backyard—will be extremely meaningful. It gives school leaders from all over the nation an opportunity to see how our students are creating the future and will hopefully inspire our colleagues to take home some great ideas for implementing change in their school communities so we can ensure a bright future for students everywhere,” said Melanie Barkley, ACS District Technology Coordinator. 


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.


“Through a variety of leadership network programs, AASA is connecting superintendents to best practices and strategies school system leaders need to succeed. I am proud that the AASA Digital Consortium is among our stable of programs fostering that success,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We are pleased to see Athens City Schools making digital transitions a reality. We’re grateful to Superintendent Trey Holladay and his staff for facilitating our Digital Consortium fall meeting.” 


ACS Superintendent Dr. Trey Holladay is grateful to the national and local sponsors whose support is key to making the Consortium experience a success. Sponsors include Microsoft, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), Urban Engine, Switchdesk, LeanFrog, LeanStream, First Metro Bank and the Athens City Schools Foundation.


“ACS is proud to host this influential network of school leaders from all corners of the country. Our system is bold and forward-thinking when it comes to new initiatives, in particular when it comes to making big changes to meet the needs of our students in the new educational landscape of the innovation era,” said Holladay. “We are honored and excited to share our best practices and big ideas that are working for students.”


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


To learn more about the AASA Digital Consortium’s Athens visit, including the schedule of events, visit