Coxsackie-Athens Central School District is one of only 13 school districts across the country recognized as a “Lighthouse System” by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, in partnership with the Successful Practices Network, to serve as a model of positive change in public education.
Coxsackie-Athens Schools along with the other selected designates are members of AASA’s Learning 2025 Network, a cadre of more than 120 demonstration districts representing forward-leaning, urban, suburban and rural school systems engaged in learning, networking and working together to help drive education policy and ultimately improve student learning.
The goal of the Network, which was created by the AASA National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education, is to guide Learning 2025 leaders as they chart their progress toward “Lighthouse” designation in one or more areas of growth. The commission called for identification of exemplary educational systems to serve as beacons of light in key areas of holistic redesign of American education.
“This recognition shines a bright light on all the wonderful work happening in our classrooms and schools at C-A, said Superintendent of Schools Randall Squier. “The acknowledgment that each one of us here at C-A has played a role in being student-centered, equity-focused and future-driven cannot be understated.” Squier continued. “We now have an opportunity to share and learn from colleagues across the country and showcase the inspirational work that is happening right now in our school community. I look forward to having many of our teachers spotlight the many ways we offer big school opportunities in a small school setting.”
“Our ‘Lighthouse’ systems are serving as thought-leader practitioners that are implementing bold, actionable steps on behalf of the broader education community to learn from and learn with as they have taken on the challenge of Learning 2025,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “As we emerge from the pandemic, it is critical to invoke future-focused best practices for the well-being, self-sufficiency and success of our young learners. I congratulate these districts, as well as all of the school districts associated with the Learning 2025 Network.”
In addition to Coxsackie-Athens Schools, other AASA Learning 2025 Lighthouse Systems include:
Baldwin Union Free School District, Baldwin, N.Y.
Superintendent: Shari Camhi
Buckeye Elementary School District, Buckeye Ariz.
Superintendent: Kristi Wilson
Elizabeth Forward School District, Elizabeth, Pa.
Superintendent: Todd Keruskin
Ephrata Area School District, Ephrata, Pa.
Superintendent: Brian Troop
Harvard Community Unit School District 50, Harvard, Ill.
Superintendent: Corey Tafoya
High School District 214, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Superintendent: David Schuler
Linton-Stockton School Corporation, Linton, Ind.
Superintendent: Kathy Goad
Naperville Community School District 203, Naperville, Ill.
Superintendent: Dan Bridges
Val Verde Unified School District, Perris, Calif.
Superintendent: Michael McCormick
Washougal School District, Washougal, Wash.
Superintendent: Mary Templeton
West Allegheny Unified School District, Imperial, Pa.
Superintendent: Jerri Lynn Lippert
West Valley School District 208, Yakima, Wash.
Superintendent: Peter Finch
A review panel comprised of independent education leaders from across the country evaluated applications submitted during the first three months of 2022. Districts were reviewed based on strategies and recommendations developed by the commission. Redesign component indicators included:
Social, Emotional and Cognitive Growth
Cognitive Growth Model
Learners as Co-authors
Accelerator A1: Diverse Educator Pipeline
Accelerator A2: Early Learning
Accelerator A3: Technology Enhanced Learning
Accelerator A4: Community Alignment
“While no school district is anticipated to be exemplary in all components of the AASA Learning 2025 redesign, the goal of the educational system reflection profile is to guide Learning 2025 leaders and staff,” said Bill Daggett, founder of the Successful Practices Network and co-chair of the commission. “System improvement is viewed as a continuum of planning, developing, implementing and evaluating practices, and moving a system to where it strives to grow to benefit the children it serves.”
“It is gratifying to know that we will be able to take action together as we look at some of the country’s remarkable school systems embracing the challenge of Learning 2025,” said Mort Sherman, associate executive director, AASA and co-chair of the commission. “The opportunity to learn from colleagues, or ‘critical friends,’ across the country should be inspirational for the school systems participating in a process that provides endless opportunities to reflect on the majesty of the work that is happening right now in our school communities.”