The Shaler Area School District has been named one of eight Lighthouse school systems across the country by the AASA, The School Superintendents Association
. Lighthouse school systems serve as models of positive change in public education.
The selected designates are members of AASA’s Learning 2025 Network
, a cadre of more than 120 demonstration systems representing forward-leaning, urban, suburban and rural school districts 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.
Dr. Sean Aiken, Superintendent of Schools, shares, “The Shaler Area School District aspires to be a future driven, equity focused, learner centered school district. This Lighthouse System designation from AASA Learning 2025 signifies that we are on the right path to creating an equitable and excellent education for our students in this district. Recognizing that we are at a critical juncture in public education, we value the support and high-quality professional development and guidance that AASA Learning 2025 provides. This learning network helps outline a roadmap for us as we navigate the post-pandemic challenges. Shaler Area is honored to be recognized as Lighthouse Designation System at this time as our teachers, principals, and all staff members are working diligently to meet the needs of all our students.”
The AASA Fall Learning 2025 Lighthouse Systems are:
College Community School District, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Superintendent: Douglas Wheeler
Collegiate Edu-Nation*, Roscoe, Texas
Executive Director: Kim Alexander
Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Superintendent: Mary Catherine Reljac
Mehlville School District, St. Louis, Missouri
Superintendent: Chris Gaines
Mineola Public Schools, Garden City Park, New York
Superintendent: Michael Nagler
Northgate School District, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Superintendent: Caroline Johns
San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Danville, California
Superintendent: John Malloy
Shaler Area School District, Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
Superintendent: Sean Aiken