From the President: We make magic

July 16, 2018 Staff Writer

For the past six years, I have had the honor of serving on the ACSA Board of Directors and have truly enjoyed time spent supporting our members as they support our students each and every day in classrooms, schools, districts and county offices across our state.

As we embark on a new school year, ACSA continues to keep students as its north star. In just a few days, your ACSA Board of Directors will consider adopting a new Strategic Plan, one that was written collaboratively by our members, involving leaders at every level of the organization. This new Strategic Plan will set the course for the next five years of ACSA, and will continue to build on the tremendous accomplishments achieved during our previous Strategic Plan. This new Strategic Plan contains Impact Statements which frame the purpose of our work.

Because of the efforts of ACSA:

• The Professional community of educational leaders remains at the forefront of innovative educational practice and is sought after by state and federal policymakers and other stakeholders for expertise in creating an equitable, world-class education system.

• Administrators are empowered to lead the charge for and deliver a quality public school education for all students.

• Students have the academic, physical, and social-emotional support they need to be successful in college, career, and life.

• All schools are committed to meeting the unique needs of their learning communities and have the resources to do so.

• Families and communities gain important allies in the health and wellbeing of their children and in the development of an educated society.

• Business and industry benefit from a fully prepared workforce.

• Stakeholders understand and are committed to the positive outcomes of an education system based on equity and excellence.

These Impact Statements are something I believe we can all support. Our students deserve the very best and our members dedicate their time and resources to achieving each one of those statements. As I have spent the past few weeks visiting region leadership retreats, a common theme emerged: our members care deeply about the work they do. I have had the opportunity to share my story, how ACSA has shaped me personally and professionally. ACSA has transformed me into the leader I am today, and I know it has done the same for many of you. As an organization and as educational leaders, we create magic – that’s what we do.

We create schools where all children can learn and have a place. We create learning environments where adults can create networks of support, a family if you will. We are bold and authoritative in our advocacy on behalf of our students, our future. We are there, celebrating with each other, standing alongside each other, lifting each other up in times of need. We create magic every day statewide and nationwide. Thank you for creating magic!

– Holly Edds
ACSA President

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