District 214 superintendent honored at AASA National Conference on Education


For his outstanding contributions to public education throughout the past year, David R. Schuler, superintendent of High School District 214 received a Distinguished Service Award by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

The presentation was held at AASA’s National Conference on Education in New Orleans, La., where nearly 3,000 superintendents and other school district leaders are gathering to discuss the most critical issues in education.

Schuler is the immediate past president of AASA and was one of four veteran educators recognized with this award.

“This recognition is truly an honor because there are so many individuals throughout our country who are making a positive difference in public education today,” said Schuler. “AASA serves as America’s top voice as far as school district leadership is concerned and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with superintendents nationwide to move AASA’s mission forward.”

Schuler was one of four veteran educators recognized by AASA for bringing honor to themselves, their colleagues and their profession; rendering exemplary service to their state or national professional association; and contributing to the education field through writing, public advocacy or other activities.

The others were:

  • Robert Mills / Director General, Lester B. Pearson School Board
  • Harry Rossi / Superintendent, District 30 Northbrook/Glenview, Illinois
  • James F. Shoemake / Superintendent of Schools, Tacoma, Washington (retired)

Schuler is passionate about preparing students to be college, career and life ready. Last year, he launched Redefining Ready!, a national campaign that introduces multiple research-based metrics to demonstrate post-secondary readiness.

“For too long, the public education system has relied on standardized test scores as the primary indicator for college and career readiness,” said Schuler at the time of the launch. “Our students are more than a score.”

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