Athens City Schools

AASA Digital Consortium Site Visit

October 2019

ACS Guest WiFi Information:

Network: AASA_DC Password: DC_2019_ACS

Welcome AASA Digital Consortium!

Focus Areas:

  • Experience innovation in schools, technology, and industry partnerships
  • Engage/observe best practice in digital leadership
  • Reinforce purpose and outcomes for the Digital Consortium
  • Advance AASA’s goal to reinforce equity for all students

Essential Questions:

  1. How do your programs prepare students to be successful in their local and/or global economy?
  2. How can technology pair with the concept of personalized learning to change teaching and learning in our schools?
  3. How can opportunities to innovate for both children and adults strengthen the local economy?

Fall 2019 Schedule

Sunday, October 27, 2019

3:00 PM Load Bus at The Westin traveling to US Space & Rocket Center

3:30-5:00 PM US Space & Rocket Center

Welcome and Introductions

Tour US Space & Rocket Center - Planetarium - Rocket Park

5:00-6:00 PM Davidson Center Tour - Saturn V Rocket

6:00-7:00 PM

ACS Welcome: Dr. Trey Holladay, Melanie Barkley, Alyson Carpenter

Space Camp Connection: ACS Employees - Wes and Jennifer Kennedy

7:00-9:00 PM Reception and Dinner under the Saturn V Rocket

Monday, October 28, 2019

7:00-7:30 Breakfast “on your own”

7:30 Load Bus

7:45 Depart Hotel for Athens City Schools

8:30-9:45 Site Visit - STEM School SPARK Academy at Cowart Elementary

9:45-10:00 Travel

10:00-11:00 Site Visit - Blended/Virtual School Athens Renaissance School

11:00-11:15 Travel

11:15-12:00 Site Visit: Athens Renaissance School Creative Exchange

12:00-12:45 Lunch (Courtesy of LeanStream)

12:45 - 1:45 Dr. Trey Holladay Presentation of Innovation in ACS and what makes the most innovative, traditional school system in Northern Alabama. Community Panel: Featured ACS Innovations

1:45-2:00 Travel

2:00-2:45 Site Visit - Tour Athens High School

3:00-4:15 COSN Presentation

4:15 - 4:30 Q and A with Dr. Holladay - Innovation of AHS

4:30 Travel to Hotel

6:00 Dinner (On Your Own)

*There are many local dining options in the Bridgestreet Shopping area that is in walking distance.*

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

7:00 - 7:30 Breakfast “on your own”

7:45 Depart Hotel for Urban Engine

7:45-8:15 Travel

8:15-9:00 ILTN Orange Frog Presentation

Joel Pedersen, Superintendent

Cardinal Community School District - Eldon, IA

9:00-10:00 Microsoft Presentation - Flipgrid

Jornea Erwin, Educator Innovation Lead

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-12:00 Urban Engine Tour and Innovation

12:00 PM Depart for the airport (by Uber) and hotel (by bus)

Featured Athens City Schools

Personalized Learning for All

SPARK academy at cowart

Planning for future innovation

elementary education reimagined

Featured Innovations

Power UP Initiative

1:1 Apple District

Professional Learning

Personalized Learning for ALL: Adult Learning Shifts

Portrait of a Graduate

Community "North Star" for the Future of ACS Education


Charting a Path to Success With Open Educational Resources

Project based learning (PBL)

Shifting Paradigms: Student-Centered Learning


Elevating Student & Teacher Voice

ACS Event Sponsors / Partners

Special thanks to Wesley and Jennifer Kennedy for sharing their Space Camp experience.

If you'd like to learn more about Space Camp for educators, click HERE to get started!

Stay Connected:

@jekennedy421 @wkennedy73

Dr. Holladay's Presentation & Panel Discussion

AASA Fall 2019 Digital Consortium: Dr. Trey Holladay & Interactive Panel