The Illinois Superintendent of the Year, Dr. David Schuler of High School District 214 in the northwest suburbs of Cook County, is one of four finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year according to the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).
Schuler was named the 2018 Illinois Superintendent of the Year by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) in November. The other three finalists for the national award are from California, Indiana and Tennessee.
“David Schuler is an exceptional school leader and a great person to represent our state and the profession of school superintendent. We have had many fine candidates, but if selected Dave would be our first National Superintendent of the Year,” said IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark. “He is positive, full of energy and never takes no for an answer. He finds a way to get it done. I think Dave is one of the people who’s always looking over the horizon determining where we need to be as public school educators and where public schools need to be to best suit and serve school children.”
Those who nominated Schuler for the state honor noted many accomplishments during his 12-year tenure as superintendent of District 214, including:
- Having all six high schools in the district consistently ranked among the best in the state and country. In U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 ranking, all six schools earned either a Gold or Silver medal, and were named among the top 45 public schools in the state. All six schools also were ranked in the top 11 percent in the nation in a Washington Post study that assessed the level of rigor in schools.
- Achieving awards and recognition for financial excellence, including a perfect 4.0 score from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) on the district’s Financial Profile Designation.
- Creating Educator Prep, a teacher preparation program that provides resources, dual-credit opportunities, mentoring and job placement to students through partnerships with elementary schools and postsecondary institutions. The program is designed to empower the next generation of teachers with a specific focus on solidifying minority students’ interest in the education profession.
- Implementing a Career Pathways program that provides students with rigorous courses, access to early college credits, industry certifications, and personalized, career-specific learning experiences. Students have 44 career pathways from which to choose, there are 2,700 annual student workplace learning experiences, and in one year students earned 34,565 early college credits.
The National Superintendent of the Year will be announced at AASA’s National Conference on Education February 15-17 in Nashville, Tennessee.