Edleader21 Announces New PLC Leadership
January 26, 2017 | Today EdLeader21, the professional learning community (PLC) for leaders committed to 21st century education, announced new leadership appointments. Superintendent of Dysart Unified School District (AZ) Dr. Gail Pletnick and Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools Dr. Aaron Spence have been named PLC Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively.
Superintendent Pletnick, who was recently named Arizona Superintendent of the Year by the Arizona School Administrators, will take over for Dr. Karen Garza (Fairfax County Public Schools, VA) who stepped down in December. During Pletnick’s tenure as Superintendent in the Dysart Unified School District, the district has been recognized at the state and national levels for building a 21st century learning environment that includes innovative approaches, the use of technology to transform teaching and learning, and efforts to personalize education.
“I look forward to serving in the role of chair of the PLC,” said Pletnick. “The Advisory Committee represents the depth and breadth of leadership in the 21st century learning education community. I am thrilled to work with these visionaries with the goal of expanding the impact of all of our work.”
Pletnick will be joined by Dr. Spence who became Superintendent in 2014. As Superintendent, he oversees the operation of 86 schools (serving almost 68,000 students) as well as all administrative support functions for the school division. He returned to Virginia from having served most recently as Superintendent of Moore County Public Schools in North Carolina.
“As one of the newest members of the PLC, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my districts’ experiences and learn from others,” said Spence. “In Virginia Beach, we have seen success with 21st century instructional design as well as providing equitable educational services for every student.”
“We are so honored that Dr. Pletnick and Dr. Spence have agreed to lead the Advisory Committee and will help carry out EdLeader21’s mission,” said EdLeader21 CEO Ken Kay. “We continue to look to leaders like these to guide the organization and take leadership roles to move the important work of 21st century education forward.”
In addition, there are 17 members of the EdLeader21 PLC Advisory Committee, each of whom serve a two-year term.
Southwest Allen County Schools (IN)
Big Spring School District (PA)
Bloomfield Hills Schools (IL)
Evergreen School District (CA)
Santa Clara County Office of Education (CA)
Bullis Charter School (CA)
Springfield Public Schools (MO)
School District of Brown Deer (WI)
Moorhead Area Public Schools (MN)
Newberg Public Schools (OR)
Val Verde Unified School District (CA)
Jeffco Public Schools (CO)
Wake County Schools (NC)
Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning
Saint Mary's School (NC)
Natick Public Schools (MA)
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
Minnetonka Public Schools (MN)
Amarillo ISD (TX)