The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Selects Jeffrey Collier for their Michigan Superintendent Spotlight within the National Leaders Matter Campaign
The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Selects Jeffrey Collier for their Michigan Superintendent Spotlight within the National Leaders Matter Campaign
Jeff Collier
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Selects Jeffrey Collier for their Michigan Superintendent Spotlight within the National Leaders Matter Campaign

May 13, 2019

AU GRES, MI – Au Gres-Sims School District is pleased to announce that Superintendent Jeffrey Collier has been highlighted by the School Superintendents Association (AASA) in their national Leaders Matter campaign as the Superintendent Spotlight for the State of Michigan.  According to their website, the AASA launched its Leaders Matter campaign to showcase school districts where exemplary leadership of the superintendent has resulted in meaningful, measurable outcomes for the schools, students, and communities they serve.  Mr. Collier was nominated by Chris Wigent, the Executive Director of Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators (MASA).    

Jeffrey Collier’s Superintendent Spotlight was shared as follows, via http://aasacentral.org/2019/05/06/michigan/:

Superintendent Jeffrey Collier has guided the Au Gres-Sims School District to become known as a “Destination District” and “public school with a private school feel” for its combined strength in academic achievement and school experience.  The district’s commitment to literacy has led to the highest third and fourth grade ELA proficiency scores in its region for two consecutive years on the annual state-wide M-STEP assessments.

To mitigate the limited resources of a small rural school district, he has built partnerships and created granted program opportunities for district students.  Au Gres-Sims was the first school district on the Lake Huron shoreline to provide a sustainable 1:1 program for student provision of take-home Chromebooks and has provided more dual enrollment collegiate course opportunities than the entire partnering Intermediate School District combined, since 2017.

The district invests in its staff through professional development and instructional resources/supports to enhance the student’s learning experience.  Au Gres-Sims is a progressive district that is recognized statewide and nationally for consistently and proactively modeling best educational practices using data-driven research and advanced instructional technology.

Collier is an ambassador for education and a champion of student-centric, experiential, and progressive learning cultures.  He is an effective leader who constantly challenges purpose and continually asks “what if?”  Jeff has established positive relationships, trust, high expectations, and transparency that focuses on every student, every day.  He created a continuous story-telling campaign that has helped brand and communicate the educational excellence of the district while also promoting positive enrollment trends and professional staff attraction and retention.

Collier advocates thoughtful, innovative leadership designs which focus on breaking through barriers to build vibrant cultures of learning and has fostered key academic partnerships with entities across the state and nationally to promote educational opportunities for students.

Exemplars of Leadership:

  • Demonstrated leadership and results in promoting literacy in rural community including significant commitment to the ELA.
  • Developed strong partnerships with community to enhance the limited resources of this rural community.
  • Uncompromising data-driven commitment to modeling and leading instruction including advancing technology applications.
  • Aggressive advocacy for the support of schools, professional development of staff, and creating a positive and productive environment for students.

To learn more about the superintendents profiled in AASA’s Leaders Matter campaign, visit http://aasacentral.org/leadersmatter/.  To join the conversation via Twitter, please access #LeadersMatter.

About AASA, The School Superintendents Association The AASA advocates for equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education, and develops and supports school system leaders.  AASA, the School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world.  AASA members range from chief executive officers, superintendents, and senior level school administrators to cabinet members, professors, and aspiring school system leaders.    

AASA members are the chief education advocates for children.  AASA members advance the goals of public education and champion children’s causes in their districts and nationwide.  As school system leaders, AASA members set the pace for academic achievement.  They help shape policy, oversee its implementation and represent school districts to the public at large.  Source:  http://www.aasa.org

About Au Gres-Sims School District Au Gres-Sims School District, a "Destination District," is located in Arenac County, Michigan.  The district is nestled on the sunrise side of Lake Huron and includes the Charity Islands.  There are roughly 27 miles of shoreline, which ranges from natural frontage and sugar sand beaches to residential property.  Au Gres is renowned for offering an incredible quality of life, abundant natural resources, and a rich cultural history.

Au Gres-Sims School District is proud to be known as a “public school with a private school feel” for its combined strength in academic achievement and entire preschool through twelfth grade school experiences.  Au Gres-Sims is a progressive district that is recognized statewide, as well as nationally, for consistently and proactively modeling best educational practices using data-driven research and advanced technology.  The district remains dedicated to creating a Culture of Learning that provides career and college resource opportunities for learners to gain advanced skill acquisition for an internationally competitive job market within a global economy.  To learn more about Au Gres-Sims School District, visit:  www.ags-schools.org

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