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Farmington, Ill., Superintendent John Asplund on His Innovative School-Leadership Approach

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Published on Mar 16, 2016

At the helm of Illinois’ Farmington Central School district, Superintendent Asplund has ushered in innovations that are exposing students to opportunities and skills they will need to find their footing in a dramatically shifting local economy. His district has also invested heavily in solar energy.

Asplund is also driving his staff to propose, develop, and execute on the changes they want to see in the schools. He’s found saying “Yes” a lot.

"When we say 'Yes,' it's always 'Yes, if.' ... If we're going to do something, we're going to do it well," says Asplund.

Asplund discussed his leadership approach with the Assistant Editor for Education Week Teacher Ross Brenneman at Education Week's Leaders to Learn From event in Washington, D.C. on March 11, 2016. ____________________

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