About AASA Aspiring Superintendents Academy®


 Sponsored by  sponsor-njpa 

The AASA Aspiring Superintendents Academy® is a highly interactive year-long program that provides the real-world skills our next generation of superintendents will need to thrive. The Academy will cover topics essential to developing a deep understanding of the leadership role of a successful superintendent.  

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® includes four mandatory in-person sessions during the 2017-18 school year, connection with an experienced superintendent mentor, and completion of a culminating Capstone Project to be presented during the final session. The curriculum will develop your knowledge and strengths, and it will prepare you to lead teams of people effectively. Directing the Academy are leaders with demonstrated expertise leading innovative school districts with a record of improving learning for all students.

AASA is currently offering two cohorts of this program allowing you to choose either Alexandria, Virginia or Oceanside, California as your primary meeting location. Both cohorts will meet the days preceding NCE in Nashville. Please choose which cohort to apply using the meeting dates and travel needs as your primary decision factor as the four meetings are required to graduate. Applications Due: June 15th.  

Alexandria, VA 

Lead Teacher: Dr. David Schuler, AASA Past President, Superintendent, District 214, IL 

  Academy Dates: 

  •   July 19 – 22, 2017, Alexandria, VA
  •   October 20 – 22, 2017, Alexandria, VA
  •   February 14 – 17, 2018, Nashville, TN (NCE)
  •   May 4 – 6, 2018, Alexandria, VA 


Oceanside, CA 

Lead Teacher: Dr. Vincent Matthews, Superintendent, San Francisco USD, CA 

 Academy Dates: 

  •   July 17 – 20, 2017, Oceanside, CA 
  •   October 20 – 22, 2017, Oceanside, CA 
  •   February 14 – 17, 2018, Nashville, TN (NCE) 
  •   April 20 – 22, 2018, Oceanside, CA


 Who is Encouraged to Apply?

 Anyone who aspires to be a superintendent is encouraged to apply.   Priority will be given to building leaders and central office professionals.  Superintendents and members of district governing bodies are encouraged to nominate professionals.  

 Participation will be limited to 30 per cohort. Applications will be screened for the highest quality candidates.  Those selected for participation in the program will be outstanding, high-performing leaders whose next logical career moves would be to the superintendency.   

 Academy Vision:   

Development of educational leaders who are prepared to lead school districts and positively affect the success of all students, families and school community.   


  •  The Academy curriculum will cover:
  •  Knowing Yourself as a Leader 
  •  Framing the Role of the Superintendent
  •  Communications for Impact
  •  Leadership for the 22nd Century
  •  Supervision and Evaluation
  •  Governance and Board Relationships
  •  Data-Driven Decision Making and Leadership
  •  Balancing Leadership – Instructional Leadership vs Operations
  •  Human Capital and Leadership Development
  •  Mentoring
  •  Leadership Development Capstone Activity


 * The registration fee of $6,000.00 will be invoiced upon acceptance.