AASA: Celebrating 150 Years of Supporting Public Education
after the conclusion of the Civil War, a group of city and state
superintendents gathered at the National Teachers Association meeting in
Harrisburg, Pa. These school leaders saw the need to form an organization
comprised of individuals engaged in supervisory work in schools.
1866, this new organization called itself the National Association of School
Superintendents. In a period of our country’s reconstruction, school people
were concerned about the role of education.
the National Association of School Superintendents along with the American
Normal School Association merged with the National Teachers Association to
create the National Education Association. Within the NEA, the Department of
Superintendents was formed.
later, in the 1930s, the administrators decided to break away and became the
American Association of School Administrators. Today, we are known as AASA, The
School Superintendents Association.
very beginning, it was apparent that advocacy would be the driving force behind
this newly formed organization. AASA is the premier association for school
system leaders and serves as the national voice for public education and
district leadership on Capitol Hill.