AASA Urban Superintendents Academy

The Urban Superintendents Academy is a cross-institutional partnership that offers a dynamic approach to urban superintendent preparation and certification. AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has launched distinct partnerships with Howard University and the University of Southern California to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in our nation’s urban areas.

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The uniqueness of these programs is that it offers opportunities for educational leaders to become involved in a network of support, mentoring, and professional development related to the challenges and opportunities facing the 21st century urban leader. To ensure participants are fully equipped for the challenges and opportunities of urban superintendent positions, the Urban Superintendents Academy welcomes all applicants yet will focus on underrepresented groups.  

The national program’s goal is to prepare superintendents for the demands of the urban environment and to address the reality that less than 5 percent of our nation’s superintendents are persons of color. Specific goals applicable to both the Howard and USC programs are:

  1. Prepare for and successfully acquire a position as an urban superintendent.
  2. Delineate and apply key skills of 21st century leadership.
  3. Address critical problems and issues facing all urban superintendents today in a strategic and creative way.
  4. Deal effectively and creatively with community relations and politics in the urban setting.
  5. Use a range of 21st century facilitative skills to deal with organizational politics and relationship building in the urban school system.
  6. Become a strategic leader who consistently demonstrates critical reasoning, problem solving and creativity.
  7. Learn how to effectively work with the board of education.      

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Priority Application Deadline: June 15th at 12:00 pm   

 

2018 - 19 Urban Superintendents Academy Cohort Information 

University  AASA/Howard University   AASA/University of Southern California  
Kick - Off  August 24 - 25, 2018, Alexandria Va   October 5 - 6, 2018, Los Angeles California
Delivery and Location      
In Person Monthly Sessions
  •  Alexandria, VA / Washington D.C.
  •  Los Angeles, CA (*February Only)   
 
Online Biweekly Sessions
  •   Los Angeles, CA (*February Only)
 
Program Fee 

 $6,000  - Includes an assigned mentor, all course materials, catered meals during the Academy retreat, access to all online course materials, collaborations tools and relevant resources jointly issued AASA/Howard University certificate, continuing education units from Howard University and Registration for the Annual August Urban Superintendents Academy Conference

 $6,400 - Includes an assigned mentor, all course materials, catered meals during the Academy retreat, access to all online course materials, collaborations tools and relevant resources jointly issued AASA/USC certificate, continuing education units from USC and Registration for the Annual Academy Conference
     
Session Times  Weekend Sessions run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays and 8:00 am to 11:00 am on Sundays  Biweekly Online Sessions run from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Additional Information  Click here to learn more about the Howard University Cohort  Click here to learn more about the University of Southern California Cohort 
     

 
     “AASA is pleased to serve as the umbrella organization for our Urban Superintendents Academy, an initiative that forges partnerships with two significant historical universities working for a common cause. All children need champions. The resources generated by USC and Howard will be invaluable as we prepare aspiring superintendents for urban environments.” – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA  

 

Academy Highlights
VIDEOS RELATED ARTICLES & BLOGS
2017 Dan Domenech's Opening Conference Remarks  PRESS: EdWeek Article: AASA and Howard University to Partner on Training for Urban Superintendents
2017 Urban Superintendents Academy Conference, Pt 3  PRESS: Diverse Issues in Higher Education article: http://diverseeducation.com/article/72028/.
2017 Urban Superintendents Academy Conference, Pt 2 PRESS: AASA/USC Cohort Launch
2017 Urban Superintendents Academy Conference, Pt 1  VIDEO: Cohort Reflections - Martha James Hassan 
 2016 AASA-Howard University Urban Academy Conference  VIDEO: Cohort Reflections - Thomas Parker 
 2015 AASA-Howard University Urban Academy Mentors and Cohort VIDEO: Cohort Reflections - Anthony Hamlet 
2015 AASA-Howard University Urban Academy Summit VIDEO: Cohort Reflections - Rosa Cabrera
Cohort Reflections - Miriam Lynch  VIDEO: Cohort Reflections - Andrae Townsel 

For more information, contact Bernadine Futrell, director, leadership services at bfutrell@aasa.org