Aspiring Superintendents Academy® Hybrid Learning Model


The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® Hybrid Learning Model will demystify the position of the school superintendent and provide a blueprint for success in key areas of the role. Through real-world, situational leadership tasks, participants will work collaboratively to prepare themselves to become the future leaders of school districts across the country. Aside from the experiential learning and growth that participants will undergo as a result of their involvement, they will also benefit from expanding their professional networks and interacting with a variety of highly experienced and successful superintendents. 




asplearning Learning Intentions

  Throughout the Academy, participants explore leadership strategies to enhance their presence and impact within their context. A major focus is placed upon participants’ engagement in simulations, case studies and applied activities. The Academy challenges participants to enrich their educational philosophy and foster a vibrant learning culture to enhance outcomes for their students, teachers, administrators and school communities.

aspparticipant Participant Experience


The Academy’s learning environment stands at the forefront of integrated digital learning technology and marries the best of connected learning with highly accessible online and in person environments. Delivered via a sophisticated mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning, the Academy enables participants to co-construct their learning, shaping their direction through guided exploration and meaningful peer level interaction.

aspiring blended content Content and Modules

  Segmented into six key themes, the program engages participants in a comprehensive exploration of the responsibilities and opportunities of being a school superintendent. Through collaborative exploration participants will gain a deeper understanding of their drivers and derailers and develop their capacity to overcome current and future challenges.


"This program is probably some of the best professional learning I have encountered in 21 years as an educator. The blended format is perfect for our busy schedules, yet still provides the networking opportunities that are so important. I have made lasting friendships and connections that I will treasure for many years to come. But my favorite part of this program is the support and feedback provided not only from the other participants, but also from the facilitators. I believe this program not only prepares me for the next step in my career, but also provides me with a deeper understanding of the roles and responsibilities of my current superintendent and board of education." — Veronica Bayles, principal, Tuscumbia City School District, Ala.

Aspiring Superintendents Academy Framework 2019

Academy Dates & Details 

Virtual Kick-off

October 21-22, 2022   10am -1 pm ET  

Other Virtual Meetings    6-7:30 pm ET 

November 15, 2022

January 3, 2023

March 15, 2023

April 11, 2023

May 9, 2023

In-Person Meetings 

Feb. 15, 2023     9 am-1 pm CT in San Antonio, TX as part of AASA's National Conference on Education

June 23-24, 2023       Chicago, IL

 Application Details

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. 

Applications are due October 7, 2022.



Academy Lead Teachers

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Mike Lubelfeld,superintendent,
North Shore School District 112 (Ill.)
Nick Polyak, superintendent,
Leyden High School District 212 (Ill.)

Program Fees

Nonmember Price: $4,800
AASA Member Discounted Price: $4,500

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For more information or questions, please contact Gail Pletnick, lead superintendent, at or Debbie Magee, director of Leadership Network, at