Aspiring Superintendents Academy® Blended Learning Model

Aspiring Blended Model

sourcewell ssc partner logoThe Aspiring Superintendents Academy® 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 seven 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

The academy will include 8 online meetings:    

Friday, March 26, 2021  10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST - Kick-off

Saturday, March 27, 2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST

Module 1 - April 14, 2021 6:00 - 7:30 pm EST

Module 2 - May 11, 2021 6:00 - 7:30 pm EST  

Module 3 - July 21, 2021 6:00 - 7:30 pm EST 

Module 4 - September 14, 2021  6:00 - 7:30 pm EST  

Module 5 - November 10, 2021  6:00 - 7:30 pm EST  

Module 6 - January 11, 2022  6:00 - 7:30 pm EST  

Final Presentations - Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in Nashville, TN (*subject to pandemic conditions)



 Applications are due March 5, 2021.

* The registration fee of $4,500 will be invoiced upon acceptance.

For more information or questions, please contact Mort Sherman, associate executive director, leadership services, AASA at