Aspiring Superintendents Academy® for Educational Leaders

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  The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® for Educational Leaders 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® for Educational Leaders includes two mandatory in-person sessions* and nine virtual Zoom meetings during the 2021-22 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 share skills to allow 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.


2021-22 Academy Dates and Details 


LEAD TEACHER: David Schuler, superintendent, District 214, Ill., 2018 Superintendent of the Year®, and AASA past president

MENTORS: Mark Hansen; Luvelle Brown; Kristine Gilmore

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dave-asp VIRTUAL/ZOOM Meetings

July 21-22, 2021 – 1:00 - 4:30pm ET
Sept. 21, 2021 – 3:00 - 4:30pm ET
Oct. 19, 2021 - 3:00 - 4:30pm ET
Nov. 16,2021 – 3:00 - 4:30pm ET
Dec. 14,2021 – 3:00 - 4:30pm ET
January 18, 2022, 3:00 - 4:30pm ET
March 15, 2022 - 3:00 - 4:30pm ET
April 19, 2022 - 3:00 - 4:30pm ET


Feb 16 - 19, 2022 - NCE
April 28- May 1, 2022

  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.   

The application deadline is July 21, 2021.



 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



Program Fees
Nonmember Price: $4,800
AASA Member Discounted Price: $4,500
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The program fee includes access to all cohort meetings, materials, discussions and more.


For more information or questions, please contact Debbie Magee, program manager at