Urban Superintendents Academy

The Urban Superintendents Academy is designed for those who want to take on leadership roles in our nation's rapidly-growing urban areas. Help accelerate academic performance growth and be a champion for historically-underrepresented and diverse populations.

AASA offers two cohorts of the Urban Superintendents Academy in partnership with premier universities:

 Howard2  USC2
The AASA/Howard University Cohort is a blended learning program. Participants will meet both virtually and in-person on a monthly basis. The AASA/USC Rossier cohort is an all-virtual program. Participants will enjoy biweekly online sessions.


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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. 
    This program is sponsored by McGraw Hill Education. Visit www.mheducation.com to learn more about McGraw Hill Education. McGrawHill

Application Deadline: August 15 at 12:00 pm   



  2021-2022 Urban Superintendents Academy Information 


AASA/Howard University   

AASA/University of Southern Calif. 

Kick - Off   

August 21, 2021
Hosted virtually

 August 30, 2020
Hosted virtually

Delivery and Location 

  All dates are for virtual synchronous meetings, except where noted:

 10 meetings
8 virtual and 2 in-person

September 18, 2021
October 16, 2021
November 20, 2021
December 18, 2021
January 15, 2022
February 19, 2022
March 19, 2022
April 16, 2022
May 21, 2022
Feb 19, 2022- (NCE, Nashville, TN);
May 21, 2022- Graduation

 20 meetings
 18 virtual and 2 in-person (tentative)

9/17-18/2021 (Retreat, USC, Los Angeles, CA)
2/19/2022 (NCE, Nashville, TN)


Program Fee  

 $6,000 - Includes an assigned mentor, all course materials, catered meals during any in-person academy meetings, 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 

 $6,500 - Includes an assigned mentor, all course materials, catered meals during any in person academy meetings, 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  

Virtual sessions run 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET. 

 Weekend Sessions run from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and 8:00 am to 11:00 am on Sundays  

Biweekly Online Sessions run from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm PDT

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
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 Mort Sherman, Associate Executive Director, Leadership Network at msherman@aasa.org