Programs & Initiatives Related to Equity 

 Alternative School Breakfast

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Since 2011, AASA has engaged 22 school districts, with support from  the Walmart Foundation to provide funding and technical assistance to districts. This program helps to decrease hunger and increase the number of students who are healthy, alert, in school and learning.  Through alternative school breakfast, breakfast is moved out of the cafeteria, and into the classrooms and hallways. Learn more about this program.

School Discipline Reform

AASA, and our partners in this effort, the Children’s Defense Fund, are working with districts around the country to reduce the reliance on exclusionary discipline (out-of-school suspension and expulsion) and tackle racial bias and disproportionality in school discipline policy and practice. Enhancing school climate, fostering inclusiveness, confronting bias, and utilizing alternative discipline practices help keep more students in-school and on track for graduation. Learn more.

Certifications/ Groups

AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy

AASA has launched a distinct partnership with Howard University to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in our nation’s urban areas. This academy is designed to help prospective and in-service educational leaders prepare for and successfully acquire a position as an urban superintendent. The academy is sponsored by McGraw Hill Education. Learn more.

AASA/USC Urban Superintendents Academy

AASA has launched a distinct partnership with the University of Southern California to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in our nation’s urban areas. Participants can include current superintendents and experienced building or central office leaders, deputy, associate, or assistant superintendents, or leaders holding a master’s or doctoral degree in an appropriate discipline, a valid certification or credential as a school administrator, a position in a school district, and accumulated experience of seven or more years in one or more of these positions. Learn more.

Women Leading Education (WLE) Network 


Since 2007, AASA, which represents all public school superintendents, and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a premiere organization of the top 10% of US and some international universities joined forces with Duquesne University to issue a call to women from around the world to address issues of social justice, equity, and advancement in K-12 and higher education.

Researchers and practitioners from all seven continents convene at international conferences every two years. Papers are prepared and presented to document 1) the status of women in educational leadership across continents by country; 2) the ways that women attain positions of formal leadership within school systems and universities; and 3) formal and informal programs and processes for the preparation of educational leaders and the usefulness for women of these programs/processes.

 The WLE network has convened every two years since then to expand upon what we were learning and applying it to our jobs and our lives –2007 in Rome, Italy, 2009 in Augsburg, Germany, 2011 in Volos, Greece, 2013 in Apam, Ghana, 2015 in Hamilton, New Zealand,  2017 in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, and 2019 in Nottingham, England. Learn more.

August 2017