About AASA California Aspiring Superintendents Academy

About Academy | Application

The California Aspiring Superintendents Academy provides a rich, collegial cohort opportunity for school leaders who wish to become School Superintendents.  The Academy focuses on developing a professional practice in the superintendency that is grounded on evidence-based knowledge, skills, and dispositions that contribute to successful capstone leadership.  Sessions are taught by experienced, effective school leaders and each participant will be paired with a mentor for guidance during the cohort and beyond.

Cohort Leader: Dr. Vincent C. Matthews
Superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District

Dr. Vincent Matthews will become the Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District May 1, 2017.  Dr. Matthews is currently finishing his duties as Superintendent of Inglewood Unified School District. Prior to working in Inglewood, he was the Superintendent of the San Jose Unified School District serving 33,000 students. Before he worked in San Jose, he served as the District’s Superintendent/State Administrator for the Oakland Unified School District. During his tenure as State Administrator, authority was returned to the Oakland Unified governing Board. Prior to this position he served as an Area Superintendent with the San Diego Unified School District.  His area was comprised of 27 schools serving 15,000 students.  Prior to this he was the Educator-in-Residence for the NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy firm working to transform public education through powerful ideas and passionate entrepreneurs so that all children – especially those underserved – have the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century. Before assuming this position, he served in various administrative positions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including principal of John Muir Middle School in San Leandro, principal of Edison Charter Academy in San Francisco, assistant principal of Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley and principal of Alvarado Elementary School in San Francisco. Prior to his administrative work Dr. Matthews taught for five years at George Washington Carver School in San Francisco. 

Dr. Matthews received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (2010), his Masters in Educational Administration (1990) and his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (1985) from San Francisco State University.  He is also a graduate of the Broad Superintendent’s Academy class of 2006.  

 2017-18 Academy Dates

Location: Quantum Learning, 1938 Avenida del Oro Rd., Oceanside, California 92056
  • July 17 - 20
  • October 21 - 22
  • February 14 - 17 (in Nashville, Tenn. at AASA's national conference.)
  • April 21 - 22
complete-application.jpgThe application deadline is June 15th  

Participation will be limited to 30 members and 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.

This program results in skills and knowledge, as well as an AASA certificate, that will support transition into a first position as superintendent.

Academy will be 10 days in duration—and will include an additional seven days of monitored independent study and online learning. Every participant will complete a skill assessment as part of the orientation process and will have an individual learning plan to guide their learning.

All sessions are located at Quantum Learning, 1938 Avenida del Oro Rd., Oceanside, Calif. 92056. More details about the program will be available soon. 

The cost to participants is $6,000 per person. Fees include program, materials, refreshments, and meals during the sessions. Participants are responsible for travel and lodging.  We have secured a discounted lodging rate at several area hotels.