AASA National Superintendent of the Year

      

Thomas Tucker, superintendent of Ohio's Princeton City Schools, was named AASA's 2016 National Superintendent of the Year. 

About the Program

Now in its 30th year, the AASA National Superintendent of the Year Program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead our nation's public schools. This program is sponsored by Aramark, VALIC and AASA.  

2017 Application Information:

Eligibility

Any superintendent, chancellor or top leader of a school system in the United States who plans to continue in the profession may be nominated. This program is designed to recognize the outstanding leadership of active, front-line superintendents. It is not recognition of service at retirement or a program to reward current state or national leaders.

Selection Criteria

Each candidate is judged on the following criteria:

Leadership for Learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in his or her school system.

Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.

Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.

Community Involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national, and international issues.

Nomination / Application Procedure

Each candidate for the National Superintendent of the Year Award must first be named by their state association as the Sate Superintendent of the Year.

The nominator must include a letter of nomination with the application submitted online at soy.aasa.org.

AASA notifies the candidate of the nomination and provides instructions for submitting the application.

Candidates submit the application online through the AASA website, soy.aasa.org.

Completed nominations  must be received online at AASA by August  1

The deadline for completed applications for State Superintendent varies by state.

Completed nominations from State Associations must be received online at AASA by November 1. 

Completed applications for the National Superintendent of the Year Award must be received online at AASA by November 1. 

Selection Process

Each applicant must contact his or her state association to inquire about the selection process, and application deadlines.  Timelines vary from state to state.

To be eligible for National Superintendent of the Year, an applicant must first be selected as a State Superintendent of the Year by the state association of school administrators.

A national blue-ribbon panel of judges selects four finalists for AASA National Superintendent of the Year from among the eligible State Superintendents of the Year.   The judging panel is composed of distinguished leaders in education

The blue-ribbon panel interviews the four national finalists in Washington, D.C., to select the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

The panel’s decision will be based on the applications submitted online and in person interview. 

  Recognition

AASA National Superintendent of the Year

The AASA National Superintendent of the Year is announced at the AASA National Conference on Education.

A $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a senior student in the high school from which the National Superintendent of the Year graduated, or to a senior student in a high school from which the National Superintendent of the Year is the current superintendent.

State Superintendents of the Year         

State Superintendents of the Year are honored at the AASA National Conference on Education.

Each State Superintendent of the Year is recognized and honored by his or her state administrator association.  The nature of recognition and honors vary from state to state. 

Canada and International Schools Superintendents of the Year

The Superintendent of the Year from Canada and the Superintendent of the Year representing the International Schools are also honored at the AASA National Conference on Education.

Superintendent of the Year Program Timeline

Selection of State Superintendents of the Year is made by the state association of school administrators for each state.  Each state association determines its own selection schedule, selection process and announcement date.   Each applicant must contact his or her state association to inquire about application procedures, requirements and deadlines. 

 

July 1

All applicants invited to AASA National Conference on Education in Phoenix, Arizona, To register, go to http://nce.aasa.org/

August 1

Deadline for nominations to be completed online at soy.aasa.org

As determined by states

Deadline for completed applications to be received online for state associations.

(Contact state association for specific due date.) States announce their winners as selections are made (May – December).

November 1

All states select a State Superintendent of the Year, applications must be submitted

online at soy.aasa.org for AASA National Superintendent of the Year.  

November 15 – December 15

Blue Ribbon Selection Committee determines four finalists for AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

December 16

Finalists notified via phone call and/or email from AASA Director, Awards and Collaborations, Bernadine Futrell.

December 16

Finalists announced through AASA website and press release.

January 12

Blue Ribbon Selection Committee interviews four finalists individually in Washington, D.C.

Four Finalists participate in panel discussion/interviews open to the public.

March 2 – 4

AASA National Conference on Education in New Orleans Louisiana.

All State Superintendents of the Year, Finalists for AASA National  Superintendent of the Year, Canadian and International School Superintendents of the Year honored on stage during the general session at NCE

State Superintendents of the Year invited to reception at NCE-Phoenix, Arizona.

November 8 – 10

The national, state, international and Canadian superintendents of the year invited to attend the Superintendent of the Year Gala and Forum in Washington D.C.

 

Download the Superintendent of the Year Ring Order Form 

Read the Superintendent of the Year White Papers: Leadership for Change

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is committed to annually recognizing the state superintendents of the year and engaging them in a policy forum designed to expand participant knowledge while providing them with the opportunity to influence the ongoing legislative and policy process in Washington, D. C. Scheduled immediately after the midterm election, AASA holds a Superintendent of the Year forum that concentrates on high profile issues. The publication Leadership for Change endeavors to summarize the essential elements of the forum, while emphasizing the imperatives for action by those individuals who are leading our Nation’s school district

 SOY White Paper 2015
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 Leadership for Change: The Superintendent as Education's Thought Leader 
  • Personalized Learning 
  • Federal Education Policy: Discussion with White House Domestic Policy Counsel
  • It's not what superintendents say, but it's what they do: Discussion with Phillip Lanoue, 2015
  • Education Equity: Dicussion with National Center for Education Statistics 
 
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 Leadership for Change 
 
  • Student Data Collection, Use & Privacy
  • Student Discipline/Disproportionality
  • Conversation with White House Domestic Policy Counsel
  • School Finance, Funding and Sequester
  • Discussion with Alberto Carvalho, 2014
 

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Leadership for Change: Current Challenges and Future Opportunities Facing Public Education
  • Common Core State Standards: What’s next?
  • Digital Conversation: A model for Student Achievement
  • Ensuring Superintendents have the Tools for New Technology
  • On the Hill: Congressional Insights on Education Policy
 
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The Shifting Education Landscape
Advocating for Student Success
AASA invited 2012 state superintendents of the year to meet in Washington, D.C., in December 2012, for two days of dialogue about the shifting educational landscape and the critical advocacy role of district leaders. Rich, and often times frank, conversations uncovered the challenges and opportunities of new Common Core State Standards, educator evaluations, federal policy and the role leadership plays as sweeping efforts to prepare tomorrow’s graduates for college and the global workforce take hold in public schools across the nation.

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For more information, contact Bernadine Futrell - Director, Awards and Collaborations at bfutrell@aasa.org

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