AASA National Superintendent of the Year


 About the Program
Now in its 29th 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.

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.

Nominations are now closed for the 2016 AASA National Superintendent of the Year Award. 
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  The AASA National Superintendent of the Year Program is a clear indicator that superintendents across the nation are making a positive impact on public education and the lives of their students and families. I consider it an honor and a privilege to lead the nation’s fourth largest school system, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and I am thrilled to bring this recognition to our community. This honor reflects the passion, sacrifice, and determination of every member of our world-class education family.
– Alberto M. Carvalho
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 Mark A. Edwards Named AASA 2013 Superintendent of the Year

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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.




Nomination Procedure
School board members, parents, colleagues, community members and other superintendents may nominate a superintendent. Superintendents may nominate themselves.

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. 

Selection Process

  • 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.
  • Each applicant must contact his or her state association to inquire about application procedures, selection process, requirements and deadlines. Timelines vary from state to state.
  • A national blue-ribbon panel of judges selects four finalists for AASA National Superintendent of the Year from among the 49 eligible State Superintendents of the Year. The panel’s decision will be based on the written applications and the letters of recommendations.
  • The blue-ribbon panel interviews the four national finalists in Washington, D.C., to select the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.


AASA National Superintendent of the Year

  • The AASA National Superintendent of the Year is announced at the AASA National Conference on Education in February.
  • A $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a student in the high school from which the National Superintendent of the Year graduated, or to a student in a high school from which the National Superintendent of the Year is the current superintendent.

State Superintendents of the Year

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



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