AASA National Superintendent of the Year

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medalsAbout the Program
Now in its 28th 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.

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

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. More information at http://soy.aasa.org/.

Recognize Outstanding Leaders in Your Schools Today!

2015 AASA Superintendent of the Year Nominations are open!

Download 2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year Program, Information and Procedures  [pdf]

Complete your nominations by August 1, 2014.

IMPORTANT:

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 panel’s decision will be based on the applications submitted online.
  • The blue-ribbon panel interviews the four national finalists in Washington, D.C., to select the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

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. Contact information for each state association of school administrators may be found at www.aasa.org/SOY.

July 1, 2014
All applicants invited to AASA National Conference on Education in San Diego, California, February 26-28, 2015. To register, go to http://nce.aasa.org/.

August 1, 2014
Deadline for nominations to be completed online at soy.aasa.org.

As determined by states
Deadline for applications to be received online for state associations. (Contact state association for specific date.) States announce their winners as selections are made.

November 1, 2014
All states select a State Superintendent of the Year, applications must be submitted online at soy.aasa.org for 2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

December 11, 2014
Blue Ribbon Selection Committee determines four finalists for 2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

December 12-15, 2014
Finalists notified via phone call and/or email from AASA Director of Awards and Scholarships, Paula Dearden.

December 16, 2014
Finalists announced through AASA website and press release.

January 15, 2015
Blue Ribbon Selection Committee interviews four finalists individually in Washington, D.C. Four Finalists participate in panel discussion/interviews open to the public.

February 26-28, 2015
2015 AASA National Conference on Education in San Diego, California.

February 26, 2015
All 2015 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 2015 NCE- San Diego, California

**2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year announced on stage during the general Session at NCE – San Diego, California**

All 2015 State Superintendents of the Year invited to reception at NCE-San Diego, California.

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Reports

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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.

Recognition

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.

Archives

 

Staff Contact:

Paula Dearden
pdearden@aasa.org
703-875-0717