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.
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
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
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.
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.
the candidate of the nomination and provides instructions for submitting the
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
Completed applications for the National
Superintendent of the Year Award must be received online at AASA by November 1.
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 panel’s decision will be based on the applications submitted
online and in person interview.
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
All applicants invited
to AASA National Conference on
Education in Phoenix, Arizona, To register, go to http://nce.aasa.org/
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).
All states select a State Superintendent of the Year, applications must be submitted
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.
Finalists notified via
phone call and/or email from AASA Director, Awards and Collaborations, Bernadine
through AASA website and press release.
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.
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
| 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.
For more information, contact Bernadine Futrell - Director, Awards and Collaborations at email@example.com.