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.
National Application Information
Any AASA Affiliate Association State Superintendent of the Year 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.
Each candidate for the National Superintendent of the Year Award must first be named by their state association as the State Superintendent of the Year.
Each State Superintendent of the Year 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.
State Application Information
Each applicant must
contact the AASA Affiliated/State Associations to inquire about the State
Superintendent of the Year 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 or AASA Affiliate
program. AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has affiliate
relationships with 49 state administrator associations and
the Canadian Association of
School Administrators (Canada). Access state
association/affiliate websites by clicking on the following link: My.AASA.org .
2017 Selection Timeline
State Superintendents of the Year submit the application online through the AASA website at soy.aasa.org before November 1.
The deadline for completed applications for State Superintendents of the Year vary by state.
November 1, 2016: Deadline for all State Associations to select a State Winner
November 1, 2016: Deadline for all State Superintendents of the Year to complete the National application online at soy.aasa.org
December 21, 2016: A Blue Ribbon Selection Committee determines the four finalists for the National Award
January 12, 2017: Four Finalists participate in a national briefing and interviews at the National Press Club
March 2 - 4, 2017: National Superintendent of the Year is announced; All State Superintendents of the Year are honored on stage at the AASA National Conference on Education, a private reception is held for the National and State Superintendents of the Year following the conference.
November 8 - 10, 2017: Superintendent of the Year Gala and Forum is held in honor of the 2017 Superintendent of the Year