LEADERSHIP SERVICES & AWARDS
AASA’s Leadership Services & Awards Department is centered on work that provides knowledge on critical issues facing the education community and the expertise to address them.
We are committed to developing and supporting school leaders as they work to ensure the highest quality public education for all students.
Our work supports superintendents and school system leaders at every career level, from those aspiring to go into administration to those whose work has made them champions for our public schools and children.
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| About the AASA Leadership Services and Awards Department
The responsibilities of the Leadership Services and Awards Department are to develop and support school
system leaders as they work to ensure the highest quality public education for all students. We engage with our
members through programs, professional learning, recognition and awards, strategic partnerships and by
providing tools and resources. This department is centered on using research and best practices to provide
knowledge on critical issues facing the education community and build leadership expertise to address them. Download our department PDF to learn more.
AASA’s Leadership Development programs develop and support school system leaders as they work to ensure the
highest quality public education for all students. We engage with our members through these leadership programs to
provide them the skills they need to lead 21st century learning that will benefit all students. Our programs use research
and best practices to provide knowledge on critical issues facing the education community and build leadership
expertise to address them.
The AASA Leadership Development Department addresses the leadership needs of school leaders through
partnerships with AASA state affiliates and national and regional networks. The department’s professional
development programs offer a systems approach to the transformation of public education to meet the expectation
of universal success for all children.
The department works with sponsors and foundations to provide appropriate programming and professional
development for the membership. At the AASA National Conference on Education, we organize sessions and
programs that enhance the effectiveness of academic leaders.
Awards and Scholarships
AASA awards and scholarship programs recognize excellence, profile best practices in public education and
honor leaders from inside and outside the education field whose contributions have made a significant impact on
the lives and learning of children.
Meet The Team
Mort Sherman, Associate Executive Director - Oversees leadership services and awards.
Bernadine Futrell, Director - Directs all aspects of AASA awards, collaborations and leadership programs.
Mary Ann Jobe, Director - Serves as a key AASA resource for association education and leadership development programming.
Vera Turner, Project Manager - Manages grant activities for the AASA National Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Wallace Foundation Educational Leadership Initiative.
Carolyn Conoboy, Administrative Assistant - Provides administrative support to the Leadership Services and Awards Department.