Superintendents Applaud AASA Urban Academy on Education Talk Radio

Educators who were among the 2015-16 cohort of the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy applauded the program during a discussion this week heard on Education Talk Radio.

Jessica Huizenga, who recently began her tenure as the receiver of Southbridge Public Schools in Massachusetts, said the Academy gave her the opportunity to “learn best practices about what’s happening across the country” and “did not fail to deliver.”

“I felt like I came out a stronger leader and a stronger administrator,” she added.

Andrae Townsel, a former assistant principal in D.C. Public Schools who recently was named principal of Southbridge High School agreed. The AASA-Howard University Academy “gave me an opportunity to learn all levels of education and connect with superintendents and assistant superintendents from across the country and learn best practices with regards to increasing student achievement.”

AASA and Howard will host its second annual Summit on Effective Urban Leadership, Aug. 26-27, in Alexandria, Va.

Two other guests on the radio program included Rod Thompson, superintendent of Shakopee (Minn.) Public Schools and Thomas Parker, superintendent of Ecorse (Michigan) Public Schools.

“The program provided a way to refine my skills—to make life better for the kids in my district who need a champion,” said Parker. Thompson added, “This experience allowed me to hear the challenges of diversity and poverty throughout the country. This opened my eyes. It was a life-changing event.”

Click here to listen to the program.

To learn more about effective urban leadership, plan to participate in our #UrbanSuptsAcademy Twitter Chat on Thursday, August 18, at 7:30 p.m. EDT, RSVP here. 



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