Urban Superintendents Academy
The Urban Superintendents Academy is designed for those who want to take on leadership roles in our nation's rapidly-growing urban areas. Help accelerate academic performance growth and be a champion for historically-underrepresented and diverse populations.
AASA offers two cohorts of the Urban Superintendents Academy in collaboration with two premier universities:
Applications due August 8, 2023
The AASA Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy is recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. Drawing on the strengths of its members and partners, AASA brings the most effective and inspiring thought leader practitioners to serve as instructors, mentors, and presenters
AASA Member Discounted Price: $6,000
The program fee includes an assigned mentor, all course materials, catered meals during the Academy meetings, access to all online course materials, collaboration tools and relevant resources.
Applications due August 8, 2023
Our distinct partnership with the University of Southern California is aimed to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in our nation’s urban areas.
AASA Member Discounted Price: $6,500
The program fee includes an assigned mentor, all course materials, catered meals during the Academy meetings, access to all online course materials, collaborations tools and relevant resources.
To ensure participants are fully equipped for the challenges and opportunities of urban superintendent positions, the Urban Superintendents Academy welcomes all applicants yet will focus on underrepresented groups. The national program’s goal is to prepare superintendents for the demands of the urban environment and address the reality that less than 10 percent of our nation’s superintendents are persons of color.
- Prepare for and successfully acquire a position as an urban superintendent.
- Delineate and apply key skills of 21st century leadership.
- Address critical problems and issues facing all urban superintendents today in a strategic and creative way.
- Deal effectively and creatively with community relations and politics in the urban setting.
- Use a range of 21st century facilitative skills to deal with organizational politics and relationship building in the urban school system.
- Become a strategic leader who consistently demonstrates critical reasoning, problem solving and creativity.
- Learn how to effectively work with the board of education.
In-Person Meeting Dates
August 18, 2023 | Urban Summit: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm - Embassy Suites, Alexandria, VA
February 13-14, 2024 | Prior to NCE 2024
May 17-18, 2024 | Embassy Suites, Alexandria, VA
Virtual Meeting Dates
September 23, 2023; 8:30 am ET- 3:30pm ET
October 21, 2023; 8:30 am- 3:30 pm ET
November 18, 2023; 8:30 am - 3:30 pm ET
December 16, 2023; 8:30 am- 3:30 pm ET
January 20, 2024; 8:30 am- 3:30 pm ET
March 16, 2024; 8:30 am- 3:30 pm ET
April 20, 2024; 8:30 am- 3:30 pm ET
In-Person Meeting Dates:
9/15/2023 - 9/16/2023 - Retreat on USC Campus
2/13/2024 and 2/14/2024 (NCE 2024) - Session 10: Overview of Urban Schools and School Boards Presented by AASA and NSBA
Virtual Meeting Dates:
9/11/2023- USC Orientation
10/02/2023 - Session 1 - Changing Face of Public Education & The Urban District – Part I&2
10/16/2023 - Session 2: The Superintendent and Elected/Appointed Board – Part I
11/6/2023 - Session 3: The Superintendent and Elected/Appointed Board – Part II
11/13/2023- Session 4: Building a Professional Culture for Teachers and Staff
11/27/2023 - Session 5: Equity and Cultural Responsiveness – Part I
12/11/2023 - Session 6: Equity and Cultural Responsiveness – Part II
1/8/2024- Session 7: Community Engagement – Part I
1/22/2024 - Session 8: Community Engagement – Part II
2/5/2024 - Session 9: Vision, Mission, and Strategic Planning
2/26/2024 - Session 11: Ethical Principles and Professional Norms 3/06/2023 - Session 12: Caring and Inclusive School Community
3/18/2024 - Session 13: Unions, Charters, Mayors: How to Lead Through Adversity
4/01/2024 - Session 14: Operations & Management and the Urban Leader – Part I
4/15/2024 - Session 15: Operations & Management and the Urban Leader – Part II
5/6/2024 - Session 16: Becoming an Urban Superintendent
5/13/2024 – Session 17: Leading to Transform Capstone Presentations
The Rossier School of Education at USC has a long and proud legacy of training educational leaders who serve in school districts throughout the nation. Through our partnership with AASA we are able to bring our expertise to prepare a new generation of urban district leaders to confront the most complex challenges facing schools today.Pedro Noguera
If you want to be a change agent, if you want to see all children be successful, and more importantly, those children who historically have been disadvantaged, if you want to push your own thinking and your own perception of reality, then you need to join the urban superintendents program.Kimberly Mackey
August 18, 2023 to May 20, 2024
See Academy Details and Dates section for additional information and application links.
Program Manager, Leadership Network
AASA, The School Superintendents Association
9th Annual AASA/Howard/USC-Rossier Urban Superintendents Academy- Urban Summit
The 2023 Urban Summit will take place on August 18, 2023 in Alexandria, Va!