Leadership in Transition Program

A program to support superintendents and the school board chair as they build a positive relationship and strong leadership team.


Dates: July 2022 – June 30, 2023

Location: Face-to-Face and Virtual

Registration Fee (per team of 2):
    Nonmember Price: $5,300
    AASA Member Discounted Price: $4,800

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About the Leadership in Transition Program

Have you recently taken on a superintendent role? Did you recently move districts? Are you ready to build a solid foundation of trust and open communication with your school board?

Successful superintendents have strong relationships with their boards, but this relationship is not built overnight. And, within the current educational landscape and the pressures of starting a new position, this can feel like a tall task. AASA is here to help you take that first important step.

The Leadership in Transition Program is designed to help superintendents and their school board chair start strong and establish a positive relationship between the administration and full board, and ultimately align their goals and priorities from the beginning.  

Who Should Attend?

This is a team-based program for superintendents and their school board chair (or other designee).

What Will I Learn?

The program will meet during the summer to help each team consisting of the superintendent and board chair develop a strategy for:

  • Board and superintendent goals
  • Board retreats
  • Communication plans
  • Meeting preparation

Teams will receive individualized support and have the opportunity to fashion their own unique district needs around these broad themes. Each team will enjoy dedicated time with mentors who have a proven track record of success.  

Program topics, mentoring and support services will include the following areas:

  • High impact school districts, leadership teams and associated research
  • Board and superintendent relationships
  • Roles and responsibilities of the board and superintendent
  • Mutual expectations of the board and superintendent
  • Governance and policy
  • Effective communication and engagement
  • Decision making
  • Advocacy
  • Addressing disagreements
  • Legal issues
  • Crisis management
  • Goal setting for the superintendent

Options for additional support services are also available.

Lead Faculty

The Leadership in Transition team is unlike any to be found elsewhere, including nationally-recognized superintendents and the executive director emeritus of the national school boards association.

Program Co-Leads:

Robert Copeland, retired superintendent, Lower Merion, PA

Steve Joel, superintendent, Lincoln, NE

Tom Gentzel, Executive Director Emeritus, National School Boards Association

Program Dates & Details

Program Duration: July 2022 - June 2023

Teams have the option between two in-person kick-off event locations:

  • Blue Cohort: July 6-8, 2022 in Alexandria, VA 
  • Gold Cohort: July 18-20, 2022 in Mansfield, TX

In addition to the in-person kick-off, participants will enjoy virtual meetings and ongoing mentoring.


Nonmember Price: $5,300 (per team of 2)
AASA Member Discounted Price: $4,800 (per team of 2)

Not a member? Join now to save $500!  
Register Now  
Register for the BLUE Cohort
Register for the GOLD Cohort


Questions? Contact Stephanie St John, program coordinator, at sstjohn@aasa.org or Mort Sherman, associate executive director, AASA Leadership Network.