The Equity Leadership Institute: A Program for Aspiring Superintendents

 An AASA/NYC Leadership Academy Collaboration



Two 3-day in-person sessions:
February 11-13, 2019 in Los Angeles
February 10-12, 2020 in San Diego
5 virtual sessions

1:1 leadership coaching


$6,500 per participant
If you have questions, contact Nancy Gutierrez or Mort Sherman.

We are not accepting applications at this time.


 AASA,The School Superintendents Association, and the NYC Leadership Academy are pleased to announce a new academy for aspiring superintendents. Join a national cadre of highly motivated, top-performing educational leaders committed to tackling inequities across school systems.   

Over the course of this year long blended leadership development program you will:

  • Learn and practice what a superintendent needs to know and be able to do, with a focus on equity;

  • Complete a Capstone Project focused on an equity-related problem of practice in your home district;

  • Grow as a leader with support from Superintendents-in-Residence Ann Clark and Valeria Silva;

  • Benefit from the support of your current superintendent as a mentor;

  • Engage with facilitators Dr. Michele Shannon and Gloria Buckery and other distinguished leaders;

  • Earn AASA/NYCLA Aspiring Superintendent Certification.


“Equity work cannot be done in isolation. The Leadership Academy has been a critical partner with the expertise and leadership capacity to make sure we get it right.”

  -Roberto Padilla, Superintendent, Newburgh Enlarged City School District

AnnClark Ann Blakeney Clark, Superintendent in Residence
Ann Clark is a highly accomplished education leader known for her bold approach to advancing equity for all students. She currently provides professional development, coaching, and strategic support to sitting and aspiring superintendents and educational leaders. Ann is a former superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) in North Carolina where she implemented a leadership reform strategy and led equity innovations to increase academic opportunities and break up concentrations of disadvantage. Ann’s extensive 34-year career at CMS began as a teacher of behaviorally and emotionally handicapped children, and grew to include principal, regional superintendent, associate superintendent of education services, chief academic officer, and deputy superintendent.
ValeriaSilva Valeria Silva, Superintendent in Residence
Valeria Silva is a visionary education leader with a proven commitment to equity for all students. She provides professional development, coaching, mentorship, and strategic support to sitting and aspiring superintendents and educational leaders. Valeria is a former superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools (SPSS), a district she served for 30 years at almost every level in the organization. During her 7 years as superintendent she made racial equity the foundation for the district’s Strong Schools, Strong Communities strategic plan. In 2013 she was elected Chair of the Council of the Great City Schools where she led the charge on the Council’s commitment to address racial equity issues. In 2017 the Council of Great City Schools created a Valeria Silva Award for Outstanding Contribution for English Language Learners Achievement.
 MicheleShannon Michele Shannon, National Leadership Facilitator
Dr. Michele Shannon has spent her life dedicated to public education as a lever for equity and social change. Most recently, she served as the Chief of Schools for Boston Public Schools and the Sr. Director of Administrator Development for Los Angeles Unified School District. She has served as a teacher, school social worker, assistant principal, and principal in the New York City Department of Education. She is currently coach and teacher at the Data Wise Project at Harvard. She leverages all of these experiences to design and deliver meaningful programs for school and system leaders.
 GloriaBuckery Gloria Buckery, Coach and Facilitator
As a coach and facilitator with the Leadership Academy since 2006, Gloria works with novice or early-career principals and designs and facilitates workshops for large and small groups of administrators and staff. Prior to joining the Leadership Academy, Gloria was a New York City-wide Regional Superintendent responsible for approximately 106,000 students ranging from Pre-K to grade 12 in 110 schools. She also served as a teacher, staff developer, assistant principal, and principal over the course of a 37-year career with the New York City Department of Education. She is the recipient of the Shirley Chisholm Leadership Award.


 “The NYC Leadership Academy is very knowledgeable, prepared, organized and professional. They get to know your district and your team first, hear what your needs are, and contextualize their professional development outcomes to those needs. After you attend the training, the work isn’t over. They want to have a follow up conversation on how the training is impacting your practice, or send someone to observe you and give you feedback, or have you come back again. Their success is not through a one-time professional development session, it’s ongoing touches.”

– Heather Grant, Director of the Aspiring Principals Program and New Principal Support, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

If you have questions, contact Nancy Gutierrez or Mort Sherman.