Aspiring Superintendents Academy®

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The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® is a highly interactive year-long program that provides the real-world skills our next generation of superintendents need to thrive. The Academy will cover topics essential to developing a deep understanding of the leadership role of a successful superintendent. 

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® includes four mandatory in-person sessions* and five virtual Zoom meetings during the 2022-23 school year, connection with an experienced superintendent mentor, and completion of a culminating Capstone Project to be presented during the final session. The curriculum will develop your knowledge and strengths, and it will share skills to allow you to lead teams of people effectively. Directing the Academy are leaders with demonstrated expertise leading innovative school districts with a record of improving learning for all students.





 DavidSchuler  MarkHansen
David Schuler, superintendent, District 214, Ill., 2018 Superintendent of the Year®, and AASA past president   Mark Hansen, superintendent, Elmbrook School District, WI



 Jessica-Dain-2022  JohnMaloy
Jessica Dain, Superintendent of Piper School District in Kansas City, KS John Malloy, superintendent, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, CA

2022-23 Academy Dates and Details


dave-asp VIRTUAL/ZOOM Meetings

Sept. 20, 2022 – 3:00 - 4:30pm ET
Nov. 15, 2022 – 3:00 - 4:30pm ET
Dec. 13, 2022 – 7:00 - 8:00pm ET
January 17, 2023 - 3:00 - 4:30pm ET 
March 21, 2023 – 3:00 - 4:30pm ET


July 13-15, 2022 - Alexandria, Va.
October 19-21, 2022 - Chicago, Ill.
February 15 - 18, 2023 - NCE, San Antonio Texas
May 3-5, 2023 - Alexandria, Va.

  Who is Encouraged to Apply?

 Anyone who aspires to be a superintendent is encouraged to apply.   Priority will be given to building leaders and central office professionals.  Superintendents and members of district governing bodies are encouraged to nominate professionals.  

 Participation will be limited to 30 per cohort. Applications will be screened for the highest quality candidates.  Those selected for participation in the program will be outstanding, high-performing leaders whose next logical career moves would be to the superintendency.   

The application deadline is June 30, 2022



 Academy Vision:   

Development of educational leaders who are prepared to lead school districts and positively affect the success of all students, families and school community.   


  •  The Academy curriculum will cover:
  •  Knowing Yourself as a Leader 
  •  Framing the Role of the Superintendent
  •  Communications for Impact
  •  Leadership for the 22nd Century
  •  Supervision and Evaluation
  •  Governance and Board Relationships
  •  Data-Driven Decision Making and Leadership
  •  Balancing Leadership – Instructional Leadership vs Operations
  •  Human Capital and Leadership Development
  •  Mentoring
  •  Leadership Development Capstone Activity



Program Fees
Nonmember Price: $4,800
AASA Member Discounted Price: $4,500
Not a member? Join now to save $300!
The program fee includes access to all cohort meetings, materials, discussions and more.



 Many thanks to our partners who support the Aspiring Superintendents Academy®. 

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For more information or questions, please contact Jessica Gordon, program manager, at, or Debbie Magee, director, leadership network at