The Aspiring Superintendents Academy®

AASA's Aspiring Superintendents Academy® programs are highly interactive year-long programs that equip participants with the real-world skills a next generation superintendent needs to thrive and lead high performing teams.

About The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® 

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® covers topics essential to developing a deep understanding of the leadership role of a successful superintendent. Graduates will be transformational leaders who are well equipped to lead student-centered, equity-focused, future-driven schools with creativity, vision and a commitment to the Whole Learner.


Who Should Apply? 

Anyone who aspires to be a superintendent is encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to principals and central office professionals.


What Will I Learn?

Each of the five (5) different academy programs ensures mastery of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and alignment to the research-based recommendations for leadership priorities. 

Participants engage in a series of learning experiences culminating in a Capstone Project, and all programs utilize a master curriculum that ensures participants are prepared to become transformational, future focused leaders. 



 Academy Curriculum Covers: 

  • Framing the Superintendent Role: Knowing Yourself and Your Leadership Strengths and Areas for Growth 
  • Leading for Equity with Urgency
  • Understanding Governance
  • Building a Community of Support
  • Balancing Leadership
  • Leading Learning


Resources and activities utilized to deliver each academy’s curriculum address the unique strengths and challenges confronting the specific group for which the program was designed, and each academy is personalized to best meet the needs of the cohort members. 


Which Academy is Right for Me?

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy®
The academy provides participants with real-world skills a next generation superintendent will need to thrive.  Learn More

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® Hybrid Learning Model 
The aspiring program with a hybrid learning approach. Participants will be equipped to lead forward-driven schools.  Learn More

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® for Female Leaders 
Brings together women who are on the path to the superintendency with the goal of creating the time and space for learning, connection and introspection. This academy is lead by experienced female superintendents who seek to lift up the next generation of female leaders. Learn More

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® for Latino and Latina Leaders 
Specifically designed for aspiring Latino and Latina superintendents, this academy covers topics essential to developing a deep understanding of the leadership role of a successful Latino/a superintendent committed to equity and excellence. Learn More

The Urban Superintendents Academy 
Designed for those who want to take on leadership roles in our nation's rapidly growing urban areas. Ideal for leaders who want to help accelerate academic performance growth and be a champion for historically underrepresented and diverse populations. Learn More

AASA offers two cohorts of the Urban Superintendents Academy in partnership with premier universities: 


Contact Gail Pletnick, lead superintendent for aspiring programs at or Debbie Magee, director, leadership network at