New AASA National Superintendent Certification Program Announced


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Professional Development for Early Career Years

Alexandria, Va., April 28, 2013 - Daniel Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has announced the launch of AASA’s new National Superintendent Certification Program, a program is designed to help new superintendents build their leadership tool box.

The first cohort of 25 superintendents will meet in San Diego, Calif., July 22-25, to begin a comprehensive professional development experience offering relevant experiences to sharpen the executive leadership skills that superintendents need most to be successful.

“In today’s world, a superintendent must not only be an instructional leader, but a CEO and community leader as well,” said Domenech as he introduced the program. “To be effective today, superintendents must have talents and abilities that extend way beyond the management of curriculum and instruction. We have designed the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program to prepare newer superintendents for this sometimes daunting job.”

The program, spread over 18 months, is tailored for superintendents who have been in the job five years or less. The forums, seminars, and coaching provide opportunities to define and examine issues that surface in real life situations. These issues include:
• providing world-class instructional leadership,
• building and managing a district budget,
• mastering effective communication and political skills,
• using 21st century technology effectively in instruction and management,
• managing superintendent-school board relations, and
• designing a career path for oneself.

The AASA National Superintendent Certification Program is a collaborative effort with AASA state affiliates, the National School Boards Association (NSBA), and business and corporate leaders. The master teachers and guest instructors have all been sitting superintendents and have demonstrable track records of success. A nationally-recognized professional development team, the SUPES Academy, will oversee the daily management of the program.

More details are available at the AASA website,, or by calling the program office, toll free, at 855-803-7547.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit Follow AASA on Twitter at or on Facebook at

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