AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has launched a distinct partnership with Howard University to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in our nation’s urban areas. Our cross-institutional partnership offers a dynamic approach to urban superintendent preparation and certification.

$4,000 Cigna Fellowships will potentially be offered to candidates on a career path to becoming an urban superintendent within three years after completion of the Academy.  More information is included in the academy application.  


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About the AASA/ Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy  


  HowardUniversity1The The AASA Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy is recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. Drawing on strengths of its members and partners, AASA, The School Superintendents Association brings the most effective and inspiring thought leader practitioners to serve as instructors, mentors, and presenters.  

In addition to the National Certification from AASA, three graduate education credits are available.  

Mentors will be sitting or recently retired superintendents. 

   2022-2023 AASA/Howard University - Urban Superintendents Academy Agenda Topics 

August 19, 2022 - Program Kick-Off/Urban Summit

September 24, 2022 - Critical Educational Issues Facing the Modern Urban Superintendent 

October 15, 2022 - Dealing with Relationship Building and Human Resource Demands in Urban Educational Settings 

November 19, 2022 - Community, Media Relations, and the Politics of the Urban Superintendency. 

December 17, 2022 - Urban Leadership 

January 21, 2023 - Urban Leadership (Continued) 

February 14 and 15, 2023 - Overview of Urban Schools and School Boards- San Antonio, Texas, (Before NCE 2023)

 March 18, 2023 - Goal Attainment and the Practical Realities of Becoming an Urban Superintendent 

April 15, 2023 - Strategic Thinking and Planning

May 19-20, 2023 - Graduation/ Capstone Presentations- Alexandria, VA

In-person sessions will be held at the AASA National Office, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria VA unless noted.  

* All in-person sessions subject to change due to pandemic circumstances.

Applications are due August 1, 2022, at 12pm ET.

Howard Tuition Information:

Nonmember Price: $6,500
AASA Member Discounted Price: $6,000

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The program fee includes an assigned mentor, all course materials, catered meals during the Academy meetings, access to all online course materials, collaborations tools and relevant resources jointly issued AASA/Howard University certificate, continuing education units from Howard University and Registration for the Annual August Urban Superintendents Academy Conference.

For more information, contact Mort Sherman, Associate Executive Director, Leadership Network at msherman@aasa.org, or Assistant Professor, Howard University Shawn Joseph at Shawn.Joseph@Howard.eduor Jessica Gordon, Program Manager at jgordon@aasa.org.


The academy is sponsored by McGraw Hill Education, Cigna, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Apptegy. 



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