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. The academy is sponsored by McGraw Hill Education.

 $4,000 Cigna Fellowships will 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

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. Howard University’s deep and historical commitment to academic and lifetime excellence inspires participants through the university’s faculty and other leaders. 

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

Mentors will be sitting or recently retired superintendents.

The program is sponsored by McGraw Hill Education. Visit  www.mheducation.com to learn more about McGraw Hill Education. McGrawHill

 2021-2022 AASA/Howard University - Urban Superintendents Academy Agenda Topics 

August 20, 2021 - Program Kick-Off

September 25, 2021- Critical Educational Issues Facing the Modern Urban Superintendent 

October 16, 2021- Dealing with Relationship Building and Human Resource Demands in Urban Educational Settings 

November 20, 2021- Community, Media Relations, and the Politics of the Urban Superintendency. 

December 18, 2021- Urban Leadership 

January 15, 2022- Urban Leadership (Continued) 

February 19, 2022 (NCE, Nashville, TN)- Overview of Urban Schools and School Boards 

  March 19, 2022- Goal Attainment and the Practical Realities of Becoming an Urban Superintendent 

April 16, 2022- Strategic Thinking and Planning

May 21, 2022- Graduation/ Capstone Presentations

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 15, 2021 at 12pm ET.

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.edu.