AASA, Howard University Launch Urban Superintendents Academy


James Minichello
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Partnership to offer Urban Superintendent Preparation, Certification

San Diego, Calif. – Feb. 26, 2015 – In response to the challenges of dramatic demographic shifts, technology explosions and a rapidly transforming job market, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and Howard University have launched a partnership to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in our nation’s urban areas.

The AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy is a collaboration between these two internationally known and recognized leadership organizations to prepare individuals for certification and success in urban and increasingly diverse suburban settings. The partnership is also designed to expand the pool of underrepresented superintendent groups.   

“Through its relevant and rigorous program, the Urban Superintendents Academy prepares a new generation of school superintendents who are committed to all school children actualizing their potential,” said Leslie T. Fenwick, dean, Howard University School of Education.

“This unique partnership between AASA and Howard University provides an exceptional opportunity for those who wish to become leaders in urban school systems,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Combining on site learning experiences, mentors, strong curriculum, affinity groups, an annual conference and ongoing support, the Urban Superintendents Academy is a leader in preparing superintendents.”

Key themes the Academy will provide include: 

  • Mentors, who are current and former urban superintendents.
  • A consistent emphasis upon “problems of practice,” enabling the two participating cohorts to investigate together potential solutions for universal and site-specific problems, issues and dilemmas facing urban superintendents today.
  • Engaging coursework options at Howard University.

The Academy will offer prospective and in-service superintendents a revolutionary new approach to ensuring success in urban settings. The program will offer professional development, clinical field experiences and a range of resources to prepare for success for these superintendents.    

Today’s announcement was made at AASA’s National Conference on Education, where hundreds of superintendents have convened in San Diego, Calif., to celebrate the kick-off of AASA’s 150th anniversary.  

For more information about the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy contact Mort Sherman, AASA superintendent-in-residence at msherman@aasa.org or Joe A. Hairston, assistant professor, educational leadership and policy studies, Howard University, School of Education, at joe.hairston@howard.edu. In addition, please visit the website at http://aasa.org/urbansuperintendent.aspx.


For more information about the 2015 National Conference on Education, click here.


About Howard University
Established in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral university, classified as a high research activity institution. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, its undergraduate, graduate, professional and joint degree programs span more than 120 areas of study within 13 schools and college. The Howard University School of Education traces its founding to the University’s establishment and graduated its first class in 1890. Since its inception, the School’s preparation programs have focused on eradicating educational and social disparities.

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 www.aasa.org.