Program Details


AASA National Superintendent Certification Program®



East Cohort Class of 2022
  • Session 3: July 15-17, 2021, Alexandria, VA
  • Session 4/Graduation: February 14-16, 2022, Nashville, TN, prior to NCE
Midwest Cohort Class of 2022
  • Session 2: July 22-24, 2021, Location TBD
  • Session 3: February 14-16, 2022, Nashville, TN, prior to NCE
  • Session 4/Graduation: July 21-23, 2022, Location TBD
West Cohort Class of 2023
  • Session 1: July 29 – 31, 2021, Virtual
  • Session 2: February 14-16, 2022, Nashville, TN, prior to NCE
  • Session 3: July 28 – 30, 2022, Burien, WA
  • Session 4/Graduation: February 13-15, 2023, San Antonio, TX, prior to NCE

All in-person meetings are subject to pandemic conditions.

 The AASA National Superintendent Certification Program® includes nationally recognized leaders, current and former superintendents as the lead educators, content experts and mentors. The current faculty include:

  • Dan Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association
  • Mort Sherman, Associate Executive Director, Leadership Network, AASA, The School Superintendents Association
  • Valerie Truesdale, Assistant Executive Director, Leadership Network, AASA, The School Superintendents Association
  • Amy Sichel, Lead Superintendent, AASA National Superintendent Certification Program®
  • Richard Bagin, Executive Director, National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA)
  • Keith Ballard, Superintendent (ret), Tulsa (OK) Public Schools
  • Yvonne Brandon, Superintendent (ret), Richmond (VA) Public Schools
  • Nicholas Clement, Superintendent (ret), Flowing Wells (AZ) School District
  • Gladys Cruz, Superintendent, BOCES (NY)
  • Jack Dale, Superintendent (ret), Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools
  • Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline (WA) Public Schools
  • Thomas Gentzel, former Executive Director, National School Boards Association
  • Patricia Greco, Superintendent (ret), School District of Menomonee Falls (WI)
  • Lupita Hightower, Superintendent, Tolleson Elementary (AZ) School District
  • Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas (TX) Independent School District
  • William Hite, Superintendent, Philadelphia (PA) Public Schools
  • Keith Krueger, Executive Director, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
  • Kevin Maxwell, Superintendent (ret), Prince George's County (MD) Public Schools
  • Steve Murley, Superintendent, Iowa City (IA) Community School District
  • Noelle Ellerson Ng, Associate Executive Director, Advocacy and Governance
  • Gail Pletnick, Superintendent, (ret), Dysart (AZ) Unified School District
  • Dave Schuler, Superintendent, Township (IL) High School District #214
  • Aaron Spence, Superintendent, Virginia Beach (VA) City Public Schools


 The AASA National Superintendent Certification Program® Curriculum includes in-depth investigation through real-world case studies and current issues and events. Each cohort will focus on the following key topics:

  • Gathering the Group and Building Community
  • Ethics and Professional Norms for Superintendents Serving Students of Today and Tomorrow
  • Promoting Equity and Cultural Responsiveness: Building a Shared Vision of Student Achievement and Well Being
  • A Vision for Educational Leadership in the 21st Century
  • Superintendent and Board Relations, Policies, and Procedures
  • The Superintendent and the District’s Communication Plan
  • Organizational Culture Building: Promoting a Shared Vision for Quality Teaching and Learning
  • Engaging Families, Businesses, Government Agencies, and the Community
  • The Superintendent as the Instructional Leader: Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction in the 21st Century Educational Environment
  • The Role of the Superintendent in Promoting the School and System Improvement Process
  • Addressing Social Emotional and Academic Learning; Building a Community of Care and Support for All Students
  • Operations and Management
  • Legislative Advocacy and Culminating Capstone Projects
  • Putting it All Together: Culminating Capstone Projects, Reflections, and Graduation

If you have any questions, please contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership services and awards, at  or 703-875-0726. You can also contact Amy Sichel, lead superintendent, at  For more information, please visit  the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program®, visit

AASA Cancellation Policy:
To receive a refund, cancellation requests must be received in writing no less than 14 days prior to a program start.  Refunds are not granted for failure to attend, late arrival, unattended events or early departure. AASA is not responsible for weather related cancellations, airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by attendee that are associated with the program. A $100 processing fee applies to all cancellations.