School System Leaders Convene in Nation’s Capital for AASA-Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy Inaugural Conference


James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

  Historic gathering to feature Pedro Noguera and Jack Naglieri as Keynote Speakers

Alexandria, Va. – Aug. 27, 2015 – As a remedy to strengthen public education in our nation’s urban areas and ultimately empower children in these communities, AASA, The School Superintendents Association and Howard University are hosting the inaugural Urban Superintendents Academy conference in Alexandria, Va., and Washington, D.C., Aug. 28-29, 2015. The conference is a culmination of a partnership between AASA and Howard in an effort to bolster the effectiveness of district leadership in our cities.

Pedro Noguera, a distinguished professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA and the director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University, will serve as the keynote speaker on the first day of the conference. Jack Naglieri, a research professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and senior research scientists at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children will serve as a keynote speaker on day two.

“Our children need and deserve effective urban leaders,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “This historic and groundbreaking partnership between AASA and Howard University will provide sitting and aspiring superintendents with a thorough and visionary program designed to help them excel on the job in urban settings.”

“For the first time in our nation’s history, more than 50 percent of the nation’s public school children represent African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian and ethnic minority groups, and for the first time, the majority of our public school students live in poverty,” said Leslie T. Fenwick, dean, Howard University School of Education. “There is a yawning diversity gap between our nation’s students and the school personnel that serves them—that’s why this conference is vitally important.”

Announced in July, the inaugural cohort attending the two-day conference will consist of 25 superintendents and other school district leaders from across the country. Launched at AASA’s 2015 National Conference on Education earlier this year, the Academy is a cross-institutional partnership that offers a dynamic approach to urban superintendent preparation and certification. The partnership is also designed to expand the pool of underrepresented superintendent groups. 

The Academy’s targeted participants include:

  • Prospective superintendents who wish to pursue a Doctorate in Educational Leadership while preparing for certification as an urban superintendent as well as state superintendent licensure.
  • Current superintendents and administrators wishing to receive additional training and field experience in educational leadership related to urban settings.

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

All are encouraged to attend as this conference is free and open to the public.

For more information about the AASA-Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy, visit the AASA website. The conference will take place at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, Va., Friday, Aug. 28, and at Howard University, Saturday, Aug. 29.  For questions, contact Bernadine Futrell, AASA director, awards and collaborations at or 703-875-0717.


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