Letter from Executive Director


AASA National Superintendent Certification Program®

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Dear Colleague,
Excellence in leadership in our nation's public schools takes a major step forward each year when we announce the new class of superintendents who successfully completed the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program®.

AASA is the premier organization for school district leadership. That's why we encourage superintendents who are in their first 7 years on the job or desiring to refresh their skill set to consider enrolling in our program. Launched in 2013, the program develops real-world skills that new superintendents need, while building a network of mentors, colleagues, critical friends and experts for leaders to call on throughout their careers.

 We are very pleased that Susan Enfield of Highline Public Schools, WA; Stephen Murley of Green Bay Area Public School District, WI; and Aaron Spence of Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Amy Sichel, retired superintendent from Abington School District, PA and past AASA president, are our leads for the Certification program.

 The program will: 

    •  Teach the business skills that superintendents must have to lead a successful district; 
    •  Offer the opportunity to fill in gaps left out in traditional course work; 
    •  Provide the opportunity to work with—and learn from—other superintendents whose work has already proven effective; and 
    •  Support each superintendent participant in the creation of a long-term relationship with an appropriate mentor as well as with critical superintendent friends. 

The AASA National Superintendent Certification Program® is a collaborative effort with AASA state affiliates and business and corporate leaders. The program was developed by superintendents and is led by current and former superintendents who have demonstrable track records of success.

 If you have any questions, please contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership services and awards, at  msherman@aasa.org  or 703-875-0726. You can also contact Amy Sichel, lead superintendent, at amy.sichel@aasa.org

 For more information, please visit  the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program®, visit  www.aasa.org/superintendent-certification.aspx.


Dan Domenech
AASA Executive Director