AASA, Howard University to Host 2nd Annual Urban Superintendents Summit


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Manny Scott, Leslie T. Fenwick to Serve as Summit Keynote Speakers

Alexandria, Va. – Aug. 26, 2016 – At a time when effective school leadership in our nation’s urban settings is one of the most critical issues in education, AASA, The School Superintendents Association and Howard University are pleased to host their second annual Urban Superintendents Summit today, in Alexandria, Va.

Launched in 2015, the Urban Superintendents Academy prepares individuals for certification and success in urban and increasingly diverse suburban settings. The AASA-Howard University partnership is also designed to expand the pool of underrepresented superintendent groups.

“Our Academy provides a unique opportunity for educators who wish to become leaders in urban school districts as well as their respective communities,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “We are proud to collaborate with Howard University on this initiative. Providing participants with the tools necessary to excel on the job is part of AASA’s mission. Successful school leaders have successful schools that provide all children with quality education.”

The Summit’s keynote speakers will include Manny Scott, an original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 hit movie Freedom Writers. Leslie T. Fenwick, professor and dean emerita at Howard University’s School of Education will also serve as a keynote speaker.

“If we’re going to build on the quality of leadership in our urban school districts, the education community must do its part to prepare individuals who are moving into these positions,” said Dawn Williams, interim dean, Howard University School of Education. “The next generation of school superintendents largely depends on the work that is currently underway to help them succeed. That’s why the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy plays an integral role in our society.”      

Earlier this year, nearly 30 participants graduated from the nearly yearlong program created to develop thought leaders who will represent the vast number of children in urban communities across the country.

A key aspect throughout the Academy will include consistent emphasis upon “problems of practice,” enabling the participating cohort to investigate together potential solutions for universal and site-specific problems, issues and dilemmas facing urban superintendents today.

For more information about the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy, visit the AASA website. For questions, contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, at msherman@aasa.org / 703-875-0726 or Bernadine Futrell, AASA director, awards and collaborations, at bfutrell@aasa.org / 703-875-0717.


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.