AASA Launches New Professional Development Academy: A Consortium to Transform Cultures of Leadership in America’s Public School Systems


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – May 11, 2017 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to announce the launch of a new professional development program designed to build models of positive leadership cultures in our nation’s public school districts.

Building on the success of the AASA/Minnesota Aspiring Superintendents Program, the AASA Leadership Academy was created through a partnership with the National Joint Powers Alliance and GiANT Worldwide. The consortium will help school leaders raise their personal leadership capacity, accelerate the growth of healthy, professional cultures within their respective organizations and sustain these transformations over time.

“The job of the superintendent continues to be more challenging every day, which is why AASA’s Leadership Academy will serve as an important lever in preparing future leaders of public education. This initiative will accelerate the growth of healthy cultures in our school systems,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We thank NJPA, our premier School Solutions partner, as well as GiANT Worldwide for their support. It’s all about building the superintendency and doing what is best on behalf of our students.”

Key themes the Academy will focus on include:

  • Know Yourself to Lead Yourself
  • Know Yourself to Lead the Team
  • Know Yourself to Maximize Your Influence
Becoming a Multiplying Leader
“GiANT Worldwide provides superintendents with simple, high impact, common language to address the complex leadership issues faced by all,” said Chris Lindholm, superintendent, Pequot Lakes Public Schools, Pequot Lakes, Minn. “The GiANT Leadership Experience and Network provides support and collegial accountability that true leaders seek out.”

School district leaders are encouraged to ask colleagues to apply to this dynamic executive-level leadership training. Priority will be given to superintendents, building leaders and central office professionals. Participation will be limited to 40.

The deadline to apply is May 31. For more information, potential applicants can visit the AASA website or contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, at msherman@aasa.org.


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.