AASA, WV Dept. of Ed., WVASA Launch New and Aspiring Leadership Academy

For Immediate Release

James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 27, 2017 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Association of School Administrators, is pleased to announce the formation of the West Virginia New and Aspiring Leadership Academy.

The academy is designed for both new superintendents (1 to 5 years’ experience), as well as district office staff who may aspire to become superintendents.

“The superintendent’s office serves as the catalyst behind the success of any school district and impacts how well students are positioned for success beyond high school,” said Steven Paine, West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools. “We are thrilled to partner with AASA and the WVASA to provide a year-long, comprehensive and research-based professional development opportunity for West Virginia educators.”

“AASA is pleased to be collaborating with the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Association of School Administrators in offering this program, which is geared to prepare the next generation of school district leaders,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “This academy will provide leadership training and development to effectively mold superintendents to become better at their craft as well as those aspiring to become superintendents. We are convinced the program will offer a huge professional boost to the educators who participate in it.”      

Participants who attend all sessions and complete the content of all the modules, including an AASA required capstone project, will be eligible for AASA certification. Topics will focus on the foundational elements of leadership as well as the “nuts and bolts” of the daily work of a superintendent.

The first session will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at the Courtyard Marriott in Bridgeport, W.Va. 


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 http://www.aasa.org.