AASA, MASA Launch National Academy to Bolster Leadership in Public School Districts


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Lisa Karmacharya

Alexandria, Va. – (Nov. 3, 2017) – Effective leaders are essential in all industries, especially in our schools. In partnership with AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA) has launched the Mississippi Aspiring and Early Career Superintendents Academy to bolster public school district leadership. 

The first meeting — themed “Know Thyself” — was held in Jackson, Miss., on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, where educators from across the state engaged in hands-on activities designed to help prepare them for their respective journeys in becoming outstanding school district administrators.

“The superintendent is the most critical change agent in public education today,” said Lisa Karmacharya, executive director, MASA. “This unique partnership between AASA and MASA provides an exceptional opportunity for those who wish to become leaders of our public school systems and to excel on the job. We are excited about the program and opportunity to prepare a new generation of school superintendents committed to preparing students to be successful in school and in later life.”

The Aspiring and Early Career Superintendents Academy is a blended learning experience for those who aspire to become school superintendents and those in their first two years on the job. The program is comprised of AASA learning content and delivered through technology from the National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI).

Two outstanding superintendents from Illinois are leading the program — Mike Lubelfeld and Nick Polyak. They also lead AASA’s Digital Consortium, moderate the monthly #Suptchat program (via Twitter) and are the authors of the recently published, The Unlearning Leader. Ronnie McGehee, superintendent of Madison County Schools, and Cederick Ellis, superintendent of McComb School District, will join Lubelfeld and Polyak during the second face-to-face session February 28, 2018.

“As a graduate of AASA’s National Superintendent Certification program, the organization’s leadership development initiatives are among the nation’s top 1 percent in terms of peer-reviewed, professional learning that I’ve experienced. This Academy should be no different,” said Lubelfeld. “Participants will have the opportunity for support from like-minded individuals who wish to grow their profession.” 
The course includes Mississippi-specific content including, but not limited to the state accountability model, process standards and the Mississippi educator code of ethics, plus the five national leadership course modules below: 
  • Framing the Superintendent
  • Superintendent/Board Relationships
  • Family and Community Relationships
  • Operations
  • Curriculum, Accountability, Technology, Personalized Learning

The 8-month Academy concludes in June 2018, with graduation ceremony and reception.

For more information, visit http://aasa.org/aecacademy.aspx or contact Mort Sherman 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.