AASA, PDK International Launch Superintendent Transition Cohort


James Minichello


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Alexandria, Va. – April 23, 2018 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to announce, in partnership with PDK International, a new professional learning cohort for transitioning superintendents. The first-ever AASA Superintendent Transition Cohort will feature a series of highly interactive sessions designed to support school system leaders as they make plans to transition and enter new school districts.

Beginning with a virtual session on June 18, cohort participants will engage in a year-long continuum of learning designed to support successful superintendent transition,entry planning and execution. Interested superintendents should visit http://www.aasa.org/transition-cohort.aspx to register for the cohort.

“AASA has had a strong and long-standing relationship with PDK International and we are excited to partner with Josh Starr and his team on this initiative that will highly benefit superintendents as they transition into new settings, not only within the school district but the entire community,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “The scrutiny placed on superintendents has never been higher. The challenges of the job are at its peak. Given the curriculum of this program, I would encourage school system leaders to take advantage of this professional development opportunity, which will help them ease into their new working environment.” 

Current and recently retired superintendents will work alongside PDK International’s Education Partnerships team of expert system level practitioners and facilitators to provide participants with hands-on support for transition entry, guidance for developing and supporting district leadership teams, facilitated discussions around problems of practice discovered during the entry planning, research-based tools and practices to support continuous improvement, and a forum for networking and critical friend support.  

As an added benefit, cohort participants will receive a one-year complimentary membership to Phi Delta Kappa. PDK membership provides educators with access to a range of services and supports, including the award-winning Kappan magazine, research briefs and networking opportunities.

“This is an excellent opportunity for newly entering superintendents to engage in reflective practice, develop personal and public narrative, analyze and anticipate emerging trends to adapt leadership, and build relationships with other system leaders,” said Joshua P. Starr, CEO of PDK International. “We are pleased to be part of this ground-breaking effort to equip leaders for change.”

For more information about the AASA Superintendent Transition Cohort, visit the AASA website or contact Bernadine Futrell, AASA director, leadership services, at 703.875.0717 or bfutrell@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 members range from chief executive officers, superintendents and senior level school administrators to cabinet members, professors and aspiring school system leaders.

About PDK International
Since 1906,
PDK International has pursued its mission of growing and connecting leaders in education by supporting professional educators through the entire arc of their careers, from precollegiate to preservice and practicing teachers to system leaders and superintendents. 

  •  Phi Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta, supporting educators from college to active practice and educational leadership; 
  •  Kappan Magazine, a highly respected magazine and online information source that is utilized by leading researchers and practitioners;  
  •  PDKPoll, an annual poll in its 50th year, including a 49-year archive of data about public attitudes toward public education;
  •  Education Partnerships, supporting school system transformation to improve teaching and learning through a social justice lens; and
  • Educators Rising, offering tools and support to guide prospective educators on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and extending through college and into the profession.