AASA, Howard University to Host 4th Annual Urban Superintendents Academy Conference


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Aug. 16, 2018 –AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and Howard University will host the fourth annual Urban Superintendents Academy Conference on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at the Embassy Suites Hilton Hotel in Alexandria, Va. Launched in 2015, the Urban Superintendents Academy prepares individuals for certification and success in urban and increasingly diverse suburban settings, and bolsters the effectiveness of district leadership in those settings. The AASA-Howard University partnership is also designed to expand the pool of underrepresented superintendent groups.

The AASA/Howard University Fourth Annual Urban Superintendents Academy Conference

Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

  • Mort Sherman, associate executive director, Leadership Services, AASA/ Academy co-founder (9:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.)
  • Joe Hairston, professor, School of Education, Howard University/Academy co-founder (9:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.)
  • Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA (9:40 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.)
  • Dawn Williams, dean, School of Education, Howard University (9:50 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)
  • Keynote Speaker: Ivory Toldson, editor-in-chief, The Journal of Negro Education (10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.)
  • Bernadine Futrell, director, Leadership Services, AASA (10:45 to 11:00 a.m.)
  • Sam King, lead superintendent, AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy (10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)
  • Amy Yamashiro, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, U.S. Dept. of Education (11:00 a.m. to noon) 
  • Nikki Churchwell, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, U.S. Dept. of Education, (11:00 a.m. to noon)
  • Dwight Jones, vice president, Equity, Inclusion and Urban Markets, McGraw Hill Education (1:20 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
  • Keynote Speaker: Michael Hinojosa, superintendent, Dallas Independent School District (1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) 
  • Panel Discussion: Critical Issues Facing Modern Urban Superintendents (2:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.)
    • Sharon Adams-Taylor, associate executive director, Children’s Programs, AASA
    • Alton Frailey, past president, AASA
    • Donna Harris-Aikens, National Education Association
    • Verjeana Jacobs, Chief Equity & Member Services officer, National School Boards Association
    • Thomas Parker, superintendent, Allentown (Pa.) School District/Urban Superintendents Academy Alumni 

Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town/1900 Diagonal Road/Alexandria, 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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.