AASA, Howard University Host 4th Urban Superintendents Academy Inaugural Conference


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Aug. 22, 2018 – Strong administrators are essential to accelerate academic performance growth in urban settings, which is why AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and Howard University are excited to host their fourth annual Urban Superintendents Academy Conference,  Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at the Embassy Suites Hilton Hotel in Alexandria, Va.

Ivory Toldson, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education, and Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, are serving as the summit’s keynote speakers. The event will also feature a panel discussion titled, “Critical Issues Facing Modern Urban Superintendents,” led by Sharon Adams-Taylor, associate executive director, children’s programs, AASA. (Click here to access entire list of speakers.)

“We are proud to say that the Urban Superintendents Academy stands second to none when it comes to providing professional development related to the challenges and opportunities facing the 21st century urban leader,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Our program addresses the dramatic demographic shifts, technology explosions and rapidly transforming job markets in urban areas. We are excited to get our fourth cohort underway.”   

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.

“As an institution rooted in social justice, Howard University is committed to identifying, developing and supporting school system leaders in our nation’s urban areas,” said Dawn Williams, dean, Howard University School of Education. “In partnership with AASA, the premiere organization for school superintendents, we have built the AASA Urban Superintendents Academy, a visionary program designed to develop and support effective urban school district leaders. The Urban Superintendents Academy is the ideal solution for honing the political savvy leadership skills that you need to impact change.”

“It was a phenomenal experience. The content, instructors, discussions, friendships and mentors were invaluable,” said Morcease J. Beasley, superintendent, Clayton County (Ga.) Public Schools, graduate of the Urban Academy’s 2017-18 cohort. “We are committed to advancing the educational outcomes for the communities we serve. The Urban Superintendents Academy only strengthened our resolve.”

For more information about the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy, visit the AASA website. For questions, contact Bernadine Futrell, AASA director, leadership services, at bfutrell@aasa.org / 703-875-0717.


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/.