AASA, Howard University to Host 5th Annual Urban Superintendents Academy Conference


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Aug. 15, 2019 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and Howard University will host the fifth annual Urban Superintendents Academy Conference on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town 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 Fifth Annual Urban Superintendents Academy Conference

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

  • Mort Sherman, associate executive director, AASA Leadership Network, AASA/Academy co-founder (9:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.)
  • Joe Hairston, associate professor, School of Education, Howard University/Academy co-founder (9:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.)
  • Dawn Williams, dean, School of Education, Howard University (9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)
  • Vince Matthews, superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District (10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.)
  • Sharon Contreras, superintendent, Guilford County (N.C.) Schools (11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)
  • Sharon Adams-Taylor, associate executive director, Children’s Programs, AASA (12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Devin Hughes, author, international thought leader (1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.)
  • Keynote Speaker: Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year (2:10 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Panel Discussion: Urban Education (3:10 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
  • o Ardena White, senior director, equity & inclusion, McGraw-Hill Education
  • o Gwendolyn Shannon, superintendent, Southampton County (Va.) Public Schools
  • o Eric Gallien, superintendent, Racine (Wis.) Unified School District
  • Bernadine Futrell, director, AASA Leadership Network (Closing)

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.