Mental Health Cohort


AASA’s new cohort will build on our ‘Live Well. Lead Well’ campaign to connect district leaders committed to serving the mental and general health of each other, their staff, and their communities. We will work together to develop strategic plans to increase mental health services and support for all constituents, improve mental well-being for the school community, and program sustainability. Participants will connect with others in national leadership positions eager to create a coalition committed to taking action.

November 1, 2022 – November 30, 2023

*Nonmember Price: $2,500

*AASA Member Discounted Price: $2,000

Not a member yet? Join today and save $500! Note: to obtain the member discount, you must be an AASA member at the time of registration for the cohort. 


*To reduce barriers to participation in the AASA Mental Health Cohort, The JED Foundation is generously offering AASA financial support to cover a portion of registration costs for educational leaders. If you are interested in receiving funding to participate in this cohort, please complete our online application

District teams are encouraged to join us! The superintendent will register themselves and invite their team members to the virtual meetings. In-person meeting schedule and registration will come soon. 

Who Should Participate?

Superintendents, district staff, building leaders and other educational leaders interested in addressing and supporting the mental health needs of their learners and communities. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn ways to address the mental health needs of your students.
  • Network/connect with leaders committed to taking positive action to assure the physical and mental health of their educational communities.
  • Hear from expert practitioners and researchers about actions having a positive impact.
  • Access resources and services to help develop action plans for your district.
  • Connect with national organizations that are providing mental health support and resources to schools.

Program Meeting Dates:

District teams are encouraged to join us for this cohort! The superintendent will register themselves and invite their team members to the virtual meetings. In-person meeting schedule and registration will come soon. 


Monday, December 5, 2022 at 4:00pm ET
January 2023
June 2023
September 2023


February 15, 2023 at NCE 2023
Site Visit - Spring 2023, Location TBD


Program Leads:

 PaulImhoffPaul Imhoff, superintendent lead, superintendent, AASA past president

Paul Imhoff has served as superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools since July 2013. His accomplishments include reinventing the district’s strategic planning process, which led to the creation of a one-to-one technology program, a new state-of-the-art high school building and five new and renovated elementary school buildings. Imhoff was named the 2018 Ohio Superintendent of the Year. He has served as the 2021-2022 AASA president, chairperson for the Alliance for High Quality Education, president of the Central Ohio Superintendents’ Association, and he is a founding member of The Stand Project, an Upper Arlington community action project focused on the prevention of substance abuse. 


AnneBrownAnne Brown, thought leader co-lead, president/CEO Cook Center for Human Connection 

President and CEO of the Cook Center for Human Connection, Anne Brown, brings a unique blend of education, corporate, and non-profit leadership to solving the crisis of youth mental health and youth suicide. Her decades of experience as an Ed Tech executive and Public School teacher offers a wealth of talents and abilities to her role. However, more important than the skills Anne offers, it is her early life that gives her a heart for this work. With a father who suffered from alcoholism and bi-polar disorder and a grandfather who died by suicide, Anne understands first-hand how mental illness and suicide not only affects the person suffering but all of those around them.


RB_HeadshotRebecca Benghiat, thought leader co-lead, president/COO, The JED Foundation

Rebecca Benghiat has dedicated her career to working in service of the mental health and well-being of children and young adults. Most recently, Rebecca served as the Chief Operating and Advancement Officer at The Quad Preparatory School, a nationally recognized K-12 independent school in New York City that integrates an academically rigorous curriculum with evidence-based social emotional learning, specifically designed to support gifted children with learning differences. Prior to Quad Prep, Rebecca served as Executive Director of Facing Addiction with NCADD, responsible for all executive management functions for this leading national opioid addiction advocacy organization. Previously, Rebecca supported the rapid scaling of citiesRISE, a multi-million-dollar international youth mental health organization, to ensure the organization’s strategic and operational success. Rebecca has also spearheaded the launch of several multi-million-dollar philanthropic organizations, including the Child Mind Institute, the Seleni Institute, and the New Space for Women’s Health. Rebecca is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, certified in alternative dispute resolution and she has mediated a wide variety of claims in New York County civil and small claims courts. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, with a focus on organizational analysis, from The University of Chicago. 


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