AASA Launches Leadership Academy for Black Educators
July 20, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Premier professional development initiative to support and strengthen diverse superintendents and other school system leaders.
Alexandria, Va. – July 20, 2023 – As part of its mission, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is deeply devoted to building a pipeline of diverse district leaders, which is why the organization is pleased to launch the Leadership Academy for Black Educators.
In partnership with the National Association of Black School Educators, this powerful initiative is bringing together transformative education professionals at different stages of their careers to create and execute strategies for leading future-driven school systems that serve the needs of all learners.
“Given AASA’s steadfast commitment to supporting underrepresented professionals in public education, I am excited that this visionary program is part of our Leadership Network and is available to growth-minded educational leaders.”
“In every community across the country, students learn best when the adults they see in their school buildings look like them,” said David R. Schuler, executive director, AASA. “Given AASA’s steadfast commitment to supporting underrepresented professionals in public education, I am excited that this visionary program is part of our Leadership Network and is available to growth-minded educational leaders.”
The academy kicks off today and participants will engage in a series of sessions focusing on:
- Equity & Cultural Responsiveness
- Ethics & Professional Norms
- Community of Care & Support for Students
- Professional Capacity of School Personnel
- Professional Community for Teachers & Staff
- Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
- Meaningful Family & Community Engagement
- Operations & Management
- School Improvement
“It is a professional honor to lead this academy for Black educators alongside an incredible team of colleagues,” said Avis Williams, superintendent, NOLA (La.) Public Schools. “Educational leaders who are part of this cohort will gain strategies to ensure equity of opportunity and effective practices that promote the academic success and well-being of all students.”
“Educational leaders who are part of this cohort will gain strategies to ensure equity of opportunity and effective practices that promote the academic success and well-being of all students.”
The other cohort leads include LaTonya Goffney, superintendent, Aldine (Texas) Independent School District, and Monica Goldson, retired superintendent.
The AASA Leadership Academy for Black Educators joins a growing stable of professional development initiatives created and administered by AASA’s Leadership Network, the largest, most diverse network of superintendents in America. The network connects school system leaders to the professional learning, leadership development, relationships and partnerships they need to ensure a long-lasting career of impact.
For more information about the academy, visit the AASA website. For questions, contact Mort Sherman, AASA senior associate executive director, Leadership Network, at email@example.com, or Jessica Gordon, program manager, Leadership Network, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.