Aspiring Superintendents Academy® Hybrid Learning Model

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The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® Hybrid Learning Model will demystify the position of the school superintendent and provide a blueprint for success in key areas of the role. Through real-world, situational leadership tasks, participants will work collaboratively to prepare themselves to become the future leaders of school districts across the country. Aside from the experiential learning and growth that participants will undergo as a result of their involvement, they will also benefit from expanding their professional networks and interacting with a variety of highly experienced and successful superintendents.



Aspiring Superintendents Academy FrameworkAcademy Curriculum Covers: 
  • Framing the Superintendent Role: Knowing Yourself and Your Leadership Strengths and Areas for Growth 
  • Leading for Equity with Urgency
  • Understanding Governance
  • Building a Community of Support
  • Balancing Leadership
  • Leading Learning

Resources and activities utilized to deliver each academy’s curriculum address the unique strengths and challenges confronting the specific group for which the program was designed, and each academy is personalized to best meet the needs of the cohort members. 





Who Should Apply?
Anyone who aspires to be a superintendent is encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to building leaders and central office professionals. Superintendents and members of district governing bodies are encouraged to nominate professionals. 
What Will I Learn?

The Academy’s learning environment stands at the forefront of integrated digital learning technology and marries the best of connected learning with highly accessible online and in person environments. Delivered via a sophisticated mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning, the Academy enables participants to co-construct their learning, shaping their direction through guided exploration and meaningful peer level interaction.

Throughout the Academy, participants explore leadership strategies to enhance their presence and impact within their context. A major focus is placed upon participants’ engagement in simulations, case studies and applied activities. The Academy challenges participants to enrich their educational philosophy and foster a vibrant learning culture to enhance outcomes for their students, teachers, administrators and school communities.

Program Dates & Details

2022-23 Virtual Meetings

Virtual Kick-off: October 21-22, 2022, 10am -1 pm ET  

November 15, 2022, 6-7:30 pm ET 

January 3, 2023, 6-7:30 pm ET 

March 15, 2023, 6-7:30 pm ET 

April 11, 2023, 6-7:30 pm ET 

May 9, 2023, 6-7:30 pm ET 

2022-23 In-Person Meetings 

Feb. 15, 2023, 9 am-1 pm CT in San Antonio, Texas as part of AASA's National Conference on Education

June 23-24, 2023 Chicago, Ill.

“The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® was an incredible professional learning experience and provided me the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to successfully prepare for the role of superintendent. The mentorship and networking strengthened my leadership ability and created lasting connections to colleagues that I continue to benefit from today.” 

Adam Leckie

Superintendent, Casa Grande Elementary School District (Ariz.)

Never stop learning and working toward your goals as you can accomplish more than you realize. The extra effort that you put in at any level will then inspire the next generation of leaders.
Gustavo Balderas

Superintendent, Eugene School District 4J in Eugene, Oregon

Gustavo Balderas


July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

Virtual & In-Person


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2023 Applications will open soon!


Gail Pletnick, Lead Superintendent

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