Mental Health Cohort

Take Action for Mental Health

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This cohort builds on AASA's ‘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. You will collaborate to devise strategic plans aimed at enhancing mental health services and support for all stakeholders within your schools, fostering overall well-being throughout their communities. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring program sustainability and efficacy. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with other leaders on a national level, forming a united coalition dedicated to implementing tangible solutions.

To reduce financial barriers to participation in the AASA Mental Health Cohort, The Jed Foundation generously provided AASA support to assist in covering a portion of registration costs for educational leaders who would otherwise be unable to participate.

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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
2024 - 2025 Meeting Schedule

Virtual Meetings

All virtual meetings will take place from 4:00pm - 5:30pm ET on the second Monday of the month on the following days

  • August 12, 2024
  • September 9, 2024
  • November 12, 2024
  • January 13, 2025
  • February 10, 2025
  • May 12, 2025

In-Person Meetings

Registered cohort members receive complimentary registration to in-person meetings. Team members and guests are welcome to register and attend at a separate cost.

  • October 20 - 23, 2024 | Location: TBD
  • April 23 - 25, 2025 | Location: TBD


2023 - 2024 Meeting Schedule

The schedule provided below is from the previous year's cohort.


  • August 14, 2023
  • November 13, 2023
  • December 11, 2023
  • January 8, 2024
  • March 11, 2024
  • May 13, 2024


October 19 - 21, 2023 | Oceanside School District in Oceanside, Calif.

April 17-19, 2024 | Joint Summit with the SEL Cohort at San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Calif. | Register Today

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.


As the old saying goes, “people don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.” Flashy culture programs won’t accomplish our objectives unless, as leaders, we demonstrate true care and concern for those we serve. A positive culture will support a focus on the mental health needs of everyone in the organization.
Paul Imhoff

AASA Past President | Director of Government Relations, Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA)

Paul Imhoff

As we continue to review our mental health/education landscape, we must pay close attention to the feedback we receive from our students at all levels. Discussions with our students will better inform us as to how we can provide immediate quality mental health support.

Wanda Cook-Robinson

Superintendent, Oakland Schools (Mich.)

Wanda Cook Robinson


August 12, 2024 to June 30, 2025


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  • Debbie Magee

    Director, Leadership Network

    AASA, The School Superintendents Association


2023 Fall Mental Health Cohort Meeting

View the Mental Health Cohort photo album from the cohort's 2023 fall visit to Oceanside Union Free School District (Calif.)

Three district leaders smiling

View Album

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