Mental Health Cohort

Take Action for Mental Health

Mental Health Cohort Site Visit to Oceanside

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'll collaborate to create strategic plans for improving mental health services in your schools, supporting everyone involved and boosting the well-being in your school community. Plus, you'll connect with other leaders nationwide, forming a strong coalition committed to making lasting changes.

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.


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.

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.


The cohort's workshops and training sessions have deepened my expertise in mental health practices, and being part of the cohort has provided me access to a wealth of resources and tools that can be adapted to our own district's needs.
Jen Sahr

Assistant Director, Educational Justice, Fargo Public Schools (N.D.)

Jen Sahr
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


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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