Aspiring Superintendents Academy® for Female Leaders

Aspiring Women

The AASA Aspiring Superintendents Academy® for Female Leaders is a powerful vehicle to put female leaders in the driver's seat of their career. The Academy brings together women who are on the path to the superintendency to build knowledge and confidence in their ability to lead. The goal of this unique opportunity is to create the time and space for learning, connection, and introspection. Directing the Academy are female superintendents with demonstrated expertise leading innovative school districts with a record of improving learning for all students.

Who should apply?

Female leaders who aspire to be superintendents are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to central office professionals and principals. Superintendents and members of district governing bodies are encouraged to nominate professionals.

Academy Dates and Details

2024-25 In-Person Meetings:

September 19 - 21, 2024 in Naples, Fla.  

March 4 - 5, 2025 in New Orleans, La.

June 18 - 20, 2025 in Washington, D.C.


2024-25 Virtual Meetings:

December 10, 2024 from 5:00pm - 6:30pm ET

April 22, 2025 from 5:00pm - 6:30pm ET

Meetings with assigned mentor will occur in October, November, January, February and May.

Academy Themes

Nimble and Resilient Leadership for Changing Times

Leading with Vulnerability and Grace

Leading for Equity

Personal Growth and WELLness

Networking for Collective Impact

Women Educators Leading Learning (#AASAWELL) experience for me like nothing else in my career development...I will look back forever on my career and attribute the growth and my personal development to the things I've learned through this course.

Maggie Fehrman

Superintendent, City Schools of Decatur (Ga.)

Maggie Fehrman, City Schools of Decatur (Ga.)


September 19, 2024 to June 20, 2025

See Academy Dates and Details section for additional information

Applications are due by September 16, 2024. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available after successful completion of this program.


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  • Valerie Truesdale

    Senior Assistant Executive Director, Leadership Network

    AASA, The School Superintendents Association


  • Gail Pletnick

    Lead Superintendent

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