Urban Superintendents Academy

The Urban Superintendents Academy is designed for those who want to take on leadership roles in our nation's rapidly-growing urban areas. Help accelerate academic performance growth and be a champion for historically-underrepresented and diverse populations.  

AASA offers two cohorts of the Urban Superintendents Academy in partnership with premier universities: 

 HowardUniversity1  USC2

The AASA/Howard University cohort is a blended learning program. Participants meet virtually on a monthly basis and in-person to kick off in August, jointly with the USC cohort in February, and for graduation in May.


The AASA/USC Rossier cohort is a blended learning program. Participants meet virtually on a biweekly basis and in-person to kick off in August, retreat in September, and jointly with the Howard cohort in February.
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The uniqueness of these programs is that it offers opportunities for educational leaders to become involved in a network of support, mentoring, and professional development related to the challenges and opportunities facing the 21st century urban leader. To ensure participants are fully equipped for the challenges and opportunities of urban superintendent positions, the Urban Superintendents Academy welcomes all applicants yet will focus on underrepresented groups.   

The national program’s goal is to prepare superintendents for the demands of the urban environment and to address the reality that less than 5 percent of our nation’s superintendents are persons of color. Specific goals applicable to both the Howard and USC programs are:

  1. Prepare for and successfully acquire a position as an urban superintendent.
  2. Delineate and apply key skills of 21st century leadership.
  3. Address critical problems and issues facing all urban superintendents today in a strategic and creative way.
  4. Deal effectively and creatively with community relations and politics in the urban setting.
  5. Use a range of 21st century facilitative skills to deal with organizational politics and relationship building in the urban school system.
  6. Become a strategic leader who consistently demonstrates critical reasoning, problem solving and creativity.
  7. Learn how to effectively work with the board of education. 
     
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Applications are due August 1, 2022 at 12:00 pm 
  

 

   2022-2023 Urban Superintendents Academy Information   

University  

AASA/Howard University   

AASA/University of Southern Calif. 

Kick - Off   

August 19, 2022
Hosted in Alexandria, VA  

 August 19, 2022
Hosted in Alexandria, VA

Delivery and Location 

   
All dates are for virtual synchronous meetings, except where noted:

10 meetings
8 virtual and 2 in-person*


September 24, 2022
October 15, 2022
November 19, 2022
December 17, 2022
January 21, 2023
*
Tuesday, Feb 14 (late afternoon) and Wednesday, Feb 15 (all day) National Conference on Education- San Antonio, TX

March 18, 2023
April 15, 2023
*May 19 and 20, 2023- Graduation- Alexandria, VA

 

 

 20 meetings
 18 virtual and 2 in-person (tentative)

Academy Cohort EIGHT

9/12-USC Online program Orientation  
9/23-24/2022 (Retreat on USC Campus) 
10/03/2022 - Session 1 - Changing Face of Public Education & The Urban District – Part I&2 
10/17/2022 - Session 2: The Superintendent and Elected/Appointed Board – Part I
11/7/2022 - Session 3: The Superintendent and Elected/Appointed Board – Part II 
11/14/2022 - Session 4: Building a Professional Culture for Teachers and Staff 
11/28/2022 - Session 5: Equity and Cultural Responsiveness – Part I   
12/12/2022 - Session 6: Equity and Cultural Responsiveness – Part II 
1/9/2023 - Session 7: Community Engagement – Part I 
1/23/2023 - Session 8: Community Engagement – Part II 
2/6/2023 - Session 9: Vision, Mission, and Strategic Planning
2/14 and 2/15/2023 (NCE, San Antonio, TX) - Session 10: Overview of Urban Schools and School Boards Presented by AASA and NSBA
2/27/2023 - Session 11: Ethical Principles and Professional Norms   3/06/2023 - Session 12: Caring and Inclusive School Community  
3/20/2023 - Session 13: Unions, Charters, Mayors: How to Lead Through Adversity  
4/03/2023 - Session 14: Operations & Management and the Urban Leader – Part I   
4/17/2023 - Session 15: Operations & Management and the Urban Leader – Part II      
5/1/2023 - Session 16: Becoming an Urban Superintendent
5/8/2023 – Session 17: Leading to Transform Capstone Presentations 


Program Fee  

  $6,000 - Includes an assigned mentor, all course materials, catered meals during any in-person academy meetings, access to all online course materials, collaborations tools and relevant resources jointly issued AASA/Howard University certificate, continuing education units from Howard University and Registration for the Annual August Urban Superintendents Academy Conference 

 $6,500 - Includes an assigned mentor, all course materials, catered meals during any in person academy meetings, access to all online course materials, collaborations tools and relevant resources jointly issued AASA/USC certificate, continuing education units from USC and Registration for the Annual Academy Summit

Session Times  

Virtual sessions run 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET. 

Biweekly Online Sessions run from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm PDT

Additional Information  

  Click here to learn more about the Howard University Cohort  

  Click here to learn more about the University of Southern California Cohort    

“AASA is pleased to serve as the umbrella organization for our Urban Superintendents Academy, an initiative that forges partnerships with two significant historical universities working for a common cause. All children need champions. The resources generated by USC and Howard will be invaluable as we prepare aspiring superintendents for urban environments.” – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA  

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Academy Highlights
VIDEOS RELATED ARTICLES & BLOGS
2021 AASA-Howard University Urban Academy Summit, Superintendents Panel VIDEO: Cohort Reflections- Morcease Beasley
2021 AASA-Howard University Urban Academy Summit, Nikole Hannah-Jones interview VIDEO: AASA/Howard/USC Launch- Shaun Harper
2017 Dan Domenech's Opening Conference Remarks  PRESS: EdWeek Article: AASA and Howard University to Partner on Training for Urban Superintendents
2017 Urban Superintendents Academy Conference, Pt 3  PRESS: Diverse Issues in Higher Education article: http://diverseeducation.com/article/72028/.
2017 Urban Superintendents Academy Conference, Pt 2 PRESS: AASA/USC Cohort Launch
2017 Urban Superintendents Academy Conference, Pt 1  VIDEO: Cohort Reflections - Martha James Hassan 
 2016 AASA-Howard University Urban Academy Conference  VIDEO: Cohort Reflections - Thomas Parker 
 2015 AASA-Howard University Urban Academy Mentors and Cohort VIDEO: Cohort Reflections - Anthony Hamlet 
2015 AASA-Howard University Urban Academy Summit VIDEO: Cohort Reflections - Rosa Cabrera
Cohort Reflections - Miriam Lynch  VIDEO: Cohort Reflections - Andrae Townsel 

For more information, contact Mort Sherman, Associate Executive Director, Leadership Network at msherman@aasa.org, or Program Manager, Jessica Gordon at jgordon@aasa.org.