Aspiring Superintendents Academy® for Latino and Latina Leaders

Forging pathways for Latino and Latina district leaders.

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The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® for Latino and Latina Leaders is a highly interactive year-long program that provides participants with the real-world skills a next generation Latino and Latina superintendent will need to thrive. The Academy will cover topics essential to developing a deep understanding of the leadership role of a successful Latino and Latina superintendent. Graduates of the academy should be well equipped to lead 21st century schools with creativity, vision and a commitment to equity and excellence.  

This standards-based professional learning opportunity will provide Latino/a leaders with an insightful blend of theory and practice through a combination of in-person sessions and on-line webinars. The Academy is led by highly skilled, nationally recognized Latino and Latina educational leaders and mentors. Cohort members will participate in experiential learning tasks designed to expand their understanding of self and the critical skills necessary to achieve success as a superintendent. Members of this academy will explore problems of practice, simulations, and engage in a series of learning experiences culminating in a Capstone Project.

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® for Latino and Latina Leaders will address critical issues of leadership designed to support Latino and Latina candidates aspiring to the superintendent role. The Aspiring Superintendents Academy for Latino and Latina Leaders program will include the following modules and focus areas: 

  • Framing the Superintendent Role:  Knowing Yourself and Your Leadership Strengths and Areas for Growth as a Future Latino and Latina Superintendent
  • Leading for Equity with Urgency: Unique Challenges Facing Latino and Latina Superintendents in Confronting Bias, Limited Access and Opportunity, and Inherent Structural Inequities
  • Understanding Governance: Building Effective Relationships While Confronting the Unique Challenges Faced by Latino and Latina Superintendents
  • Building a Community of Support: Cultural Responsiveness and Leadership Strategies for Addressing the Unique Strengths and Challenges of Latino and Latina Students, Families, and Stakeholder Groups
  • Balancing leadership: Addressing Operations and Fiscal Management
  • Leading Learning: The Role of the Latino and Latina Superintendent in Reinforcing Evidence-Based Practices in Curriculum and Assessment, Including Cultural and Linguistic Proficiency  
Program Dates and Details

Virtual Meeting Dates:

  • Launch: April 21, 2023 5:30-7:30pm ET
  • April 22, 2023 11:00am - 1:00pm ET
  • May 19, 2023 5:30-7:30pm ET
  • June 16, 2023 5:30-7:30pm ET
  • September, 15, 2023 5:30-7:30pm ET
  • October 20, 2023 5:30-7:30pm ET
  • November 17, 2023 5:30-7:30pm ET
  • December 15, 2023 5:30-7:30pm ET
  • January 19, 2024 5:30-7:30pm ET

In-person Meeting Date:

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at the 2024 National Conference on Education, 8:00am - 4:30pm PT
Who Should Apply?

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

Participation will be limited to 30 per cohort. Applications will be screened for the highest quality candidates.  Those selected for participation in the program will be outstanding, high-performing leaders whose next logical career moves would be to the superintendency. 

Applications were due April 5, 2023.

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


April 21, 2023 to February 14, 2024

Applications have closed as of April 5, but if you would like to be considered for the next cohort, please submit an application using the link below.


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  • Gail Pletnick

    Lead Superintendent

  • Debbie Magee

    Director, Leadership Network

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