The Aspiring Superintendents Academy is designed for those experienced district leaders, building leaders, and teacher leaders who aspire to the role of superintendent.  

The Academy will de-mystify the position of the school superintendent and provide participants with a blueprint for success in key areas of the role. Using real-world, situational leadership tasks, participants will work side-by-side with peers and current superintendents as instructors and mentors to prepare them to become district leaders. Participants will also benefit from expanding their professional networks and interacting with colleagues across the state. Whether you have already attained your superintendent certification or are thinking of entering a certification program, this professional learning opportunity will energize you around the possibilities!

June 30September 9: Applications Accepted (deadline has passed)
September 20: Applicants Notified

Applicants are encouraged to reserve all dates/times specified below in the Academy Schedule below. 

Academy participation is limited to 35 aspiring superintendents. 

« Tuition fee of $3,500 
« Attend sessions and Zoom meetings
« Connect with your mentor
« Complete capstone project
« Attend AASA National Conference (encouraged)
« Travel and housing expenses 

« Knowing Yourself as a Leader
« Framing the Role of the Superintendent
« Communications for Impact
« Leadership for the 22nd Century
« Supervision and Evaluation 
« Governance and Board Relationships
« Data-Driven Decision-Making and Leadership
« Balancing LeadershipInstructional Leadership vs. Operations
« Human Capital and Leadership Development

« Support from a mentor
« Zoom meetings
« Availability of the director and mentor for problem-solving
« “Real-life” capstone project


October 6, 2019 Kick-off
4–8 p.m. | PSESD 121

October 7, 2019 Session One
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | PSESD 121
Prior to WASA Fall Conference

December 5, 2019
9–10:30 a.m.
Zoom Meeting

January 27, 2020 Session Two
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | PSESD 121
Prior to WASA Winter Conference

February 20, 2020
9–10:30 a.m.
Zoom Meeting

March 8, 2020 Session Three
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | NCESD 171
Prior to WASA Spring Conference for Small Schools Leaders

April 16, 2020
9–10:30 a.m.
Zoom Meeting

May 18, 2020 Session Four
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | PSESD 121
Prior to WASA/AWSP/WSSDA Equity Conference

June 28, 2020 Session Five
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | NEWESD 101
Prior to WASA/AWSP Summer Conference