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!

May 1–29: Applications Accepted 
June 12: Applicants Notified

 The application window is now closed. 

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

Academy participation is limited to 35 aspiring superintendents. 

Download the academy flyer.

« 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


June 25, 2020 Kick-off
2–4 p.m. | Zoom

October 5, 2020 Session One
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | PSESD 121
Precedes WASA Fall Conference

December 3, 2020
9–10:30 a.m.
Zoom Meeting

January 25, 2021 Session Two
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | PSESD 121
Precedes WASA Winter Conference

February 11, 2021
9–10:30 a.m.
Zoom Meeting

March 21, 2021 Session Three
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | NCESD 171
Precedes WASA Spring Conference for Small Schools Leaders

April 15, 2021
9–10:30 a.m.
Zoom Meeting

May 18, 2021 Session Four
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | PSESD 121
Precedes WASA/AWSP/WSSDA Equity Conference

June 27, 2021 Session Five
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | NEWESD 101
Precedes WASA/AWSP Summer Conference