Too often, we miss out on securing talented educators for critical central office roles to a lack of understanding about the opportunities for central office leaders to positively impact student outcomes or concerns about readiness among those who are considering applying for these roles.

This brand-new academy will provide guidance and encouragement for educators considering or pursuing their first role at the central office.

The academy curriculum will be delivered via eight monthly Zoom sessions. Each interactive session will focus on supporting participants with a successful transition to a central office leadership position through ongoing personal and collective reflection, discussion of insights offered by practicing central office leaders, and engagement in activities that will better prepare each participant for a job search and a strong first year of central office leadership.

Participants will be provided optional, self-paced activities to engage in on their own between sessions.


Session topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Determining whether the central office is a good fit for you.
  • Knowing when you are ready to apply, and which central office roles may best align with your strengths and interests. You might be surprised!
  • Strengthening your own leadership and overall readiness as you prepare for a job search and a strong, successful first year.
  • Dismantling misconceptions about central office leadership, and how central office roles are both similar and different to other roles within a school district—challenges and opportunities.
  • Deepening understanding of various central office roles and the importance of interconnectedness between roles, as well as their unique influences on achieving equitable outcomes for students.
  • The job search: Important things to consider before you begin looking and applying for positions.
  • Tips for successfully transitioning to the central office from within your own district, and for joining a central office team as a new district employee.
  • Your first position: What to expect, keeping up with the workload, and how to ensure you are a positive, contributing member of your team.
  • Common pitfalls during the first year, and how to avoid them.
  • What your superintendent, school board, and others will expect from you.


Session resources will be posted here as they become available. 
Download the Session Schedule

September 30, 2021
9–11 a.m. via Zoom
Featuring Scott Beebe, Director of Technology Integration, Lake Washington School District

Session Resources

October 22, 2021
9–11 a.m. via Zoom
Featuring Fred Rundle, Assistant Superintendent, Mercer Island School District

Session Resources


December 14, 2021
9–11 a.m. via Zoom
Featuring Janelle Tuttle, Director of Special Education, ESD 112

Session Resources

January 27, 2022
9–11 a.m. via Zoom
Featuring Julie Ray, Director of Schools, and Scott Rich, Director of Schools, Tacoma Public Schools

February 17, 2022
9–11 a.m. via Zoom
Featuring Ed Hatzenbeler, Superintendent, Orting School District

March 17, 2022
9–11 a.m. via Zoom
Featuring Mia Williams, Chief of African American Male Achievement, Seattle Public Schools

April 27, 2022
9–11 a.m. via Zoom
Featuring Tim Nootenboom, Associate Superintendent for Learning and Teaching, Central Valley School District

May 26, 2022
9–11 a.m. via Zoom
Featuring Kristi Akau White, Director of Student Data and Instructional Technology, Tacoma Public Schools


  • Registration fee
  • Participation in Zoom sessions.
  • Participation in year-end academy evaluation.


Please contact Dan and/or Ginger with questions about the academy.

Dan Schlotfeldt
Assistant Superintendent, Snoqualmie Valley School District

Ginger Callison
Assistant Superintendent, Snoqualmie Valley School District