Magazine article District Administration

Superintendents Association Connects and Supports School Leaders: AASA Provides Superintendents with Networking Opportunities, Professional Development Resources, Mentoring and Advocacy

Magazine article District Administration

Superintendents Association Connects and Supports School Leaders: AASA Provides Superintendents with Networking Opportunities, Professional Development Resources, Mentoring and Advocacy

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Collaboration is a 21st-century skill school leaders are trying to instill in students. What kind of collaboration can superintendents engage in to help run their districts at optimal effectiveness?

Collaborating with peers is one of the best ways a superintendent can gain Insight into their own position. At AASA, the School Superintendents Association, one of our core goals is to connect school leaders who are dealing with similar issues so they can discuss shared problems and potential solutions.

For example, we have a group for superintendents of large county school systems. These administrators confer about the obstacles specific to districts with over 100,000 students. Two of our newest programs include one for superintendents interested in the Maker Movement and another for those focused on personalized learning.

The ultimate goal is to get leaders together to engage with real issues. Coming together in person is especially important in developing bonds, interacting and networking.

Part of the mission of AASA is to support district leaders. What kind of support does it offer?

Our national superintendent certification program is an 18-month process designed for superintendents with less than five years of experience. It is a leadership development initiative that gives new leaders the opportunity to be mentored by prominent and experienced superintendents. It is a unique experience that has become very popular.

We offer an outstanding national conference that is attended by over 3,000 of our members each year. Participants get the opportunity to attend workshops and presentations led by well-known thought leaders in the field of education. …

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