Superintendents Academy

A rigorous, research-based, cohort-delivered executive development program for district superintendents.

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NISL’s Superintendents Academy is designed to scale improvements in education systems, instruction, and student learning across entire regions or states. The academy is a rigorous, research-based, cohort-delivered executive development program for district superintendents. The academy provides district leaders with the knowledge, skills and tools to design and lead district-wide, coherent, aligned systems of instruction and learning, based on examples of the best performers in the United States and worldwide.

Delivery

The Superintendents Academy is delivered as an 18- to 24-month program organized across two academic years delivered to cohorts of 25 or more participants, structured as follows:

1. A three-day residential forum introduces the core ideas that will be explored and creates a learning community among participants.

2. Core sessions

Participants engage in a core curriculum, delivered in three 2-day sessions consisting of three core lenses:

  • Core Lens 1: Students who graduate college and / or are career ready with no need for remediation
  • Core Lens 2: Highly-qualified teachers and teaching
  • Core Lens 3: Effective leadership, organization and management

3. A second 3-day colloquium provides an opportunity for superintendents to present their Action Learning Projects (ALPs) for outside expert, peer and state review.

4. Network sessions allow participants to choose from a range of network topics specifically created to support the various ALPs.

5. Final 3-day colloquium during which superintendents present their final ALPs to the public.