AASA-USC Urban Superintendents Academy

Developing Leaders as Effective Change Agents for Highly-Diverse School Districts

Did you know the nation’s big-city school districts educate about one third of all students of color in the nation, and the percentage of English language learners students educated in urban schools is twice that of other schools nationwide? These same schools also educate about one-third of all poor students and serve a far higher percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches than nationwide.

Now, more than ever, our country’s urban schools need leaders that can address challenges and create the right conditions to increase student achievement.

The USC Rossier School of Education, in partnership with  AASA—The School Superintendents Association, is offering a blended Superintendents Academy—delivered online and in person.

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Curriculum Overview

This program will provide our participants with a safe place to learn from experienced and practicing professionals as well as study cutting-edge research-informed data from research experts.

Coursework Examples

  • The Changing Face of Public Education and the Urban District
  • The Superintendent and the Elected/Appointed Board
  • Building a Professional Culture for Teachers and Staff
  • Equity and Cultural Responsiveness
  • Community Engagement
  • Ethical Principles and Professional Norms
  • Vision, Mission, and Strategic Planning
  • Cultivating a Caring and Inclusive School Community
  • Unions, Charters, and Mayors – How to Lead through Adversity
  • Operations and Management for the Urban Leader
  • Becoming an Urban Superintendent
  • Leading to Transform
Angelica Ramsey

People are saying

“The readings and discussions of our sessions have afforded me the opportunity to grow and become a more reflective leader. The topics covered and the amazing access to a faculty of practitioners—as well as current leaders as guest speakers—have provided me with a strong foundation going into my first superintendency.”

Angelica Ramsey