AASA USC Urban Superintendents Academy

The USC Rossier Urban Superintendents Academy reflects the commitment of Dean Pedro Noguera and our team of veteran faculty to prepare current and future superintendents to thrive in their roles as breakthrough leaders. Faculty Director Maria Ott invites experienced educational leaders to, “Join the Urban Academy to gain the insights, skills and practices needed to make a lasting and measurable impact as superintendent. Bring your innovative thinking, your experiences as a problem solver and your vision for a high-performing system to the next cohort of urban leaders.”

Recruitment for Cohort 8 has begun, and we welcome your interest in joining a program committed to equity in practice and to supporting leaders willing to lead for change in support of the nation’s greatest asset—our diverse student population. Bring your willingness to collaborate, to be mentored by successful leaders and to learn and lead in a time of change and opportunity.

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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