KY Superintendent of the Year Award

2018 State and National Superintendent of the Year Program


Application Information and Procedure

The AASA National Superintendent of the Year (SOY) program, sponsored by VALIC and AASA pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation’s public schools. The KASA State Superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by American Fidelity and KASA, is the springboard to the national award program.

 

Eligibility

Any superintendent, chancellor or top leader of a school system in the United States who plans to continue in the profession may be nominated. This program is designed to recognize the outstanding leadership of active, front-line superintendents. It is not recognition of service at retirement or a program to reward current state or national leaders.

 

Selection Criteria

Each candidate is judged on the following criteria:

  • Leadership for Learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in his or her school system.
  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.
  • Community Involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national, and international issues.

 

Steps to Nominate or Apply for Superintendent of the Year

  1. Submit nominations online at soy.aasa.org by September 1, 2017.
  2. Once received, AASA notifies candidates to provide instructions for submitting their application.
  3. Candidates submit their application online at soy.aasa.org by October 9, 2017.

Other Notes:

  • Candidates may bypass the nomination process and submit an application at soy.aasa.org.
  • KASA submits the State Superintendent of the Year application to AASA by November 1.
  • The KASA State Superintendent of the Year then participates in the National Superintendent of the Year program.

 

Selection Process

  • The KASA State Superintendent of the Year will be selected based on the criteria and timeline listed above.
  • A statewide blue-ribbon judging panel is convened to select the KASA State Superintendent of the Year and three finalists. The judging panel is comprised of distinguished leaders in education and business.
  •  The KASA State Superintendent of the Year will represent Kentucky in the AASA national program.
  • A national blue-ribbon panel of judges selects four finalists for AASA National Superintendent of the Year from among the eligible State Superintendents of the Year. The judging panel is comprised of distinguished leaders in education.
  • The blue-ribbon panel interviews the four national finalists in Washington, D.C., to select the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.
  • The panel’s decision will be based on the applications submitted online and in person interview.

Recognition for State and National Superintendent of the Year

  • The KASA State Superintendent of the Year is announced in November during a surprise visit to the superintendent’s school district.
  • A $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a high school senior in the superintendent’s district.
  • A bronze eagle sculpture, Superintendent of the Year ring, and travel reimbursement to and from AASA’s national conference on education is awarded to the KASA State Superintendent of the Year.
  • The KASA State Superintendent of the Year and finalists are recognized via news releases and at the winter KASS conference.
  • The AASA National Superintendent of the Year is announced at the AASA National Conference on Education.
  • A $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a senior student in the high school from which the National Superintendent of the Year graduated, or to a senior student in a high school from which the National Superintendent of the Year is the current superintendent.
  • The KASA State Superintendent of the Year is honored at the AASA National Conference on Education during a general session and a Kentucky reception

Superintendent of the Year Program Timeline



September 1

Deadline for Kentucky nominations to be completed online at soy.aasa.org

October 9

Deadline for completed applications to be received online for KASA State Superintendent of the Year at soy.aasa.org

October 10-27

Blue Ribbon Judging Panel reviews, scores and selects the 2018 KASA State Superintendent of the Year and three finalists (Winner and finalists notified in mid-November)

November 1

KASA submits 2018 State Superintendent of the Year’s name and application to AASA for the national award program

November 1 – December 15

Blue Ribbon Selection Committee determines four finalists for AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

December 15

Finalists notified via phone call and/or email from AASA Director, Awards and Collaborations, Bernadine Futrell.

January 11

Four Finalists participate in a national briefing and interviews at the National Press Club

February 15

National Superintendent of the Year is announced; All State Superintendents of the Year are honored on stage at the AASA National Conference on Education, Nashville, TN

November 13–16

2018 Superintendent of the Year Gala and Forum is held in honor of the 2018 Superintendent of the Year

For more information, contact Dr. Rhonda Caldwell, KASA Executive Deputy Director, (859) 583-5652 or rhonda@kasa.org