KASA Executive Leadership Academy
for Aspiring Superintendents


 

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What students need today is a new kind of leader. 
Their very style breathes life on others by the way they perceive the reality in front of them; how they encourage and inspire others; how they furnish energy to conversations and projects; by how they spot solutions (not just problems), and how they motivate others through gratitude and encouragement."   - Dr. Tim Elmore

Superintendents are uniquely positioned to transform their school districts and the communities they serve. To accomplish this, incoming superintendents must enter the role at full speed, ready to address the never-ending menu of priorities assigned to the position.  KASA is pleased to offer its members a highly exclusive professional learning experience designed to build confidence and the capacity to thrive as the executive leader of the school district.  

This will not be your typical leadership development program. KASA believes its members already possess many of the technical and interpersonal skills that have helped them to achieve their current role. Instead, this program will focus on cultivating an expansive, agile leadership mindset that has the capacity to embrace innovation and lead change. This is 21st century leadership.

The KASA Executive Leadership Academy for Aspiring Superintendents (KELA) will provide a collaborative environment where you can tap into the collective brilliance of your peers, guided by former and current Kentucky and national school leadership experts exploring and working on the real challenges you will face as the superintendent.  The result is an invigorated, purposeful, and supportive network of leaders motivated to move forward — as individuals and together — to inspire a ripple effect of unprecedented excellence, innovation, and improved student performance in Kentucky public schools.

KELA participants will experience learning modules aligned with the Next Generation Superintendent Standards including:

  • Leadership Philosophy, Guiding Principles, and Vision
  • Ethics: Moral and Professional Roadmaps
  • School Culture, Learning and Working Environments
  • School Safety, Health, and Welfare for ALL
  • Instructional Leadership: Involvement and Credibility
  • Next Generation Learning Leadership
  • Reading Literacy: The Key to All Learning
  • School Finance: The Superintendent’s Role
  • The Superintendent as Personnel Leader
  • District Operations: Transportation, Food Service, Facilities, and Affiliated Supports
  • The Role of School Boards
  • Effective School Board Relations
  • Government Affairs and Legislative Advocacy
  • Leveraging Human Capital
  • Supervision and Evaluations
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Strategic Communications, Messaging, and Media
  • Decision Making and Professional Courage
  • Responsibility for Leadership During Times of Challenge or Crisis
  • Understanding the Pulse of the Community through Involvement
  • Legal Matters: Dealing with Challenges and Claims
  • Guidance on the Superintendent Application Process and Landing a Job
  • The Importance of Personal and Professional Life Balance
  • And More!

Successful Completers of KELA:

  1. Will have experienced the most immediately applicable, reality based, experience rich preparation program available to Kentucky educators seeking to ascend to the superintendent’s role.
  2. Will receive the KASA Executive Leadership Academy Certificate of Leadership Readiness and publicly recognized at the July 2023 KASA Annual Leadership Institute.
  3. Will be invited to present a session at the 2022 or 2023 KASA Annual Leadership Institute in a KELA spotlight education session on Thursday of the event.
  4. Will have exclusive eRibbon designed for permanent addition to her/his email signature.
  5. Will have achievement reported to school district with a request for public recognition at an upcoming school board meeting.
  6. Will have achievement reported by press-release on the KASA Education News Brief (ENB) and forwarded to the local print and online news service in his/her area.
  7. Will be provided official language for addition to the professional resume.
  8. Will receive priority promotion by the KASA Superintendent Search Service to school boards seeking new superintendents.