Superintendents and other executive leaders are uniquely positioned to transform their schools and communities they serve. To accomplish this, incoming executives 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 experience designed to build confidence and capacity to thrive as leaders of the district they serve.
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 with the capacity to embrace innovation, build coalitions, and achieve sustainable change. This is transformative leadership.
The KASA Executive Leadership Academy for Aspiring Superintendents (KELA - pronounced Kee-lah) is a research-based program designed to prepare aspiring superintendents. Grounded in the Next Generation Superintendent Standards, this program consists of 8 sessions: four (4) full day in-person, two (2) hybrid and two (2) KASA signature events (DEIB Summit in November and the Education Law & Finance Institute in March) which target foundational support and learning that will ensure aspiring superintendents have a solid foundation of leadership standards, the functions of the superintendent and board, and the preparatory experiences for working with the board, district team, and community.
It's one thing to be eligible to be a superintendent. It's a totally different thing to be ready. That's what KELA is all about.
A maximum of 30 members will be accepted into the KELA aspiring superintendent cohort for 2024-2025.
Application window: April 1, 2024 – June 1, 2024
Program length: 9 months beginning August 23, 2024 with orientation at the KASA Training Center in Frankfort
Program will run August 2024 through March 2025. Meetings will be a hybrid of face-to-face (with the opportunity to meet at districts across the state) and Zoom check ins.
Cost: $2,999.00 (includes four (4) full training days at KASA training center, two (2) check-in hybrid, along with registration for DEIB Summit (one (1) day), Education Law & Finance Institute (one and a half (1.5) days), participation in The Leadership Challenge®, and all materials, resources, and on-site lunches).
• Must be a KASA Member to participate. May join KASA at registration
• Must have three years of administrative experience at any level
• A $250.00 deposit will trigger application process
For complete information, contact Kathy Fields.