Superintendents Academy

ACSA’s intensive seven-weekend academy for superintendents offers an excellent forum for new or aspiring superintendents to develop the fundamental skills needed to effectively lead a California school district within the new context of local control accountability planning and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Presentations and discussion sessions are conducted by an experienced faculty of superintendents who blend management theory with practical applications and examples.

Specific themes include:

The Superintendency

  • Leadership role of superintendents
  • Managing the change process
  • Challenges facing new superintendents
  • Keys to personal advancement

District Management

  • School district organization
  • Management skills
  • Developing a positive district climate
  • Strategic planning

Human Relations

  • Instructional/management team building
  • Shared decision making and restructuring
  • Board/superintendent relations
  • Negotiations and collective bargaining
  • Personnel management, evaluation and employee relations

Instructional Leadership

  • Staff development
  • Improving and evaluating instructional programs
  • Textbook selection, censorship and critical curriculum issues
  • Educational technology uses in management and instruction

Policies and Procedures

  • Superintendent contracts
  • California law and the superintendency
  • School finance and budgeting
  • Implementing the Ed Code and other state regulations

The ACSA Superintendents Academy is widely regarded as the “fast track” into the superintendency. It helps you avoid the pitfalls, learn practical tips from seasoned superintendents and build a resource network of colleagues.

The academy offers 70 hours of instruction over seven weekend sessions, Friday evenings, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.* The extensive course syllabus and materials provided to each participant are an exceptional resource for ongoing reference.

*Please note that Saturday hours for this academy may vary.