ALEXANDRIA, VA (PRESS RELEASE) Excellence in leadership in our nation’s public schools continues to move forward as AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced the most recent class of superintendents to earn National Superintendent Certification.
AASA, founded in 1865, is the premier organization for our nation’s superintendents serving thousands of education leaders throughout the United States. Dr. Philip Hickman superintendent of Columbus Municipal School District was among 20 superintendents from across the country who completed the certification program. The current group of school system leaders will be honored for their accomplishment during AASA’s National Conference on Education, March 2-4, 2017, in New Orleans, La.
“The challenges of a superintendent can be particularly daunting, as I have witnessed first hand, which is why AASA’s National Superintendent Certification program was such a positive experience for me,” said Dr. Hickman “The program focuses on sharpening the key skills successful superintendents need to thrive. I would highly recommend any school district leaders to enroll in the program, it has truly supported me in moving the needle in my district and becoming a premiere national leader.”
Launched in 2013, the National Superintendent Certification process is spread over 18 months and is tailored for superintendents who have been in the job five years or fewer. The forums, seminars and coaching provide opportunities to define and examine issues that surface in real life situations. These issues include:
- Providing world-class instructional leadership,
- Building and managing a district budget,
- Mastering effective communication and political skills,
- Using 21st century technology effectively in instruction and management,
- Managing superintendent/school board relations, and
- Designing a career path for oneself.
The AASA National Superintendent Certification Program is a collaborative effort with AASA state affiliates, the National School Boards Association, and business and corporate leaders. The master teachers and guest instructors have all been sitting superintendents and have demonstrable track records of success.