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New Superintendents' Academy

2017-18 Academy Schedule*:
(*Sessions do NOT have to be attended in order!)
Part 1 - July 11-12, 2017
Part 2 - September 27-28, 2018
Part 3 - January 11-12, 2018 (snow dates: April 5-6)
Registration Now Available!

PASA Office - 2608 Market Place, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Check-in: 9:15-10:00 a.m.
Program: beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the first day (includes dinner and evening discussion)
Concludes: 2:15 p.m. on the second day

Click here (pdf) to read what Academy graduates have to say about this program.


The three-part New Superintendent Academy is designed to provide practical information and tools to assist the superintendent’s entry into his or her new position.  Each Academy program focuses on an essential leadership standard and provides you with proven strategies for assuring successful first impressions with your school community and beyond. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to learn from and to network with highly successful educational leaders, as well as with colleagues who, like you, are new to the superintendent’s position. As a bonus, the Academy provides you with the opportunity to gain a statewide perspective from both participants and Academy session leaders representing the diversity of districts across the commonwealth.

Academy Sessions

Part 1: Strategic and Cultural Leadership. New superintendents will gain insight into the importance of vision, goals and an empowering culture that promote student and staff growth.  Information and discussions about working effectively with school boards will be highlighted. (July 11-12, 2017)

Part 2 - Systems Leadership. New superintendents will gain understanding about the importance of assuring systems and processes for managing and allocating resources transparently, efficiently, effectively and safely to foster equitable access to learning opportunities. (Sept. 27-28, 2017)

Part 3 -
Professional and Community Leadership.
  Inherent in professional and community leadership are effective and ongoing communication, collaboration and empowerment of others inside and outside of the organization in the pursuit of excellence in student learning.  New superintendents will learn strategies that engage all stakeholders. (Jan. 11-12, 2018)

Professionalism and Communications
Communication Strategies for Creating a Positive Image of Your District
Communication Strategies During and After a Tragedy or Crisis
Policy and Legislative Matters and Communications
Equitably Serving ALL Students through Professionalism and Effective Communications
Communications in Support of Children and Public Education
Planning, Budgeting and Communicating the Budget

Registration for Part 3: 
CLICK HERE for a writable registration form. (Download, complete and save, then forward to PASA.)
CLICK HERE for online registration.

Need Overnight Accommodations on January 11?
Overnight acommodations are available at a nearby hotel. Please see the registration form for contact details.



PIL/Act 48 (Act 45) approved 
The Academy program has been PIL-approved for 25 hours per session (total of 75 PIL hours for those participating in all three sessions) and will be provided upon attendance and completion of embedded activities per session. 

Act 45 Information and Requirements

Build a network of colleagues from across the state! The Academy provides you with an opportunity to gain a statewide perspective from participants and session leaders representing the diversity of districts across the state.


2018-19 Schedule
Session 1:
July 12-13, 2018

Session 2:
Sept. 26-27, 2018

Session 3:
Jan. 8-9, 2019

NOTE: Although the programs are sequential, superintendents are urged to take all three programs as they are able.