The academy is for superintendents and other district and campus leaders who are devoted to:
The academy offers a professional development experience specifically tailored for Texas leaders who want to learn more about transforming school districts so that students and district staff, as well as the entire community, realize the benefits of a healthy and vital public education system. These leaders share a vision of what could be for the children of Texas—a vision in keeping with the one articulated by the Public Education Visioning Institute in Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas.
The underlying conceptual base and assumptions about leadership come from the Schlechty Center frameworks and will encompass the six articles developed by the Visioning Institute. TASA established the academy in 2010 in response to superintendents who expressed a strong desire to ensure the continuing transformation of their school districts into learning organizations through the work of future leaders.
Academy activities, including reading, deepening thinking through structured discussions and activities, exchanging ideas with invited speakers, and applying new ideas in their workplaces, prepare leaders to contribute to the future of public education in their districts. They come to understand what is required to build district capacity for change and for joyous student learning, and to become future-oriented organizational architects who understand social systems and their critical function in shaping public education.
By the end of the academy experience, participants have compiled a portfolio reflecting their learning in the following areas: