Aspiring Superintendents Academy
TASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy was completely redesigned in 2020 and held in conjunction with the TASA Midwinter Conference. With the onset of the pandemic, TASA launched a fully virtual Aspiring Superintendents Summer Series in 2020 and conducted the full academy virtually in spring 2021. Stay tuned for plans for the next academy, to be held in early 2022. With 16 hours of content that focuses on both how to get the job and how to be successful in the job, plus more than 30 sitting superintendents and representatives from multiple search firms, the academy is always a must-attend for those who aspire to become superintendents. In the meantime, don’t miss the 2021 Aspiring Superintendents Virtual Summer Series in June/July 2021.
About the Academy
During the Aspiring Superintendents Academy, you will cover:
- the calling of this work
- the path to the superintendency
- development of a resume and entry plan
- interview preparation
- navigating search firms
- navigating superintendent contracts
- governance and board relations
- thriving in the first year
With presentations, discussions, and Q&A sessions with both new and seasoned superintendents, multiple presentations from the state’s leading search firms, along with hands-on activities around the content necessary for you to get and succeed in the job, an online repository of sample resumes, entry plans and resume questions, the academy is poised to provide aspiring superintendents with a one-of-a-kind experience that includes 16 hours of professional learning in preparation for the superintendency.
Jill Siler has been serving as the superintendent of Gunter ISD since 2012. She chairs TASA’s Future-Ready Superintendent Leadership Network (FRSLN) Design Team, which brings together innovative leaders from across the state to learn, share, and grow together. She was also a member of the TASA 2025 Task Force, which helped launch the redesign of this academy.
Jill has a passion for helping others reach their goals and has been a frequent speaker at TASA’s Aspiring Superintendent Academy and First-Time Superintendents Academy, as well as the Texas Council of Women School Executives (TCWSE) Annual Conference and other leadership conferences.
She published her first book in 2020, focused on thriving through the most difficult moments of leadership. Her writing and other resources helpful to aspiring leaders can be found at jillmsiler.com.
What They’re Saying About the Aspiring Superintendents Academy
The repository is full of many useful resources. I was able to use the repository as I prepared for my superintendent interview and creation of my 90-day entry plan.
What a gift to have these experts who will be brutally honest in order to help leaders get better! Thankful these leaders are taking the time to invest in others!
The Aspiring Superintendents Academy was better than I could have hoped for. Thank you for providing us with a rich, impactful, and incredibly helpful academy!
The Aspiring Superintendents Academy was a timely, relevant, and information-packed experience. Hearing from current superintendents and experts in the search firm field has helped to better prepare me to take the next step in my career.
Attending the Aspiring Superintendents Academy allowed me to see and be around a life I *might* have one day. A chance to hear current and future superintendents reflect, bestow trade knowledge, and inspire hope for a better educational system.
The Aspiring Superintendents Academy offers 16 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit.
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