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Aspiring Superintendents Academy

TASA redesigned the Aspiring Superintendents Academy for the 2020 TASA Midwinter Conference, launched an Aspiring Superintendents Summer Series, and is excited to roll out a fully virtual Aspiring Superintendents Academy in 2021. 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 slated to speak, the academy is a must-attend for those who aspire to become superintendents. 

Next Academy

There are no upcoming events at this time.

About the Academy

Topics

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

Format

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.

Academy Leader

Jill Siler

Jill Siler

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.

Wendi Russell

Superintendent, Navarro ISD

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!

Lisa Lovato

Personalized Learning & Innovation Specialist, Mesquite ISD

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!

Janine Fields

Executive Innovation Officer, Garland ISD

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.

Trent Hamilton

Principal, Trenton ISD

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.

Amy Sharp

Educational Partner for Humanities, Eanes ISD

CPE Hours

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy offers 16 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit.

Questions?

Maria Cruz

Coordinator,
Learning & Events

512.852.2113

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