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Aspiring Superintendents Academy

TASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy was completely redesigned in 2020. With nearly 14 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. The next academy will be offered in conjunction with the 2023 TASA Midwinter Conference (over the course of the four-day conference).

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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 nearly 14 hours of professional learning in preparation for the superintendency.

Academy Leader

Jill Siler

Jill Siler

Jill Siler served as the superintendent of Gunter ISD from 2012 to 2021, when she joined the full-time TASA staff as deputy executive director, professional learning.

Prior to joining the TASA staff, she chaired 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

What They’re Saying About the Aspiring Superintendents Academy

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 amazing! I was a little reluctant to do it because it was virtual and I thought it wouldn’t be worth it. I was wrong! I was glued from the beginning. The information was timely and relevant, and I felt like I was there with the presenters. I was able to be reflective after the completion of each session and think about how it corresponded to what I needed to do to refine my skills as a leader and an aspiring superintendent. Dr. Siler and her team made what could have been an awkward academy relevant, engaging, and inspiring.

Herbert O'Neil, Jr.

Chief School Leadership Officer, Greenville 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

2023 Aspiring Superintendents Academy Sponsors

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CPE Hours

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy offers nearly 14 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit.


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