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Aspiring Superintendents Summer Series

New for summer 2020, TASA is offering the first-ever Aspiring Superintendents Summer Series! Whether you attended the Aspiring Superintendents Academy at the 2020 Midwinter Conference and are ready for a deeper dive or you are joining us for the first time, you don’t want to miss this three-part series to be offered completely online in June-July 2020! Dr. Jill Siler will be back to facilitate, moderate, and share her own experiences alongside other Texas school leaders.

Summer Series

There are no upcoming events at this time.

About the Summer Series

Virtual Event #1: Interviews

Friday, June 19
1-2:30 p.m.

This session will focus on preparation for and leading through the interview with a presentation from Bellville ISD Superintendent Dr. Nicole Poentizsch and will include a conversation with James Guerra, president and CEO of JG Consulting, and Alton Frailey, former Katy ISD superintendent and senior search consultant, JG Consulting, which assists districts in superintendent searches.

Virtual Event #2: Entry Plans

Friday, July 10
1-2:30 p.m.

This session will focus on designing an entry plan with Sweeny ISD Superintendent Dr. Tory Hill and will include a conversation with former Dallas ISD Superintendent and Search Firm Leader Dr. Mike Moses on what search firms and boards are looking for in their future leader.

Virtual Event #3: School Finance

Friday, July 24
1-2:30 p.m.

This session will focus on school finance with an overview of the big-picture concepts you need to know with Sunnyvale ISD Superintendent Doug Williams and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kyle Penn. Aspiring Superintendents Academy Facilitator Dr. Jill Siler will then share her story about leading through financial crisis and help leaders prepare for the economic challenges that lie ahead.

Registration includes all three virtual events (offered on the Hopin online event platform); recordings will be available to registrants in case they cannot participate in any of the live events. Registrants will also have access to an online repository full of sample resumes, entry plans, and interview tips from the most successful superintendents in Texas. All sessions are interactive and will include a Q&A session with guests as well as an overview of the online repository and the entry plan materials included with the series.

What Participants of Other TASA Aspiring Superintendents Events are Saying

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

Series Moderator

Jill Siler

Jill Siler

Jill Siler has been serving as the superintendent of Gunter ISD since 2012. She leads TASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy and 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 will publish 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

Series Sponsor

CPE Hours

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy offers 4.5 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit.


Maria Cruz

Learning & Events


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