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First-Time Superintendents Academy

TASA’s First-Time Superintendents Academy (FTSA) — the go-to training for beginning Texas superintendents for the last 28 years — has been designed around the most important learning outcomes for first- and second-year superintendents.

School Year Start/End

Learn how to handle both the beginning and end of a school year – from the mechanics of orchestrating convocation and graduation to the broader work of establishing leadership strategy and planning for changes in the district.

Vision & Communication

Vision and communication is key. Learn how to go about determining district beliefs and values, adopting a vision and goals, and prioritizing and responding to district and community needs. But first – learn how to gain trust and garner respect!

District Finances

Find out everything you didn’t know you needed to know about your district’s financial situation – from how to determine its financial status to establishing a budget and setting a tax rate and synthesizing multiple data points to inform district stakeholders about the financial outlook.

School Board Relations

Understand the logistics of working with a school board as well as the ins and outs of the superintendent/school board relationship – from the basics of setting an agenda and understanding the purpose of executive sessions to establishing two-way communication with your board, creating/revising procedures, and assessing the effectiveness of board practices. Learn how to develop your “Team of 8!”

Superintendent's Contract & Evaluation

Dive into the superintendent’s contract and evaluation, learning how to collaboratively set annual priorities, select or develop an evaluation instruction, and create a portfolio of supportive evidence for your evaluation. Learn how to advocate for yourself!

Public Relations

Get a crash course on public relations! Learn how to establish a relationship with local media and your community, leverage social media, highlight the successes of your faculty and staff, manage crisis through communication, keep your community informed, and create an inclusive culture.


Find out why advocacy at the state and local levels is important and how you can advocate productively for your district and for pro-public education policies at the state level.

Upcoming Events

Need a Mentor?

If you’re a first-time superintendent in need of a mentor to meet State Board for Educator Certification requirements, register for the First-Time Superintendents Academy today! TASA’s Superintendent Mentoring Program is embedded in the academy, allowing participants to meet state requirements for mentoring with 36 hours of professional learning and monthly meetings with their mentors.

2022-23 Academy Sessions

You may start the academy anytime during the school year and continue into the next school year. For example, if you start with Session 3, scheduled for November 2-3, you may then participate in Session 4 in February, and then attend Sessions 1-2 in fall 2023. Sign up for the full academy or individual sessions in TASA’s Member Services Center.

Session 1

Understanding the Dynamics of Your District, Community, and Board | July 27-28, 2022 

Learn strategies for gaining a better understanding of the dynamics of your new district, including the logistics of working with your school board and assessing the district’s financial situation. Connect with mentors and formulate a plan for the first 90 days of the school year. Session 1 includes a special kick-off dinner and reception.

Session 2

Establishing Leadership and Prioritizing Change | September 7-8, 2022

Dive into prioritizing the needs of your new district, the most effective board practices, and shaping the narrative about your district through public relations. Begin work on a portfolio of supportive evidence for your superintendent’s evaluation.

Session 3

Advocating for Your District, Your Students, and Yourself | November 2-3, 2022

Check in on the success of your 90-day plan, find out what you need to know about advocacy at the state level, and dig into superintendent contract issues, the superintendent evaluation instrument, and managing crisis through communication. Continue work on your portfolio.

Session 4

Setting Direction for Your District | February 22-23, 2023

Focus on finance and end-of-year issues, learn about engaging your board in school transformation, and setting a vision and direction as superintendent. Create a plan for moving into the next school year.

Luncheon at Midwinter Conference

Participants also have the opportunity to meet and engage with others during the Inspiring Leaders Luncheon during the TASA Midwinter Conference.

Plus! Satisfy State Requirements for Superintendent Mentoring

FTSA Participants will meet State Board for Educator Certification superintendent mentoring requirements through participation in the academy. TASA’s Superintendent Mentoring Program is embedded in FTSA.

CPE Hours

The First-Time Superintendents Academy offers up to 48 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit.


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