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New Superintendents' Academy

2017-18 Academy Schedule:

Part 1 - July 11-12, 2017
Part 2 - September 27-28, 2018

Part 3 - January 11-12, 2018 
(snow dates: April 5-6)

PASA Office - 2608 Market Place, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Check-in: 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Program: beginning at 10:15 a.m. on the first day (includes dinner and evening discussion)
Concludes: 2:15 p.m. on the second day

Click here (pdf) to read what Academy graduates have to say about this program.


The three-part New Superintendent Academy is designed to provide practical information and tools to assist the superintendent’s entry into his or her new position.  Each Academy program focuses on an essential leadership standard and provides you with proven strategies for assuring successful first impressions with your school community and beyond. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to learn from and to network with highly successful educational leaders, as well as with colleagues who, like you, are new to the superintendent’s position. As a bonus, the Academy provides you with the opportunity to gain a statewide perspective from both participants and Academy session leaders representing the diversity of districts across the commonwealth.

Academy Sessions

Part 1: Strategic and Cultural Leadership. New superintendents will gain insight into the importance of vision, goals and an empowering culture that promote student and staff growth.  Information and discussions about working effectively with school boards will be highlighted. (July 11-12, 2017)

First Things First...An Organizational System That works
The Mindful Superintendent: Responding to External Complexity Through Inner Clarity
Creating a Team of Ten
Transitioning into the Superintendency

Superintendent Evaluation
Team Building for Strategic and Cultural Leadership 
Leading for Equity

Part 2 - Systems Leadership. New superintendents will gain understanding about the importance of assuring systems and processes for managing and allocating resources transparently, efficiently, effectively and safely to foster equitable access to learning opportunities. (Sept. 27-28, 2017)

Part 3 - Professional and Community Leadership.  Inherent in professional and community leadership are effective and ongoing communication, collaboration and empowerment of others inside and outside of the organization in the pursuit of excellence in student learning.  New superintendents will learn strategies that engage all stakeholders. (Jan. 11-12, 2018)

NOTE: Although the programs are sequential, superintendents are urged to take all three programs as they are able.

Register ONLINE - or CLICK HERE to complete the writable registration form (download, complete and save) and send it to the PASA office by mail, fax or email). 

Overnight accommodations on July 11 are available. See the registration form for details. Deadline: June 11. 

*PIL/Act 48 (Act 45):
The Academy program has been PIL-approved for 25 hours per session (total of 75 PIL hours for those participating in all three sessions) and will be provided upon attendance and completion of embedded activities per session. 



Policy on PASA Workshop Fees 
Cancellations & Refunds: A $25 service fee will be retained for cancellations received two (2) weeks or less prior to the scheduled program. NO REFUNDS will be given if cancellation is received five (5) business days or less prior to the scheduled program. Registrants who have not paid in advance of the program will be responsible for payment of any late fees. In the event that a workshop is postponed due to weather conditions, registrants will receive full credit toward the rescheduled program. If the registrant is unable to attend the rescheduled workshop due to conflicts and informs PASA in advance (as per the above-listed cancellation/refund policy), PASA will apply the registration fee already paid toward the registration fee of a future PASA workshop.
Payments/Late Payment Fees: Final payment for workshops must be received no more than 45 business days from the date of the event. Payments received after that time will be assessed a $25 late payment fee.


PIL/Act 48 (Act 45) approved 

Act 45 Information and Requirements

Build a network of colleagues from across the state! The Academy provides you with an opportunity to gain a statewide perspective from participants and session leaders representing the diversity of districts across the state.