DA’s National Superintendents Academy equips aspiring K-12 superintendents with the skills, systems, and relationships they
need to successfully step up to the Superintendency and, once
in the role, to drive significant positive transformations in culture
and achievement for their districts.

Graduates are prepared to inspire and lead school districts toward
the cultural shifts that enable better collaboration between
stakeholders, a stronger focus on the mission, and improved
outcomes for every learner.

Cohort Dates and Times

Our Fall 2022 Cohort consists of three sessions of attendance,
of which the dates are as follows (9 days total):

  • September 22-24, 2022: live in Dallas
  • October 12-14, 2022: virtual
  • November 2-4, 2022: virtual

 

Tuition: $3,500* (includes materials)

Discount(s) available for DA Leadership Institute
member districts.

Discounts available for district leadership teams:

  • 1 attendee – $3,500/attendee
  • 2 attendees – $3,000/attendee
  • 3 or more attendees – $2,750/attendee
Venue

DFW Airport Marriott

8440 Freeport Pkwy
Irving, TX 75063

9729298800

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Curriculum

Learn from highly successful superintendents and executives who share the essential systems and leadership philosophies they
have used to significantly increase performance across large organizations. You will complete the program equipped with a
solid mastery of the complex academic, political and logistical rigors inherent in running a K-12 school district – communicating effectively with your school board, managing a large organization, and building an inspired, empowered and accountable culture that supports student achievement and leads to continuous growth and improvement.

Motivated Participants

Your cohort will comprise fellow high-performing leaders in
education, as well as executives from the private sector and other
not-for-profit organizations. A rigorous selection process and
the limited number of seats for each cohort ensure that you will be learning and working toward your goals among individuals who are driven, successful and eager to advance their careers.

Ongoing Support

To ensure the success of our recent graduates, we provide support throughout the placement process and the first full year on the job. We understand the challenges that may arise in your new position, and we’re here to help our graduates with a smooth transition. The National Superintendents Academy will monitor the progress of graduates, tracking those placed in superintendencies, their longevity in position, and student achievement results. This data will be used to inform and continually improve the program curriculum.

Benefits for Your District

Participation in the National Superintendents Academy program not only prepares you to move on to the superintendency, it will give you a better understanding of your current district superintendent’s role, enable you to better support their administration, and help you to perform more effectively in your current role. This forward-focused mindset will help you retain and attract more rising stars to your district.

LEADERS INSPIRING LEADERS

Past Featured Speakers

Alexandra Estrella

Superintendent, Norwalk Public Schools

Alexandra Estrella

Dr. Estrella, a first-generation Latina-American, is a visionary, innovative, forward-thinking leader that does not accept the status quo regarding scholar development and learning opportunities. An educator with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Estrella has spent the last seven years in the role of superintendent for Community School District Four in East Harlem, New York. Part of the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), District Four comprises twenty-three schools serving approximately 13,500 students grades 3-K through 12. During the 2019-2020 academic school year, she received three proclamations from community legislative officials highlighting her relentless commitment to improving the lives of children and families in the East Harlem community.

Alicia Thompson

Superintendent, Wichita Public Schools

Alicia Thompson

Dr. Alicia Thompson’s responsibilities as superintendent of the Wichita Public Schools formally began on July 1, 2017. Being a native of Wichita, KS, Dr. Thompson is no stranger to Wichita Public Schools or the community.
Beginning her educational journey at Carter Elementary School, Dr. Thompson went on to attend  Chisholm Trail Elementary, Brooks Middle School, and graduated from Heights High School as a proud Falcon. She obtained her post-secondary education from Langston University,  Newman University, and ultimately received her doctorate of educational leadership from Wichita State University.
Her 25-year career in Kansas’ largest school district began as a teacher at Ingalls Elementary, now Spaght Magnet Elementary. She transitioned into a building leader and then a district-level administrator prior to her appointment as Wichita’s superintendent in spring 2017.
Dr. Thompson believes in investing her own time in the community that has supported her. Community activities have included service on boards of directors for Goodwill Industries, American Red Cross, Real Men Real Heroes, Leadership Wichita and Exploration Place.
In her role as superintendent, she serves the Wichita Chamber Board of Directors, United Way of the Plains Board of Directors, The Greater Wichita Partnership and Business Education Alliance. She also serves on the WSU School of Education Leadership Advisory Board, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Links, Inc.
Dr. Thompson has been honored with the Wichita Business Journal’s Leadership in Diversity Award, the Martin Luther King Education Award from the Urban League of Kansas, and the NAACP Education Award, to name a few.
Dr. Thompson and her husband Reggie, a West High Pioneer, have two children – a daughter who graduated from Northeast Magnet, and a daughter who is a student in the Wichita Public Schools.

David Vinson

Superintendent, Wylie ISD, TX

David Vinson

D’Andre Weaver

Superintendent, DeSoto ISD

D’Andre Weaver

DeSoto Independent School District Superintendent of Schools D’Andre J. Weaver. Ph.D. is a South Side Chicago native who has been described as strategic, visionary and forward-thinking among the national education community. Driven by the desire to help others realize their dreams, Dr. Weaver has been recognized throughout his career for improving student achievement. His educational focus centers on equity, access, and transformational educational initiatives.

Under Dr. Weaver’s leadership, DeSoto ISD experienced a 12-point gain in the district’s accountability rating according to the Texas Education Agency. In addition, Dr. Weaver and his leadership team have led an organizational redesign effort to improve the employment and educational experiences of staff and students in DeSoto ISD, placing an emphasis on establishing a culture of continual improvement and learning, collective genius and systemwide alignment and collaboration.

Prior to his appointment as the superintendent of DeSoto ISD, Dr. Weaver served as a Community Superintendent with Houston-area school system Spring Branch Independent School District where he supported 20 principals. He was a part of a senior leadership team that transformed the traditional approach to education by creating personalized learning experiences for each of the district’s 35,000 students which resulted in dramatic increases in student achievement.

As a principal, Dr. Weaver led Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, one of eleven selective enrollment high schools in the Chicago Public Schools system. Brooks serves a population of students that are 99% minority and, of whom, more than 75% are considered economically disadvantaged. During his tenure, graduation rates, college entrance and retention rates, and freshmen on-track rates improved to all-time highs. As a result, U.S. News and World Report recognized Brooks as the #10 best high school in Illinois and recognized the school with its third Gold Medal status award.

Dr. Weaver is married to his high school sweetheart, Chyla, who is also an educational leader; they have two daughters, Elle and Ava who both attend DeSoto ISD schools.

Jill Siler

Deputy Executive, Texas Association of Administrators

Jill Siler

Jill served as Superintendent of Gunter ISD for nearly ten years and is now the Deputy Executive Director for Professional Learning for the Texas Association of School Administrators. Her book, Thrive Through The Five: Practical Truths to Powerfully Lead through Challenging Times, was a #1 Bestselling New Release for Education Administration.

Joe Sanfelippo

Superintendent, Fall Creek School District

Joe Sanfelippo

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, an MS in Educational Psychology, an MS in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Leadership, Learning, and Service. Joe co-authored multiple books, most recently Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love. He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader by the US Department of Education in 2016. Education Dive named Joe 1 of 5 K-12 Administrators to watch in 2018 and their National Superintendent of the Year in 2019.

Jon Prince

Superintendent, St. Lucie County Schools

Jon Prince

Dr. Jon Prince grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Elementary Education. After a year of teaching elementary school, Dr. Prince moved to Palm Beach County and taught middle school science. He completed his Specialist’s Degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University in 2002.

Recognized for his efforts to support positive school change, Dr. Prince worked as an assistant principal in urban and failing schools in both middle and high school. In 2003, he was appointed Principal at Verde Elementary in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2004, he was selected as the Principal for Palm Beach Gardens High School, a large, failing urban school in Palm Beach County, Florida. In 2005, the school emerged a “B,” and Dr. Prince was recognized by the State as one of the Turnaround Principals of the Year.  Dr. Prince continued working with struggling schools in Palm Beach County – primarily in Hispanic, African American, and Haitian communities.  All these schools showed improved academic student achievement and increased graduation rates through 2013.

In 2013, Dr. Prince accepted a position as Principal of Colonial High School in Orange County, Florida.  At the time, Colonial High was one of the largest comprehensive high schools in Florida.  In his first year at the school, Colonial High School had the largest gains in writing on the FCAT, improving proficiency from 36% to 70%, the largest improvement in the State.  The school also improved from a C-rated school to a B-rated school, having some of the largest gains in achievement in Orange County schools.  In his two years as principal, Dr. Prince increased the graduation rate from 80% in 2013 to 90% in 2015, an impressive achievement in such a short time.

In the summer of 2015, Dr. Prince accepted the position of Deputy Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools. He has assisted with orchestrating the Superintendent’s vision of accountability, high standards and rigor in our public schools. In six years, the District has soared from 45th to 28th in overall academic performance, while ranking as high as 22nd out of 67 districts as recently as 2018.  In addition, SLPS ranks in the top 10 in the State for graduation rate, improving from 75% to 95% over the last 6 years.  St. Lucie Public Schools is one of only 4 districts in Florida to maintain a graduation rate of over 90% for 5 consecutive years.

Dr. Prince resides with his wife, Heather and their youngest child Meredith, who is enrolled in St. Lucie Public Schools. His older children, Maverick, Zoe and AshLee, are either enrolled at or graduated from the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Central Florida, respectively. Dr. Prince is a proud advocate for public education, believing that equity and access to accelerated coursework will create a thriving community in St. Lucie County.

Ken Williams

CEO, Unfold the Soul

Ken Williams

A self-described “cage rattler,” Ken is a nationally recognized trainer, speaker, coach, and consultant in leadership and school culture. As a principal who transformed two challenged schools, he uses this experience to inspire hope, help school leaders create a clear vision, and offer practical strategies to overcome challenges.

Lenny Schad

Chief Information and Innovation Officer in Residence

Lenny Schad

Lenny Schad is the chief information and innovation officer for District Administration. Schad has been working in the technology field for 28 years where his career has taken him into many business sectors, and he has established a very successful leadership and management track record. His range of business-sector experience includes hospitality, government, oil and gas, investment banking, and education.

Highlights of his career include managing and leading technology departments for the 1991 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations and the 1992 Republican National Convention, and creating and managing technology departments for joint ventures and global organizations. Schad has worked in K12 education since 2003, and has successfully led implementations of BYOD and 1-to-1 in Katy ISD and Houston ISD, respectively. He is a board member for CoSN and IMS Global, and is a recognized leader whose innovative and process-oriented management styles have led to highly effective information technology departments.

The Changing Role of the CIO

The leaders of technology divisions must begin thinking of their role not in terms of providing “Technology Solutions” rather, they need to think of their role as being part of the “Classroom Experience.” As a technology leader you must face a new reality; because of the many cloud-based and digital service offerings, the organization can build their own solutions without you and your department. In order to avoid this CIO’s need to focus their time and energy on building relationships at every level in the organization. By establishing relationships and partnering with other leaders the technology department becomes the enabler to accomplishing the objectives in this changing landscape.

Mario Willis

Superintendent, Hollandale School District

Mario Willis

Dr. Willis has an unyielding belief that every child has the potential to achieve at high levels. He believes that hard work, consistency, high expectations, and accountability provide students with the optimal environment to experience success.

Dr. Willis has demonstrated his commitment to children and education by serving as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal. Dr. Willis has worked on all educational levels in rural, suburban, and urban settings. Most recently, Dr. Willis served as Principal of Trezevant High School in Memphis, TN.

Dr. Willis was instilled with strong educational values and he has worked to develop his strong foundation in education.  Mr. Willis holds a Bachelor’s and Masters from Alcorn State University. He also holds an Ed.S. and Ed. D. from Delta State University. In addition, Dr. Willis is also a 2008 (Cohort 8) graduate of New Leaders for New Schools, 2015 Relay Graduate School of Education graduate of the National Principal Academy Fellowship, and a 2016 Mississippi School Boards Association graduate of the Prospective Superintendent Leadership Academy.

I enjoy playing baseball, basketball, kayaking, and spending time with my family. I believe that because you only live life once; you should have fun and love what you are doing.

Marlon Styles

Superintendent, Lokata Local Schools, OH

Marlon Styles

Matt Miller

Superintendent, Middletown CSD, OH

Matt Miller

Zandra Jo Galvan

Superintendent, Greenfield Unified School District, CA

Zandra Jo Galvan