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 Spring 2022 Cohort consists of three sessions of attendance,
of which the dates are as follows (9 days total):
Dates and locations will be released at a later date!
Tuition: $3,500* (includes materials)
Discount(s) available for DA Leadership Institute
Discounts available for district leadership teams:
- 1 attendee – $3,500/attendee
- 2 attendees – $3,000/attendee
- 3 or more attendees – $2,750/attendee
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.
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.
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
Dr. Peter Gorman
Superintendent in Residence
Former Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Dr. Peter Gorman
Dr. Peter Gorman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Peter Gorman Leadership Associates LLC, has been recognized nationally as an education leader and for developing outstanding leadership teams with more than 25 years of experience in education and business. He is the author of the book “Leading a School District Requires Clarity, Context, and Candor: An Aligned System to Increase Student Achievement at Scale” and contributing editor of “Board & Administrator” writing the lead column monthly. Along with his responsibilities at Peter Gorman Leadership Associates, Dr. Gorman is Superintendent in residence with the District Administration Leadership Institute where he serves as the Managing Director of the National Superintendents Academy delivering intensive instruction on the academic, political, legal and logistical complexities, and the demanding realities, confronting school leaders today. He is also Chief in residence with Chiefs For Change guiding the Future Chiefs program working to build a pipeline of “Future Chiefs” for states and districts.
Dr. Gorman’s career began as a second-grade teacher in Orlando, Florida. He worked as a teacher, principal, and district-level administrator in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties in Florida before becoming superintendent of schools in Tustin, California. In 2006, Dr. Gorman became superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. Under his leadership, the district won the 2011 Broad Prize in Urban Education, which recognizes increases in student achievement and closing of achievement gaps. Twenty members of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Leadership Team during his tenure have been appointed as superintendents nationally. The book “Within Reach, Leadership Lessons in School Reform” chronicles his time with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and four other books reviewed aspects of his tenure along with numerous articles, research studies, and case studies. He then transitioned to the corporate world working as Executive Vice President of Education Services for Amplify, a division of News Corp, leading nearly 100 team members in the Government Relations, Marketing and Sales areas.
Dr. Terry Grier
Former Superintendent, Houston Independent School District
Dr. Terry Grier
In March 2016, after a 32-year career serving as a school superintendent across America, Dr. Terry Grier decided to retire as a school district leader. From 2009 through 2016, he led the 216,000 Houston Independent School District—the seventh largest district in America.
In 2013, under Grier’s leadership, HISD became the first district in America to win the prestigious Broad Award a second time. The award recognizes increases in student achievement and closing achievement gaps. During his time in Houston, scholarship dollars offered to seniors increased from $52 to $313 million and graduation rates rose to all time highs. In November 2012, Houston citizens approved a $1.9 billion construction bond (largest in history of Texas) by a 69 percent approval rate. HISD’s PowerUp Digital Conversion program is widely considered to be the most successful in America and the district is widely known for its school choice program.
Grier has received numerous awards including The National Educator of the Year Award—presented by the Council of Great City Schools; East Carolina University and Vanderbilt University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award; the North Carolina and Texas’ State Superintendent of the Year Award; Education Week’s Leaders to Learn From Award; and, the National School Public Relations Association’s Bob Grossman Award. He is most proud of receiving the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award from the American Association of School Administrators for his support of women and minorities in education.
Since leaving the superintendency, he coaches several young superintendents, consults with a number of education related organizations and companies across the country and around the world, travels, and plays a little golf.
Eighty-one of the men and women who have worked with Dr. Grier have gone on to become school superintendents across America—22 from Houston ISD.
He and his wife Nancy live in Wilmington, NC. They have four grown children and two grandchildren. They have a very cool dog, Cooper, and Nancy has a cat.
Jonathan Raymond spent over four years running the public schools in Sacramento, known as “America’s Most Diverse City,” former foundation president, and life-long believer in putting children at the center of education. An outsider to education by trade (formerly a labor law attorney and non-profit leader) but a passionate advocate for equity and system-wide change, Raymond implemented bold initiatives to transform the school district around a vision that focused on supporting the whole child. Highlights included transforming some of the district’s poorest performing schools in the neediest neighborhoods to some of the highest performing, raising graduation rates, expanding early education, summer learning programs, dual-language programs, college and career pathways, and introducing salad bars and healthier meals, and social and emotional learning to the curriculum. He most recently served as president of the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco.
Equity is Empathy in Action
When we strive to give each child what they need, when we show them they matter and have a voice, when we position learning differences as normal, promote creativity, and reward collaboration and continuous improvement, outcomes for children improve.
Chief Information and Innovation Officer in Residence, District Administration
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.
Deputy Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Education
David provides strategic counsel to leaders of the large urban school districts with which ERS partners, including most recently Shelby County (TN), Indianapolis, Hartford, and Holyoke (MA). He is a co-author, with Karen Hawley Miles and Genevieve Green, of Igniting the Learning Engine, a study of how the most effective systems organize to enable strategic professional learning, and served on the transition team for Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang. David also leads ERS’ Human Capital Practice and oversees professional development for ERS’ consulting Analysts and Associates.
From 2007 to 2013, David served as Vice President, Insights & Digital at Teach For America. In this role, David led the organization’s market research and online media efforts, including websites, social media, video and mobile. Previously, David created and executed marketing campaigns for a range of business and policy organizations; served as a consultant with McKinsey & Company; and co-founded the annual work-a-thon, Hands On DC. David is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Business School, where he created the welfare-to-work support organization I-PREP.
David is an avid baseball fan who has been known to squeeze in a trip to the ballpark during business trips and vacations. He is also a sometime middle-of-the-pack distance runner, having completed ten half-marathons and three marathons since 2007. When he’s not at the ballpark or out for a run, you can often find David with his wife and two kids baking at home in Cambridge, MA, playing in their yard, or on the road visiting old friends and new places.
Dr. Tim Quinn
President, Quinn and Associates
Dr. Tim Quinn
Dr. Quinn has been recognized nationally as a pioneer in superintendent preparation, coaching and support. In 1998, he founded the Michigan Leadership Institute and the Michigan SUPES Academy, which convened for the first time in 2000. Today, more than half of Michigan’s school superintendents have received leadership preparation through the SUPES Academy. Following the early success of the SUPES Academy, he was contracted by The Broad Foundation of Los Angeles, California, to serve as the founding Managing Director of The Broad Center for Superintendents and the Broad Superintendents Academy. This Academy focused on preparing leaders across America for the superintendency of our nation’s largest and most challenging urban districts.
At the conclusion of 2010, he completed his work with both the Institute and The Broad Center. Since that time, he has published four books on the topics of leadership, instructional leadership, governance, and the superintendent search process.
Throughout his career, Quinn has also served as an English teacher and football coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and, at age 32, was appointed Superintendent of the 20,000-student Green Bay Public Schools in Wisconsin, a position he held for almost seven years. He also served a term as Wisconsin’s Deputy State Superintendent and eight years as President of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.
Quinn holds a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan, and has been recognized with honorary doctoral degrees from Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Grand Valley State Universities for his leadership in the field of education.