University of Alabama Superintendent’s Academy
This collaborative partnership is the only major initiative included in the Strategic Plan of the Alabama State Board of Education, and is included in State Superintendent Bice’s “yardstick” that is run by an Alabama university, served a class of 30 students in 2012-2013. As former Superintendent Morton notes, “Developing effective school leaders is one of the four primary goals of the Alabama State Board of Education. The Superintendents’ Academy is instrumental in helping cultivate the school leaders of tomorrow.” Director Richard Rice continues to work closely with the Alabama State Department of Education and key organizations including but not limited to the School Superintendents of Alabama, the Alabama Association of School Boards, and the Alabama Association of School Business Officers to expand the program, and to develop appropriate curriculum modules. In 2002-2013, the USA initiated its new mapping project, to geographically map the taxing districts of each and every one of Alabama's 137 publicly-controlled city and county school districts.
Celebrating the Success hosted by the UA Superintendent’s Academy
As a service arm of the Education Policy Center, UASA is building a diverse community of young educators ready to step into senior leadership positions as chief school officers and superintendents. Data show that over the ten years of the program, UASA’s cohorts have included 50% minorities, and over 50% of both whites and blacks are women. This program is listed on State Superintendent of Schools Tommy Bice’ “yardstick,” which is posted in every school in Alabama, and is the only university-based program to be so noted. As the list of articles (see item XIV, below) documents, so well accepted is the UASA that applicants list participation in it as they do the place where their doctoral degree is received.
Chair, Rural Scholars Committee, Rural Community College Alliance
EPC Director Katsinas continued service as Chair of the Rural Scholars Committee by Rural Community College Alliance President Dr. Randy Smith for 2012-2013. Research on students at rural community colleges receiving Pell Grants was presented at the Rural Council of the White House Domestic Policy Issues Staff in February 2013 and at an invited presentation at the U.S. Department of Education in February 2013 in Washington D.C.
Carl A. Elliott Home Museum Board, Bevill State Community College
EPC Director Katsinas and EPC Senior Fellow Mary Allen Jolley serve on this board, which meets twice a year in Jasper, Alabama.
Mapping the City and County School Systems
The University of Alabama Superintendent’s Academy conducted a study of the service delivery areas of Alabama's 137 city and county schools, and produced a new updated map that is now framed and outside the office door of State School Superintendent Bice in Montgomery. April 2012.
Forums on Education Issues for the Tuscaloosa City and County Schools
Three forums were sponsored in the Summer of 2009 on issues of concern to educational leaders in front of the fall school board elections. UA faculty involved included Dr. Cecil Robinson, EPC Director Katsinas, and EPC Fellow John Petrovic. These forums were covered widely in the Tuscaloosa News and television station WVUA. Dr. Petrovic and Dr. Wayne Urban, Associate Director of the Center, also participated in a community forum on charter schools in March, 2010.
Student Recruitment Reception, University of Alabama, Columbia, SC
EPC Director Katsinas was asked to give a talk to potential UA students and their parents by the UA Office of Admissions. Columbia October 2009.