The University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy is a collaborative professional development effort between the University of Alabama College of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education. The UASA seeks to develop the leadership, planning and decision making skills needed by results-oriented school leaders while creating a diverse pool of applicants ready to assume system-wide leadership positions.
Many Alabama school systems face the real issue of finding qualified, diverse and effective school system leaders that will improve student achievement and lead Alabama public education into the next century. 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.” To address this challenge, it is the purpose of The University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy (UASA), in collaboration with the Alabama State Department of Education, to take the best and brightest educators in school systems throughout the state and bring them together for intensive instruction and skills development utilizing the most recent research and instructional delivery technology.
The UASA is open to all resident Alabama educators who are eligible to be an elected or appointed superintendent in this state; who have demonstrated their ability to make a meaningful, positive contribution to elementary and secondary public education and who are willing to make a commitment to complete the activities and program requirements of the UASA. Aspiring participants, through challenging programs and sessions, develop theoretical and pragmatic knowledge and skills essential for today’s administrators. The attributes developed through these interactive programs and sessions are easily transferable to real life matters and concerns where organizational improvement of K-12 student achievement is the goal.
In the fall of 2011, the University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy (UASA) was recognized by the Alabama Board of Education, the Governor of the State and the Alabama Superintendent of Schools for its accomplishments and leadership in preparation programs and professional development activities for aspiring educators. This honor was published by the officials posing for a special group photograph for the cover of the Superintendents’ Academy annual information brochure. This endorsement was sent to over 3,500 Alabama elementary and secondary schools, school boards and administrators statewide.
In late 2012, the State Superintendent of Education approved continuing contracts for The University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy ($215,000) and the Superintendent Professional Development Program ($46,965), continuing the College of Education’s state wide leadership in K-12 programs .
The Superintendents’ Academy continues to maintain representation in the School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) and the Alabama Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) through the active membership and participation of the director in these organizations.
The Superintendents’ Academy class of 2012 had 30 participants, all of whom successfully completed the year long program of study. Several participants are now sitting Alabama superintendents.
Key Personnel: Richard L. Rice, Jr., Director, UASA and Associate Professor of Educational Administration