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Fall 2016: Chicago

National Superintendents

Fall 2016 in Chicago

Our Fall 2016 National Superintendents Academy cohort met this past September in Chicago with participants coming from across the country including Colorado, New York, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida to name a few. The cohort covered several topics over the 2-Day session including ‘Peak Performing Leadership’ and ‘Great 360-Degree School District Leaders’. Dr. Vincent Matthews joined us for our first session as a Master Teacher along with Dr. Peter Gorman. Dr. Matthews is currently the State Administrator for Inglewood USD, and former Superintendent of San Jose USD. Dr. Gorman served as Superintendent of the 19th largest school district in the US; principal, district-level administrator and classroom teacher in California, Florida, and North Carolina.  Executive Vice President for one of the nation’s largest publicly traded K-12 education companies.

Session 1: September 16-17, 2016
Session 2: October 14-15, 2016
Session 3: November 18-19, 2016
Session 4: December 9-10, 2016
Session 5: January 20-21, 2017
2016-17 Chicago Cohort Graduation

Featured Members

Lin Johnson

Chief Financial Officer

Shelby Co. Schools

Vivian Green

Transformation Director

Palm Beach Schools

Leslie Arnold

Assistant Superintendent

Boulder (BVSD)

Tyler Ream

Associate Superintendent

Spring Branch ISD

Cohort Demographics

While the demographics of each cohort class is different, one thing remains constant: we consistently bring high-performing executives together. This Fall 2016 our National Superintendent Academy cohort members, with varied executive roles, brought a substantial level of diversity to our Academy. 78% of cohort members this session are from out of state, alone. Most traveling thousands of miles to experience our influential program for themselves.

Cohort Members


Cohort Members


Student District


  • Principal 28%
  • Asst. / Assoc. Superintendent 24%
  • Chief Academic Officer 16%
  • Executive Director 12%
  • Chief of Staff 8%
  • Other 12%

“The networking with my peers far exceeded any expectations I had coming into Atlantic’s National Superintendents Academy. The support of the Master Teachers and Faculty has helped me move forward in my educational journey and will continue to do so for years to come!”

Cohort Member

Spring 2016, San Francisco

Academy Topics

The National Superintendents Academy curriculum will be a coherent program with all elements focused on preparing transformative superintendents who can build accountable, high-performing school systems. The following are key topics of the Academy.

System Leadership
  • Understanding and articulating a personal leadership vision, values, story, and strengths as related to the role of superintendent
  • Role-playing activities where cohort members have to assume the role of Superintendent
  • Developing and implementing a theory of action that will result in an effective school system
  • Developing an effective leadership team and organization structure
Communication and Political Skills
  • Developing the political skills required to orchestrate needed changes and survive in the role
  • Developing the communication skills needed to engage the staff and community in a coalition for district transformation
  • Establishing strategies that will establish and maintain a productive working relationship with the board
Innovation in School Systems
  • Utilizing technology and partner organizations to bring technology into classrooms
  • Ensuring our districts, schools, teachers and students are prepared to be using technology effectively
Finance & Budget
  • Understanding the superintendent’s role and responsibilities in developing and implementing a budget
  • Identifying strategies to increase revenue streams
  • Developing a dynamic system to best leverage resources
Politics of the Superintendency
  • Understanding the superintendent’s role in local, regional, state and national politics
  • Identifying strategies to manage  local, regional, state and national politics
Accountability for Student Success
  • Understanding the superintendent’s role and responsibilities in developing a highly effective and accountable learning organization
  • Identifying strategies to transform the culture of an organization from one of adult entitlement to one centered on student achievement
  • Developing a dynamic district plan and performance management system
  • Driving optimal organizational accountability through use of performance data and information technology
  • Creating strategies for effectively aligning a district’s standards, curriculum, instruction, assessments, and professional development
  • Aligning the district’s budget and budgeting processes to support achievement of the district’s plan
Career Management
  • Preparing to participate in a superintendent search process
  • Preparing to successfully enter a superintendency with an effective plan of entry that sets the stage for long term success
Leading Learning
  • Understanding the superintendent’s role and responsibilities in developing a highly effective and accountable instructional system
  • Identifying strategies to transform teaching and learning
  • Developing a dynamic instructional delivery strategies
  • Driving optimal organizational accountability systems to drive academic growth
Board, Superintendent and the Community
  • Understanding the superintendent’s role and responsibilities in developing positive relations with the board of education and external community
  • Identifying strategies to create and maintain systems of communication with the Board, The Community and Internal Stakeholders