DA's National Superintendents Academy

DA's National Superintendents Academy equips aspiring K12 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. 

Apply now to join our spring 2019 cohort.

Hilton Long Beach, Long Beach, CA 

Dates: March 21-23, April 25-27, May 9-11

Tuition: $4,000* (includes meals and materials)

*Discount available for employees of DA Leadership Institute member districts.


You will complete the program equipped with a solid mastery of the complex academic, political and logistical rigors inherent in running a K12 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. 

About the DA National Superintendents Academy

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.

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.

Experienced Faculty

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.

Dr. Peter Gorman, Superintendent in Residence

Dr. Peter Gorman brings more than 30 years of experience in education as the president and CEO of Peter Gorman Leadership Associates. He was a teacher, principal and district administrator in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties in Florida before becoming superintendent of schools in Tustin, California. In 2006, he became superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. The district won the 2011 Broad Prize in Urban Education, and 17 members of the team have gone on to become superintendents.

Apply now to be considered for the spring 2019 cohort.

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.