New Superintendents Leadership Academy | Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators

Register for the 2022-23 New Superintendents Leadership Academy!

Your first few years as a superintendent require enormous growth as a leader. The New Superintendents Leadership Academy was created to support superintendents who are new to the position, as well as superintendents who want to continue to grow and build new strengths in this tough but rewarding job.

The New Superintendents Leadership Academy offers nine in-depth sessions throughout the year to give you the skills and insight to excel as a superintendent. These sessions bring together experts who have one goal: Preparing you to succeed as a superintendent.

All MASA members who register for the full series will have a mentor coach throughout the year.

The day-long sessions focus on:

  • Intro to NSLA/Leadership
  • Governance and Board Relations
  • Personnel and Negotiations
  • Finance and Funding
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Equity and Social Justice Leadership
  • Policy, Law, and Legislation
  • Communications and Media
  • Leadership Revisited

This Cohort is Full

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Cost: $2,400 MASA Member/$2,800 Non-Member
Location: MELG Building, Lansing*
1001 Centennial Way, Lansing

*The August session of NSLA will be virtual, the September session will be held at the MASA Fall Conference, and the January session will be held at the MASA Midwinter Conference

For more information, contact MASA Deputy Executive Director Dr. Sarena Shivers at sshivers@gomasa.org.

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This session will introduce the concept of adaptive leadership while leading through challenge and change. We will also discuss “what to expect” throughout the series and the nuts and bolts of the mentor coaching program.

Note: This session will be virtual

Agenda

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome, Introductions
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Overview of NSLA
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Group Activity
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Surviving the Superintendency Panel Discussion

This session of the New Superintendents Leadership Academy will be in conjunction with the MASA Fall Conference. The focus of this session will be on building cohesive governance teams and strategies to fostering and developing positive relationships with board members and other key stakeholders.

Agenda

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Welcome, Introductions
8:45 AM – 9:30 AM MASB and Board Governance
9:30 AM – 9:50 AM Leadership on the Line Introduction (Book Study)
9:50 AM – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Board Member Panel
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Research and Case Studies/Scenarios
11:15 AM – 11:25 AM SET-SEG Presentation
11:25 AM – 11:30 AM Wrap Up and Adjourn

This session will provide for superintendents with a deeper understanding of sound personnel practices, collective bargaining and how to create and maintain effective working relationships with your union leadership.

Agenda

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome, Introductions
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Leadership Book Study
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Personnel and the Superintendency
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Group Activity
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Labor Relations, Contract Negotiations, and Bargaining
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Group Networking Time

Money, money, money. Participants in this session will hear top 10 school finance lessons for new superintendents, along with helpful tips from experts on budgeting, school bonds, and securing grant funding.

Agenda

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome, Introductions
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Leadership Book Study
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM School Finance Essentials for Superintendents
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Group Activity
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM School Bonds
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM School Finance Tool
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Group Networking Time

The superintendent is the lead learner in their district. This series will focus on strategies of instructional excellence, educational trends, promising practices and relevant research in teaching and learning for all learners, grades P-20.

Note: This session will be in-person

Agenda

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome, Introductions
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Leadership Book Study
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM Hanover Research: Trends and Issues in Education
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Michigan Virtual
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Spotlight on Literacy
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Spotlight on Mathematics
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Group Activity and Networking Time2:45
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Wrap-Up and Next Session

The superintendent plays a crucial role and is responsible for ensuring that their district disrupts and dismantles racial, economic and other social injustices and inequities in their district. It starts with each one of us. This session will provide the basics on how to get started in this important work.

Note: This session will be virtual

Agenda

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome, Introductions
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Leadership Book Study
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM What Does Equity and Social Justice Mean?
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Michigan Virtual
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM What Does Cultural Relevance Look Like in the Classroom?
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Group Reflection Activity
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Beyond Equity Professional Learning Series Update and Wrap Up

Participants will leave this session with an in-depth understanding of policies and administrative regulations. How can the superintendent help their board through policies, establish the direction and structure of the school district? Participants will also receive relevant legal, federal and state legislative updates.

Note: This session will be in-person

Agenda

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome, Introductions
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Leadership Book Study
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Thrun Law Firm
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Policy and Administrative Guidelines
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Legislative Update
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM Group Activity
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM Networking Team Time
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Share Up/Wrap Up/Adjournment

This session of the New Superintendents Leadership Academy will focus on communications. Participants will review communication strategies when dealing with social media, the news media, and in a crisis. Participants are encouraged to bring their executive assistants since they are key to successful communication at the district level.

Note: This session will be virtual

Agenda

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome, Introductions
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Leadership Book Study
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Social Media and the Superintendency
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Break
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Examining Your Communication Marketing Plan
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Lunch
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM When Things Go Wrong – Crisis Communication
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Crisis Communication Panel Discussion
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Wrap Up Activity and Adjournment

The superintendent is responsible for and takes care of everyone. But what about the superintendent?? In our last session, we will revisit key leadership takeaways and focus on how to succeed and maintain the superintendency through self-care and building a personal and professional support system.

Note: This session will be in-person

Agenda

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Welcome, Introductions
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM Leadership On The Line Wrap-Up
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Superintendent Guests
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM – 4:00 PM Superintendent Guests
4:30 PM Networking Reception
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Dinner TBD

Information for Mentor Coaches

Interested in becoming an MASA Mentor Coach?

Three one-day training sessions are set for the 2022-23 school year. Click the links below to register.