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 Export to Your Calendar 9/22/2020 to 6/30/2021
Where: Virtual Sessions
United States
Contact: Jessica Schwedrsky

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WASDA is committed to supporting the success of each first year superintendent through induction experiences including in-person and virtual/remote workshops and webinars, coaching, and ‘just-in-time’ e-mail blasts.

Academy Sessions 

All academy sessions will be delivered virtually/remotely via ZOOM™ for at least the fall 2020 semester. Content, dates, and mode of delivery for second semester will be finalized later this fall to take into account the rapidly changing environment. 

The 2020-2021 academy content will give particular attention early on, to supporting superintendent decisions associated with opening of schools in this pandemic year and the resulting effects for students, staff, budget and communications. The sessions will continue the emphasis of past academy sessions for developing successful board/superintendent relationships, promoting student achievement and equitable practices to close achievement gaps, continuous improvement, addressing school legal issues, wise business and fiscal stewardship, effective communications, and community engagement.

Academy facilitators will provide rigorous content while engaging leaders in practical experience-based activities. Virtual workshops will begin in July to allow time leaders to plan and be ready for the re-opening of school.

  • The first four sessions (July 21 and 22, and August 5 and 6) are 3-hour Zoom™ meetings/presentations.  All other sessions are 1 ½ hours long.
  •  The 1 ½ hour sessions will be held weekly through the end of September, and every other week beginning in October.

Dates, times, content and presenters/facilitators for first semester 2020-21 academy session can be found here.


Each first year superintendent will be ‘paired’ with a highly regarded, experienced superintendent for coaching.  The coaching experience reaches beyond the simplistic textbook answers for issues to consider the nuances and subtleties of leadership that high performing leaders have mastered.

Registration Fee

Registration fee includes access to all Academy Sessions as well as all handout materials from presenters. All sessions will be recorded for viewing at a later date if a registrant is unable to participate on the specific date and time. 

WASDA Member: $1200