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  • PSSAM Staff

Celebrating Success: Maryland Aspiring Superintendent Academy Ready to Lead

Maryland Aspiring Superintendent Academy Cohort 2 participants celebrated completion of the academy at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, MD on Thursday, March 22nd

Press Release: March 25, 2024


In the realm of education, continuous learning and growth are paramount. Last Thursday, twenty dedicated professionals completed a transformative journey through the Maryland Superintendent Academy, emerging not only with certificates of completion but also with a wealth of knowledge and skills that will shape their leadership in the field of education. This marks the second cohort of participants to achieve their certificate of course completion from the program hosted jointly by the U.S. Department of Education funded Region 4 Comprehensive Center (R4CC) and the Public School Superintendents' Association of Maryland (PSSAM).

Photo features Maryland Aspiring Superintendent Academy Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 participants as well as R4CC and PSSAM leaders

Over the course of seven enriching months, participants engaged in a comprehensive curriculum designed by R4CC, in collaboration with PSSAM, to equip them with the tools and insights necessary to excel in the role of a superintendent. From exploring leadership strengths and core values to understanding the intricate dynamics of district operations and budget building, the Academy provided a holistic approach to leadership development.

One key aspect emphasized throughout the program was emotional intelligence—a vital trait for effective leadership in any field. Participants delved into the nuances of understanding and managing emotions, fostering empathy, and building strong relationships within their educational communities. Additionally, the Academy equipped participants with media training, recognizing the importance of effective communication in today's interconnected world. Through practical exercises and guidance, participants honed their ability to convey their message clearly and confidently, whether addressing the press or communicating with stakeholders. Budget and finance management emerged as another crucial area of focus, as participants explored strategies for fiscal responsibility and resource allocation. In an era of tightening budgets and evolving financial landscapes, the ability to navigate these challenges is indispensable for effective leadership.

Moreover, the Academy provided invaluable insights into the application and interview process for superintendent positions, empowering participants to showcase their skills and experiences effectively. Participants were also given a closer look into the day to day operations of serving as a superintendent in providing paired shadowing opportunities during five of the seven months of the academy program.

Photo features all 20 of the Maryland Aspiring Superintendent Academy Cohort 2 participants with the certificate of course completion.

As these dedicated professionals embark on the next chapter of their careers, they do so armed with a comprehensive understanding of leadership principles, a sharpened ability to navigate complex challenges, and a commitment to excellence in education.

The Maryland Superintendent Academy certificate of completion is not merely a testament to their dedication—it is a symbol of their readiness to lead, inspire, and shape the future of education in Maryland and beyond. Congratulations from to all the participants on this remarkable achievement!



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