Many Alabama systems face the real issue of finding qualified, diverse and effective school system leaders that will improve student achievement and lead Alabama public education into the next century. To address this challenge, it is the purpose of The University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy (UASA), in collaboration with the Alabama State Department of Education, to take the best and brightest educators in school systems throughout the state and bring them together for intensive instruction and skills development utilizing the most recent research and instructional delivery technology.
The UASA is open to all resident Alabama educators who are eligible to be an elected or appointed superintendent in this state; who have demonstrated their ability to make a meaningful, positive contribution to elementary and secondary public education and who are willing to make a commitment to complete the activities and program requirements of the UASA. Aspiring participants, through challenging programs and sessions, develop theoretical and pragmatic knowledge and skills essential for today’s administrators. The attributes developed through these interactive programs and sessions are easily transferable to real life matters, concerns, and disputes where organizational improvement of K-12 student achievement is the goal.
During the past ten years, Alabama educators have participated in unparalleled efforts to improve schools and raise student achievement in elementary and secondary grades. These efforts have consisted of new subject-matter content standards; increased requirements for high school graduation; statewide testing and assessment requirements for students; performance-based accountability programs for schools; teacher and school leader professional development programs; entry certification standards for both teachers and school leaders; school financial officer and technology coordinator requirements; a comprehensive school fiscal accountability program; reading, math, science, technology and career/technical initiatives; and the implementation of the federal program “No Child Left Behind.” As a result of these educational reform efforts, the jobs ofAlabama school leaders have changed dramatically. Many of them are facing demands that they have not been trained to deal with.
After realizing the challenges that Alabama school leaders were facing, the Alabama State Department of Education launched the Superintendents’ Academy. The Academy is designed to develop the leadership, planning and decision making skills needed by results-oriented school leaders while creating a diverse pool of applicants ready to assume system-wide leadership positions.
The University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy mission furthers that initial school leadership program and creates school leadership development activities that sustain the goal of accelerating Alabama student learning through qualified, diverse and effective school system leadership.
The University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy (UASA) is a collaborative effort between the Instructional Services Division of the Alabama State Department of Education and The University of Alabama College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies and Education Policy Center.
UASA Advisory Council
The UASA advisory council advises the UASA on matters relating to both the content and delivery of UASA programs. The advisory council assists with strategic insights that will ensure the success of the UASA in meeting future challenges and opportunities.
The advisory council fosters productive relationships with the stakeholders of public education and it is a strong advocate of improvement in public school student achievement through high quality, accountable professional development programs.
For more information, please contact
Dr. Richard L. Rice, Jr., Director
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487