Welcome to the CAAASA 2020 Virtual Leadership Academy

Conducted by California’s Leading Job Search Firms
Leadership Associates, McPherson and Jacobson LLC and HYA Executive Search and the Law Offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR) and Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP

Welcome and Opening


Breakout Sessions

1. “Role and Responsibilities of a School Superintendent”

This workshop will focus on what a prospective School Superintendent or Associate Superintendent needs to know and expect once in a leadership position. As part of the conversation, we will talk about the School Superintendent as an educational leader who promotes the success of all students, by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision that is shared by the Board, teachers and community. We will also address the political and legal issues confronting a new Superintendent.


2. “The uniqueness and challenges of Minority Women in School Leadership”

Women, especially minority women in School Leadership positions, face different challenges than their male counterparts. This workshop will focus on how to navigate these subtle and not- so-subtle differences. These presenters will share stories of how they navigated the ever-shifting educational and political landscape in order to achieve successful careers. Men will also find the career strategies to be helpful.


3. “Pathways to Becoming a Successful School Leader”

The road to Superintendency can be very challenging for minorities. Only 6% of California’s student population is of African American descent.  As a result, most minority school Superintendents have to have a deep understanding of different cultures and how to navigate that landscape. You will hear the stories of two successful African American Superintendents and their journeys to achieve success.


4. “The Vital Role Search Firms Play on your Path to becoming a School Leader”

Most school districts will contract with a search firm to conduct and facilitate the screening process, when looking for a Superintendent or other school leaders   Search firms play a unique role.  It is critical that school leaders get to know these firms and their perspectives to be in a better position to pass the screening process and secure an interview.


Reconvening and Closing