The University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy (UASA) provides aspiring superintendents with the academic and pragmatic knowledge and skills essential for today’s school leaders to function effectively within the state of Alabama. The program’s curriculum is innovative and an evolving synthesis based on the various elements of well recognized standards published by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The curriculum is consistent with the Alabama State Board of Education’s newly adopted Standards for Instructional Leaders and it fits well with Alabama’s Professional Education Personnel Evaluation (PEPE) Program for Superintendents.
The preparation program gives strong emphasis to developing the essential competencies for improving schools and enhancing student achievement. Participants are actively involved in at least six separate sessions throughout the year that include Curriculum and Instructional Leadership - Strategies for Student and Faculty Learning; Communications and Community Relations; Technology, Telecommunications and Information Systems -Developing and Implementing Successful Plans; School Law and Ethical Standards for School Leaders; School Finance and Fiscal Accountability; Diversity, Community and Finding the Right Leadership Fit. Assessment focuses on the development of problem-based learning skills. The attributes developed through these interactive sessions are easily transferable to real life matters, concerns, and disputes within the K-12 setting.