Dr. Wise Earns National Superintendent Certification
Dr. Wise Earns National Superintendent Certification
Posted on 08/12/2016
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(Stanford, IL, August 1, 2016) – Excellence in leadership in our nation’s public schools continues to move forward as AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced the most recent class of superintendents to earn National Superintendent Certification

AASA, founded in 1865, is the premier organization for our nation’s superintendents serving thousands of education leaders throughout the United States.  Dr. Andrew S. Wise, Superintendent of Olympia School District, was among a select group of 22 superintendents from across the country who completed the certification program.  Furthermore, only 5 of the approximate 850 active superintendents in Illinois have earned advanced certifications from both their state and national superintendent organizations, and Dr. Wise is one of those select Superintendents.  Dr. Wise will be honored at the AASA 2017 National Conference on Education for his accomplishment.

When asked about the AASA program, Dr. Wise shared, “the program focuses on sharpening the key skills successful superintendents need to thrive.  I learned a great deal from both the IASA and AASA programs and would highly recommend any school district leader to enroll in them.”  Wise also stated, “I am fortunate to work for a Board of Education and community that has supported my leadership, as well as a dedicated group of employees who are willing to do whatever it takes to help kids achieve.  With everyone pulling the rope the same direction, we are able to accomplish great things for our students.”

Launched in 2013, the National Superintendent Certification process is spread over 18 months and is tailored for superintendents who have been in the job five years or fewer. The forums, seminars and coaching provide opportunities to define and examine issues that surface in real life situations. These issues include:

  • Providing world-class instructional leadership,
  • Building and managing a district budget,
  • Mastering effective communication and political skills,
  • Using 21st century technology effectively in instruction and management,
  • Managing superintendent/school board relations, and
  • Designing a career path for oneself.

The AASA National Superintendent Certification Program is a collaborative effort with AASA state affiliates, the National School Boards Association, and business and corporate leaders. The master teachers and guest instructors have all been sitting superintendents and have demonstrable track records of success. 

For more information about AASA’s National Superintendent Certification program, contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership services and awards, at msherman@aasa.org or visit the AASA website.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.