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Aspiring Superintendent Institute


Aspiring District Leader Institute. 


Are you an aspiring superintendent or District Leader, ready to take the next bold step in your career?


IEI: Lead's Aspiring Superintendent Institute and Aspiring District Leader Institute are here to empower and support you on your journey toward district leadership. 

Our distinct approach and unwavering commitment to fostering an empowering space for education leaders, along with the exclusive access we provide to the tightly-knit IEI community, sets us apart. 
Participants will meet virtually for two hours of engagement and collaborative work for 10 weeks and attend an in-person culminating workshop to conclude the program. 


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Why IEI Lead:

IEI: Lead's Aspiring Superintendents Institute and Aspiring District Leader aim to prepare educational leaders for superintendency and district office leadership through mentorship, collaboration, and further development of the necessary leadership skills to run a K-12 district.

Over 10 virtual classes, participants will gather virtually once a week for 2-hour sessions led by prominent superintendents and thought leaders. Each session will dive deeper into various aspects of the job that are only sometimes widely discussed. Topics will range from organizational/operational planning to fostering relationships with board members and stakeholders to HR and talent management systems. 




Which program is right for me?

The Aspiring Superintendent Program is designed for district-level professionals ready to take the next step toward becoming a superintendent and looking to enter the superintendency within 1-3 years.

The Aspiring District Leader Program is tailored for building-level leaders, like principals or assistant principals, who aim to advance to leadership roles at the district level. This program is also for those looking to climb the ladder at the district level but are still deciding whether to commit to the superintendency.

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Program Objectives:

Cohort members will walk away with a network of district leaders and notable mentors, a deeper understanding of what superintendency entails, and a stronger sense of who you are as a leader in education. 

  • Build your network & gain ongoing support
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your leadership style & strengths
  • Develop the skills necessary for a superintendency
  • Practice your skills with mock board interviews & brush up your resume with tips and tricks to get you noticed 
  • Partake in role-playing real-life scenarios and simulations

Program Overview

  • Kickoff - November 1-2, 2024
  • Weekly online classes will be held on Tuesdays, 6 pm-8 pm

    • November 5th
    • November 12th
    • November 19th
    • December 3rd
    • December 10th
    • January 14th
    • January 21st
    • January 28th
    • February 4th
    • February 11th
  • In-Person Graduation- March 1-2
  • Tuition: $5,000 for non-IEI members; $4,500 for IEI member districts
  • *IEI covers all meals, reception, and programs. Travel and boarding costs are not included in the tuition.



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"It's an incredible opportunity to learn, grow, network & apply essential strategies that lead participants to better understand the multifaceted role of superintendents within varied settings around the country."
George Guy Jr.
Principal of Rosa International Middle School, Cherry Hill Public Schools, Fall '21 Cohort
"The IEI Lead Cohort has been a powerful learning opportunity as a developing leader. Hearing from seasoned Superintendents about their experiences helps me know how to better support my Superintendent/Cabinet as well as refine my own approach to district leadership!"
Blake McGaha
Executive Director of Services for Exceptional Children, Fulton County School System, Fall '21 Cohort
"[IEI:Lead provides] practical learning & leadership development that can be used not only for future Superintendent roles, but for your current role [as well]."
Michael Ramirez
Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Denver Public Schools, Fall '21 Cohort
Being able to connect with other leaders in a similar position and to learn from those with experience as a superintendent has been incredibly valuable. Being able to see and learn about different ways to handle and address issues that impact everyone in public education has been a great experience. While everyone's situation is different in many ways, we all seem to be dealing with and addressing a lot of the same problems."
Josh Young
Assistant Superintendent of Administration, School District of Pickens County, Fall '21 Cohort

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