Leadership for Social Justice Certification


The new NASS Leadership for Social Justice Certification

The focused programming built into this certification takes participants beyond big thinking and general theories, and dives deep into the practical and sustainable tactics needed to help your organization address social justice issues and eliminate equity gaps. 

With a majority of learning taking place online, this valuable certification is both convenient and affordable. 

Learning is driven by 15 online education sessions led by national leaders on education equity, paired with two in-person events tied to additional professional learning in Washington, D.C.

By completing this 80-hour innovative certification, you will be empowered to help your organization overcome equity gaps and address the social justice issues unique to your community.


Professional learning leads NASS Leadership Conference

Superintendents from nearly 30 states have returned to work with new tools and support following the 2016 National Association of School Superintendents’ Leadership Conference in San Diego.

“This was a very powerful event,” said David Brown, NASS Executive Director. “Bringing together educators with diverse backgrounds into one room to learn from each other and our guest speakers was an opportunity very few student advocates get to be part of.”

Attendees listened to several guest speakers, including Wisconsin superintendent Joe Sanfelippo talking about building a district and personal brand, Sir Ken Robinson on the status of education, Linda Darling-Hammond on the teacher shortage, as well as Maryland superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance on how to impact district culture... (read more HERE)

For more information, visit nass.us.

NASS announces Superintendent of the Year recipients

Timothy Purnell, Superintendent of Somerville Public Schools in New Jersey, and Cedrick Gray, Superintendent of Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi, have been named the 2016 Superintendents of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents.


Timothy Purnell, Superintendent,
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, New Jersey
Cedrick Gray, Superintendent,
Jackson Public Schools
Jackson, Mississippi
"Leadership is incredibly important as we see public education evolving nationwide," said David Brown, NASS Executive Director. "Schools serve as the focal point of thousands of communities nationwide and we need educators that have put programs in place to put students first."

Past winners of this prestigious honor include:

2011 – Linda Chapman, Park School District, Colorado
2012 – Mike Richie, Northland Pines School District, Wisconsin
2013 – Don Haddad, St. Vrain Valley School District, Colorado
2014 – Jim Capolupo, Springfield School District, Pennsylvania
2015 – Katrise Perera, Ilse of Wight County Schools, Virginia

Go to the NASS News section to read more about our award recipients.

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NASS member? Find out how to log-in for exclusive benefits.

Being a member of the National Association of School Superintendents affords you with exclusive access to new member benefits and rich content that will help you strengthen your knowledge base and increase your leader capacity. 

For step-by-step instructions on how to log into the system and make your membership work for you, click the link below. 

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Our Commitment


Education Leader, NASS Executive Committee member and former Superintendent Jim Capolupo speaks about the many reasons to join NASS.

NASS is dedicated to advancing our members' success and promoting their profession. We believe in them and their collective energy, knowledge, and expertise is our key resource. 

The growing superintendent's resource collection is centered on the job’s unique needs and challenges. It offers the means to boost achievement, including solutions to problems that waste time; tools and tips for improving management; sample documents and strategies for more effective leadership, innovative programs and ideas, and much more. 

Project Lead is our nation-wide grassroots campaign for meaningful educational reform. Together educators can restore confidence in our leadership and position ourselves to bring about the organized, rational, well-founded, and sustainable long-range policies our kids, our communities and our country so desperately want and need.

Every day superintendents across the US are achieving amazing things. We envision what 17,000 superintendents can do together.

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ACSA: Our new partner in superintendent advocacy

The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) is the gold standard of professional organizations. It is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the nation, with more than 17,000 members.

This exciting partnership promises to take efforts to advance superintendents’ success and promote the profession to the next level as well as dramatically increase capacity to advance Project Lead. 

We are inviting all state, regional, and local organizations to join us because together we can be stronger and we can more effectively serve our members and our country’s kids.

To learn more about our new partners, visit www.acsa.org.

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