The Senior Executive Leadership Program for School Superintendents

This program is designed to advance experienced superintendents to the next level of strategic leadership and advocacy for public education. This is accomplished through four learning modules.

The first module occurs in September and is focused on the individual members of the program.

Every day, leaders are making countless decisions and facing problems they’ve never encountered before. What worked yesterday can change overnight. The speed is relentless, and the stakes are high, but the rewards are great for those who can lead a team to consistently achieve extraordinary results. So how can leaders stay ahead of the curve and differentiate themselves and their teams when so much is changing so quickly? Meet The 4 Essential Roles of Leadership®. At the completion of this module, the superintendent will increase their abilities to:

  • Think BIG and adapt quickly.
  • Translate strategy into meaningful work.
  • Coach people to higher performance.

This year’s SELP Cohort is taking a field trip in October to visit the headquarters of Milliken. We will listen to the story of how this global manufacturer has leaned into leadership and culture to guide it to being recognized for 16 consecutive years as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies.” Their story of transformational leadership is very relatable to public education by leading through change and having to adapt to meet the needs of changing customers/students/parents.

The second module occurs in February and is focused on increasing the superintendent’s ability to advocate for the students of Georgia. With the guiding question, “What do you now know that you wish you had known when you were a school superintendent?” the participants will learn from retired superintendents, and others, who are a part of Georgia’s educational ecosystem. The highlight of this module includes a behind the curtain look at:

  • The State Board of Education
  • The Georgia General Assembly’s Education Committees
  • An All-Star Panel Discussion of Education Lobbyists

The third module occurs in April and picks up where the first module left off. How do you inspire trust in yourself, your team, your community? Taking an inside – out approach, this two-day conference’s work is Franklin-Covey’s Speed of Trust Workshop. Major components include activities focused on:

  • Self-Trust
  • Relationship Trust
  • Organizational Trust
  • The Trust Huddle

The fourth module occurs in July and is the final component of the advocacy strand and of the program. Participants will learn of national trends and participate in AASA’s Advocacy Conference. AASA advocates for equitable access to the highest quality public education for all students. The goal of AASA advocacy is to influence federal education policy and legislation through the collective efforts of AASA members across the country. AASA’s advocacy is driven by a commitment to ensure that the voice of the nation’s public-school superintendents informs federal policy decisions. The national conference is July 11 to 13, 2023 using the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. as the command center. Cost is $159.

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Each session is scheduled for two days.  For each pair of dates, the first day is from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.  The second day is from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The same pattern will be followed for each session unless otherwise noted.  The first day of instruction will be followed by a sponsored dinner for all participants.


For more information on the GSSA Senior Executive Leadership Program contact Dr. Curtis Jones, GSSA Superintendent in Residence, at or 770.880.9212

Tuition: $2500

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