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Superintendent’s Academy Participants Convene To Transform Learning Across Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA - This week, members of the Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Academy, a two-year professional development program for superintendents from around the state, met with representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for conferences, presentations, and feedback sessions at PaTTAN in Harrisburg.

“Since its creation, the Superintendent’s Academy has served as a resource to Pennsylvania’s school administrators, providing critical insight, guidance, and support,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “The projects that Academy participants have been producing will provide an invaluable framework for problem solving in their home districts, and the Department is eager to see these great ideas in action.”

During the meeting, the group of more than 80 superintendents presented over 60 action learning projects to a group of international experts. The expert panels provided each superintendent with tailored feedback and insights to support these educators’ efforts. Later this year, participants will begin to implement those projects in their home districts.

The Superintendent’s Academy serves as a resource for district leaders serving in high poverty areas, urban and rural, and is a central component of the governor’s vision of equity and Secretary Rivera’s Poverty and Student Achievement Initiative.

PDE has partnered with the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) to offer the program, which is based on twin pillars: the National Center on Education and the Economy’s (NCEE) 9 Building Blocks for a World Class Education System, and NISL’s Dimensions of Leadership.

“The Superintendents Academy is an investment in the future of Pennsylvania’s public schools,” said NISL CEO Jason Dougal. “Thanks to the Secretary’s leadership, these superintendents will have the insights, tools and support they need to craft effective, locally adapted solutions for every level of their organizations. We are proud to partner with PDE and grateful for the opportunity to work with Pennsylvania’s talented district leaders.”

After completion of the program, participating superintendents will be awarded Act 45 Pennsylvania Inspired Leaders (PIL) Program hours. PIL is the statewide, standards-based continuing professional education program for school and system leaders.

The National Institute for School Leadership is the leading provider of proven leadership programs for educators using the best practices in adult learning from a variety of fields, including education, the military, business, law, and medicine. NISL builds the capacity of districts and states to provide education leaders with the critical knowledge and skills they need to be instructional leaders and improve student achievement in their schools.  NISL is a division of the National Center on Education and the Economy. Visit NISL at

The National Center on Education and the Economy was created in 1988 to analyze the implications of changes in the international economy for American education, formulate an agenda for American education based on that analysis, and seek, wherever possible, to accomplish that agenda through policy change and development of the resources educators would need to carry it out.  Follow NCEE on Twitter @CtrEdEcon and on Facebook.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, or to read PDE Secretary Rivera’s budget testimony, visit the Department of Education’s website at or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest

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