M.A.S.S. Assistant Superintendent Leadership Seminars

M.A.S.S. Assistant  Superintendent  Leadership  Seminars (ASLS)

A Leadership Program for Assistant Superintendents and Other Central Office Administrators

Assistant Superintendents hold an essential leadership position in a district.  The primary goal of the Assistant Superintendent Leadership Seminars (ASLS) is to support Assistant Superintendents as they navigate their first few years in the role.  ASLS II and III also serve Assistant Superintendents  and other central office administrators with significant experience in their role but have not  been in ASLS previously. The program welcomes all central office leaders.  Each year, directors of curriculum, business managers, pupil services directors, and personnel directors bring a diverse array of roles and perspectives to enrich the conversations.   


ASLS I is designed for new Assistant Superintendents and other Central Office Administrators, such as directors of curriculum, finance, human resources, and student services.  This first-year seminar series has been reimagined with a strong focus on Equity to align with the new M.A.S.S. REDI (Racial Equity Diversity and Inclusion) Strategy and the Four Frames of Leadership by Bolman and Deal.  An emphasis will be placed on the importance of a strong professional culture, offering highly interactive sessions that apply theory to practice, inviting participants to share successes and challenges as we lead forward into the 2021-2022 school year.    

ASLS I will be co-led by Dr. Christine Francis, who initiated ASLS in 2014 and is now in her 8th year co-leading the program, and Dr. Lorraine Tacconi-Moore, who is a consultant in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, and policy.  Christine is a former Assistant Superintendent, current Co-Leader of the M.A.S.S. Mentor Program for New Assistant Superintendents, and member of the M.A.S.S. Equity Planning Team.  Lorraine is a former Assistant Superintendent in MA and Superintendent in NH; she is bringing her significant leadership experience to the program for the first time. Other presenters will include Jon Saphier (Research for Better Teaching), Patrick Larkin (Assistant Superintendent in Burlington and member of the M.A.S.S. Equity Planning Team) and Dr. Marilynne Quarcoo (Equity Consultant).  For more information, please contact Christine (cmfrancis82@gmail.com) or Lorraine (ltacconimoore@gmail.com).

Dates for 2021-2022:

ASLS I (Eastern)- (in-person, ½-day sessions, except where noted): 9/1(remote), 9/24 (full-day, both cohorts together), 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/12(remote), 2/9(remote), 3/9 (both cohorts together), 4/6.  Make-up date: 5/11.

ASLS I (Central)- (in-person, ½-day sessions, except where noted): 9/2(remote), 9/24 (full-day, both cohorts together), 10/21, 11/18, 12/16, 1/13 (remote), 2/10(remote), 3/9 (both cohorts together), 4/7.  Make-up date: 5/12


ASLS II:  This program is designed for those who have completed ASLS I and others who have not been in ASLS previously but have significant experience as administrators in central office positions (e.g., curriculum, business, personnel, special education). The curriculum will focus on real-time solutions to leadership dilemmas based upon an anchor text, articles, videos, and discussion protocols.  An important feature of ASLS II is the strong peer network that serves participants outside the convened sessions.  This year, Dr. Anthony Bent (currently a leadership consultant for administrators, administrative teams, and school committees), will be joined by Sarah Kent (Assistant Superintendent, Waltham) and Dr. Danielle Klingaman (Assistant Superintendent, Duxbury) as facilitators of the program.   Don’t hesitate to contact Tony Bent with questions (a.bent@comcast.net).

Dates for 2021-2022: ASLS II*:

9/23, 10/21, 11/10 (Wed.)

12/9, 1/13, 2/10 (These are Zoom sessions)

3/10, 4/14, 5/12 (make-up only) 

*Seminar location determined based upon those who enroll.


ASLS III: This program is designed for those who have completed ASLS II and others who are very experienced administrators in central office positions (e.g., curriculum, business, personnel, special education) but have not participated in ASLS previously. The curriculum for this program is entirely organic in nature and is determined by the participants through preliminary surveys and a first-session discussion.  This seminar series features participant-led presentations, problem-of-practice protocols, articles, TED talks, and guest speakers.  Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Anthony Bent (a.bent@comcast.net) or Dr. Maryellen Brunelle (memsie114@gmail.com) with questions.  Dr. Bent, now in his 8th year with ASLS, and Dr. Brunelle, former superintendent in Auburn, will co-facilitate ASLS III.

Dates for 2021-2022: ASLS III*:

9/22, 10/20, 11/17

12/8, 1/12, 2/9 (These are Zoom sessions)

3/9, 4/13, 5/11 (make-up only)  

*Seminar location determined based upon those who enroll.


Registration for ASLS 2021-2022

The Assistant Superintendent Leadership Seminar is a leadership program for Assistant Superintendents and Other Central Office Administrators

Registration is Closed for 2021-2022


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