Assistant Superintendent Leadership Seminars: Building Capacity

A Leadership Program for Assistant Superintendents and Other Central Office Administrators

Anthony Bent, Ed.D.     Christine Francis, Ed.D.

The 2017-2018 school year marks the fourth year of the Assistant Superintendent Leadership Seminars (ASLS) and the continuing hope of providing high-quality professional development for the administrators who are most often the closest to the superintendent in the leadership and management of a school district. The goal of the program is to increase the understanding of leadership in school districts through promoting personal growth and reflection, building organizational capacity, and developing skill in addressing the political dimension of work in the public sector.The 2017-2018 school year marks the fourth year of the Assistant Superintendent Leadership Seminars (ASLS) and the continuing hope of providing high-quality professional development for the administrators who are most often the closest to the superintendent in the leadership and management of a school district. The goal of the program is to increase the understanding of leadership in school districts through promoting personal growth and reflection, building organizational capacity, and developing skill in addressing the political dimension of work in the public sector.

The program is led by Dr. Anthony Bent, former MASS president and superintendent in four school districts, and Dr. Christine Francis, former elementary principal in Belmont and assistant superintendent in the Westford Public Schools.

ASLS I: Designed for Assistant Superintendents and other Central Office administrators, this series introduces a framework for addressing the leadership opportunities and challenges inherent in these positions. A classic text on leadership (The Six Secrets of Change by Michael Fullan), as well as current articles, case studies, videos, and discussion protocols emphasize the nature of effective leadership and the development of professional culture in schools and districts.  Presentations and panels from area leaders in education enhance the overall experience. Read more…

ASLS II: Designed for those who completed ASLS I, this series builds upon the shared understanding developed during the first year. A classic text (Leadership on the Line by Heifetz and Linsky), as well as current articles, case studies, videos, and discussion protocols focus the participants on their continuing understanding of leadership at the district level. As in ASLS I, panel discussions from area leaders in education enhance the overall experience.Read more…

ASLS III: Designed for those who completed ASLS II, this series is organic. It is structured around the interests and experiences of the participants, who play an active role in each session. Participants share success stories, present problems/dilemmas of practice, and lead discussions of participant-chosen topics, professional articles and videos. Experienced Assistant Superintendents who have been in the role for several years may be interested in joining this high-level seminar discussion group. Read more…


What people are saying…


“In the past three years as a member of ASLS, I have grown as a district leader through our thought-provoking discussions, opportunities for reflection, and the resources provided.”
 
“These experiences have shaped my outlook on leadership and provided me with opportunities to grow and evolve as a leader now and in the future.”
 
“It is like an oasis.  I really need to pause and reflect.”
 
“I’ve used most of the readings in some way to build capacity in the district.  The readings have expanded my thinking and practice as well.”
 
“Sessions are well organized and well run.  Everyone feels valued and supported by Christine and Tony’s genuine excitement for lifelong learning.  I feel lucky to have been a part of it.”

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