Barry DePaoli, Chelan school superintendent completes certification program

Barry DePaoli, Lake Chelan School District superintendent

CHELAN - Barry DePaoli, Lake Chelan School District Superintendent was among 30 superintendents in the country recognized for successfully completing the National Superintendent Certification Program®, administered by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. The recognition ceremony was part of AASA’s National Conference on Education, in Nashville, Tenn.
The conference also served as a platform to highlight AASA’s I Love Public Education campaign, a yearlong initiative designed to highlight why public schools are essential to developing the future generations who will maintain our country’s status as a world leader.
“AASA’s National Superintendent Certification Program® is among the best professional development opportunities I’ve ever had as an educator,” said DePaoli. “The program focuses on a number of key skills successful superintendents need to thrive. As our nation works to strengthen our public schools, I would highly encourage superintendents from across my state and the country to consider this exciting and invigorating professional growth opportunity.”
Launched in 2013, the certification process is spread over 18 months and is tailored for superintendents who have been in the job five years or fewer. The forums, seminars and coaching provide opportunities to define and examine issues that surface in real-life situations. These issues include:
Providing world-class instructional leadership;
Building and managing a district budget;
Mastering effective communication and political skills;
Using 21st century technology effectively in instruction and management;
Managing superintendent/school board relations; and
Designing a career path for oneself.
Superintendents are chosen to participate in the program based on an application process. Participants ranked the value of the academy with a score of 4.8 on a 5-point scale. The camaraderie, honesty and openness that participants described illustrate the experience that Superintendents have been asking for.
The AASA National Superintendent Certification Program® is a collaborative effort with AASA state affiliates, the National School Boards Association, and business and corporate leaders. The master teachers and guest instructors have all been sitting superintendents and have demonstrable track records of success.

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