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Leadership for Learning

This Institute is part of an ongoing partnership between CAPSS and the Department of Educational Leadership in the Neag School of Education at UCONN.

Professional learning for superintendents is often poorly organized, challenging to provide, and essential for developing and extending leadership capacity for continuous district improvement. Superintendent learning flourishes when there is a purposeful professional learning community with a clear focus on actual problems of practice and a network structure that both honors the experiences and contexts of participants while also grounded in theoretical frameworks that derived from applied research and best practices in district leadership.

The Institute is intended to develop a networked community of practice for early career superintendents (generally superintendents in their first and second year in the position of superintendent).  The participant will be expected to commit to active participation in each session and be willing to share their evolving district leadership theories of action and to share timely district leadership problems of practice, which will become the primary content of the Institute sessions.  Key themes and discussion topics will also be identified with the group for each session.

This Institute is intended for superintendents new to the position of superintendent and also superintendents in their first and second year in the position of superintendent.  CAPSS will invite "new" superintendents to participate as soon as possible after the appointment of the superintendent.


Each session- 9:00am - 11:15am
We will use a combination of online and in-person sessions throughout the school year.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - CAPSS Conference Room    
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - CAPSS Conference Room

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - CAPSS Conference Room            
Tuesday November 23, 2021 - Zoom session
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 - Zoom session
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - Zoom session
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - Zoom session
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - CAPSS Conference Room
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - CAPSS Conference Room
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - CAPSS Conference Room
June - TBD

Institute Facilitators:
Robert Villanova,
Faculty Member and Director of the Executive Leadership Program, Department of Educational Leadership, Neag School of Education

Diane Ullman
Professor of Practice, Department of Educational Leadership, Neag School of Education and Director of the Advanced Instructional Leadership Program, a collaboration between UCONN and the Queen Rania Teacher Academy in Amman, Jordan