Registration for the KASS Kentucky Leadership Rising Aspiring Superintendent Workshop Series is now open.

Dear Superintendents and Key Partners,

Developing the next generation of Kentucky school superintendent leaders is critical to the success of our schools and districts across the Commonwealth.

As an important partner in identifying and supporting leaders in education, we are requesting you share this opportunity with people interested in being a school superintendent.

Kentucky Leadership Rising is a highly interactive and engaging learning opportunity for those seeking a strong foundation as they prepare to find and land a school superintendent’s position.  The 2023-2024 cohort included 20 aspiring superintendents from across the state!  Here’s some of the feedback they shared about the experience.

“Kentucky Leadership Rising is the best learning experience and PD I have attended.”

“The knowledge and perspectives gained through this experience have significantly enhanced my professional capacity and deepened my understanding of the superintendent’s role.”

“I wish there was a second year of this program.”

These workshops will focus on essential strategies and techniques critical for success.

  • Why do I want to be a Superintendent? – October 15, 2024
  • Defining your Leadership Approach – December 17, 2024
  • Superintendents as Strategic Messengers – January 21, 2025 (Virtual)
  • Leader of Leaders:  Team, Board, Community, and State – February 11, 2025
  • Realities of Superintendent Life – March 18, 2025
  • Ensuring a Successful Year One – April 17, 2025

Participants will engage with many of the state’s most respected current and former superintendents and will benefit from relationships, application coaching, and support far beyond the end of the experience. Several of the first cohort have already been involved in the superintendent search process, utilizing much of what they learned through their participation in KLR.

Costs for participation is only $1,000 and includes:

  • All six-sessions
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks at each in-person event
  • EILA credit (6 hours or 2 hours) for each event, 28 total hours
  • Local and state-wide recognition (School Board, media, etc.)
  • Recognition at KASS Annual Conference/Summer Summit
  • Formal recognition luncheon
  • Display-worthy plaque with Certificate of Program Completion
  • Formal letter from KASS Executive Director for inclusion in application materials
  • Professional photograph
  • Job search mentoring and advisement

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For more information, including a full roster of contact information for past participants, please contact Owens Saylor, KLR Director, at or 859-684-0190.