Official finishes academy program

MT. COMFORT — Shane Robbins, Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation’s superintendent, recently graduated from the National Superintendent’s Academy.

He was one of 32 school leaders from across the country invited to participate in the program. The National Superintendent’s Academy was established to prepare school leaders with the tools to address the looming leadership deficit and to provide a focused alternative or supplement to traditional superintendent training and certification programs.

Robbins completed six separate weekends of professional development with topics covering school finance, instructional leadership, technology integrations and the importance of transparent communication. The graduation session took place at the National Conference on Education in Phoenix, Arizona.

The students were able to mix and mingle with many superintendents through conference sessions and events. Jonathan Travers, partner at Education Resource Strategies, joined the cohort for a good portion of the morning to speak. The cohort went through hypothetical situations concerning managing their entire district budget, as well.

The mission of the National Superintendents Academy is to identify, develop and support a new generation of outstanding leaders for America’s school systems who will provide our children with the skills they need to be successful adults. It is a comprehensive leadership development program established to prepare cohorts of these educational leaders for the academic, political, legal and logistical rigors inherent to K-12 education.

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or rhatcher@greenfieldreporter.com.