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If you’re stepping into the role of superintendent, we know it can be both exciting and a challenging journey. Join us for a conversation with experienced superintendents from across the country who will share their stories, lessons learned, and practical guidance to those embarking on their first year of leading a district. You’ll gain insights on a variety of topics and have the opportunity to ask your own questions. 

Our panelists will share insights on how to:

    • Build credibility and trust within leadership teams, staff, and your community
    • Manage competing priorities and communicate them effectively
    • Navigate complex community dynamics and unexpected challenges with confidence
    • Gain and sustain momentum and enthusiasm throughout the year

We encourage you to attend and engage with our panelists, and fellow audience members who are also embarking on this journey this year. We look forward to seeing you there!

Why should I attend?

This webinar offers a unique opportunity to engage with seasoned superintendents and fellow attendees who are also embarking on this journey. Whether you are newly appointed or aspiring to be a superintendent, you’ll walk away with valuable insights to help you succeed in your role.

Who should attend:

    • Newly appointed superintendents
    • Aspiring superintendents
    • District leaders and administrators seeking insight into the superintendent experience

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Gustavo Balderas, Superintendent and AASA President-Elect, Beaverton School District (OR)

Balderas is a nationally recognized educator known for his equity-driven leadership, who has a proven track record of ensuring that all students achieve academic success as well as social-emotional growth. His numerous awards include the 2021 Champion for Equity Award from the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, 2020 Oregon Superintendent of the Year Award from the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators, and 2020 National Superintendent of the Year Award from AASA.

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Sarena Shivers, Ed.D., Former Superintendent & Current Deputy Executive Director of Professional Learning and Member Services, MASA

Dr. Sarena Shivers provides support to the MASA (Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators) Executive Director and leadership for MASA’s professional development programming. She brings more than two decades of experience to the role, having served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent, most recently at the helm of Redford Union Schools.

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Michael Cardona, Superintendent, San Marcos CISD (TX)

Hired at San Marcos in 2016, Cardona has also served as the Chief School Officer with Houston ISD since 2012, where he oversaw 36 schools (grades 6-8 and 9-12) and 15 charter schools (PK-12) with over 42,000 students and represented the superintendent as the District official in the community.

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Joseph Hochreiter, Superintendent, City School District of Albany (NY)

Hochreiter has 14 years’ experience as a Superintendent in two New York districts, leading the Elmira City School District from 2009-13 and the Hendrick Hudson Central School District from 2013-23.

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Leila Nuland, Senior Vice President, Education Elements

Over the course of her career, Nuland has leveraged her experience as a high school teacher to build out high-impact products and services that support K-12 educators and leaders. She is passionate about inclusive leadership and has a track record for developing strategy for and managing teams in a high-growth environment.