Superintendent / Division Membership Benefits

The purpose of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents is to provide leadership in advocating for the needs of public school students through policy development and other appropriate action; to provide professional activities and services that enhance the leadership role of superintendents; to encourage and provide leadership that works continually for the improvement and advancement of education and for public interest in and support of improved schools; to work for an improved process of educational administration; to assist in solving problems of organization and planning that arise as a result of the improvement process; to work for more effective preparatory and in-service training for educational personnel; to place prime importance on the upgrading of teaching and learning and improvement of curriculum; to insist on the provision of equal rights for all; and to seek all other appropriate means of achieving the association’s educational and charitable objectives.

Member Advocacy

  • Collaboration and advocacy with state and legislative agencies include the Governor, Secretary of Education, General Assembly, State Board of Education, Department of Education, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Municipal League, and Virginia Association of Counties.

  • Collaboration and advocacy with education association partners include the Virginia School Boards Association, Virginia Education Association, Virginia Parent Teacher Association, Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals, Virginia Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Virginia Public Education Coalition, Virginia Association of School Business Officials, Virginia Community College System, and the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia.
  • Collaboration and advocacy with national partners include the American Association of School Superintendents (AASA) and the Association of State Executives to provide members with information and trends at the national level and to influence policies and legislation established by Congress and the U.S. Department of Education.

Member Professional Development

  • Sponsor a fall conference, winter conference (in conjunction with the Virginia School Business Officials-VASBO), and a spring conference for the membership to inform, network, establish advocacy platforms, and to monitor the association’s operational effectiveness.
  • Sponsor 4-6 workshops throughout the school year to assist membership and district personnel with topics and issues pertinent to the operational requirements of local school districts.
  • Will plan and organize the Virginia Superintendents’ Leadership Academy during 2019-20, with the implementation for the first cohort of superintendents during the 2020-21 school year.
  • Provide opportunities for the membership to participate in national events to stay abreast of current research, trends, and best practices.

Member Services

  • Provide educational review services to the membership in a timely manner and at competitive prices in order to assist the membership and their boards in making operational and policy decisions.
  • Provide public relations/communications support to the membership at no cost for up to two hours each year. (Barbara Hunter with Barbara Hunter Communications).
  • Provide public relations/communications support to the membership at no cost for up to two hours each year. (Barbara Hunter Communications).
  • Provide coaching at no cost to new superintendents during their first year to assist with their transition into the most important educational leadership position in Virginia.
  • Partner with VASBO to provide financial services support for members when needed, via retired school business officials
  • Provide the membership with timely information through the association’s structure: VASS Officers, VASS Board, VASS regional groups, and electronic means. VASS staff attends all of the regional meetings to share relevant information and receive input. VASS will also implement a VASS app for smart phones during 2019-20 to support members and their mobility.
  • Collect data to help members make local decisions and to inform other members of current practices. Data collected on behalf of members are available through the membership portal of VASS’s website.
  • Maintain a database of retired educational leaders for VASS members to contact when short-term vacancies occur and an interim is desired.
  • Maintain the VASS website for members and others to access information relevant to the association’s work.
  • Partner with businesses that can provide products and services to the membership and local school districts.
VASS staff is the face of the association and facilitates the implementation and effectiveness of all services provided. Ensuring the quality of the services and appropriately expanding services will be the work of staff on behalf of the membership. This is accomplished through four streams of revenue: membership dues, business partnerships, professional development, and educational reviews. Efforts are always in place to garner revenue from sources other than membership dues to support all of the services provided to VASS members.

Virginia Association of School Superintendents
P.O. Box 68, Batesville, VA 22924 | (804) 562-4430 | Copyright © 2019