Professional Learning

ACSA’s unifying purpose is to support educational leaders through professional forums, provide a voice that champions possibilities for all students and purposeful advocacy for public education. ACSA comprises professional educational leaders of Alaska’s schools and school systems. Members include superintendents and other central office administrators, university professors, elementary and secondary principals and school business officials. ACSA is also proud to administer the Alaska Staff Development Network (ASDN), Alaska’s premier long-standing and highly regarded professional learning resource.

  • ACSA Legislative Fly-In – This is an opportunity for ACSA members to meet with colleagues from around the state to receive policy updates, engage in professional development and to have unified efforts to reach legislators on important education matters during the legislative session.
  • ASA Summer Meeting & ASA Fall Conference – This is an opportunity for Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, and Central Office Administrators to meet with colleagues from around the state to receive policy updates, engage in professional development and plan for the coming year.  
  • ASA New and Incoming Superintendents Cohort – This is designed from the interests and priorities of Alaska superintendents in the first and second year of their position in their current school district. 
  • Principals’ Conference – AASSP and AAESP leaders work together, to design a professional development conference that is tailored specifically for principals as well as other school leaders.
  • Alaska School Leadership Academy is a unique program is designed to provide early career principals with a collegial cohort that is engaged in networking, skill building and mutual support across the state.  New leaders:
    • Receive the support of an Alaska-based, seasoned principal who will serve as a professional mentor.
    • Connect to a network of new principals across the state.
    • Participate in ongoing professional learning that is focused on the dispositions and tools early career principals need.
    • Learn strategies to communicate effectively with staff and navigate difficult conversations.
    • Explore how to use school data for continuous improvement.
    • Learn how to build a school culture focused on student learning.
  • Aspiring Superintendent Program
  • District Office Cohort Program
  • Alaska Staff Development Network