Cullman City School Board President Suzanne Harbin, left, presented the certificate to Superintendent Dr. Susan Patterson at this week’s board meeting. (W.C. Mann for The Tribune)
CULLMAN – Cullman City Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Patterson was honored recently for earning National Superintendent Certification. Patterson was among 30 superintendents recognized for successfully completing the prestigious National Superintendent Certification Program, administered by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. The recognition ceremony was part of AASA’s National Conference on Education, Feb. 15-17, 2018, in Nashville.
“AASA’s National Superintendent Certification Program is among the best professional development opportunities I’ve ever had as an educator,” said Patterson.
“The program focuses on a number of key skills successful superintendents need to thrive. As our nation works to strengthen our public schools, I would highly encourage other school boards to submit their superintendent for application,” stated Suzanne Harbin, president of the Cullman City School Board.
Launched in 2013, the certification process is spread over 18 months and is tailored for superintendents who have been in the job five years or fewer. The forums, seminars and coaching provide opportunities to define and examine issues that surface in real-life situations.
These issues include: providing world-class instructional leadership; building and managing a district budget; mastering effective communication and political skills; and using 21st century technology effectively in instruction and management.
“Cullman City Schools continues to devote itself to quality professional development from the classroom to the superintendent office. We believe that our continued success is connected to the learning of our leaders and teachers as we move forward in providing the best opportunities for our students. Dr. Patterson’s recognition as a National Certified Superintendent is a testament to our commitment that parallels that of National Board-Certified Teachers,” added Harbin.
Patterson was recognized by the school board at its meeting this week.
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