Join The Council

Explore the benefits of membership by joining the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

AASA, The School Superintendents Associations' National Superintendent of the Year Award is acclaimed as the most prestigious honor a school system leader can attain. The Council uses the AASA awards application process to also select the New York State Superintendent of the Year.

Our Distinguished Services Committee, composed of current officers (with the word president in their title) and past presidents who are active superintendents, review all applications and make their final selection in October for our New York representative. The Council coordinates an announcement in November each year with the selected candidate's school district. We recognize our New York State winner at our Winter Institute & Lobby Day each year. 

After we select a superintendent from New York to represent us, we provide access for AASA's national blue-ribbon panel to review the application so they can narrow the field to four candidates. Each January, AASA announces their four finalists who will participate in interviews and a moderated press conference. The National Superintendent of the Year is announced at AASA’s National Conference on Education typically held in February each year. All state superintendents of the year are also recognized.

A $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a student from the high school from which the National Superintendent of the Year graduated from AASA. 

Selection Criteria

Each candidate will be judged on the following attributes and skills:

Leadership for Learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in his or her school system.

Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.

Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.

Community Involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

AASA's program is open to all public school superintendents in the United States and overseas and is co-sponsored by First Student, AIG Retirement Services, and AASA. New York's program is only open to active New York State Superintendents.

Questions regarding the New York State Superintendent of the Year process contact:

Theresa Wutzer Moore
Associate Director

E:  theresa@nyscoss.org
T:  518.694.4884

2021 Winter Institute & Lobby Day

Fostering Connections: The Time is Now

Albany, NY | March 7 - 9, 2021

Hear from national experts in the fields of leadership, education and related areas while advocating on behalf of your school district;
opportunities for members to share best practices with colleagues.


Registration opens in January. For details, contact melanie@nyscoss.org.