BU to offer Superintendents Academy

For immediate release: Jan. 28, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — Pennsylvania law requires all educators to earn 180 hours of continuing education credits every five years. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is helping school district superintendents and assistant superintendents meet the goal through its new Superintendents Academy.

According to Thomas Starmack, BU assistant professor of education, the academy provides an opportunity for superintendents and assistant superintendents to focus on current research, issues and trends in areas such as school law, finance, technology, demographics and student achievement.

School district leaders can earn up to 60 Act 48 hours annually through three options:

  • Option 1: Superintendents meet regularly with other superintendents for learning activities and complete job-related assignments. This option provides up to 36 credit hours.
  • Option 2: Superintendents conduct a peer-reviewed research project, which includes a formal plan of action and presentation of findings. This option provides up to 24 credit hours.
  • Option 3: Superintendents pursue both options 1 and 2, thus earning up to 60 credit hours.

With the support of superintendents from school districts in Columbia, Montour and neighboring counties, BU's first sessions will run from February through June. Starmack hopes to expand the group this fall and establish other cohorts across the state.

In addition to superintendents and assistant superintendents, the program is open to intermediate unit executive directors and assistant executive directors, vocational-technical school directors and assistant directors and other central office administrators. The Pennsylvania Department of Education approved the program for Pennsylvania Inspired Leaders (PIL) credits in December 2009.

Starmack is the lead instructor of both the Superintendents Academy and the Principals Academy. Established in 2009, the Principals Academy provides PIL/Act 48 hours for principals, assistant or vice principals and other Pennsylvania-certified administrators.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.