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Partners Support Nation’s School Leaders

LaFetra College of Education

The University of La Verne has partnered with  AASA, The School Superintendents Association to expand professional development, introduce new programming, share resources, and provide a premier West Coast hub for related activities supporting K-12 school district leaders nationwide.  

“The University of La Verne LaFetra College of Education and AASA, The School Superintendents Association share a mission to support and develop effective school system leaders and advocates for equity and access in education,” said University of La Verne President Pardis Mahdavi, PhD. “Our deep commitment makes this partnership ideal and ultimately drives greater support for leaders and the communities they serve.” 

Under this new partnership, the LaFetra College of Education, a nationally recognized U.S. News & World Report Best Education College, will provide university credit (continuing education units) for school leader professional learning. It will also serve as the West Coast hub for AASA-affiliated professional development training through the university’s Center for Educational Leadership in the LaFetra College of Education. 

“Our center equips and empowers leaders at every level—from dedicated classroom teachers to visionary school administrators and policymakers – through resources and services, transforming them into highly skilled practitioners and unwavering educational advocates,” said LaFetra College Dean MD Haque, EdD. 

The center opened last summer under the direction of Candace Singh, a prominent K-12 educational leader and the university’s inaugural superintendent-in-residence. Prior to joining the university, Singh was superintendent of the nationally recognized San Diego County Fallbrook Union Elementary School District. 

“We look forward to providing a pathway for school leaders to elevate their professional growth while fulfilling essential ongoing educational requirements and offer an inspiring setting for collaborative learning and growth,” Singh said.  

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world.  

“This partnership underscores our commitment to working with the higher education community as we continue to provide our members with every opportunity to grow, refine and strengthen their practice,” said David R. Schuler, executive director, AASA. “We are excited to enhance AASA’s Leadership Network through this one-of-a-kind partnership with the University of La Verne. We look forward to working with Candace Singh and her team to foster an inspiring environment for professional learning and collaborative growth.” 

Participants of a select group of AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy® programs and the National Superintendent Certification Program® will be eligible for CEUs through the University of La Verne.

For additional information about AASA’s professional learning opportunities, visit the AASA website, or contact Mort Sherman, AASA senior associate executive director, at, or Valerie Truesdale, AASA senior assistant executive director, at