The Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents
Since 1960 IAPSS has assembled university students, professors, school administrators, superintendents and retired education professionals as a non-profit consortium to provide the brains and the brawn for the development and promotion of improvements to the Indiana educational landscape.
What We Do
One role of IAPSS is to monitor the state and federal legislative activity and provide a united voice for superintendents to the Indiana General Assembly. We work hard to advocate legislation that will improve education in our state, and positively affect jobs for teaching professionals.
As a professional hub, we bring back information from conferences and communicate current issues affecting schools on a state level. We can even pass along best practices and vendors for everything from architectural and engineering services to security systems, to school management tools. We keep you informed – and empowered.
How We Work
There is power in numbers. We pool our talent and resources as members. And we often partner with the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA) and the Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) to provide workshops for their get-together memberships and events.
There is also ample opportunity for personal professional development. IAPSS Executive Director, Dr. J. T. Coopman, provides leadership training sessions at district meetings. Read about these and other opportunities in the IAPSS website event calendar.
IAPSS currently serves over 425 members in a wide array of professional capacities, including:
IAPSS offers sitting superintendents an invaluable channel for networking and social interaction with peers. The advantage of a resource pool is hard to overstate – and a forum for gathering in groups to work collectively on an issue makes problem-solving easier and more effective. Indiana covers a lot of square mileage, but virtual meeting through videos, blogs, chat forums, etc. makes it convenient to connect with other busy professionals who don’t always have time to travel.
Indiana has a number of small schools with limited resources, and assistant superintendents serving in them may find IAPSS an excellent source of information and ideas to implement in their own communities. Additionally, there are a myriad of opportunities for contributing ideas as well as learning the ropes. It’s a good place to see the process from the inside – and learn from the experience of others.
Membership in IAPSS is a convenient way for retired superintendents to keep abreast of education issue for their districts and their state. There’s also a tremendous opportunity to pass along historical knowledge; IAPSS provides an excellent forum for valuable mentoring.
Professionals who handle the administrative side of education can find additional ways to support their superintendents via IAPSS membership. By keeping current with trends and interacting with peers, there is increased opportunity to identify risks and opportunities on your superintendent’s radar.
IAPSS is an affiliate of AASA American Association of School Administrators. The Association conferences offer an additional forum for discussions and the exchange of information with state and national experts.