The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) is the preeminent professional organization for public education leaders in South Carolina.
SCASA members represent a community of more than 5,200 South Carolina assistant principals, principals, district leaders, district superintendents, retired school leaders, and college of education deans.
With a core mission focused on leadership development and advocacy on behalf of public education, SCASA supports schools leaders with the following benefits:
Advocacy—SCASA provides a unified voice for school leaders at the State House. With our full-time lobbying team, we are there each day that the legislature meets to monitor debate, provide testimony, and speak personally with legislators on the issues that are important to public education. You will receive weekly legislative updates and legislative alerts by email as the session unfolds. You also have access to the legislative updates archive to view updates from the current and previous legislative sessions.
Affiliates, Committees, and Roundtables—
SCASA has ten affiliates, several standing committees, and 28* roundtable groups. Members may elect to join one of ten affiliates which represent areas of school leadership. SCASA's roundtables deal with specific issues and concerns affecting that area of school administration. Roundtable meeting participation is free for SCASA members, and each year SCASA hosts more than 150 meetings or leadership development events for school leaders.
Career and Technology Educators*
* Also holds regular roundtable meetings
District Communications Officers
Directors of Special Education
Directors of Student Services
Elementary Education Directors
Federal Programs / Grants Coordinators
Visual and Performing Arts
Virtual School Coordinators
Gifted and Talented Coordinators
Instructional Technology Leaders
Middle/Secondary Education Directors
Testing and Accountability Leaders
The SCASA Career Center
is your destination for exciting school leadership and education job opportunities. Weekly, SCASA sends out new career opportunities for school and district leaders in South Carolina. You may also use SCASA’s Career Center for listing job openings to attract the most qualified professionals in South Carolina to your school or district.
Insurance—SCASA members are provided $10,000 coverage for accidental death and dismemberment.
Conferences and Workshops—
Each year, SCASA’s conferences and workshops offer outstanding opportunities to hear national speakers, learn from school leaders around the State, and network with colleagues. The Innovative Ideas Institute (i3)
is the premier professional development conference in SC and the largest of its kind held in the southeastern United States. Our conference is held annually in June. In addition to receiving a significant registration fee discount of $230, attending members may seek continuing education credit with their district.
Through the Center for Executive Education Leadership (CEEL)
, SCASA provides superior leadership development opportunities to grow and enhance leadership skills. These comprehensive, multi-year programs are aimed at meeting the unique needs of South Carolina’s future executive education leaders. Members will also receive a significant discount on CEEL sessions and courses.
A few examples:
Single session for CEEL Assistant Principals: Managing the Work of the AP—Reduced from $470 to $295 for members
Three-session course for CEEL District Leaders: District Level Leaders Gold Strand—Reduced from $1,400 to $700 for members
Legal Assistance—SCASA’s legal support program provides members 1.5 hours (up to $500) of legal consultation with your selected attorney for issues that occur during the period of active membership.
Member Discounts—Members have access to several discount programs offered through SCASA including discounts to local attractions, car rental services, hotel accommodations, and general travel services.
In addition to the state-level activity, SCASA is involved in advocacy at the national level. Through AASA
, and NAESP
, we communicate regularly with our legislators in Washington on educational issues. To ensure South Carolina’s voice is heard, SCASA members participate in several federal relations conferences each year. Members of national associations also receive million-dollar liability coverage.
Publications—The Palmetto Administrator
, an award-winning magazine, is published bi-annually. Our fall edition features our most recent annual award winners, and our online spring edition features articles, often written by SCASA members and provides in-depth and timely information about a wide range of school and district administrative issues.
Recognition Opportunities—SCASA awards
open to members include State and National Superintendent, Principal, and Assistant Principal of the Year. SCASA also recognizes the SC District-Level Administrator of the Year, Adult Education Director of the Year, Personnel Administrator of the Year, CTE Administrator of the Year, and the SCASA Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding administrators. The Palmetto's Finest Award recognizes outstanding schools in South Carolina.