AASA Women in School Leadership Awards

The AASA Awards for Women in School Leadership Awards recognize female educators whose talent, creativity and vision are exemplary. Two awards are presented annually at the AASA National Conference on Education.

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The AASA Women in School Leadership Award program is designed to recognize the exceptional leadership of active, front-line female leaders who are making a difference in the lives of students every day. Two awards are available: 

The Superintendent Award – awarded to any female superintendent who's been in the superintendent position for two years or more.

The Central Office/Principal Award – awarded to any female central office or building level leader. Equivalent job titles may include: assistant superintendent, central office administrator, school based principal/assistant principal.

Selection Criteria

Each candidate is judged on the following criteria:

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

• Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication. 

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

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

Application and Procedure 

Selection Process 

  • A panel of distinguished leaders in education will select two finalists in each category for the AASA Women in School Leadership Awards. 
  • The decision will be based on the applications submitted online and supporting documents. 
  • The judges will virtually interview the four finalists
  • Winners are announced at the AASA National Conference on Education.


  • Each award recipient will receive $1,000 and a plaque. 
  • Each award finalist will receive complimentary registration for the AASA National Conference on Education.


Staff Contact: Jennifer Rooney, Director, Meetings & Awards
awards@aasa.org / 703-875-0709
AASA, The School Superintendents Association