AASA Expands Women in School Leadership Awards to Recognize and Support Aspiring Female Leaders


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – May 19, 2016 – According to AASA’s The Study of the American Superintendent: 2015 Mid-Decade Update, there has only been a modest increase in the leadership positions held by women in our nation’s school districts over the last decade. For years, The School Superintendents Association has been working to increase the number of females in leadership roles and celebrating their achievements with the Women in School Leadership Awards.  

The awards continue a longstanding tradition of AASA honoring exceptional female superintendents, district level administrators and principals whose talent, creativity and vision are exemplary. AASA is pleased to announce that this year’s awards have been expanded to include a new category for aspiring female leaders in public education.

This new category—the School Based Award—expands the depth of the AASA Women in School Leadership Awards program and provides a pathway for AASA to support more women educators in developing leadership skills and advancing their careers. With this new awards category, AASA can now recognize the leadership skills of talented teachers, coaches and other school-based employees seeking leadership positions.

“There are scores of talented women educators across the country making a positive difference in their communities on behalf of the students they serve,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “We are pleased to partner with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create opportunities for these outstanding female school system leaders and those who wish to climb career ladders as we work to strengthen public education.”  

The AASA Women in School Leadership Awards 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.
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.

Any female superintendent, central office staff, school principal, classroom teacher or school-based specialist may be nominated or apply for the Women in School Leadership Awards online at http://womensleadership.aasa.org/. The application deadline is June 15, 2016.

The AASA Women in School Leadership Awards are made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The awards are presented annually at the AASA National Conference on Education. AASA’s next national conference will be held in New Orleans, March 2-4, 2017.

To nominate an exceptional leader or apply for the AASA Women in School Leadership Awards, visit the AASA website.

For additional information about AASA’s awards program, contact Bernadine Futrell, director, awards and collaborations, at bfutrell@aasa.org.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.