ADVISORY: Education Leaders Gather in California for Women’s Leadership Forum


James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

Alexandria, Va. – Superintendents and other education leaders from across the country will convene at the Women in School Leadership Forum, to be held in Newport Beach, Calif., Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 and 30, 2016. This meeting comes at a time when an increasing number of outstanding women educators are taking on leadership roles nationwide.

Earlier this year, AASA announced the expansion of its school leadership awards to recognize and support aspiring female leaders. 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.

Women school system leaders attending the forum will have opportunities to discuss best practices, enhance leadership skills and strengthen professional networks in an effort to raise the level of academic achievement in their respective communities.

Forum co-hosts—the Association of California School Administrators and AASA, The School Superintendents Association—are working together to create more professional pathways for female education leaders.

Key speakers will include:

  • Ralph Porras, president, ACSA
  • Wes Smith, executive director, ACSA
  • Mary Alice Heuschel, deputy director, U.S. Programs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Maita Zuraitis, president, Horace Mann Educators Corp.
  • Joanne Quinn, Michael Fullan Enterprises
  • Meredith O’Connor, American singer-songwriter, anti-bullying/mental health advocate
  • Azure Antoinette, poet, brand humanist, creative strategist
  • Alton Frailey, president, AASA

WHAT: AASA/ACSA Women in School Leadership Forum

WHO: Superintendents and other education leaders from across the country

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 29 – Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

WHERE: Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, Calif., 92660


About ACSA
ACSA, the Association of California School Administrators, represents more than 14,500 superintendents, principals and other school leaders throughout California. Collectively, ACSA’s members are responsible for educating 6.3 million students at 10,000 school sites.

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 advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.