Women Education Leaders Convene in California for the 2016 AASA-ACSA Women in School Leadership Forum


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 27, 2016 – As part of its mission, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, works to raise the number of women in education leadership positions. That’s why AASA is pleased to co-host the 2016 Women in School Leadership Forum with the Association of California School Administrators, September 28-30, at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif.

The three-day forum comes shortly after AASA announced the expansion of its school leadership awards to recognize and support aspiring female leaders. A 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. The awards continue a longstanding tradition of AASA honoring exceptional female superintendents, district level administrators and principals whose talent, creativity and vision are exemplary.

“Educators attending our forum will have opportunities to discuss best practices, enhance leadership skills and strengthen professional networks in an effort to grow their own careers and more importantly, raise the level of academic achievement in their respective communities,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “More work needs to be done to bring more women into school leadership positions, which is why this meeting is so important.”

Key speakers will include:

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

“The Women in School Leadership Forum is the premier networking and educational experience designed to engage, enlighten and empower women education leaders from across the country,” added Domenech.

For more information about the AASA-ACSA Women in School Leadership Forum, visit the AASA Website.


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.