Women Leading Education Across Continents

7th International Conference

  "In the near future, we shall have more women than men in charge of the vast educational system. It is a woman’s natural field and she is no longer satisfied to do the large part of the work and yet be denied the leadership"

  -- Ella Flag Young, Superintendent, Chicago Public Schools, 1909

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In 2007, AASA, which represents all public school superintendents, and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a premiere organization of the top 10% of US and some international universities joined forces with Duquesne University to issue a call to women from around the world to address issues of social justice, equity, and advancement in K-12 and higher education. While there are a variety of conferences that have addressed leadership in general and women’s leadership there has never been a collaboratively-designed and globally-shared picture of the status of women in educational leadership in both developing and westernized countries.

Our first international conference was in 2007 in Rome, Italy, where researchers and practitioners from all seven continents convened. Papers were prepared and presented to document 1) the status of women in educational leadership across continents by country; 2) the ways that women attain positions of formal leadership within school systems and universities; and 3) formal and informal programs and processes for the preparation of educational leaders and the usefulness for women of these programs/processes. In addition to status, papers explored access and barriers to access and examined female leadership patterns. The attendance of women scholars and practitioners from developing nations was supported by AASA, UCEA and Duquesne University.

The WLE network has convened every two years since then to expand upon what we were learning and applying it to our jobs and our lives – 2009 in Augsburg, Germany, 2011 in Volos, Greece, 2013 in Apam, Ghana, 2015 in Hamilton, New Zealand, and 2017 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Emerging from each of these conferences has been a book, published by Roman & Littlefield, that details the conference sessions and what was learned.

2019 CONFERENCE

 The 7th international conference will take place July 8-11, 2019, at the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, England –themed “Ways of seeing women's leadership in education: stories, images, metaphors, methods and theories”. Nottingham is a city in the East Midlands of England, about 2 hours from the London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) and an hour from Birmingham International Airport (BHX).

 For registration and conference information: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/conference/fac-socsci/education/wle-2018/index.aspx

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