AASA Announces 2019 Women in School Leadership Awards



James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

Los Angeles – Feb. 15, 2019 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2019 AASA Women in School Leadership Awards.

Today’s announcement was held at the organization’s 2019 National Conference on Education, held in Los Angeles, Calif. The award, sponsored by Horace Mann and AASA, pays tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools.

The conference is also serving as a platform to highlight AASA’s Leaders Matter campaign, an initiative to showcase school districts where the exemplary leadership of the superintendent has resulted in meaningful outcomes for schools and students. 

The honorees in each category were as follows:
  • Superintendent Award: Wanda Cook-Robinson, superintendent, Oakland Schools, Waterford, Mich.  
  • Central Office/Principal Award (for any female central-office or building-level leader): Marie Izquierdo, chief academic officer, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Fla.  

The talented educators we are honoring today are an indication of the critical need to create more opportunities for women working in public education administration and those who wish to do so, said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. I am extremely proud of the outstanding women we are recognizing today. We hope to see more women securing administrative positions as they grow their leadership skills and advance 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. The applicants were measured against the following criteria:

  • Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the school system
  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team
  • Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues  

For more information about the program, contact Jennifer Rooney, AASA director, meetings and awards, at jrooney@aasa.org.

For more information about the 2019 National Conference on Education, access Conference Daily Online.  


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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.