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.

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.

Read the full press release here.


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