Women Leading in Education Across Continents
Volos, Greece 2011
The conference, co-sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the University of Thessaly, and Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Education. The third conference was held at the University of Thessaly in Volos, Greece in 2011. The goal was to continue a research-based global conversation about the status of women in educational leadership and to develop consensus about systematic collaborativ research to be conducted across continents. We believe that these conversations will have an impact on policy development around the globe and move forward women's educational leadership as a social justice issue.The main topics of the conference have been:- Gender Status Across the Global Education- Challenges and Barriers for Women Leaders & Confronting the Barriers- Constructing Genderes Identities in Organizations- Leading in Challenging Contexts- Theoretical Foundations on Women's Leadership.
Augsburg, Germany 2009
University of Augsburg in cooperation with the Women’s Special Interest Group (SIG) of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Cardinal Stritch University, Duquesne University, and the Frauenakademie Munich (FAM).This conference dealt with gender and education, and the question of more social justice in this field. New strategies for women are needed to access high level leadership positions in schools and in academic careers. For this reason gender equity in the educational system is an important topic of research and an urgent social demand in the EU, the US and around the world. In this context, all educational levels from pre-school, primary school, secondary school up to university are to be considered.Although women comprise the majority of the teaching force, they are distinctly underrepresented in positions of higher leadership and administration. In this conference we asked, “What are the challenges as well as resources that influence how women enter and pursue positions of educational leadership?”A major goal of the conference was to develop consensus about systematic collaborative research to be conducted across the continents. This research can impact policy development and advance the cause of women in educational leadership as an issue of social justice around the globe.The main topics of the conference have been:- Comparative Gender Research- Gender and School System- Gender in Academia.
Apam, Ghana 2013
This was an intimate meeting that sought to capture the importance of the role of community contexts in which women leaders learn, work, lead and serve. At times, women's leadership is discussed in the absence of a context, culture, and policy. This theme addressed connections between and among research, policy and practice, with attention to a broad range of local, regional, national and international concerns. To this end, the conference theme acknowledged that many of the challenges facing women's leadership are long-standing and have important historical and cultural contexts that must be considered. This conference provided a forum for fresh, engaging, and viable ideas that were useful to researchers, practitioners, and policymakers ad more importantly, encouraged learning, collaboration and action.
Rome, Italy 2007
Scholars across the globe created the Women Leading Education Across the Continents (WLE) group at a conference held in Rome in 2007. The goal was to fill a vacuum of information – an understanding of the status of women in educational leadership, in both basic and higher education, from both a qualitative and quantitative view. The group emerged with the following goals: to gather data from an increasing number of countries across all continents regarding the number of women represented in positions of leadership in both higher and basic education; to describe issues which either are barriers or facilitators regarding the ability of women to attain the highest levels of educational leadership; to bring those issues to life through an analysis of the lives and stories of women within the group; to impact research, policy making and practice through wide presentation, publication and an online gender audit.Our first book, Sharing the Spirit, Fanning the Flame: Women Leading Education Across the Continents, provides the content from the first conference. We would like to bring to life the quote from St. Hildegard of Bingen from Germany in the 12th Century, “The woman was in the flame but not consumed by it. Rather it flowed from her.” Go forth from here and fan the flame of social justice which so powerfully impacts those who lead the education of our future leaders – our children.