National data from 2011-2012 showed that while 77 percent of America’s educators are female, only 51.6% of administrators are women. In Michigan, 73% of teachers are women, with fewer than 25% of districts with female leaders.
A significant amount of attention has been focused on the role of women in the superintendency, according to AASA, our national association. Lack of credentials or lack of management experience are two of the biggest reasons cited for why women stay in teaching positions, rather than move up the ladder.
MASA is working to increase this percentage through the Women in Leadership Network.
The network is designed for current female superintendents or women who aspire to educational leadership, and creates a community for women to connect and support one another.
Each spring, MASA hosts the Women in Leadership Conference near Petoskey, offering current superintendents, principals, consultants, state-level leaders, ISD leaders, district leaders, teacher leaders, among others, the chance to nuture and support each other in these difficult positions.
“Time for encouragement to support my goals, opportunities to encourage others, and the fostering of hope and optimism for opportunities for women in our state was well worth the time away from my family,” said Jill Chochol, executive director of student achievement for Dearborn Public Schools.
In addition to the conference, the Women’s Leadership Network gets together several times throughout the year to discuss hot topics in education, offer guidance to each other, or ask questions of their colleagues and MASA staff. These meetings are great networking opportunities and give members the chance to meet colleagues from across the state.
Contact MASA to learn more about the Women’s Leadership Network and how to grow your female professional network today.