There are many opportunities for aspiring leaders of independent schools to prepare to enter the pipeline. Women’s leadership programs abound yet they tend to focus on a monolithic form of women’s leadership and do not take advantage of the current research on how women can best prepare themselves to navigate the school leadership pipeline. The robust research on identity and leadership can enable individuals to understand the relationship between individual agency and systemic barriers – a key understanding that is often not made clear to women ascending to leadership.
The Women’s Leadership Institute at Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University seeks to address this challenge head on by giving women access to the top scholars and research experts exploring how to navigate leadership. The Women’s Leadership Institute seeks to be the first program to give women research-informed tools to be purposeful, successful, and authentic leaders while bringing together a cohort of women in leadership that will continue to learn in professional network beyond the Institute
This program will attend to the specific obstacles that women in and on their way to leadership in various roles in schools face. “Women” speaks to an intersectional identity. Thus, at WLI, we will engage our participants in work considering race, ethnicity, gender identification and expression, class, sexuality, religion, disability, and social and familial status. This program will be the first of its kind, staffed by leadership researchers and practitioners, attending to a diverse group of participants, discussing the challenges that they will face and giving them access to research that will support them as they traverse their individual careers. This is not a program for aspiring heads of school only–although individuals with those interests are welcome. We will purposefully show many ways to lead – all grounded in research.
Dates: April 28-30, 2023
Early Registration Fee (through 12/8): $650
Regular Registration Fee (after 12/8): $750
Space is Limited.
Carol Gilligan, University Professor, New York University Steinhardt School of Education
Presenters and Facilitators:
Loris Adams, Head of DEI and Ethical Leadership, National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C.
Maureen Burgess, Assistant Head of School for Learning and Innovation, The Hewitt School, NY
Jessica Flaxman, Dean of Faculty and Employees, Rye Country Day School, NY
Nicole Furlonge, Professor and Director of The Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
Julie Kallio, Innovation Specialist, Breck School, MN
Sarah Odell, Director of Learning and Innovation Research, The Hewitt School, NY
Charol Shakeshaft, Professor, Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jennie Weiner, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut