@WomenEd_US: Growing in Our Second Year

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WomenEd US launched in November 2016 as the US regional chapter of the global #WomenEd movement. We’ve grown our network by connecting with women educators through a series of Twitter chats and connections with existing organizations promoting women in leadership.

During 2018, we hope to grow our following throughout the US so that we can begin hosting regional meet-ups to develop supportive and informative networks to mentor, advise, and promote women from all races and backgrounds into educational leadership.

Who We Are:

Elani McDonald, @WomenEd_US Regional Leader and work as a Mathematics Department chair in an independent school in Atlanta, Georgia. @elanimcd

Becca Leech, @WomenEd_US Regional Leader, Special Education Transition Manager at a Tennessee public high school. @beccaleech

Marcy Webb, @WomenEd_US Steering Team, Spanish teacher at an independent school in Connecticut. @teachermrw

Mary Bridget Burns, @WomenEd_US Steering Team, Assistant Director for the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS), Roche Center for Catholic Education, Boston College, Commissioner-Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women (Massachusetts). @marybridgetedu

Anisha Ismail Patel, @WomenEd_US Steering Team, Founder & Chief Education Officer – InnovusED, Global Educator & Speaker, School Board Member, Arlington Heights, Illinois. @globalanisha

Kerry Robinson, @WomenEd_US Steering Team, Assistant Professor in Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. @kerkatrob

The #WomenEd Mission:

To empower more women in education to have the choice to take their next leadership step.

At WomenEd_US, we acknowledge the unique structural barriers in our nation and aim to promote an inclusive model of gender equity in educational leadership for current and aspiring women leaders.

Vision:

To have a fully represented workplace and workforce in the educational system and to address the issues of inequality in our society by promoting women leaders from all races and backgrounds as role models for students with the goal of inspiring a new generation of changemakers.

Rationale:

While we applaud the progress that has been made toward gender equity in educational leadership, WomenEd US recognizes the divides that still plague us as a country and as a profession. There is work to be done to stem the tide of leadership churn, the status of educators, and the socio-economic and racial inequities in the field. We strive to eradicate these deep inequalities by promoting and encouraging all female leaders to pursue and develop their own leadership dreams and ambitions to raise a new generation of female leaders.

#WomenEd Values (The 8 C’s)

Clarity
Acknowledge the gender imbalance in education leadership

Communication
Promote the WomenEd mission

Connection
Connect existing and aspiring leaders and those who support them

Community
Create an inclusive and interactive community

Collaboration
Enhance collaboration and sharing of experience

Confidence
Take new opportunities and be 10% braver

Challenge
Highlight systemic barriers to more inclusive and diverse leadership

Change
Collate evidence of impact on developing inclusive/ diverse leadership

 How You Can Get Involved:

Follow us on twitter at @Womened_US and join in our chats. We are seeking regional leaders and steering group members who represent the diversity of the US population in all regions of the country. DM us on twitter if you are interested in becoming involved.

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