Far too few women, and women of color, are leading K–12 school systems. Despite the increasing diversity of our nation’s schools, and the enormous representation of women at other levels of our public school systems, the vast majority of district superintendents and state chiefs are white men.
This is not merely a problem of fairness, of representation, or of opportunity. By squandering the promise of many of the nation’s best education leaders, we have created a talent crisis at the top of systems that serve millions of children. And changing that will require intentionally remaking a system that long ago put men in charge of women, not by happenstance, but by design.
Our Women in Leadership programming is designed specifically for our female Future Chiefs and involves confidential women-only cohort convenings to allow these leaders to speak frankly about the challenges of the superintendency, the barriers that stand in their way, and how they can support one another in dismantling those barriers. In doing so, we have created a space for our women Future Chiefs to grow in trust, relationship, and leadership.
EDUCATION LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY PRAISE THE FUTURE CHIEFS PROGRAM