International Professional Associations and Agencies
A growing number of international organizations are investigating and reporting issues and trends in educational leadership preparation and development. Examples of prominent professional organizations and agencies are listed below.
The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic organization with the mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers from all over the world could meet in Athens and exchange ideas on their research and discuss the future developments of their discipline (http://www.atiner.gr/docs/2010AAACALL_EDU.htm).
The Education Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (AT.IN.E.R.) organizes its 12th Annual International Conference on Education, 24-27 May 2010, Athens, Greece.
Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) is the major professional association for educational leaders and draws its membership from all sectors of education in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the rest of the world (http://www.acel.org.au).
“Tipping Points: Courageous Actions Powerful Stories,” Darwin, Australia, 26-28 September 2009
British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) seeks to advance the practice, teaching and study of educational management, administration and leadership in the United Kingdom, and to contribute to international development (http://www.belmas.org.uk).
“Educational Leadership: Where Do We Go from Here?” Sheffield, England, 3-5 July 2009
Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) is a non-governmental organisation within the Commonwealth fostering links and exchanges among individuals and associations concerned with the improvement of educational administration, management, and leadership (http://www.cceam.org).
“Think Globally Act Locally: A Challenge to Education Leaders,” Durban, South Africa, 8-12 September 2008
In Sydney, Australia. Dates and theme to be determined.
European Educational Research Association (EERA) was founded to encourage collaboration amongst educational researchers in Europe, promote communication between educational researchers and governmental agencies, and disseminate and highlight the findings of educational research (http://www.eera.ac.uk/).
2009 European Conference on Educational Research
“Theory and Evidence in European Educational Research,” Vienna, Austria, 28-30 September 2009
European Forum on Educational Administration (EFEA) develops and promotes new concepts in the field of educational administration within a European context, and facilitates contacts and the exchange of information between members (http://www.efea.org).
“School Quality through Partnerships among Teachers, Parents and Students - Challenge for School Leadership,” European Intervisitation Program Conference, 20-24 April, 2008, Ljubljan, Slovenia
“Transformation of Educational Administration: New Roles for Educational Administrators,” Annual Conference of the German Society for Educational Administration, 18-20 September 2008, Dresden-Saxony, Germany
International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) enhances the quality and equity of education for all students in primary and secondary schools through the acquisition and dissemination of information in a coordinated effort between policy makers, practitioners, and scholars (http://www.icsei.net).
“New Departures for a Learning World of Quality and Equality,” Vancouver, British Columbia 4-7 January 2009
In Malaysia. Dates and theme to be determined.
New Zealand Educational Administration and Management Society (NZEALS) is a leading source of information, support and networking in educational administration and leadership. The organization represents the entire educational spectrum, from early childhood to tertiary level, as well as agencies such as the Education Review Office and the Ministry of Education (http://www.nzeals.org.nz/).
“Leadership: A Juggling Act?” Christchurch, New Zealand, 7-9 April 2010
National College for School Leadership (NCEL) was established to improve the lives and life chances of all children and young people throughout the United Kingdom by developing world-class school leaders, system leaders, and future leaders (http://www.ncsl.org.uk).
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) brings together the governments of countries to support sustainable economic growth, boost employment, raise living standards, and contribute to growth in world trade (http://www.oecd.org).
Women Leading in Education: In 2006, the Women’s Special Interest Group (SIG) of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) recognized that no single world-wide venue existed whereby interested researchers, policy makers, practitioners and others could obtain an understanding of the under representation of women in the highest levels of educational leadership across the globe, nor the social and educational impact. UCEA, a premiere organization of the top 10% of US and some international universities, and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), recognized the same need. Dr. Helen Sobehart (then Associate Provost at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and now President of Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee) was chair of the UCEA Women’s SIG and long time member of AASA, so began work on the charge (http://women-leading-education.com/).
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.
The second conference was held at the University of Augsburg, Germany in 2009. Researchers and practitioners from an increasing number of countries were invited to this conference so that we might discuss the issues, clarify understanding, and determine the means by which we can most effectively illuminate this incredibly important aspect of social justice. 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.
For more information please visit our website at http://women-leading-education.com/ .
World Bank is a source of financial and technical assistance for developing countries around the world to reduce global poverty and improve living standards (http://www.worldbank.org).