The award, sponsored by Farmers Insurance and AASA, was presented at an awards ceremony preceding the second general session at the AASA National Conference on Education in Los Angeles, Calif. Each honoree will receive a $1,000 check and a one-year membership to the American Association of School Administrators.
The Women in School Leadership Award recognizes the exceptional leadership of active, front-line female administrators who are making a difference in the lives of students every day. The award pays tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools. The award is given in two separate categories: the superintendent/assistant superintendent category and the central-office administrator/principal category. The criteria include demonstration of strength in both personal and organizational communication, professionalism and community involvement.
Ann Blakeney Clark, deputy superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, N.C.
Ann Clark has been the driving force behind a nationally recognized strategic staffing initiative that places a principal with a proven track record in an underperforming school. She was critical in helping CMS earn the prestigious Broad prize for Urban Education and was selected as one of eleven Broad Superintendent Academy Fellows targeted as a leader who will transform education. Ann has been instrumental in the school district’s data driven reform efforts, its focus on high quality leadership, and the development of innovative programs.
Harriet MacLean, principal, James B. Davidson Middle School, San Rafael City Schools, San Rafael, Calif.
In just four years, under Harriet MacLean’s courageous guidance, Davison Middle School has been transformed into a school that is student-centered, where leadership is shared, where students and families feel safe and proud, and where significant student achievement gains have been made by all students. Harriet led the faculty and community to a total redesign of the school. Teamwork and professional development were her chief strategies, and effective engagement brought the community into the process.