New program helping place women in educational leadership roles

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Five Piedmontese teachers are preparing for the next challenge in their careers.

They are part of the first cohort of the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program recently launched by the Salem Academy and College at Salem College.

One of its main objectives is to provide the training and development necessary to place more women in administrative positions.

“We know that most teachers, especially at the elementary level, are women and when you compare the percentages of teachers in the profession to the number of female administrators, we need more good female leaders at the school level. school and district level, ”the program said. Residential education professional Dr. Carol Kirby said.

Students Loni Worsley, Natalie Charles, Savannah Sperlazza, Emily Osborne and Amanda Padgett come from a variety of educational backgrounds.

Between them, they have experience teaching exceptional children and as a pedagogical coach, literacy coach and facilitator of learning modules.

Students have just completed their first semester in the program.

“It was the right time for me because I felt like I was in a place at work where I was no longer learning and therefore wanted to take over the role of learner and not just teaching”, a said Worsley.

“I feel like we all walked into this program having a little bit of doubts if we could be that strong leader and one of the great things about this program, right from the start there was a lot of thinking about the experiences we’ve had and looking through a different lens of being that director or having that leadership position, and I think we all have a passion for advocacy, ”Charles said.

The program lasts two and a half years.

Classes include contemporary issues and social justice, ethics and the law in school, creating a culture of academic success, and engaging families and communities.

“I would say it’s a wonderful time for us to start a program like this. Schools were considering what to do to come back after COVID, so as future leaders many of us were part of the [that] decision-making in our schools and in our communities, ”said Sperlazza.

Janice G. Ball