Karen Arbogast, director of elementary education for the Wooster City School District, is one of only 10 educators nationwide to receive a scholarship from AASA, the School Superintendents Association, to attend the Women Leading Education (WLE) Across Continents International Conference. The conference will be held July 22-26, 2017, at Rio de Janeiro State University in Duque de Caxias, Brazil.
Themed “From Margins to Centers,” female educators from around the world will gather to address issues such as advancement in K-12 and higher education, equity and social justice. The AASA established the WLE conference in order to focus on the critical issue of increasing the number of women in leadership roles in public education.
“Our primary goal is to elevate the status for all women who continue to make strides in educational leadership worldwide,” said Sharon Adams-Taylor, associate executive director, AASA, co-founder of the WLE and the network’s scholarship coordinator.
“It is such an honor to have the opportunity to represent Wooster City School District on a global level,” said Arbogast. “I am truly grateful to be the recipient of this scholarship as it allows me to take part in this once-in-a- lifetime opportunity. I look forward to collaborating with other educators to promote the advancement of K-12 education and enhance learning opportunities for students in my district and across the globe.”
The scholarship, made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is designed to recognize the exceptional leadership of active, front-line female leaders who are making a difference in the lives of students every day.
“This is a remarkable professional development opportunity for Mrs. Arbogast. We are incredibly proud of her participation,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs. “She will learn and bring back to Wooster key learnings from the conference that will allow her to identify new opportunities for our students, especially our most marginalized learners, and be a strong mentor for other administrators.”