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Women Educators To Convene Nov. 9-10 At U.Va. To Learn How To Become Powerful Leaders

October 31, 2000 -- Examining what women need to climb the ladder of success in K-12 education and higher education will be the focus of a Nov. 9-10 conference at the University of Virginia.

During the third annual Women Education Leaders in Virginia conference, participants will address issues relevant to women and network with nationally recognized educators and Virginia women legislators. All sessions will be held in Zehmer Hall.

The conference will begin with an administrative job fair that is open to the public. People can talk to and leave their résumés with recruiters from 15 school districts representing a variety of in-state and out-of-state locales. Among the school districts expected are Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago as well as Virginia school systems in Fairfax, Hanover and Fluvanna counties. The fair will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 9.

At 8 p.m. on Nov. 9, Gerry House, president and CEO of the Institute for Student Achievement, a not-for-profit organization in New York that helps at-risk students enter college, will deliver the keynote address. A former school superintendent for 15 years in Memphis and Chapel Hill, N.C., House was named the 1999 National Superintendent of the Year. During her talk House will describe the major influences that have contributed to her career success.

"The conference will allow individuals in and those aspiring to administrative positions in education to participate in and nurture the growth of a powerful network for women in Virginia," said Margaret Grogan, an associate professor in U.Va.’s Curry School of Education, a sponsor of the event.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, at 9:15 a.m. Jo Lynne deMary, the Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, will speak on how women can gain leadership positions. DeMary is the first woman to serve as state superintendent since the Virginia public school system was created in 1871.

Following her talk, throughout the rest of the morning and afternoon, presenters and panelists will offer insights on becoming strong leaders by addressing such topics as "Ten

Biggest Mistakes to Avoid in the Principalship" and "Leading to Eliminate the Black/White Test Score Gap."

At 2:45 p.m. three women in the Virginia General Assembly will lead a panel discussion, "Women as Political Leaders at the State Level." Speakers will include State Sen. Emily Couric, Del. Viola Baskerville and Del. Kristen Amundson.

The conference is open to the public, but a $190 registration fee is required. (The job fair is open to the public without charge.) For registration information, contact Betty Brown at (804) 924-7161 or Mary Ann Wolf at maw6g@virginia.edu.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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