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April 30, 2018
CES-CTE #WomenEd Festival of Leadership: Saturday June 9th 2018
Hannah Wilson and Deb Outhwaite
University of Warwick staff from both the Centre for Education Studies (CES) and the Centre for Teacher Education (CTE) are hosting an event for 200 women teachers and leaders involved in the grassroots #WomenEd Twitter movement, that now has more than 18,000 members. The Saturday June 9th event, to be hosted on the Westwood Campus at Warwick is a ‘Festival of Leadership’ celebrating educational research with women teachers and leaders in education. We have both our own Provost Chris Ennew, and the Sheffield Hallam University Provost Christina Hughes; both our Directors of Education Centres: Emma Smith and Kate Ireland and keynotes from Professor Farzana Shain (Keele) and Jaswinder Dhillon (Worcester).
What is #WomenEd?
#WomenEd is a collaborative network and the values of #WomenEd have evolved as the community grows. Our main mission, however, is now concrete – to inspire and empower more women in education to become leaders. We have also identified a set of principles that we call ‘The 8 C’s’, in accordance with which we will aim to:
- Confidence: coaching our community to be 10% braver
- Clarify the issues
- Communicate the solutions
- Connect existing and aspiring leaders
- Create an inclusive and interactive community
- Collaborate and share experiences
- Challenge the systemic barriers
- affect Change, by collating evidence demonstrating the impact of inclusive/diverse leadership models
#WomenEd was founded by seven educational leaders from various backgrounds and sectors. To increase our capacity and our reach, we have since recruited 60 volunteers around the country to co-lead our activities in 12 regions across the country, including Scotland and Northern Ireland. In the East and West Midlands we are really lucky to have some of the high profile names in gender and educational leadership such as Professors Farzana Shain and Jaswinder Dhillon who are doing our Keynotes, and also an Associate Professor Kay Fuller at the University of Nottingham, who is an expert on women and headship, and co-convenes the BELMAS RIG on Gender and Educational Leadership: http://www.belmas.org.uk/Rig-GEL/Overview
Together, #WomenEd plans to identify and meet the local needs of women in education, and create a series of bespoke regional events. Throughout the year, our volunteer Regional Leaders connect and collaborate at a series of events, where they will identify regional priorities and plan regional activities. The 12 regions each have their own group within the #WomenEd community in which to share ideas, resources and opportunities. Come and join in!
So if you are interested in #heforshe, and live or work somewhere in our Midlands region, why not come and join us on Saturday June 9th for our Festival of Leadership? Tickets available here:
Any questions or queries to Deb Outhwaite: email@example.com