June 16, 2017

Indianapolis Public Schools is pleased to announce that Jonique Burton, Assistant Principal at Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities, is one of only 10 female educators nationwide to receive a scholarship by AASA, The School
Superintendents Association to attend the Women Leading Education (WLE) Across
Continents International Conference, July 22-26, 2017, at Rio de Janeiro State
University in Duque de Caxias, Brazil. The goal of the conference is to
increase the number of women in leadership roles.

Jonique Burton

Themed “From
Margins to Centers,” women educators from around the world will convene to
address issues such as social justice, equity, and advancement in K-12 and
higher 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.

“Jonique is
among the many talented women principals, superintendents and other district
administrators who are making a positive difference in the lives of our
children,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We are proud of
the female educators representing AASA at an event that is certain to generate
rich conversations for the benefit of our schools and students. We are grateful
to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for supporting this initiative.”

“On behalf
of the faculty, staff and students who make up our community at Indianapolis
Public Schools it will be an honor to take part in this extraordinary, global
setting,” said Burton. “To exchange best practices and ideas from my fellow
educators from all over the world is an opportunity that I will cherish and
make the most out of, and share with my colleagues in my home district. I thank
AASA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for making this possible.”

In addition
to Burton, other AASA members awarded scholarships include:

  • Karen
    Arbogast, director of elementary education, Wooster City School District,
    Wooster, Ohio
  • Aspasia
    Angelou Carlson, principal, John Marshall Mid-High Enterprise School, Oklahoma
    City Public Schools, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Angela
    D. Coker, visiting associate professor, Johns Hopkins University School of
    Education, Baltimore, Md.
  • Carletta
    Marrow, instructional director, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Capitol
    Heights, Md.
  • Julissa
    Alcantar-Martinez, principal, Northside High School, Houston Independent School
    District, Houston, Texas
  • Melissa
    Ann McCooley, superintendent, Little Egg Harbor School District, Little Egg
    Harbor, N.J.
  • Nova
    S. Meza, doctoral student, Loyola Marymount University; high school principal,
    Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Bianca
    Abigail Tarango, director of special projects and strategic initiatives, Ysleta
    Independent School District, El Paso, Texas
  • Annette
    G. Walters, director of special education, Warren Hills Regional School
    District, Washington, N.J.

The WLE was
established through a partnership with AASA, the University Council for
Educational Administration and Duquesne University. WLE has hosted an
international conference every two years since 2007. Starting in Rome, scholars
and activists for the education of women and girls through women’s leadership
have met in Germany, Greece, Ghana and New Zealand.

The scholarships
continue a longstanding tradition of AASA honoring outstanding female
superintendents, district level administrators and principals whose talent,
creativity and vision are exemplary. The initiative 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.

The
scholarship initiative was made possible by the generous support of the Bill
& Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information about the AASA Women in
School Leadership Initiative, visit the AASA website or contact Vera Turner,
project manager, at vturner@aasa.org.