I am so very excited to use this space to recognize a woman who embodies leadership, humanitarianism and mentorship.
This week, at the annual convention of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Dr. Charol Shakeshaft was honored with an Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award. According to AASA, “[t]hese awards…recognize AASA members who exemplify the professional qualities of advocacy, support, mentorship and encouragement of diversity in educational leadership.” The page announcing the 2009 winners does a decent job of describing Charol’s contributions to the field of educational leadership. I would add the following:
- Charol wrote THE seminal book on women in educational leadership.
- Charol has DEEPLY and positively impacted the personal and professional lives of dozens of school leaders directly through her work as a professor and mentor.
- Charol is most recently advocating for a profoundly underrepresented group; young people victimized by educator sexual misconduct.
And, personally, I consider Charol to be my primary mentor. She has been a dear colleague and friend for over a decade, and I look forward to continued collaboration and friendship with her moving forward.
I commend AASA for recognizing Dr. Shakeshaft. Please join me in congratulating Charol and in thanking her for all that she has done as a leader, a mentor and humanitarian.