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UCLA Women's School Leadership Academy (WSLA)*

UCLA WSLA is a pioneering leadership program for women. It provides leaders with the tools and knowledge they need to be more impactful educational leaders. The 6-month program goes beyond the K – 12 leadership basics to help women realize their own voices and to shape their own stories. *open to people of all gender identities
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WSLA was designed by women K-12 educators to provide practical sessions on leadership that focus on collaborating for change, communication, coaching, mentoring, career expansion, connecting voice to vision, promoting equity, diversity and inclusion, and navigating professional and personal lives.
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The number of women school leaders has remained static. They comprise 27% of the school superintendents and 23% to 26% of the heads of independent schools. Although women’s share of doctorates awarded in education grew to 70% in 2016, women continue to be underrepresented in top educational leadership positions. Existing programs have done little to change this.

Why Participate in UCLA Women’s School Leadership Academy?

WSLA participants learn from each other and from instructors or facilitators who are leaders in varied areas of K - 12 education. To benefit from a leadership program, an essential quality is being open to learning about yourself and others.

Educators participate in WSLA to strengthen their leadership skills and to expand their confidence in their own leadership. They want to enlarge their ability to lead in times of calm and in times of crisis and to increase excellence in school leadership. These educators want to increase their value to their schools and districts. They want to collaborate on solving problems and on reducing inequities in their own schools and districts. Small mentoring circles enable participants to discuss and brainstorm issues in their organizations and on their leadership objectives. Some educators do WSLA to understand and prepare for new career options while others want to extend their own leadership in their current positions.

WSLA participants learn from each other and from instructors or facilitators who are leaders in varied areas of K - 12 education. Program methods include writing activities, case studies, coaching sessions, readings and individual practice in facilitating a meeting, promoting equity and excellence and interviewing others.

UCLA WSLA emphasizes women helping other women to build their leadership capacity and expand leadership roles for women in K - 12 organizations.

Linda Rose, Ph.D., Founder WSLA
“It is essential that more women leaders be instrumental in the critical decisions needed to improve student outcomes. WSLA will help women to leverage successful experiences and expertise into top leadership positions and serve as a cornerstone of ongoing support. Many women in education are deeply engaged in the complex issues confronting schools and education organizations, but their voices are often left out when it comes to policy development and decision making. One of the key goals of the program will be to provide a platform for the voices of women leaders in education."

Our Four Through-lines are:

  • 360 degree leadership
  • Communicating for impact
  • Leading for success across the organization
  • Promoting equity, diversity and inclusion

These through lines are informed by four themes:

  • Leading as a woman in times of calm and crisis
  • Making decisions considering multiple social, cultural and political perspectives
  • Women supporting women for professional growth
  • Navigating professional and private lives

In WSLA, participants uplift and learn from one another and from K - 12 expert practitioners:

  • Two in-person Saturday Intensives at UCLA, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (conditions permitting): January 7 and June 24
  •  Ten Virtual Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: January 10, 24, February 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 25, May 2, 16.

For more information, contact Dr. Linda Rose at

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2022.

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