Women in School Leadership Forum 2020

Please register on-site for this event starting March 9, 2020

Please join the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration &
the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators
for the

Women in School Leadership Forum 2020

This joint state leadership conference, hosted by CCOSA and the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, is for women of all ages who serve as or aspire to become school administrators. Enjoy networking, develop interview skills and take away tangible tips to implement in your day-to-day life.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

8:00 am – 10:00 am      Registration 

8:45 am - 9:45 am         Pre-conference breakouts           
10:00 am – Noon           General Session

                                    Keynote – Dr. Tina Boogren

Noon – 1:15 pm             Plated Lunch/Legacies of Leadership Panel                                           

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm        Break                                       

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm        General Session                                                

                                    Keynote - Dr. Tina Boogren

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm        Break/Networking                                             

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm        General Session                                                

                                     Pam Allyn – Scholastic

Thursday, March 12, 2020

 7:00 am – 7:45 am        Morning Devotional                                         

                                    Geri Gilstrap                                                                                

7:45 am – 8:30 am        Continental Breakfast                                        

8:30 am – 9:20 am        Breakouts                                                       

9:20 am – 9:30 am        Break

9:30 am – 10:45 am      General Session/Networking             

10:45 am – 11:45 am    Keynote by Lauren Sisler

Featuring Guest Speakers 

  • Tina Boogren, author of Take Time for You: Self-Care Action Plans for Educators 
  • Lauren Sisler, ESPN Sideline Reporter

Pre Conference Breakout Sessions

Rural Leadership - Go BIG in a Small Town!

Dr. Mary Ann Spears

This session will focus on what it takes to make a BIG impact for students in a small rural school district! Learn how BIG ideas are used to take students in a small rural town on a global educational path. Don’t sweat being small--Learn creative ways to Go BIG!!! 

Women in Advocacy Roles

Melissa Abdo

Learn from the co-founder of the Oklahoma Parent Legislative Action Committee and Jenks Public Schools Board Member about advocacy efforts in local communities.

Thursday Morning Breakout Sessions

Leading Brave... No Sissies Allowed 

Dr. April Grace, Superintendent, Shawnee Public Schools, OK

Dr. Stacey Butterfield, Superintendent, Jenks Public Schools, OK

Join Dr. Stacey Butterfield, 2019 Oklahoma Superintendent of the Year and Dr. April Grace, OASA Pres.-Elect for an authentic conversation around navigating the complexities and realities facing women in leadership.

Shared Leadership: Better Together...Never Alone...

Dr. Stephanie Nehus, Superintendent & Taryn Echols, Assistant Superintendent, Hot Springs School District, Hot Springs, AR

Our district is led by an all female district core team. We will share how we lead together on the same path to impact all aspects of our district in a positive way. Items to be covered: district guiding coalition meetings, building administrative team meetings, school visits, PLC process, lead teachers, Future Trojan Leadership Series, and more.

Transform & Improve Your School District/Culture

Dr. Karla Neathery, Superintendent, Arkadelphia School District, AR

Capturing Kids’ Hearts has changed the culture of our district through relationships with staff, students, and parents. We continue to see decreases in student discipline referrals, increases in student attendance, and our test scores continue to improve. The Capturing Kids’ Hearts process has been instrumental in helping us improve our culture so that we are able to impact our students’ lives. It is truly transformational! It is the best decision I have ever made as a district leader!

Aspiring Female Superintendents, What’s Next?

Stephanie Hyder, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Executive Search Services, OSSBA

As a woman educator, you have worked hard to affect teaching and learning in your district. The next step is the superintendency. Are you ready? Deepen your knowledge of the unique skills women bring to the superintendency and acquire strategies to better prepare you to interview.

Balanced Leadership - Handling the Demands of Leading, Learning and Living!

Dr. Andrea Martin, Superintendent, Greenland Public Schools, AR

This session will focus on how to be a strong leader, while staying focused on family, friends and fun. Additionally you’ll learn, how to manage the day-to-day, while not being held hostage to an inbox. BALANCE, it’s all about BALANCE. Tools and tricks of the trade to help you be all you can be, and be where you need to be, for who you need to be there for!

  • $225 for members
  • $400 for nonmembers

Get a Team Discount

Three or more attendees can receive a discount! The first registration will be at the early bird or regular rate with $25 off an additional two or more when registering together.

Non-CCOSA members can still take part in the Team Discount, but prices/discount will be based on the nonmember rate.


Cancellations must be received 48 hours in advance of the event or you will charged for the cost of the event. Email

Hotel Information 

You will find the information for your online reservation link below or you can 800-264-0165. The last day to book your room is February 12, 2020. 

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