WELCOME TO WELV

Established in 1998, Women Education Leaders in Virginia (WELV) is a not-for-profit organization, affiliated with the Curry School at the University of Virginia, that includes and supports women in all areas of education in Virginia.

Click on “About WELV” above to learn more about our organization.

 

GET INVOLVED

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPPORT WELV IN OUR EFFORTS AS WE SUPPORT YOU IN YOURS?

Annual Membership Dues Are As Low As $25

OR

CONTACT YOUR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION

[Click Here for a List of School Divisions in Each Region]

Region 1:
Regina Turner
Staff Development Instructor, Henrico County Schools
Rfturner@henrico.k12.va.us

Region 2:
Lee-Ann O’Dell
Program Director, University of Virginia, School of Cont. & Professional Studies
lo4n@virginia.edu

Region 3:
Sheri Almond
Principal, Cople Elementary School, Westmoreland County Schools
almondsl@wmlcps.org

Region 4:
Jennifer Cavanaugh
Assistant Principal, Broad Run High School, Loudoun County Schools
jennifer.cavanaugh@loudoun.k12.va.us

Region 5:
Linda Reviea
Superintendent, Staunton City Schools
lreviea@staunton.k12.va.us

Region 6:
Brenda Blackburn
Superintendent, Montgomery County Schools
brendablackburn@mcps.org

Region 7:
Rebecca Harrison
Outreach/Lecturer University of Virginia, Southwest Center
rsh6w@virginia.edu

Region 8:
Merle Herndon
Superintendent, Halifax County Schools
mherndon@halifax.k12.va.us

 

 REGION I MEETING ON OCTOBER 18
MEETING REPORT


 

16TH ANNUAL WELV CONFERENCE


Call To Be Bold: Women Leading Change

16th Annual WELV Conference

Thursday, March 19  –  Friday, March 20, 2015


Holiday Inn, Charlottesville – University Area


Robbins WELVREV2Featuring a Keynote Address by the noted author and educational consultant Pam Robbins, this year’s conference will examine the challenges for women in leading change.

Over the two days of the conference, participants will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of issues of importance to them personally and to their professional communities through formal speeches, panel presentations, break-out sessions, and both social and professional networking activities.

The modest registration fee covers parking, breakfast and lunch each day, an evening reception on the first day, copies of all conference resource material–and membership in WELV through March 31, 2016.


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DO NOT DELAY . . . SIGN UP TODAY!

REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 15 AND RECEIVE A DISCOUNT

 

 

WELV AWARDS

WELV is proud to sponsor awards that recognize truly distinctive achievements by women leaders in Virginia public education.

And our broad community of WELV supporters plays a crucial role in helping us to select deserving winners!

Acting on nominations from the community, the WELV Board of Directors examines the full range of a potential winner’s accomplishments as they relate to and reflect the purpose of each award. Winners are celebrated at our Annual Conference in March.

Click on a dark blue link below for comprehensive information about an award, including what you need to submit if you wish to nominate a Virginia education leader.

This year, WELV is seeking nominations for these awards:

Pat Wright, Winner 2014 Outstanding Service Award

Pat Wright, Winner 2014 Outstanding Service Award

The Outstanding Service to Education Award goes to a leader who has served as a role model and mentor to emerging female leaders and has made a particularly significant and unusual contribution to education in Virginia.

The Spirit Award is bestowed on a WELV member who, over her years of involvement in WELV, has made notable contributions to strengthening the organization. Through her leadership and commitment to the organization, she has advanced the mission of WELV.

Staci England, Winner 2012 Rising Star  Female Leader Award

Staci England, Winner
2012 Rising Star
Female Leader Award

The Rising Star Female Leader Award is presented to a WELV member who demonstrates a strong commitment to students and who has already demonstrated leadership characteristics that inspire other women educators and extend her sphere of influence. She is viewed by her colleagues as an individual with the potential to develop her leadership abilities and to have a profound impact on the future of education in Virginia.

The Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award recognizes a woman who, by her accomplishments and her appointments to positions heretofore not held by women, has provided new pathways for other women to follow. As a professional in a significant position of leadership not previously held by a woman in Virginia, she has “broken the glass ceiling” in her field, and thus increased the sphere of influence of all women leaders in Virginia.

 

The Nomination Deadline for All 2015 Awards is February 25

Please Send Nominations Elaine Fogliani, WELV Executive Director

 

6TH LYNCHBURG REGIONAL WELV FORUM

The Sixth Lynchburg Regional WELV Forum, held at Randolph College on October 18, 2014, brought together women education leaders from across Virginia to discuss and gain new insights into issues of importance to their lives and careers.

Jenn McClellanFocusing on its central theme, “Innovative Leadership for the 21st Century,” the half-day forum featured break-out sessions, a panel discussion on the urban classroom, and a Keynote Address by Jennifer McClellan, the Virginia House Delegate for the 71st District and the Vice-Chair of Outreach for the House Democratic Caucus.

We are already excited about the prospects for the Seventh Lynchburg Regional Forum, which is tentatively scheduled for mid-October next year.

BUSINESS
PARTNERSHIP
INITIATIVE

 

WELV is honored to have the support of American Fidelity Assurance Company as our first Business Partner. American Fidelity has more than 50 years of experience providing financial security solutions to the education community and is also an excellent resource for school systems in understanding the new healthcare laws.

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Our thanks to American Fidelity for supporting women leaders!

Learn more about the benefits of our Business Partnership Initiative

 

 WHAT’S UP AT WELV?

 

Check out our Fall Newsletter for the latest happenings at WELV.

The issue features a celebration of two of our founding members, information on our new Ambassadors Program, details on the Lynchburg Forum and Annual Conference, a shout-out to our first Business Partner . . . and lots more!

View the Newsletter Here

 

AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

 

We are thrilled to announce the selection of our first WELV Ambassador, Dr. Tanesha H. Rachal, Ed.D.

RachalA life-long educator, Dr. Rachal is particularly committed to providing educational reform for diverse student populations, critically examining curriculum and pedagogy, and increasing achievement and equity in schools.

Dr. Rachal was instrumental in the formation of WELV’s first affiliate group in Fredericksburg. Becoming a WELV Ambassador was a logical next step for her: “I had been intrigued by the concept and overall mission of WELV since I heard about it a few years ago. The idea of bonding together as women to inspire, motivate, support, and uplift one another truly speaks to my core values as a leader.

Read more about Dr. Rachal and her efforts for both WELV and Virginia education.