The gap between boys’ and girls’ leadership opportunities needs to be eliminated. The National Education Association’s (NEA) 2014 study details needs. (http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/02/girls-leadership-roles-549/) It is essential that educators help girls take on leadership roles. “Leadership isn’t a class that you take. It’s how you live and breathe. Girls’ leadership in the classroom must be natural,” states NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia.
The NEA suggests breaking down gender biases still found in education and other settings. In light of stereotypes and challenges girls routinely face when it comes to STEM education and engagement, encouraging girls to take on science leadership roles is stressed. L & E Academy builds leaders and entrepreneurs. Hands-on STEM activities are an integral part of the curriculum.
We want to empower more girls. Please let 8th and 9th grade girls know that we have an essay scholarship contest underway. Applications are due January 19. Three scholarships will be awarded for girls who aspire to lead and want a more personalized and experiential learning experience for the 2015-16 school year. Details are at http://leacademy.org/girls-leadership-scholarship/
Here’s to “leveling the playing field” so that all teens get to develop their potential as leaders!