Women of Color Education Collaborative

Supporting Women of Color to Advance and Thrive

The Women of Color Education Collaborative (WOCEC) is a career and professional learning support network for women of color education system leaders. The WOCEC mission is to provide a safe and supportive space for women of color leaders with programming uniquely designed to enhance leadership skills, build strong bonds between participants, and promote and prioritize self-care and healing.

There is no cost to members to participate in the WOCEC. 

There are different ways to join the WOCEC based on your professional and career needs and the time you have available to participate:

Cohort Member

Join as a WOCEC cohort member and with 10-15 other women of color school system leaders participate in multiple WOCEC convenings (in person and virtual) throughout the calendar year.

Cohort convenings feature prominent women of color keynote speakers and session facilitators and focus on building members’ understanding and sustaining self-care and wellness practices and collaborating on and developing solutions for shared problems of practice.

Executive Coaching

WOCEC executive coaching focuses on generating personal awareness and supporting members to reach their full potential while acknowledging the challenges that women of color must continually navigate when applying for and sitting in leadership positions. WOECE members receive up to 8 hours per month of executive coaching from experienced woman of color school system leaders. You can choose to receive both regularly scheduled and on-demand executive coaching, or on-demand coaching only. WOCEC executive coaching includes resume review and career planning and guidance services.

Networking and Community Building

WOCEC members have multiple opportunities to grow their professional network, including among current members and alumni, WOCEC leadership and executive coaches and through WOCEC in-person professional networking events.

Members also participate in periodic WOCEC informal gatherings to socialize and foster community, engage in peer-to-peer professional advisories, and otherwise build community with their cohort members

“The level of intellectual and social emotional support is beyond what I have experienced in a professional learning community. [The WOCEC] community honors, respects, and re-fills the well of your soul and intellect.”

WOCEC 2022 Cohort Member

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Final Application Deadline: December 21, 2022, 11:59pm EST
The WOCEC is now accepting applications from women of color education system leaders (superintendents, assistant superintendents, and other districts/central office education leaders) to join WOCEC in 2023. You can apply to be part of the WOCEC cohort or to receive executive coaching only. Apply today!
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Session Dates
Session 1 – Friday, February 24 (in-person)
Session 2 – Friday, April 28 (virtual)
Session 3 – Friday, September 29 (in-person)
Session 4 – Friday, December 1 (in-person)
Session 5 – Culminating Event – Friday, February 23 (in-person)

These are the slides from the WOCEC presentation at the 2022 NABSE conference.

Apply to Join WOCEC!

Final Application Deadline:December 21, 2022, 11:59pm EST
The WOCEC is now accepting applications from women of color education system leaders (superintendents, assistant superintendents, and other districts/central office education leaders) to join WOCEC in 2023. You can apply to be part of the WOCEC cohort or to receive executive coaching only. Apply today!
Apply Here

Session Dates
Session 1 – Friday, February 24 (in-person)
Session 2 – Friday, April 28 (virtual)
Session 3 – Friday, September 29 (in-person)
Session 4 – Friday, December 1 (in-person)
Session 5 – Culminating Event – Friday, February 23 (in-person)

Our Executive Coaches

Constance Evelyn, Ed. D.

Constance Evelyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent in Residence

For more than three decades, Dr. Constance Evelyn has represented the interests of public education at the local, state, and national levels.

Her transformative executive leadership, which is focused on promoting equitable educational experiences and outcomes for all children, undergirds her reputation both in New York State and nationally. Her roles as a teacher, principal and superintendent promoted targeted support for educators and led to closing opportunity gaps and dramatic increases in student achievement.

Dr. Evelyn was twice appointed by Governor Cuomo to represent the voice of New York State superintendents on the Smart School Commission and the Common Core Learning Standards Task Force. Dr. Evelyn was also called upon to provide testimony to the Board of Regents in New York State regarding the importance of diversifying educator talent.

In 2019, Dr. Evelyn was awarded the Harriet Tubman National Freedom Award for her ceaseless dedication to equity and excellence. She is the co-author of Evaluating the Superintendent: The Process of Collaborative Compromises and Critical Considerations.

Constance Evelyn, Ed.D.

Constance Evelyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent in Residence

For more than three decades, Dr. Constance Evelyn has represented the interests of public education at the local, state, and national levels.

Her transformative executive leadership, which is focused on promoting equitable educational experiences and outcomes for all children, undergirds her reputation both in New York State and nationally. Her roles as a teacher, principal and superintendent promoted targeted support for educators and led to closing opportunity gaps and dramatic increases in student achievement.

Dr. Evelyn was twice appointed by Governor Cuomo to represent the voice of New York State superintendents on the Smart School Commission and the Common Core Learning Standards Task Force. Dr. Evelyn was also called upon to provide testimony to the Board of Regents in New York State regarding the importance of diversifying educator talent.

In 2019, Dr. Evelyn was awarded the Harriet Tubman National Freedom Award for her ceaseless dedication to equity and excellence. She is the co-author of Evaluating the Superintendent: The Process of Collaborative Compromises and Critical Considerations.

Superintendent in Residence
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Meria Carstarphen, Ed. D.

Meria Carstarphen, Ed.D.

Superintendent in Residence

Dr. Meria Carstarphen has more than 20 years of transformational leadership and executive management experience in education, with a track record of dramatically improving student and organizational outcomes.

Nationally recognized as a successful and experienced public education leader skilled at managing billion-dollar organizations efficiently and effectively, her collective impact spans more than 800,000 students, 20,000 employees, and hundreds of schools.

Over her career, she has served as teacher and administrator, and, in the role of superintendent, led major metropolitan American public school districts including Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; and Saint Paul, Minnesota. Most recently, she joined Gallup as a senior scientist, their first ever in education.

Her current work is focused on solving global illiteracy by integrating human and artificially intelligent learning systems to teach the science of reading.

Meria Carstarphen, Ed.D.

Meria Carstarphen, Ed.D.

Superintendent in Residence

Dr. Meria Carstarphen has more than 20 years of transformational leadership and executive management experience in education, with a track record of dramatically improving student and organizational outcomes.

Nationally recognized as a successful and experienced public education leader skilled at managing billion-dollar organizations efficiently and effectively, her collective impact spans more than 800,000 students, 20,000 employees, and hundreds of schools.

Over her career, she has served as teacher and administrator, and, in the role of superintendent, led major metropolitan American public school districts including Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; and Saint Paul, Minnesota. Most recently, she joined Gallup as a senior scientist, their first ever in education.

Her current work is focused on solving global illiteracy by integrating human and artificially intelligent learning systems to teach the science of reading.

Superintendent in Residence
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Brenda Cassellius, Ed. D.

Brenda Cassellius, Ed.D.

Superintendent in Residence

Dr. Brenda Cassellius has spent three decades as an educator devoted to helping all children succeed and thrive.

Most recently as the superintendent of Boston Public Schools, she led the district successfully through a global pandemic, secured $110 million in new annual funding, and passed an historic admissions policy, increasing diversity and opportunity for students across Boston.

Prior to her work in Boston, she served as the commissioner of education in Minnesota, where she worked to enact comprehensive education reforms that resulted in a remarkable list of accomplishments, including historic new funding for schools, all-day kindergarten, state-funded preschool, and the highest high school graduation rates on record.

Dr. Cassellius is best known for her unrelenting advocacy and commitment to ensuring all children receive an equitable and excellent education.

Brenda Cassellius, Ed.D.

Brenda Cassellius, Ed.D.

Superintendent in Residence

Dr. Brenda Cassellius has spent three decades as an educator devoted to helping all children succeed and thrive.

Most recently as the superintendent of Boston Public Schools, she led the district successfully through a global pandemic, secured $110 million in new annual funding, and passed an historic admissions policy, increasing diversity and opportunity for students across Boston.

Prior to her work in Boston, she served as the commissioner of education in Minnesota, where she worked to enact comprehensive education reforms that resulted in a remarkable list of accomplishments, including historic new funding for schools, all-day kindergarten, state-funded preschool, and the highest high school graduation rates on record.

Dr. Cassellius is best known for her unrelenting advocacy and commitment to ensuring all children receive an equitable and excellent education.

Superintendent in Residence
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