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UCEA 17 Keynote Addresses

July 31st, 2017 by


UCEA proudly announces the following keynote addresses at the 2017 Convention. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear these outstanding thought-leaders speak live at the UCEA 2017 Convention in Denver! Register now!

Our 2017 theme is “Echando Pa’lante: School Leaders (Up)rising as Advocates and (Up)lifting Student Voices.”  Share your voice and join us in Denver.
Social Justice Keynote Featuring Dr. Cecilia Fierro
Dr. Cecilia Fierro is a national research professor at Universidad Iberoamericana Leon. Her greatest academic concern for over three decades has been to strengthen teacher´s endeavor and power of action. 
Her books, adopted by the Public Educational System in Mexico, have been used in every public school since 1990 reaching over 130,000 teachers in every corner of Mexico. 
Dr. Fierro was named the 2016 Brock International Prize in Education Laureate for her significant contributions to the field of education, including work alongside teachers and school leaders to develop practices that address needs of marginalized children, and build democratic schools in rural and impoverished neighborhoods across Mexico. 
She has been a relentless advocate for marginalized children and the teachers and school directors who work on their behalf.
Mitstifer Lecture featuring Will Richardson
Will Richardson has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education. 
Richardson is one of a handful of original education bloggers and his work has appeared in numerous journals, newspapers, and magazines such as Ed Leadership, District Administration,Education Week, The New York Times and English Journal. Richardson was recognized by the New York Times as a “trendsetter in education” for his use of blogs in the classroom.
Having spent 22-years as a public school teacher and technology administrator, Richardson is an outspoken advocate for change in schools and classrooms in the context of the diverse new learning opportunities that the Web and other technologies offer.  In 2017, he was named one of 100 global “Changemakers in Education” by the Finnish site HundrED. 
Richardson’s guiding focus has been to help schools and educators make sense of what’s happening in terms of technology and learning, and to help them forge a path forward.
Leading in a Time of Challenge: What’s An Educational Leader to do? A UCEA-Wallace Town Hall
School leaders are facing financial and ethical challenges with increasing frequency and complexity. The standards of our profession require us to strive for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices to promote each student’s academic success and well-being. Now, more than ever, school leaders need the support of high-quality preparation as complex challenges demand strong judgment.
What then is the responsibility of leadership preparation and professional development to ensure that leaders are adequately prepared to meet these challenges with compassion and social justice?
How can universities be educational advocates for state policy that supports the development of strong and
ethical school leaders?
Katy Anthes, Colorado Commissioner of Education, Colorado Department of Education
Mark Gooden, Professor of Education Leadership and Director of the Endeavor Leadership Initiative,Teachers College of Columbia University
Beverly Hutton, Deputy Executive Director of Programs and Services, National Association of Secondary School Principals
Kelly Pollitt, Chief Strategist, Policy and Alliances, National Association of Elementary School Principals

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