The General Convention 2017 Call for Proposals is now available for viewing. Hosted in Denver, Colorado at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, this year’s theme “Echando Pa’lante: School Leaders (Up)rising as Advocates and (Up)lifting Student Voices,” is intended to encourage opportunities for reflective dialogue regarding the educational contexts that students, teachers, principals, and superintendents will be facing within a changing national climate and its impact on educational policy. The words in the theme “echando pa’lante” are a derivation of echando para adelante which translates from Spanish as moving forward. Yet the terms imply more than just that action. They describe the will to keep going especially when times are tough and intrinsic motivation is needed to keep moving forward. Traditionally used within Latinx, Spanish-speaking communities, these words serve to inspire one to challenge themselves no matter what the odds. Within the 2017 UCEA Convention theme, echando pa’lante reflects the value of student voice and agency as they move forward in meeting their educational goals. The term also represents the advocacy work of school leaders who assist students in meeting their goals by creating and sustaining equitable learning environments.
To address the 2017 UCEA Convention theme, “Echando Pa’lante: School Leaders (Up)rising as Advocates and (Up)lifting Student Voices,” UCEA invites submissions that: 1) offer analyses of leadership practices that support student voice, engagement and learning; 2) examine how we prepare school and district leaders to support student voice, engagement and learning, 3) explore the myriad ways of defining student voice, engagement and learning; 4) support advocacy work in schools and local communities; and 5) advocacy work directed at policy makers and elected officials.
Please note – the proposal submission process will open April 7th, 2017 and will close on May 8th, 2017 at midnight EST.