The 31st annual UCEA Convention will be held November 16-19, 2017 at the Denver Sheraton in Denver, CO. The purpose of the 2017 UCEA Convention is to engage participants in discussions about research, policy, practice and preparation in the field of education with a specific focus on educational leadership. Members of the 2017 Convention Program Committee are Mariela Rodriguez (University of Texas-San Antonio), Miriam Ezzani (University of North Texas); Cristobal Rodriguez (Howard University); and Erin Anderson (University of Denver). The 30th Annual UCEA Convention 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.