The 24th annual convention of the University Council for Educational Administration was held at the Sheraton New Orleans, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The convention will open at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon (October 28, 2010) and close at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday (October 31,2010). The purpose of the 2009 UCEA Convention is to engage participants in discussing research, policy, and practice in educational leadership and administration. Members of the Convention 2009 Program Committee are Autumn K. Tooms (Kent State University), Thomas Alsbury (University of North Carolina State University), and Noelle Witherspoon (Louisiana State University).
The 2010 Convention theme, “Building Bridges: Politics, Partnerships, and the Purpose of Schooling.” acknowledges the interdependent relationship of school leadership and the role societies designate to schools and school systems. The ever increasing political pressures placed on schools to demonstrate improvements in student achievement, have increasingly fostered prescriptive approaches focused more on increasing student achievement scores and less on the considerations of school’s purpose in a community, authentic student learning or the artistry of teaching and leading. This call for proposals encourages the submission of efforts that stretch the boundaries of discourse about school leadership beyond recent instrumental definitions and that exemplify effective, “out of the box”, innovative, and dynamic approaches to leadership preparation. These approaches include, but are not limited to successful university and school district partnerships, partnerships among disciplines in the field of education (i.e. curriculum leadership and instructional leadership,) as well as community centered partnerships including social service agencies, emergency service agencies, and family health and welfare providers. Desired proposals should attempt to exemplify considerations supporting George Counts’ famous query “Dare the schools build a new social order?”