General Sessions


                               Keynote Speakers

All general sessions will be livestreamed for all registered attendees to view.

Pre-Convention General Session (Virtual): Superintendent Panel: Urban School District Leaders


Date: Friday, November 5

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Orange County Public Schools, Florida

Dr. Barbara Jenkins has been dedicated to serving the needs of students for over 30 years. She was named superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in 2012. Under Dr. Jenkins’ leadership, the district won the prestigious 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. 

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Ed Graff, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minnesota

Ed Graff is the Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools.  Previously he served as the superintendent of the Anchorage School District, one of the nation’s 100 largest school districts. Mr. Graff is dedicated to doing what is best for all students collectively while still meeting the needs of each individual.

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Dr. Rick Lopez, Garland ISD, Texas

Leading Garland ISD since January of 2018, Dr. Ricardo López is the 10th superintendent in the district’s more than 100-year history.  López is widely recognized for his proven success in closing achievement gaps for all learners, including implementing the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) model at two Garland ISD campuses to turn around performance and provide added support for students most in need.

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Superintendent Spotlight, Lessons from a Leader: Dr. Janice Jackson

Dr. Janice Jackson is a Senior Fellow whose work at Carnegie focuses on equity issues, such as improving high school and college attainment nationwide and ensuring that African American, Latinx, and Indigenous students receive exemplary education and social and emotional support. She is the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

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Date: Thursday, November 11

Time: 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Social Justice Keynote: Dr. Rich Milner

Learning from Young People, Families and Teachers about Opportunity Centered Leadership

Richard Milner IV (also known as Rich) is Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. His research, teaching and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature, and the social context of education.

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Date: Friday, November 12

Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Check out Dr. Milner’s recent books:

Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There, Second Edition: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms (Race and Education)

Handbook of Urban Education

“These Kids Are Out of Control”: Why We Must Reimagine “Classroom Management” for Equity

Mitstifer Lecture: Dr. Bruce Baker

School Finance, Inequality and the Role of Race

Bruce D. Baker, Ed.D. is a Professor in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration at the GSE, and is widely recognized as a leading scholar in the field of education finance.

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Date: Saturday, November 13

Time: 9:20 AM – 10:30 AM

UCEA Presidential Address: Dr. William Black

Leadership Beyond Ableism: Toward Collective Responsibility and Interdependence

William R. (Bill) Black is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of South Florida. Before joining USF, Dr. Black was an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).

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Date: Saturday, November 13

Time: 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM