February 16th, 2018 by


Keynote Addresses at the 2018 UCEA Convention!

Social Justice Keynote featuring a Panel of Texas Superintendents

This panel will feature social justice-oriented superintendents in the state of Texas who have led major initiatives focused on the procurement of equitable outcomes in their districts. Join us as we learn from district leaders who are uniquely situated to shape policies and practices in a way that better facilitates the procurement of equitable outcomes for the children, families, and communities they are called to serve.

Date: Thursday, 11/15/18

Time: 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Marriott Marquis Houston: Houston 4 Ballroom


Superintendent: Dr. Kelly Crook

School District: Del Valle Independent School District

Superintendent: Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner

School District: Forth Worth Independent School District

Superintendent: Dr. Art Cavasos

School District: Harlingen Independent School District

Superintendent: Dr. Esperanza Zendejas

School District: Brownsville Independent School District

Click here to view the Superintendents’ biographies.

Graduate Student Council Keynote featuring Dr. Michelle D. Young 

Michelle D. Young is UCEA Executive Director and Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Virginia. Young’s scholarship focuses on the development of school leaders as well as how school leaders and school policies can support equitable and quality experiences for all students and adults who learn and work in schools. She recently edited the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders and is currently conducting an analysis of state ESSA plans’ focus on leadership development. Young works with universities, practitioners, and state and national leaders to improve the preparation and practice of school and school system leaders. She has led both state-wide and institutional reviews of educational leadership development programs. Currently, she is chairing the effort to develop the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards which will guide the development and accreditation review of educational leadership preparation programs. She also serves on a number of national policy and academic boards, including the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA).


Date: Friday, 11/16/18

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM 

Location: Marriott Marquis Houston: Houston 4 Ballroom

Presidential Address featuring Dr. Mariela A. Rodríguez

Que por mí no quede: The Impact of Our Actions When Mentoring School Leaders

Date: Saturday, 11/17/18

Time: 9:20 AM – 10:50 AM

Location: Marriott Marquis Houston: Houston 4 Ballroom

We have a huge responsibility as scholars tasked with mentoring school leaders. The multiple roles we engage in as researchers, educators, and activists shape the ways our students grow as leaders. We are not defined just by our refereed publications and conference presentations. The ways we create learning opportunities for school leaders and engage them in (re)examining their roles will have a lasting impact whose reach we may never know. As such, we must reflect on the purpose of the work that we do. We must ensure that we have given everything of ourselves to help nurture school leaders willing to cultivate spaces for learning that inspire and empower the children who they serve.

Click here for Dr. Mariela A. Rodríguez’s biography. 

Mitstifer Lecture featuring a Panel of UCEA Hidden Figures

Date: Friday, 11/17/18

Time: 8:15 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Space Center Houston: Space Center Theater

Join us for an out-of-this-world evening as we reveal and honor our own Hidden Figures who have broken barriers and opened doors in educational leadership during our 32nd UCEA Annual Banquet at Space Center Houston. We will toast the night away celebrating our five honorees as they share pearls of wisdom of what it means to revolutionize the Future Through Equitable Educational Leadership, Research, and Practice. Don’t miss this night to remember!