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. HD Chambers

School District: Alief 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 


UCEA is a special organization. It brings together a diverse community of scholars committed to making the world a better place for students through our efforts to understand, support and improve effective, responsive and equity-minded education leadership. It is this same community of scholars that has made UCEA what it is today and that will determine its future. This is an important responsibility and one which I invite each of you to embrace. UCEA is your organization. It is our organization. We are UCEA.

Click here to view Dr. Michelle D. Young’s biography.


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: Saturday, 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!