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Convention 2008

Convention 2008

University Council for Educational Administration

22nd Annual Convention – Theme

Preparing Democratic Leaders For Quality Teaching And Student Success:  A Time For Action

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I. General Information
The 22nd annual convention of the University Council for Educational Administration will be held at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The convention will open at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday evening (October 30, 2008) and close at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday (November 2, 2008). The purpose of the 2008 UCEA Convention is to engage participants in discussing research, policy, and practice in educational leadership and administration. Members of the Convention 2008 Program Committee are James W. Koschoreck (University of Cincinnati), Floyd D. Beachum (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee), and Jeffrey S. Brooks (Auburn University).

II. Theme
The 2008 Convention theme, Preparing Democratic Educational Leaders To Foster Quality Teaching And Student Success: A Time For Action, acknowledges the urgency for university professors and educational leaders to engage actively in the discourse around the preparation and development of educational leaders and the role of university-based leadership preparation programs.

As policy makers, business people, and the general public participate more in the discourse about the role of public education in a democratic society, we urge university professors and educational leaders to seek new ways to bring their knowledge and skills to the decision-making process rather than simply letting decisions about leadership and public education to be made without their input.

In this spirit, we invite all members of the UCEA community (1) to share their research and scholarly perspectives on these themes, (2) to offer new suggestions about how research and theory can inform the actual decision-making process at national, state, and local levels, and 3) to discuss insightful ways in which educational leadership can enhance academic excellence, equity and social justice in P-20 educational contexts. We offer the following issues to stimulate the thinking of participants in the 2008 annual conference:

    • How is educational leadership defined, developed, enacted and determined effective, and to what ends?
    • What should leadership preparation look like over the next decade?
    • What are the roles of university leadership preparation programs in preparing and developing democratic educational leaders? How can we advocate for these roles in conversations with national, state, and local policy makers?
    • What are the implications of scholar-activism as it relates to educational research?
    • As high quality university-based leadership preparation programs face more and more competition from low-quality, preparation options, what can program faculty do to strengthen our commitment to foster quality teaching?
    • In what ways can we improve our leadership preparation practices in order to strengthen the promise of leadership’s capacity to support student success?
    • How can university leadership preparation programs assist educational leaders in developing P-20 schools and programs that value, promote and practice democracy, high quality, and diversity?
    • How can program faculty take their collective voices from the university classrooms outside the world of academia in order to influence the direction of the public discourse on education?
    • What should educational leaders be doing to prepare students for a technology-suffused, globally-interconnected future?

III. Session Categories

    1.  Paper Sessions. These sessions are intended for reporting research results or analyzing issues of policy and practice in an abbreviated form. Presenters are expected to provide electronic copies of papers. The proposal summary should include a statement of purpose, rationale, findings, and conclusions. For research reports, also describe data sources and methods. A discussion leader will be assigned to facilitate dialogue for the session.
    2. Symposia. A symposium should examine specific issues, research problems, or topics from several perspectives and allow for dialogue and discussion. Session organizers are expected to chair the session and facilitate discussion. Symposium participants are expected to develop and provide electronic copies of papers.
    3. Conversations/Dialogues. These sessions are intended to stimulate informal, lively discussions using a series of provocative questions or vignettes. Session organizers may organize a panel of participants who facilitate and guide the conversation about critical issues, concerns, and perspectives. Alternatively, these sessions may be organized as a dialogue where the organizers and audience discuss together an issue or series of questions in small groups. The proposal summary should describe the purpose of the session, the ways in which participants will engage in conversation/dialogue, and examples of questions or areas to be addressed.
    4. Poster Session. These sessions are intended for individualized discussions of one’s research and/or development projects. Like a paper session, poster session proposal summaries should include a statement of purpose, rationale, findings, and conclusions. For research reports, also describe data sources and methods.
    5. Point/Counterpoint Sessions. Point/counterpoint sessions are intended to stimulate review, debate, and discussion around a specific and current issue related to the field of educational leadership. The proposal summary should describe the focus of the session; the alternative, competing, or opposing points to be presented; the format in which the various points of view will be aired (e.g., debate format); and opportunities for audience participation. Session organizers are expected to chair the session and facilitate discussion.
    6. Innovative sessions. Proposals utilizing innovative presentation/interaction strategies are encouraged. The proposal summary should describe the focus and purpose of the session, the innovative format, and how the format will enhance adult learning and discussion.
    7. International Community-Building Sessions. These sessions, regardless of format (i.e., paper, symposia, conversation, etc.), require participants to be from 2 or more different countries. The focus of these sessions must be examinations of critical issues from these multiple international perspectives. The proposal summary should describe the purpose of the session, the format participants will employ, and a list of the national contexts that will be represented.

IV. Criteria for Review of Proposals
All proposals will be subject to blind, peer review by three reviewers. The proposal must not include names of session organizers or presenters. Proposal evaluations will be based on (1) relevance of research problem/topic to the convention theme and/or broader discourse in the field; (2) thoroughness and clarity of the proposal; (3) theoretical framework, methods, and analysis (for empirical research); and (4) the liklihood that the format of the session will support the purpose of the session (for conversations, innovative sessions, point-counterpoints, and symposia). All proposals must be submitted electronically and will be reviewed electronically.

V. Participation Guidelines and Proposal Deadlines
Anyone interested in research, policy, or practice in educational or youth-serving agencies may submit proposals for consideration. Individuals may present or participate in no more than three sessions. The lead author of papers are required to upload an advance copy of their paper into the All Academic system through the UCEA Convention web page three weeks prior to the convention. By submitting a proposal, the lead author of each proposal also agrees to serve as a reviewer. An author’s failure to live up to either of these commitments may lead to his or her paper being removed from the convention program. Proposals must be received by Monday, May 5, 2008. All proposals must be submitted electronically at the link to be provided at the UCEA homepage, starting April 1, 2008 (http://www.ucea.org). Submission length must not exceed 3 single-spaced pages (2,000 words, 8,000 characters).  References are required and must not exceed 1 single-spaced page (approximately, 400 words and 2,200 characters).

VI.  Participation Limits.
To promote broad participation in the Annual Convention, an individual may not appear as first author on more than three proposals. In addition, an individual may not appear on the program more than four times in the role of presenter or participant. The participation limit does not include service as chair or discussant, participation in invited sessions or any session connected with UCEA headquarters, committees, or publications.

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