HQ Happenings
Dear UCEA, I hope the semester is off to a brilliant start and that you are weathering the ups and downs of our changing campus and classroom contexts. In addition to taking any necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones, please also find time to enjoy the small successes of every day and to breathe.
We continue to plan for a safe and productive gathering for our Convention. The Planning Committee has done a tremendous job in the midst of current health concerns. In order to ensure that we can meet as safely as possible and that we can all feel confident returning to our homes, the Executive Committee decided to require vaccinations for all participants. One important point of clarification is that there will be no on-site registration – so please register in advance! This decision, not made lightly or easily, reflects the fact many of our institutions already require vaccines and all the evidence of the vaccination’s efficacy and safety. Here is the most recent FAQ to answer any questions you may have. Please, keep on the lookout for further communication from us regarding attending Convention.
We are very pleased to welcome the 2021-2023 Cohort of Jackson Scholars. Despite some of the current logistic and financial challenges that many programs are facing, we had a strong number of nominations. Mentors, get ready for an amazing group of emerging scholars. Congrats to all our scholars and their programs!
Lastly, I want to introduce the second episode of our new reinvented UCEA Café series. This episode, hosted by Dr. Irene Yoon, explores how the experiences of Asian Americans can and should inform leadership preparation. In addition to having a powerful discussion, Dr. Yoon provides resources and organization for those wanting to learn more or become involved in existing advocacy and educational efforts. Take a listen!
As always, feel free to reach out to us at Headquarters at any time!
Adelante UCEA!
Mónica Byrne-Jiménez
Executive Director
Convention Corner
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Graduate Student Hub
UCEA 2021 10th Annual Graduate Student Summit
The GSS is an annual pre-conference event organized by the UCEA Graduate Student Council and has become one of the largest gatherings of educational leadership and policy graduate students in the United States. It provides graduate students with a space to engage in authentic dialogue about their scholarly work along with opportunities to meet and network with graduate students and faculty.
Policy Minutes
Vaccine Mandates
OSHA’s new Covid-19 vaccine mandate for tens of millions of employees has dominated headlines, but implications for K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions are still uncertain.
Mask Mandates
The U.S. Department of Education announced that it is opening an investigation into whether state mask mandate bans violate the civil rights of students with disabilities. Mandates still vary widely across state and local jurisdictions, and the topic is still deeply controversial.  
As the new school year begins, districts across the US are facing difficulties balancing Covid mitigation strategies; widespread quarantines and closures; and continued parent interest in remote instruction. 
ICYMI: From the Wallace Foundation blog, check out this helpful primer on education funding in the American Rescue Plan. In it, you’ll find helpful information about details of this law, rules for spending funds, development of state plans, and issues to consider when evaluating ways to use funds. 
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Friends Of UCEA
ASCD Webinar: Gender Equity in Education
September 28, 2021
Addressing gender equity in today's schools is crucial in preparing students for the next iteration of the workforce. When we talk about gender equity in schools, we're talking about empowering our students to find and pursue their interests, even if those interests lie in fields where their gender has been marginalized. Equity is about more than just representation.
NASSP Advocacy Conference
February 28 - March 2, 2022 - at the Hamilton Hotel in Washington, DC
Hear From Top Voices in Education Policy
Expert policymakers, elected officials, and school leaders will join together to share their perspectives and engage in discussions looking toward the future of education. They’ll discuss:
  • How federal and state governments are approaching education
  • The latest advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and state legislatures and how you can join the charge
  • The challenges that lie ahead for educators and how to prepare for them

Registration for the conference will open in fall 2021. Please check back for updates and a live registration link soon.
AASA - National Conference on Education
Leading for Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education
February 17-19, 2022 - Nashville, TN
With schools thrust into the global pandemic, equity became a critical barometer as changes were made to accommodate necessary distance learning, safety, technology, mental health and wellness, and other innovative approaches to education.
Researchers, educators and practitioners will come together for intensive debate and discussion on Leading for Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education, and what that means for your leadership role, community collaboration, district outcomes and student success.
Employment Possibilities
Organization: Florida International University
Location: Miami, FL
Title: Open Rank Professor
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Location: Knoxville, TN
Title: Assistant or Associate Professor, Tenure Track
Organization: St. John's University
Location: New York City, NY
Title: Assistant/Associate Professor
Organization: St. John's University
Location: New York City, NY
Title: Assistant/Associate Professor - Administrative and Instructional Leadership


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