HQ Happenings
Dear UCEA,

Midterms, spring break, March madness, oh my! I hope the early spring has been inspiring, restorative, and beautiful so far … with more in store in the coming weeks. 
In this Spotlight we continue to share information on upcoming events, resources, and current news. We continue to plan and prepare for AERA. Our graduate student programming – Clark Seminar, Jackson Scholar Symposium, and the Researcher Development Program – is in the final planning stages and we are looking forward to seeing you all at our first in-person joint reception with Divisions A and L and SAGE on April 22nd.

In other UCEA news, we have several important timelines coming up,

Please continue to check the website for updated information. Note: direct any questions regarding the awards to uceaawards@gmail.com 

I am happy to share that the University of Denver is now a full member of UCEA. In addition, I am thrilled to welcome Cal State Stanislaus as a new associate member. Congratulations to the faculty from both programs and we look forward to seeing you in Seattle! Please visit their websites for more program information.

Even as we start the spring season with hope and anticipation, it is important to take a moment to recognize what is happening here and around the world. The war in Ukraine is raising fears and concerns among many, Covid continues to create uncertainty across contexts, the vitriol and disrespect on display during the SCOTUS hearing highlighted (yet again) the strength of systemic racism, and the continued attacks on academic freedom in K12 and higher education are alarming. There are no list of resources or information that can put any of these – or us - at ease. I can only say that I am there with you - we must be here for each other, and that we will survive and thrive together. In the past twenty four hours I have watched, over and over again, this clip of Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson speaking to our youth. I watch it for inspiration, for the grounding of our work, and for the model of leadership that she presents. I hope you watch it and bookmark it for those days that seem particularly long.

As always, I appreciation you all! 
Mónica Byrne-Jiménez
Mónica Byrne-Jiménez
Executive Director
Convention Corner
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2022 AERA Annual Meeting | April 21-26, 2022

Each year, the AERA conference is the world's largest gathering of education researchers. Join us in San Diego or virtually, April 21-26, for six rewarding days of ideas, engagement, networking, and professional advancement.
Graduate Student Hub
UCEA invites applications for new Graduate Student Representatives to serve for two years as members of the UCEA Graduate Student Council (GSC). Graduate students who are interested in applying for the position should submit the following materials by May 1st, 2022.
Policy Minutes
Missed In-Person Instruction
The vast majority of schools in the US are open for in-person instruction. However, new data shows that many students still missed several days of in-person instruction in January. 
Spending Covid Relief Funds
Some schools and districts are having a hard time spending Covid relief funds, largely because extra instructional programs are hard to staff.
Ongoing Challenges for Educators
As we enter year two of the pandemic, schools still face the precarity of public health concerns, a frequently shifting policy landscape, strains on labor, supply chain issues, contentious politics, and concern for students’ all-around wellbeing. Many teachers are struggling with burnout, while some leaders say they’re playing a game of ‘Whack-A-Mole.’ 

Fellow Wallace Foundation communications partner National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) reported on their survey of in-service principals and indicated that a mass exodus of principals may be looming.
UCEA Resources
Read recent KUB on key elements of ARP ESSER and tools for analyzing the implications for policy, practice, and equity.
UCEA Library
Browse all of UCEA's publications
UCEA members access journals free of charge 
Friends Of UCEA
CEEDAR & UCEA Joint Webinar Series
Representation matters: Recruiting and sustaining a diverse and culturally responsive educator workforce
Teachers and leaders are on the front lines of providing an equitable education for all students. School leaders are uniquely situated to operationalize policy and provide access to needed resources and create working conditions for educators to provide services so that students can thrive. In this series, we will focus on the roles that leaders play within schools and school systems that support educators, students, and communities. 

In the second session in this series, presenters will discuss the importance of a diverse and culturally responsive workforce educator workforce. They will share strategies for recruiting, preparing, and sustaining effective teachers and leaders.

Presenters and panelists include:
Erica McCray, PhD, CEEDAR Center, University of Florida
Kofi Lomotey, PhD, Western Carolina University 
Monica Byrne-Jimenez, PhD, UCEA, MSU College of Education
Shelby Cosner, PhD, University of Illinois Chicago
Kimberly White-Smith, PhD, University of Laverne  
Employment Possibilities
Organization: University of Virginia
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Partnership for Leaders in Education
Organization: Virginia Tech
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Title: Open-Rank Professor of Educational Leadership
Organization: University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Location: Greensboro, NC
Title: CLINICAL ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR (Non-Tenure Track, Permanent, 9-month faculty)
Organization: University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Educational Policy Studies, College of Education
Location: Chicago, IL
Title: Department Head and Associate or Full Professor