HQ Happenings
Dear UCEA, we are officially on Countdown to Convention!
This Spotlight is full of information, so please grab a cup of coffee, find a quiet place, and read on …
The portal for submitting vaccine verification or negative test results is now open! UCEA contracted with EventScan to collect, secure, and verify in-person attendees’ information. You can find more information on our updated COVID Convention page, including the link to the pre-screening questionnaire. Please, please, please keep in mind that there will be NO ON-SITE registration this year!!
Starting October 22, join us for “FAQ Fridays” where we’ll share all manner of updates on Convention. Follow us on Twitter (@UCEA), LinkedIn , Instagram (@uceawesome), and Facebook (@Ucea Leadership-Matters). Snapchat and TikTok coming soon!
Quick reminder to tune in to our UCEA Café series. Our colleagues Drs. Terri Watson and Irene Yoon provided in-depth, honest, critical, and love-filled conversations for us. You don’t want to miss it so take a listen!
It is my sad duty to share the passing of a dear and longtime friend of UCEA, Dr. Jay D. Scribner. He possessed a keen mind, a kind heart, and a generous soul. His mentorship of first-generation scholars and scholars of color was a lifelong commitment and his gift to many in our field. His scholarly pursuits and leadership within and outside of UCEA laid the foundation for others to pursue their own activism and professional trajectories. While many within UCEA may not have had the chance to meet or know him, his work will continue as each of us mentors the next generation of scholars and leaders. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and former students. For more information on his life see this post from his “hometown” newspaper in Bangor, Maine.
A final appreciation for all of you, for all your hard work keeping programs and students afloat over the past twenty months, for taking care of your families and each other, and for your support and commitment to UCEA. Muchas gracias!
As always, feel free to reach out to any of us at Headquarters!
Adelante UCEA!
Mónica Byrne-Jiménez
Executive Director
Convention Corner
Virtual Papers
  1. Virtual Papers are stand-alone, asynchronous video recordings
  2. Virtual Papers are organized into categories
  3. Upload your video presentation by 10/22 if you haven’t done so already
  4. Email if you need your Dropbox link resent
Paper Uploads

Please upload your final paper by October 24th into All Academic for Papers, Ignites, and Roundtables (in-person & virtual). 

  1. Log in All Academic from the UCEA members page.
  2. Click Track Submissions / Read Reviews
  3. Identify the correct submission and click upload.
  4. Click the Choose File button, select your file, then Click Accept and Continue.
Participant Roles

Navigate your way through in-person and virtual content. Very important for all presenters!
Registration Reminder

  1. All presenters (virtual ones too) are required to register.
  2. On-site registration will not be available this year. Register by October 24.
Reserve your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus
Sponsorship deadline: October 24
Graduate Student Hub
UCEA 2021 10th Annual Graduate Student Summit

  • Don’t forget to register for the 2021 Graduate Student Summit (GSS) and UCEA Conference beforehand. Register here. On-site registration is not available this year!
  • Presenters! Please remember to upload your final works to AllAcademic by Monday, October 25th. 
  • GSS Opening Session is held at 12 p.m. (EDT), Wednesday, November 11th, in Union A/B/C at Hyatt Regency in Columbus, OH
  • GSS paper/roundtable/Ignite! sessions will be held from 1 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. (EDT) at Hyatt Regency
  • Check out our Graduate Student Programming sessions listed in the UCEA program or Whova app. Please take one minute to take this brief survey to indicate your participation option (i.e., in-person vs. virtual). Please click here for a survey!
Policy Minutes
School Supply Chain Struggles

Many schools and districts across the country are facing severe shortages in food to serve students as a result of major supply chain issues. The US Department of Agriculture has responded by sending $1.5 billion in aid to state education systems to offset costs of acquiring food supplies though new channels. 
School Labor Shortages

In a closely related topic, many schools are also experiencing labor shortages in support positions like food service workers, custodians, nurses, and bus drivers. Shortages in instructional staff are common as well.
Shifts in DACA Rules

In response to recent federal rulings, The Biden administration is moving to develop new rules to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

As the education landscape makes important shifts in response to the pandemic, these resources from The Wallace Foundation provide valuable insight on two areas of renewed national focus: afterschool programs and social and emotional learning. These guides include comprehensive information that can be used for teaching, research, and program evaluation. 
UCEA Library

Browse all of UCEA's publications
UCEA members access journals free of charge 
Friends Of UCEA
AACTE Annual Meeting

The 74th Annual Meeting, themed “Rethink, Reshape, Reimagine, Revolutionize: Growing the Profession Post Pandemic” will be held March 4 -6, 2022min New Orleans, LA

Session Strands will include:
  • Strand I: Preparing Educators In and For the Future
  • Strand II: Renewing Democracy through Activism and Collaboration
  • Strand III: Addressing Public Concerns for the Future of the Profession
  • Strand IV: Confronting the Challenges Facing our Programs and Institutions

For questions about the 2022 Annual Meeting, contact AACTE Director of Meetings and Events Linda Minor at lminor@aacte.org
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: University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Title: Assistant/Associate Professor in Education Policy and Leadership
Organization: University of Washington Tacoma
Location: Tocoma, WA
Title: Assistant - Native American Education
Organization: Louisiana State University
Location: Baston Rouge, LA
Title: Assistant Professor, P-12 Educational Leadership
Organization: University of Buffalo - State University of New York
Location: Buffalo, NY
Title: Open Rank Professor, Educational Leadership


Deadline to submit changes to the convention program

Last day to register
UCEA Convention, Columbus, OH