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The Future Is Ours: Leadership Matters
General Information
The 26th annual UCEA Convention will be held at the City Center Marriott in Denver, Colorado. The convention will commence Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12 noon and will conclude Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 1 p.m. The purpose of the 2012 UCEA Convention is to engage participants in discussions about research, policy, and practice in educational leadership and administration. Members of the Convention 2012 Program Committee are Cindy Reed (Auburn University), Cosette Grant-Overton (University of Cincinnati), Lisa Kensler (Auburn University), and Susan Korach (University of Denver).

Theme
The 26th Annual UCEA Convention theme, “The Future Is Ours: Leadership Matters,” recognizes that not only is the field of university-based leadership preparation changing in response to numerous political, demographic, technological, and economic dynamics, but also we, as leaders in the field, must help create that future. This year’s convention theme addresses the reality that our various roles in educational leadership, as scholars, scholar-practitioners, or advocates, have never been more important. Consequently, the convention will offer opportunities for scholars, scholar-practitioners, advocates, and our professional partners to critically examine research and practices, to strategically influence policy and practice, and to purposefully develop new partnerships and networks. These opportunities aim to enhance our work both at and beyond the convention.

Based on feedback from 2011 convention attendees, the 2012 convention will premier two new session formats—unconference1 and Ignite2 sessions. These sessions provide purposeful opportunities for in-depth, spontaneous dialogues and deliberations on topics critical to educational leadership. The unconference sessions will reflect Open Space Technology3 principles that honor the expertise present, the power of self-organized social networks, and the value of learning conversations. We invite all attendees to step out of our traditional formats and boldly think “as if there is no box” by being prepared to share innovations, collaborate, network and learn through these unconference sessions. Unconference sessions offer a unique opportunity to engage in intense discussions and expand collaborative networks for exploring topics or research of interest, building off of ideas generated by a prior session or keynote, sharing submissions that were not accepted, etc. No proposal, only attendance, is needed for participation in unconference sessions.
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