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Texas State Presenting at UCEA 2016

The convention theme for the 30th annual UCEA Convention “Revitalizing Education in Complex Contexts: Re-envisioning leadership, Refreshing Practice, Redefining Student Success,” serves to engage discussions about research, policy, practice and preparation in the field of education with a specific focus on educational leadership.  The UCEA's 2016 Annual Convention will be held November 17-20, 2016 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI as an occasion to talk, meet, think, and organize for a renewed vision, goal-setting and coalition-building that will bring new life and meaning to the role of education and educational leadership.

Texas State Faculty and Students who will present at this year’s conference include:

The 2015-2017 Jackson Scholars Cohort
Adrienne Aldaco, Texas State University
Jocabed Marquez, Texas State University
2016-2018 Jackson Scholars Cohort
Brett Lee, Texas State University
Clauida Kramer Santamaria, Texas State University
UCEA Plenary Session Representatives
Texas State University: Patricia Guerra

Wednesday, November 16

1:10 to 2:15 pm

  • 010. GSS Session 4: Developing Principals Before and On the Job Graduate Student Summit Paper Session: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Nicolet A
    • Cultivating Leadership for School and Community Change: A Case Study of Theory, Research and Practice.

Samuel Garcia, Texas State University

  • 011. GSS Session 5: The Current State of Educator Preparation Graduate Student Summit Paper Session: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Nicolet B
    • Facilitator: Michael O’Malley, Texas State University


2:25 to 3:30 pm

  • 014. GSS Session 6: The Intersection of Culture and Principal Leadership Graduate Student Summit Paper Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Joliet
    • Leadership Perceptions of Campus Programs for Refugee Students.

Richard Pelton, A. Minor Baker (Texas State University)

  • 016. GSS Session 10: Using Theory and Discourse to Explain Complexity Graduate Student Summit Paper Session:  Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Nicolet B
    • Queer the Power! Queer Theory and the Promise of Student Activism.

Susan M. Croteau, Texas State University

4:55 to 6:00 pm

  • 022-3. GSS Roundtable Session C: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Joliet   --
    • Community Partnerships Participants: From Segregation to Celebration: A Dynamic Methodology That Rebuilds Communities.

Richard Pelton, Brett Lee, Samuel Garcia (Texas State University)

  • 024. GSS Roundtable Sessions F, G, and H Graduate Student Summit Graduate Student Roundtable:  Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Nicolet B

Hilary Lustick, Texas State University

Thursday, November 17

9:00 to 9:50 am

  • 029. Jackson Scholars Research Seminar Presentations: Teachers as Social Justice Leaders: Understanding Complex Relationships Between Teachers, Equity, and Student Success Paper Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Brule A Second-year Jackson Scholars will present on their research to date. Graduate Student Summit participants are invited and encouraged to attend as a part of the GSS.
    • Examining the Relationship Between Teacher Qualification, School Resources, and Affective Factors as Indicators of STEM Career Aspirations: A Cross National Comparison of OECD Countries and the United States Using Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling. Jocabed G. Marquez, Texas State University


9:15 to 10:20am

  • 033. GSS Session 18: Creating More Capable Change Agents Graduate Student Summit Paper Session - Floor 5 - Duluth A
    • Kierkegaard Doesn’t Help During a Fire Drill: Practivist Scholars Bridging the Theory and Practice Divide.

A. Minor Baker, Isaac Abram Torres, Richard Pelton, Jason Swisher (Texas State University)

  • 034. GSS Session 17: Designing the Next Generation of Educational Leadership Preparation Programs Graduate Student Summit Paper Session - Floor 5 - Joliet
    • Re-Envisioning Leader Preparation: Do Critical Disability Studies Belong in Leadership Discourses?

Katherine Lewis, Texas State University


1:40 to 2:50 pm

  • 046. Supporting Students Through the P-20 Pipeline Paper Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Brule A
    • Facilitator: Melissa Ann Martinez, Texas State University
  • 047. Examining Educational Leadership and Policy in an International Context Paper Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Brule B
    • Resisting Globalization of Neoliberal Educational Accountability: Student Movements’ Impact on Educational Policy in Latin America.

Michael P. O’Malley, Diana Barrera, Zane Wubbena (Texas State University)

  • This conceptual paper takes up the tools of critical policy analysis to map a relationship between the adoption of neoliberal educational policies in one Southern Cone nation and the globalization of an educational reform model. It further analyzes the impact of student social movements for educational equity on the generation of new national educational policies aimed at reversing neoliberal investments in favor of an expanding notion of K-12 and higher education as a common good.
  • 051. A Reunion of Mujeres Guerrilleras/Warrior Women: Latina Scholars Talk Life, Balance, & Leadership Critical Conversations and Networking Sessions Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Duluth B
    • Participants:   Patricia Rocha, Texas State University
  • 052. From Debate to Sexting: Adolescent Social and Emotional Development Paper Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Joliet A
    • Social and Emotional Learning at the Middle Level: One School’s Journey.

Barry Aidman, Texas State University; Peter Price, Austin Independent School District

  • A key challenge for 21st-century schools, families, and communities is to develop knowledgeable, responsible and caring students who are able to work well with others from diverse backgrounds in socially and emotionally skilled ways. This qualitative case study examines one middle school’s journey through the implementation of a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative. The case highlights key factors that contributed to the program’s success, lessons learned, and implications for school, district, and community leaders.


3:00 to 4:10 pm

  • 065. What To Do When Critical Conversations Don’t Work Critical Conversations and Networking Sessions Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Duluth A
    • Facilitator: Patricia L. Guerra, Texas State University
  • 071. Shaping the Culture and Climate of Learning Paper Session.   Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Nicolet B
    • How Principals Use Narrative to Foster a Culture of Learning and Promote Positive Change.

Barry Aidman, Texas State University

  • Stories have the potential to help people connect, develop genuine understanding, and unite around common purposes. This paper reports the results of a qualitative case study that examines if, how, when, and why principals intentionally use stories as a leadership strategy. Preliminary results indicate that many principals use storytelling purposefully in order to develop relationships, build community, promote a culture of improvement, clarify key expectations, and support positive change.


Friday, November 18

8:00 to 9:10 am

  • 110. Restorative Practices and Youth Activism Paper Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Richard A:
    • Re-Visioning School Discipline: Restorative Justice and the Unlabeled Labor of Black Administrators.

Hilary Lustick, Texas State University

  • School discipline is a growing concern within the larger conversation of racial equity in education. Restorative practices are generally lauded as a positive alternative to suspension, and it is presumed that they can assuage racially disproportionate outcomes. Yet they have been documented to replicate the same racial inequalities as suspension. Using school-level data from a yearlong multicase ethnography, the current study examines the underlying mechanisms by which restorative practice can replicate inequality.


 11:00 am to 12:10 pm

  • 113. Complex Contexts for Leadership Ignite Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Brule A
    • Educational Leadership Through Pedagogies of Social Transformation: Innovations From Urban Life in Latin America.

Michael P. O’Malley, Tanya Alyson Long, Diana Barrera, Susan M. Croteau, Jeffry King, Brett Lee (Texas State University)

  • This Ignite presentation reports on a research project exploring pedagogies of social transformation across schools and community organizations in the complex urban environment of Santiago de Chile. It offers insight into distributed forms of educational leadership within and beyond schools that elicit imagination and practices oriented toward social transformation. Possibilities are presented for partnerships among justice workers in urban communities. The presentation format highlights evocative representations of findings through concurrent visual, narrative, and vocal/ musical expressions.
  • 120. Emerging Trends in Educational Leadership Scholarship—A Montage Paper Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Joliet B
    • Practivist Scholars Bridging the Theory and Practice Divide.

A. Minor Baker, Isaac Abram Torres, Richard Pelton, Jason Swisher, Sarah Nelson Baray (Texas State University)

  • Educational leaders seeking doctoral degrees are often divided into two camps, practitioner and scholar. This study provides a reaction to traditional educator leadership programs, which often assume an EdD is a practitioner degree and a PhD is a theoretical degree, by investigating the ways doctoral programs can effectively bridge the gap between student as scholar and student as practitioner in the development of scholar-practitioners through dialogue, support, and collaboration.


12:20 to 1:30 pm

  • 134. Culturally Relevant Leadership and Discipline Practices Paper Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Joliet B
    • Culturally Responsive School Discipline: Lessons From the Field.

Hilary Lustick, Texas State University

  • Scholars of school climate generally concur that school discipline practices can negatively or positively impact the climate of the school. However, school discipline reformers at the federal and district levels are currently preoccupied with reducing suspension rates in schools. Drawing on ethnographic data from three different public schools in New York, this paper evidences that successful restorative practice implementation requires heavy work on relationship and community building. The paper concludes with school and district level recommendations.

3:00 to 4:10 pm

  • 154. Living for Community: Cultivating Leadership for School and Community Change Symposium Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Richard B
    • Participants:   Miguel Angel Guajardo, Samuel Garcia, Eulogia V. Martinez,, Monica Valadez (Texas State University), Sara Torres, San Marcos CISD
    • Facilitator: Samuel Garcia, Texas State University


4:10 - 5:20 pm

  • Session 159.   Film Festival I --- Floor 4 - Columbus  --- UCEA FILM FESTIVAL
    • Sit back and enjoy these 5-minute films.
      • P.O.S.T. Chile (Texas State University) Friday


4:20 to 5:30 pm

  • 162. College Readiness and Student Access Paper Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Joliet A
    • College-Going Culture Messaging: Considerations for 21st Century Schools and Their Leaders.

Melissa Ann Martinez, Katherine Lewis, Isaac Abram Torres (Texas State University)

  • Through a symbolic framework, this case study critically examined the messaging associated with the college-going culture at three racially and economically diverse Texas high schools. The research questions included (a) what types of college-going culture messages are conveyed at the schools, and how; and (b) how do students, school staff, and leaders perceive such messaging and its impact? Findings revealed both explicit and implicit visual and verbal college-going messaging that were interpreted differently by multiple stakeholders.
  • Implications of College Readiness Policies on Students, Teachers, and School Leaders.

Melissa Ann Martinez, Jocabed G. Marquez, Yvette Cantu, Patricia Rocha (Texas State University)

  • A focus on improving college readiness nationwide has resulted in increased state college readiness policies. Yet limited research examines how schools are implementing and being impacted by such policies. Drawing on a critical sociocultural framework, this study examined how state and local college-readiness policies are impacting students, teachers, and school leaders at three Texas high schools. Findings shed light on how college-readiness policies are being appropriated and impacting stakeholders in different ways.


5:40 to 6:50 pm

  • 176. Revitalizing Communities and Schools: Stories of Uniting the Power of Place and Wisdom of People Innovative Session / Mini-Workshop Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Joliet A
    • Facilitator:  Miguel Angel Guajardo, Texas State University


8:30 to 9:30 pm

  • 184. Film Festival Sip and Screen UCEA Film Festival Renaissance Center: Floor 4 - Columbus
    • P.O.S.T. Chile (Texas State University)


Saturday, November 19

8:00 to 9:10 am

  • 206. Expanding Our Perspectives of Female School Leaders Paper Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Nicolet A
    • Leading & Mothering: A Visual Ethnography.

Sarah Jean Baker, Texas State University

  • The principal is recognized as a school leader in charge of teaching and learning for students and for teachers. A mother is to be fully focused on her children, at all times. So, what happens when a woman is a school leader and a mother? The purpose of this study is to examine the identities of school leader and mother and how female school leaders negotiate these identities in their everyday lives.


11:00 am to 12:10 pm

  • 217. Influences of Diversity Policy on School Assignment Paper Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Duluth B 131:
    • Abriendo Puertas Escolares: A Narrative Inquiry of Latin@ Principals Opening New Schools.

Patricia Rocha, Yvette Cantu, Eulogia V. Martinez (Texas State University)

  • This paper highlights the lived experiences of Latin@ principals who have experienced the phenomenon of opening a new school in predominantly Latin@ neighborhoods. The study applied the tenets of narrative inquiry to unpack the stories and to identify the narrative threads of the collective experience of these principals. In doing so, the study provides insight into the unique challenges these Latin@ principals faced and offers ways that the two participants found hope and victories.
  • The Legacy of Leadership: Inequity and Privatization in Two Urban California School Districts’ Facilities Programs.

Marialena Dawn Rivera, Texas State University

  • I conduct case studies of two urban California districts with active bond programs to address two questions: (a) How do school district leaders affect facilities programs and equity outcomes, and (b) how do outside actors and the broader social context influence school district facilities program leaders? Findings indicate a need for statewide training to prepare educational leaders to oversee equitable facilities programs and navigate relationships with private actors in an era of state disinvestment and rising privatization.
  • 223. Exploration of Educational Issues for Underrepresented Students Paper Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Nicolet B
    • Facilitator: Melissa Ann Martinez, Texas State University


12:20 to 1:30 pm

  • 237. Leader Identity and Social Justice for Students Paper Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Nicolet B
    • Taking a Selfie: Examining Identity in Educational Leadership Preparation Programs.

Tanya Alyson Long, Katherine Lewis, Michael P. O’Malley (Texas State University)

  • This paper serves to promote discourse surrounding the preparation of social justice leaders by analyzing a curriculum-based intervention in which doctoral students used selfies to communicate their leadership identities. Participants engaged in discourses surrounding identities and tensions between what was intended and what was perceived. Images and audience perceptions were analyzed through a social semiotics frame. This theoretical analysis provides discourses surrounding the experimentation with new forms of curriculum-based interventions for social justice preparation


2:00 to 3:10 pm Detroit Marriott at the

  • 248. The Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders: Building a Research Agenda for the Next Decade Special Session.  Location: Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - La Salle A
    • This session will feature the new Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders. Following a review of the handbook and what is new in the second issue, participants will discuss important gaps in the leadership preparation literature and begin thinking through a research strategy for UCEA and its member institutions.
    • Facilitator: Michael P. O’Malley, Texas State University