About The Convening

Join us at the MCEL National Convening, December 1-3, 2023, in the vibrant city of Orlando, Florida – a brand-new location! Education is a field that thrives on diversity, yet only 3% of educators are men of color. With few men of color choosing education as a career path and a higher rate of attrition among them, men of color in educational leadership could be facing extinction within the next decade.  MCEL recognizes the urgency of the situation and invites men of color from across the country to converge at this event, where they can authentically be themselves, focus on personal and professional growth, and find healing. This conference provides an invaluable safe space, fostering dialogue, empowerment, and support.

In addition, we are proud to host our Hispanic male leaders pre-conference (November 30), a day dedicated to the leadership and learning of our Hispanic male leaders. We hope to see you in Orlando!

ADDITIONAL HOTEL OPTIONS

Hyatt Regency Orlando  (0.2 miles away)
Rosen Centre (0.6 miles away)

Randy Lopez,
Board Chair

Kansas City Kansas Public Schools


Michael J. Ramirez,
Chief of Staff

Lee County School District


Dr. Balderas,
Superintendent

Beaverton School District


Paul Cruz,
Co-Director

Cooperative Superintendency Program (CSP)


Dr. D' Andre Weaver,

Chief Digital Equity Officer,
Digital Promise


Dr. Paul Cruz,

Former Superintendent
Austin ISD, TX


Dr. Erick Pruitt,

Superintendent,
Ankeny Community Schools, IA


Dr. Joeseph Davis,

Superintendent,
Fergurson-Florissant School District, MO


James Boyd,

Superintendent
KIPP Delta


Dr. Javan Childs,

Assistant Superintendent,
Fresno Unified School District, CA


Atif Qarni,

Former Secretary of Education, State of Virginia


Robert "Bob" Runcie,

CEO of Chiefs for Change and Former Superintendent of the School District of Broward County


Ronald Blocker,

MCEL Light A Candle, Legacy Leadership Award Recipient


Dr. Pedro Galaviz,

Superintendent of Canutillo ISD, TX


Dr. Tony Watlington,

Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia


Dr. Cory Murphy

Associate State Superintendent, Teaching and Leading, Mississippi Department of Education