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!


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,

Beaverton School District

Paul Cruz,

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,

Ankeny Community Schools, IA

Dr. Joeseph Davis,

Fergurson-Florissant School District, MO

James Boyd,

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