National Convening

Offering a supportive environment for participants to embrace their authentic selves while focusing on personal and professional growth and healing.

The Men of Color in Educational Leadership (MCEL) hosts an annual National Convening, dedicated to male leaders of color from various roles across the nation, including assistant principals, principals, various management roles, assistant superintendents, deputy superintendents, chiefs of staff, executive directors, superintendents, leaders in higher education, and other non-profit leaders.

The agenda includes professional development workshops, fireside chats with prominent thought leaders, networking opportunities, and activities designed to facilitate healing and rejuvenation. This gathering is an essential platform for leaders looking to enhance their impact in the educational and non-profit sectors.

National Leadership Institute

Offering a unique nine-month fellowship designed specifically for leaders of color, tailored to their identities and lived experiences.

This immersive leadership development program is built around MCEL's innovative "Resilient, Representative Leadership Framework," which includes the 10 Essential Leadership Competencies for Leaders of Color, alongside the core principles of "Quality, Quantity, and Care." Participants will have the opportunity to learn from some of the top system leaders in the country, making this a truly distinctive experience in leadership cultivation.

This program is ideal for established leaders seeking to deepen their expertise and impact within the educational landscape through a focused, supportive, and transformative learning environment.

Leaders Developing Leaders Summit

The Leaders Developing Leaders Summit is dedicated to enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of the Principal Supervisor role, thereby creating a robust support system for principals and their leadership teams.

We invite current and aspiring principal supervisors, along with district leadership teams—including Chiefs of Human Resources, Chiefs of Schools, Chief Academic Officers, Chiefs of Staff, Deputy Superintendents, and Superintendents—to join this community of practice. 

This summit offers a unique opportunity to enhance leadership skills, foster collaboration, and develop strategies that support educational leaders effectively.

Resilient, Representative Leadership Toolkit

MCEL introduces the innovative "Resilient, Representative Leadership Framework," which includes the 10 Essential Competencies for Leaders of Color, designed to redefine leadership development.

This framework is complemented by the Resilient, Representative Leadership toolkit, a comprehensive collection of resources that support individual leaders and educational systems in evaluating their practices and creating conditions conducive to success, particularly for leaders of color.

The toolkit is versatile and applicable at various levels of leadership, including school leaders, central office staff, and those in state and federal positions. Additionally, our Guidebook serves as a crucial resource, offering guidance and advice to our colleagues of color who are either embarking on their journey in educational leadership, encountering career challenges, or facing complex situations in their roles. It is also a vital tool for equity-minded allies seeking to contribute to significant, systemic change. This framework and its supporting materials aim to empower leaders and facilitate the development of effective, inclusive leadership practices across the educational landscape.

1 Million Teachers/30K Leaders of Color Campaign

This coalition drives the One Million Teachers of Color campaign, which aims to introduce one million teachers of color and thirty thousand leaders of color into the education workforce over the next decade.

This campaign is a collaborative effort by leaders from the education sector and beyond, who are committed to the principle that educational systems should honor the humanity of teachers and school leaders of color, thereby enhancing outcomes for students and benefiting society as a whole, as well as holding educational and public systems accountable for supporting, recruiting, retaining, and developing teachers and leaders of color.