Major educational research consortium honors BSE with full membership

BSE at UCEA accepting full membership

“Membership in UCEA is both prestigious and meaningful to the work at hand. School leadership and research to advance equity are pivotal during this precarious moment for public education.”

—Christopher Edley, Jr., Interim Dean, Berkeley School of Education

November 18, 2022

The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) has awarded institutional membership to the Berkeley School of Education, opening the door to greater collaboration on the promotion and dissemination of research, professional learning, and educational policy. 

UCEA formally welcomed the Berkeley School of Education during its annual convention in Seattle this week. 

"We were impressed by UC Berkeley's deep involvement in statewide policy initiatives and also their intention to both share research and learn from other institutions," said David De Matthews, UT Austin professor and former president of UCEA. "The coupling of equity and democracy in the new program is critical because we cannot take our democracy for granted."

UCEA is a consortium of higher education institutions from across the country, which is committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. UCEA’s rigorous and multi-year review, which culminated in a site visit to Berkeley in the spring, highlighted particular BSE strengths in the areas of diversity, equity, practitioner focus, partnerships, research, and co-teaching among clinical and tenure-track faculty. 

“Membership in UCEA is both prestigious and meaningful to the work at hand,” said BSE Interim Dean Christopher Edley, Jr.  “School leadership and research to advance equity are pivotal during this precarious moment for public education.”

The BSE’s Leaders for Equity and Democracy (LEAD) Ed.D. program and Leadership Programs spearheaded the efforts for full UCEA membership. 

“We are honored to become institutional members in such a long standing  organization that is committed to rigorous research with practical implications for leaders and equity in our TK–12 classrooms,” said Rebecca Cheung, Assistant Dean for Leadership Development Programs at BSE. “We look forward to contributing Berkeley’s expertise more deeply as an institutional member.”

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More than a dozen BSE faculty members, staff, and students are at the UCEA Convention in Seattle to give talks. Find the full list here. For more information or media inquiries, please contact Communications Director Andrea Lampros at alampros@berkeley.edu or 510.847.4469.