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November 21, 2014

AERA Highlights – November 2014

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November 2014

Research Policy News
Beyond AERA
AERA Centennial Calls
Calls for AERA Journal Editors
Other AERA Calls
New on the AERA Website
AERA in the News


AERA Urges Lame Duck Congress to Pass Omnibus Funding Bill
AERA has joined members of the education and scientific communities to encourage Congress to agree on an omnibus appropriations bill for the remainder of FY 2015. The uncertainty of funding creates significant challenges to federal agencies trying to manage operations.
AERA Comments on IES Research Centers’ Advances and Priorities
AERA has submitted comments to the Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Research and National Center for Special Education Research, in response to a call for feedback on the centers’ priorities and on areas for new research.
2014 AERA Annual Meeting Attendees Provide Continued Favorable Feedback
AERA conducts three data-collection efforts to gain insight about participants’ and attendees’ experiences and satisfaction with the meeting. This year’s survey of all Annual Meeting attendees found that a large percentage of attendees remain satisfied with the meeting.

Research Policy News

Election Ushers in Change to Education and Science Leadership on Capitol Hill
Before the election, it was anticipated that there would be dramatic changes in congressional leadership on education issues. Looking forward, education staff have indicated several key pieces of legislation that need to be reauthorized.
Census Bureau Considers Removing Bachelor Degree Field From ACS Data Collection
The Federal Register published a notice from the Census Bureau detailing a plan to remove seven questions from the American Community Survey. One of the questions is on respondents’ undergraduate field of degree.
National Science Foundation’s SBE and EHR Advisory Committees Meet on Key Issues
The advisory committees of the National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences and Education and Human Resources Directorates recently held their biannual meetings, undertaking several issues of importance to the education research field.

Beyond AERA

Rep. Rush Holt Named Next CEO of AAAS
Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), who is retiring from Congress next month, will become the next chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Holt will assume his new role at the AAAS annual meeting in February.
National Science Board Releases STEM Education Data Resource 
The National Science Board has announced the release of a new interactive, online public resource for examining trends in STEM education and the workforce. Data from the NSB reportScience and Engineering Indicators 2014 are the primary source for this resource.
OBSSR Releases Report on Education and Health Research 
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research released a report recommending that education and health researchers cooperate to more effectively use existing data, develop common vocabulary and measures, and emphasize that “education policy is health policy.”
Education Department Seeks Public Input on What to Evaluate 
The U.S. Department of Education is seeking public input on what the most pressing education policy and practice questions are and how finding answers could give educators, parents, and local, state, and federal governments the information needed to make improvements.

AERA Centennial Calls

Calls for AERA Journal Editors

Other AERA Calls 

New on the AERA Website

Trending Topic Research File:
Bullying Prevention and School Safety


AERA in the News

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AERA Highlights is published by the American Educational Research Association monthly to inform members and others interested in education research about the latest news and developments in AERA and in the field.
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Managing Editors: Tony Pals and John Neikirk
Contributors: Juliane Baron, Nathan Bell, Lauren Green, Bridget Jameson, Christy Talbot, Martha Yager
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JRRE Publication Announcement: Transforming Teachers’ Work Globally

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The Journal of Research in Rural Education is pleased to announce the publication of:

Hargreaves, L. (2014). Review of the book Transforming teachers’ work globally: In search of a better way for schools and their communities by Kimonen. F., & Evalainen, R. (Eds.), Journal of Research in Rural Education, 29(10), 1-3.

This article can be accessed at:

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The Journal of Research in Rural Education publishes research that is of demonstrable relevance to educational issues within rural settings. JRRE welcomes single-study investigations, historical and philosophical analyses, research syntheses, theoretical pieces, and policy analyses from multiple disciplinary perspectives.  We welcome manuscripts concerning learning and instruction; preservice and inservice teacher education; educational leadership; educational policy; rural education and community development, and the cultural, historical, and economic context of rural education.  Brief commentary on recently published JRRE articles is also appropriate.

Kai A. Schafft
Associate Professor of Education
Department of Education Policy Studies
Penn State University

Editor, Journal of Research in Rural Education (
Director, Center on Rural Education and Communities


So I have been working with this group that will be designing a series of MOOCs for the Expo2015 that is being held in Milano, Italty this coming year. I wanted to pass on this information for any teachers out there that may be interested in participating.

Dear Michael,

We are happy to announce you that we are now  launching PoliCulturaEXPOMilano2015, the world competition on DST:

All the activities for the schools will start in the second semester (school year 2014-15) for the Northern Hemisphereand in the first semester (school year 2015-16) for the Southern Hemisphere.

Now we have a BIG CHALLENGE : recruiting schools and teachers. There are three big motivations that can attract teachers:

  • issues are really of planetary relevance (and very good for pedagogy)
  • this is a world education experience: world communities of teachers, world-shared resources, world-shared content…
  • there is high visibility of the output (in the initiative website, at the universal exposition’s premises…)

We try to help with 300 pages of reading material (created on purpose), 3 MOOCs (on Digital storytelling, on the Expo2015’s topics and on how to create a narrative on the EXPO theme) and more than 1,000 educational “tips” on activities revolving around the exposition’s themes.

You can help us in 3 ways:

  1. forwarding the attached kit to teachers, associations, principals, district, school authorities, parents, friends and whomever you think may be of help
  2. putting us in contact with these people
  3. pointing at websites or blogs that may cooperate with us (i.e. that are read by teachers in your country or worldwide)

We have an ambitious target of 1,000 narratives, and we are fighting for it.

You can find additional information in the attached kit and/or in the website. You did not do it yet, please send us your selfie for support (look at our homepage).

Certain that we may count on your support, I remain sincerely yours

Nicoletta Di Blas
Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering
Politecnico di Milano
Via Ponzio 34/5 – 20133 Milano
Tel. +39 02 23993520 Fax. +39 02 23993411


November 20, 2014

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KIPP, perhaps the most famous of the “No Excuses” brand of public charter schools that has grown across the nation in recent years, was famously reticent to adopt online learning. That stance has changed dramatically since 2010. A recent U.S. News &…
New York Times
Presidetn Obama on Wednesday took a break from crisis and gridlock to advance two often-overlooked priorities focused on children, one  to wire more of the nation’s schools to the Internet and the other to overhaul child care for low-income families…
Getting Smart
At the National Summit on Education Reform I spoke about “Using Prizes & Pull Mechanisms to Boost Learning”. The Digital Learning Now paper explains the problem that pull mechanisms solve: In healthy markets, participants respond to incentives…
iPads, Dell Venues, Blended learning, these are words we hear as we send our kids off to school, but is this new age of education really working for your kids? It’s not the way you may have been taught in school, but Blended Learning is supposed to…
Cabinet Report
In a move aimed at providing home Internet services to its economically disadvantaged students, the city of Council Bluffs has taken the first step toward implementing free citywide Wi-Fi. The Council Bluffs Area Wi-Fi Consortium, which will study the…
The Learning Accelerator
Yesterday in Washington, D.C. we  announced the release of the K-12 OER Collaborative’s Request for Proposals to create full-course Open Education Resource (OER) content across K-12 grade bands. In my work at The Learning Accelerator, I’m…
Where Learning Clicks
This year my company sent me to iNACOL for one main purpose: to experience iNACOL. Although I helped setup and maintain our booth on the exhibitor floor and represented my company through social media, I was there to see what all the buzz…
Detroit News
Earlier this year, the annual Sloan/Babson survey tracking online education in the United States revealed that 7.1 million college students were enrolled in at least one online course in 2013. That’s nearly 35 percent of all college students and an…
Detroit News
Recently, in Ferndale Public Schools, we have changed the functioning of our online alternative high school. It would be disingenuous of me to say that I am a champion of online education. I am a champion for all kids having the opportunity to learn. Online…
How can games unlock a rich world of learning? This is the big question at the heart of the growing games and learning movement that’s gaining momentum in education. “The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning” explains key ideas in game…
The Chronicle of Higher Education
David Wiley calls the annual Open Education Conference, now in its 11th year, a “family reunion.” This year, the hearth is crowded. The Hilton ballroom here overflows with bodies. Mr. Wiley, the co-founder and chief academic officer at Lumen Learning…
Three months after the former superintendent axed a controversial contract with Apple and Pearson, interim Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines is planning to spend $22 million in bond money under that same contract to…


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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium Report


It was great to see so many QM supporters at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. We hope you had a chance to stop by our booth and say hello! We were fortunate to participate in some exciting conversations about quality assurance in online and blended course design. We hope you did, too. The connections you made can be instrumental in helping you build consensus when instituting and sustaining your quality assurance efforts.

QM was proud to sponsor the 2014 Keeping Pace Report, published by the Evergreen Education Group and released at the Symposium, which tracks online and blended learning policy and practice across all 50 states.

Did you sit in on one of the sessions in which QM was involved? The research panel presentation, Preparing Teacher for Success in K-12 Online and Blended Contexts: Research from the Field, included K-12 Program Director Christine Voelker and gave an overview of the literature review conducted to inform the QM K-12 Secondary Rubric, Second Edition. In Climbing the Vendor Vine: Finding the Right Online Course Content, Chris outlined the footholds school systems can use to evaluate how closely third-part content aligns with your content standards and student need.

Thank you for your continued support of continuous improvement and quality assurance in K-12 education. We’ll see you next year!

Time for a Quick Survey?

In an effort to provide you with tools and services that you value, QM is asking you to take a quick nine-question survey about how you would like to be recognized for your professional development accomplishments. The survey is anonymous and should take 10 minutes or less to complete. Results will be kept confidential and used to make decisions about providing the community with valuable services and tools. The survey closes Monday, December 1, 2014.

Thank you for your help!

Help Wanted!

QM is looking to contract with those of you who employ best practices in one or more of the areas listed below to serve as subject matter experts on the development of exciting new professional development opportunities.

All of these topics refer to the online classroom:

  • Online Classroom Management
  • Effective Communication
  • Promoting Student Engagement and Interaction (Discussion forums, etc.)
  • Mentoring Online Students
  • Promoting Student Self-Reflection
  • Netiquette
  • Encouraging Self-Directed Learners
  • Designing Collaborative Projects

Interested? contact K-12 Program Director Christine Voelker ( for more details.

Regional Conference Calls for Proposals Open

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Submit your proposals for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference being held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before Wednesday, December 10. Develop your proposals based on a track in one of several formats.

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The Call for Proposals for the QM Works in the Great Pacific Northwest Regional Conference is open. Submit your proposals before Tuesday, December 16. The Conference is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, Seattle, Washington. Choose from one of several tracks in a variety of formats.

Improve The Quality of Your School’s Professional Development with the CPE Rubric
Are you providing your educators with the best-designed, highest-quality professional development possible? QM’s research-supported Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) Rubric can assist in the design and evaluation of instructor-led, mentored, or self-managed online and blended courses that have pass/fail, skills-based or other completion or certification criteria, but do not carry academic credit. The CPE Rubric may be used to design, improve, or evaluate professional training and personal development courses like those your school or institution offers.


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