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April 3, 2017

AERA17 Insider – March 2017

This showed up in my inbox on Friday (i.e., the last day of March).  I guess putting together a conference program isn’t the only thing AERA is slow at these days.

AERA17 Insider
March 2017

Each year, the AERA Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of education researchers and a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative studies in an array of areas. It is where to encounter ideas and data that will shape education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the United States and around the world. Leading up to the 2017 Annual Meeting, AERA17 Insider will provide a periodic glance at meeting highlights and features. Join us April 27–May 1 for five rewarding days of ideas, engagement, networking, and professional advancement.

In this Issue:

AERA Presidential Address

Rep. Castro to Speak at Annual Meeting

Major Lecture Speakers Announced

Awards Ceremony Luncheon

Advance Your Skills

The Off-Site Experience

New to AERA or the Annual Meeting?

Connect With Exhibitors

Meeting Resources and Accessibility

Thursday, April 27 – Monday, May 1, 2017

About the Theme
The theme of the Annual Meeting is framed around historical and contemporary discussions about unequal educational opportunity, as they relate to four critical dimensions. Read more

2017 Annual Meeting Sponsors

AERA would like to extend a special thank you to our 2017 sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor
– Routledge

Gold Sponsor
– SAGE Publishing

Bronze Sponsors
– AccessLex
– NIE, Singapore
– NORC at the University of Chicago

AERA Presidential Address
AERA President Vivian L. Gadsden to Address Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 29

AERA President Vivian L. Gadsden will give the 2017 Presidential Address, which will be centered on the meeting’s theme, “Knowledge to Action—Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity.” As AERA starts its second century, her address will examine critical dimensions of educational opportunity and rigor in research related to a diversity of issues, populations, and contexts served by educational inquiry. Gadsden will address the need for enduring change that eliminates barriers to opportunity, engagement, and success, by drawing upon the strengths of research, practice, and policy to fulfill the promise of equal educational opportunity.

Following the address, Gadsden will pass the torch to AERA President-Elect Deborah Loewenberg Ball, who will begin her term at the conclusion of the conference.

A champagne reception will follow the address.

Session Details
Saturday, April 29, 4:35 to 5:50 pm
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom Level, Stars at Night Ballroom 1, 2, and 3
Session Hashtag: #AERAPres
Link to Session

Rep. Castro to Speak at Annual Meeting
Congressman Will Address Higher Education Access

Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) will provide a perspective from Capitol Hill during his opening comments in a session titled “Improving Access to Higher Education Through College Advising.” Castro, who represents the San Antonio area and also serves on the board of the National College Advising Corps, will catalyze a discussion among commentators Laura Perna (University of Pennsylvania), Raymund Paredes (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board), and William Tierney (University of Southern California), and with meeting attendees.

Session Details
Saturday, April 29, 10:35 am to 12:05 pm
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 302 A and B
Link to Session

Major Lecture Speakers Announced
Lawrence-Lightfoot, Rumbaut to Give Distinguished Lectures

AERA President Vivian L. Gadsden announced that Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot and Rubén Rumbaut will give the two major distinguished lectures at the 2017 Annual Meeting.

The AERA Distinguished Lecture will be given by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot—Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Lawrence-Lightfood will deliver a lecture titled “’Let the Great Brown River Smile.’ Liberating Frames and Educational Discourses: On View, Voice, and Visibility.”

Session Details
Friday, April 28, 12:25 to 1:55 pm
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 301 A and B
Session Hashtag: #AERADistinguished
Link to Session

The Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture will be given by Rubén Rumbaut—Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Rumbaut will give a talk titled “From Middle School to Middle Adulthood: Education and the Social Mobility of the Immigrant Second Generation in an Age of Inequality.”

Session Details
Saturday, April 29, 2:45 to 4:15 pm
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 302 A and B
Session Hashtag: #AERAWallace
Link to Session

Awards Ceremony Luncheon
Honoring Excellence in Education Research

The fifth annual AERA Awards Luncheon will be heldSaturday, April 29. The luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the field of education research and the accomplishments of AERA-wide awardees and those who receive special citations. Tickets are still available for the luncheon and can be purchased online at “My AERA” by all Annual Meeting attendees while seats remain. Free tickets are available to attendees who bring their own lunches. Go to “My AERA” to reserve.

Session Details
Sunday, April 29, 12:25 to 2:25 pm
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom Level, Stars at Night Ballroom 1, 2, and 3
Session Hashtag: #AERAAwards
Link to Session

Advance Your Skills
Professional Development Course Open for Registration

Annual Meeting attendees can take advantage of a rich program of extended and mini professional development courses. This year’s 39-course lineup provides ample opportunities for attendees to train in research methods and skills, discover specialized research disciplines, address professional development issues, and much more.

To view more information about the on-site professional development courses at the Annual Meeting, click here.

The Off-Site Experience
Registration Open for Off-Site Tours

Make the most of your trip to San Antonio and sign up now for one or more of four off-site visits exploring the best of the city’s culture and history. Space is limited for these tours, and interested attendees are encouraged to register in advance. If you are a registered participant wishing to add courses, off-site visits, or tours, you can log in to add events to your registration.

New to AERA or the Annual Meeting?
Get Your Bearings at the Welcoming Orientation

New members and first-time meeting attendees are encouraged to attend an hour-long orientation the morning of Friday, April 28. Chaired by AERA President Vivian L. Gadsden, President-Elect Deborah Loewenberg Ball, and Executive Director Felice J. Levine, the session will offer an opportunity to learn more about AERA, the benefits of membership, and how to navigate the Annual Meeting.

Session Details
Friday, April 28, 7:00 to 8:00 am
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Meeting Room Level, Room 220 – Cantilever
Link to Session

Connect With Exhibitors
Come Visit Our Exhibitors

Visit the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Exhibition Hall Friday through Sunday (April 28–30) to meet exhibitors. Visit top publishers, research companies on the rise, technology companies, and many more.

Enter to Win

If you visit at least 10 different exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall during the meeting, you will be entered for a daily chance to win an iPad or a trip to the 2018 Annual Meeting in New York (registration, hotel, and air fare included).

Meeting Resources and Accessibility
Learn More About Meeting Resources

AERA offers a wide array of services at the Annual Meeting. View our Meeting Services page for up-to-date information on accessibility resources, journal talks, ASL interpreting services, child care, and more.

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2017 Annual Meeting
“Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity”
Thursday, April 27 – Monday, May 1, 2017
San Antonio, Texas

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