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May 2, 2019

AERA Highlights: 2020 Annual Meeting Theme Released, Shaun Harper Voted AERA President-Elect, And More!

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April 2019

2019 Annual Meeting News
Research Policy and Funding News
AERA Calls
AERA Publications Calls
Beyond AERA
AERA in the News



2020 Annual Meeting Theme Released; Call for Submissions Coming May 10

The 2020 Annual Meeting theme—“The Power and Possibilities for the Public Good When Researchers and Organizational Stakeholders Collaborate”—is a call to “to address educational challenges through policy and community engagement and to work with diverse institutional and organizational stakeholders.”

Shaun Harper Voted AERA President-Elect; Key Members Elected to AERA Council

Shaun Harper, a Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, has been voted president-elect of AERA. Read more

2019 Annual Meeting News

More than 14,000 Education Researchers Drawn to Toronto for AERA Annual Meeting​

The 2019 AERA Annual Meeting brought more than 14,000 scholars, policy leaders, students, and practitioners to Toronto, Canada, for the largest education research conference in the world, offering five days of stimulating discussion, exchange, and professional development. Read more

Opening Plenary Examines the Power of Educational Institutions to Inflict and Heal Racial Injustices

The 2019 Annual Meeting’s Opening Plenary session, “Truth and Reconciliation in Education: History, Narratives, and Pedagogy,” addressed the meaning of truth and reconciliation in the field of education and the power of educational institutions to both inflict and heal racial injustices. Read more

AERA 2019 President Wells Scrutinizes School Testing Policies

In this year’s Presidential Address, “An Inconvenient Truth About the New Jim Crow of Education,” 2019 AERA President Amy Stuart Wells (Teachers College, Columbia University) scrutinized testing policies in education, suggesting that standardized testing, with its perpetuation of an unequal education system for students of color, is the new “Jim Crow” of education. Read more

Town Hall Participants Assess Progress in, and Next Steps for, Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academe

The AERA Annual Meeting featured a Town Hall session titled “Sexual Harassment and Climate Change in Scholarly Associations and the Academy.” Read more

Gun Violence Town Hall Takes Stock of School Safety Research and Practices

With gun violence and school safety still among the top concerns of educators and policy leaders, AERA held an Annual Meeting Town Hall on April 8 to examine the dynamics and patterns of gun violence in schools and communities in the United States, take stock of promising policy and societal developments, and scrutinize emerging research addressing the consequences of gun violence. Read more

Major Annual Meeting Lecture Speakers Discuss Issues of Race in Education

The AERA Distinguished Lecture and the AERA Wallace Foundation Lecture featured prominent scholars engaging meeting attendees in important conversations about race, racism, microaggressions, and education at this year’s Annual Meeting in Toronto. Read more

Research and Science Policy Forum Engages Attendees in Major Issues in Education Research

The 2019 AERA Annual Meeting included 24 invited sessions as part of its Research and Science Policy Forum, featuring new reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; updates from federal agency representatives; and discussion on open knowledge. Read more

Research Policy and Funding News

AERA Continues Action on FY 2020 Appropriations

In April, AERA submitted written testimony to the House subcommittees that support key federal agencies that advance education research and statistical infrastructure. Read more

Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019 Introduced in Senate; AERA Among Endorsers

On April 4, Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) announced the introduction of the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019. AERA is a supporter of the legislation. Read more

AERA Calls
AERA Publications Calls
Beyond AERA
AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research


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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.

Editor: Felice J. Levine

Managing Editors: Tony Pals and John Neikirk

Contributors: Collin Boylin, Jessica Sibold, Christy Talbot, and Martha Yager


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