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September 21, 2017

Help Us Celebrate #ThankAScientist Week!

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

Help Us Celebrate #ThankAScientist Week!

This week is #ThankAScientist week! During #ThankAScientist week, AERA, along with other scientific organizations, encourages Twitter users to reach out and thank scientists from all fields for the research they produce and how they have positively impacted our society.

Visit the AERA website to see the select group of highlighted education researchers and the work that they do. These scholars represent a range of high-quality education research being produced by the field and actively use Twitter to connect research and knowledge to societal issues. Take a moment this week to tweet and show your appreciation to these scientists and other members of the field for the contributions they have made to education research.

Make sure to use the hashtag #ThankAScientist in your appreciation tweets and follow AERA on Twitter to see highlights from this special week!


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September 11, 2017

AERA Statement On Proposed Amendment Slashing Federal Education Research Funding

A notice from this past week.


Contact:
Tony Pals, tpals@aera.net
(202) 238-3235(202) 288-9333 (cell)

Jonathan Fera, jfera@aera.net
(202) 238-3233(414) 610-5661 (cell)

Statement by AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine on Proposed Amendment Slashing Federal Education Research Funding
September 7, 2017

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) strongly opposes the Rooney Amendment to the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018 (H. R. 3354), currently under consideration in the House of Representatives. The amendment would slash federal funding for the non-partisan Institute of Education Sciences (IES) by one-third, gravely undermining this important agency’s mission of advancing independent scientific evidence, statistics, and data.

The amendment’s call to cut $195 million in critical education research funding will impede the improvement of teaching and learning in our schools. The amendment also contradicts current budgetary support for IES from the House of Representatives, Senate, and the Trump administration.

IES, a premier federal source for education research, evaluation, and statistics, must be fully funded so that educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders can continue to improve outcomes for all students.

AERA urges all House members to vote NO on Amendment #73. We must preserve education research funding and continue the growth of scientific knowledge throughout our nation.

About AERA
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Find AERA on Facebook and Twitter.

This statement is available online.

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September 4, 2017

AERA Highlights – August 2017

From the inbox this past Thursday.

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August 2017

AERA News
Education Research Policy and Funding News
AERA Calls

Beyond AERA
AERA in the News
Video of the Month


AERA News

From the Desks of the President and Executive Director: Providing Our Support for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey has created enormous personal and professional distress to the people of Texas and the Gulf Coast. The suffering of individuals and communities in the region is horrible and the loss of lives and property is tragic. AERA supports our colleagues, students, and all others affected by this disaster.
NSF Provides Major Award for AERA Grants Program
Earlier this month, AERA received a five-year $4.3 million award from the National Science Foundation to support the work of the AERA Grants Program to advance knowledge and capacity building related to STEM using large-scale national and international data resources.
Americas Initiative Continues with AERA-WERA Participation in Chile
The Americas initiative in education research, launched in September 2016, took another step forward with meetings convened in Santiago, Chile, on August 8–11.
AERA Issues Statement on the Hateful Acts in Charlottesville
On August 18, AERA Present Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Executive Director Felice J. Levine released a statement condemning racism in all its forms and joining others throughout the nation in the fight to eradicate hate, injustice, and racial violence. Read the statement
AERA to Co-sponsor ASA Symposium on Statistical Inference
AERA, along with the American Psychological Association, is co-sponsoring the 2017 American Statistical Association Symposium on Statistical Inference, October 11-13, in Bethesda, Md.
Inaugural AERA Congressional Fellow Reflects on Year on Capitol Hill
Read about Jenna Sablan’s time on Capitol Hill as the 2016-17 AERA/AAAS Congressional Fellow.
COSSA’s “Why Social Science Matters” Blog Features Post by AERA Government Relations Director
This month, the Consortium of Social Science Associations’ “Why Social Science Matters” blog featured a post by AERA Government Relations Director Juliane Baron on the importance of education research. Read the post


Education Research Policy and Funding News

COPAFS Names New Executive Director
The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, which advocates for the development and dissemination of high-quality federal statistics, recently named former U.S. Census Bureau director John H. Thompson as executive director, effective July 24.
AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Examines the “Right to Science”
The Science and Human Rights Coalition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held its summer meeting in July in Washington, D.C.
National Science Board Holds Summer Quarterly Meeting
The National Science Board, which sets priorities in consultation with the National Science Foundation, held its summer meeting on August 15-16.
Q&A: NSF’s Julio López-Ferrao Discusses Funding Opportunities for Early Career Scholars
Julio E. López-Ferrao joined the former National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Educational System Reform as a program director in 1996 and has served in a range of roles throughout his time at NSF.

AERA Calls


Beyond AERA


AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

More AERA in the News

Video of the Month: 
AERA Centennial Lecture – The Opportunities and Challenges of Early Child Care and Education



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: Juliane Baron, Jonathan Fera, McKinley Gillespie, Sylvie Nguyen-Fawley, David Presgraves, Anna Rappoport, Christy Talbot, and Martha Yager

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August 20, 2017

AERA Statement on the Hateful Acts in Charlottesville

This was released on Friday and deserves to be reprinted here.

 

AERA Statement on the Hateful Acts in Charlottesville

August 18, 2017

The American Educational Research Association condemns racism in all its forms and joins others throughout our nation in the fight to eradicate hate, injustice, and racial violence. The recent events in Charlottesville not only make visible how White supremacy, racism, antisemitism, religious persecution, homophobia, and xenophobia continue to permeate our society, but also remind us of the critical importance of studying, analyzing, and broadly communicating about these patterns and structures. Our social responsibility as a community of education researchers is to engage in producing knowledge and to share that knowledge with clarity and integrity.

A wide range of scholarship can and must be used to inform and engage current and future generations in the multiple stories of our pasts, the realities of our presents, and the critical demands of our futures. We need to uncover and analyze how our educational system is connected to our past and present legacies of racism in all of its forms—how our institutions and practices persistently reproduce inequities. We must also develop the knowledge and evidence that can lead to practices and policies that address hate, support understanding and respect of others, and disrupt the divisive patterns of disparity and denigration. Researchers, together with educators across all levels of education, must confront the racism, xenophobia, power and privilege, and injustice that permeate the ordinary life of our nation and world and interrogate and teach the histories of our past. No one should leave our educational institutions thinking that the expressions of hate that were on display in Charlottesville are just legitimate “points of view” or acceptable acts of “free speech.” No one should leave our classrooms or campuses believing that the symbols of oppression and killing are mere logos.

Education is fundamentally about our futures as a nation and a world, for education can empower the next generation of human beings who can promote and protect human rights, build institutions, make laws, create knowledge and art, and imagine and make possible a just world. AERA is committed to providing the knowledge base and working with other scientific organizations to support educators and others in our communities to be able to confront hate and to teach all people to know the histories of slavery, racism, genocide, inhumanity, oppression, colonialism, and White supremacy, as well as to know and learn from the stories of those who have fought and devoted their lives to justice. We strive to make known and foster the use of research on institutional and individual factors that engender prejudice and acts of violence against groups. As researchers, we must be prepared to support educators with tools, knowledge, and expertise to notice, name, deal with, and confront these issues as they arise in our contemporary world, our communities, and in our institutions and classrooms.

Now is the time, as new school and academic years commence, to ensure that we do not ignore or forget the realities that underlie what we have just experienced nor resume a normalcy that belies the scholarship that we have. AERA is committed to continuing this conversation as we go from city to city. It is our priority in planning for the 2018 Annual Meeting in April in New York and speaks to the very heart of this year’s theme—“The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education.”

Deborah Loewenberg Ball, AERA President
Felice J. Levine, AERA Executive Director


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1430 K Street, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005
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August 2, 2017

AERA Highlights – July 2017

Another item from Monday’s inbox…

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July 2017

AERA News
Education Research Policy and Funding News
AERA Calls

Beyond AERA
AERA in the News
Video of the Month


AERA News

AERA Nominating Committee for the SIG Executive Committee Seeks Recommendations — Deadline: August 30
The AERA Nominating Committee for the SIG Executive Committee seeks recommendations for well-qualified candidates for two at-large positions during the 2018 election. The deadline for submitting nominations for AERA-wide offices is also extended to August 30.
Attendees Advance Issues at AERA-NSF Data Sharing and Research Transparency Workshop
More than 60 participants, including representatives from 13 associations and 18 journals, gathered in Washington, D.C., on July 25–27 for an intensive workshop on data sharing and research transparency at the article publishing stage.
AERA and WERA Convene the Second Meeting of Education Research Associations in the Americas
On May 1 in San Antonio, Texas, the American Educational Research Association, in cooperation with the World Education Research Association, held the second Meeting of the Education Research Associations in the Americas.
AERA Webcasts on Communicating Locally with Federal Policymakers Now Available
AERA offered two webinars in July to provide guidance and tips for members interested in visiting local congressional offices while Congress is on recess in August, to highlight the value of education research.


Education Research Policy and Funding News

Flurry of Congressional Activity on FY 2018 Appropriations
July was a busy month for the House and Senate appropriations committees. Both chambers moved legislation to fund federal agencies for the 2018 fiscal year, which begins on October 1.

AERA Calls


Beyond AERA


AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

More AERA in the News

Video of the Month: 
Study: The Costs and Consequences of Excess Credit Hours Policies



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: Juliane Baron, McKinley Gillespie, Sylvie Nguyen-Fawley, David Presgraves, Anna Rappoport, Christy Talbot, and Martha Yager

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