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March 3, 2019

AERA Highlights: 2019 AERA Elections Now Open, President Wells On Why You Need To Attend The Annual Meeting, And More!

Another newsletter from late last week.

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February 2019

Annual Meeting—Mark Your Calendar
AERA Publications News
Research Policy and Funding News
Calls for Notable Education Research Prizes
AERA Calls
AERA Publications Calls
Beyond AERA
AERA in the News



AERA Election Ends March 28 — Cast Your Ballot Now

The 2019 AERA election opened on February 26, with all voting AERA members receiving an e-ballot notification message from Intelliscan, Inc., that included a hyperlink to their personalized ballot. Read more

President Wells on Why You Need to Attend the Annual Meeting

In addition to reconnecting with hundreds of friends and colleagues, there are countless other reasons for going to Toronto in April for the AERA Annual Meeting. Read more

New AERA Fellows to Be Inducted at Annual Meeting

AERA has announced the selection of 10 scholars as 2019 AERA Fellows. AERA Fellows are selected on the basis of their notable and sustained research achievements. Read more

AERA an Inaugural Member of Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM

On February 15, AERA and dozens of other organizations representing the science, technology, engineering, math, and medical fields launched the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM. Read more

Former AERA President Linda Darling-Hammond Appointed Head of California State Board of Education

On February 12, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced during his State of the State address that former AERA president Linda Darling-Hammond will head the state Board of Education. Read more

Annual Meeting—Mark Your Calendar

QDR-ICPSR-NSF Data-Sharing Workshop to be Held at AERA Annual Meeting — Deadline for Applications: March 5

On April 6—the second day of the AERA Annual Meeting—a National Science Foundation–funded workshop will address the practices, problems, and promise of sharing human participants’ research data ethically and responsibly. Read more

AERA to Hold Annual Meeting Workshop on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion — Deadline for Applications: March 6

With the generous support of the William T. Grant Foundation and the Spencer Foundation, AERA will hold a workshop titled Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education Research on April 4–5, in Toronto, Canada, prior to the start of the 2019 Annual Meeting. Read more

More High-Profile Presidential Sessions Announced for Annual Meeting

A conversation about race and equity in suburban contexts featuring filmmaker Steve James, the clinical practice experiences of Latinx educators, and podcasting as a mechanism for disseminating education research: These are among the important topics to be offered at presidential sessions that will inform and engage attendees at this year’s annual meeting. Read more

Reminder: Annual Meeting Program Is Available

The 2019 Annual Meeting Online Program schedule is available to search. Access the program through your My AERA page or through this guest access quick link.

AERA Publications News

AERA Open Named Best New Journal in Social Sciences by the Association of American Publishers

AERA Open was recently named the “Best New Journal in Social Sciences” by the Association of American Publishers for the 2019 Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence. Read more

AERA Announces Most Read Education Research Articles of 2018

Research on the effect of private school attendance on student outcomes, the impact of teacher coaching on student achievement, the benefits of open and transparent education science, and more appears in the top 10 most popular journal articles published by AERA in 2018. Read more

Research Policy and Funding News

NIH Issues Statement on Efforts to Address Harassment in Science

On February 28, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provided an update on the agency’s efforts to address harassment both within NIH and with its external grantees. Read more

Final FY 2019 Appropriations Signed Into Law; Work Begins on FY 2020 Budget Cycle

President Donald Trump signed a law that finalized appropriations for FY 2019 hours before the government was set to shut down on February 15. Read more

IES Funds Three National Research and Development Centers

On February 6, the Institute of Education Sciences announced that it has awarded $25 million in grant funding to the University of Missouri, Harvard University, and the University of California, Irvine, to establish three national research and development centers focused on improving rural education and secondary student writing. Read more

AERA Takes Action on Research Policy and Funding Priorities

Throughout February, AERA has joined the scientific community in several efforts to enhance sound research and statistical policy. Read more

OSTP Director Highlights Priorities in Remarks at AAAS Annual Meeting

Kelvin Droegemeier, the new director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, gave his first public remarks on February 15 during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read more

Conversations Underway on Higher Education Act Reauthorization Underway

Conversations on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) are in full swing. Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, outlined his priorities for the HEA reauthorization in several high-profile events in Washington, DC, throughout February. Read more

Calls for Notable Education Research Prizes
AERA Calls
AERA Publications Calls
Beyond AERA
AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

More AERA in the News


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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February 27, 2019

AERA19 Insider – February 2019

From Monday’s inbox…

AERA19 Insider

February 2019

Each year, the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of education researchers and a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative studies in an array of areas. Leading up to the 2019 Annual Meeting, AERA19 Insider will provide a periodic glance at meeting highlights and features. Join AERA in TorontoApril 5 – 9, 2019, for five rewarding days of ideas, engagement, networking, and professional advancement.

This Issue:

Join AERA in Toronto!

Key Dates:

  • Early Bird Registration EndsFebruary 28
  • Registration Refund DeadlineMarch 1
  • Deadline for Program Changes and Adding Chairs and DiscussantsMarch 1
  • Deadline to Upload Final 
    PapersMarch 8

AERA 2019 Annual Meeting Sponsors

AERA would like to extend a special thank you to our 2019 sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor:

Gold Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsors:

2019 Annual Meeting Online Program Open

Online Program Now Available

The online searchable program for the 2019 Annual Meeting is now open! View the online program schedule using your AERA login or as a guest. The program can be browsed by day and time and has a universal search function to search by presenter/participant’s name or affiliation, session title/topic, and paper title/topic. When you see a session that is of interest to you, place it in your personal schedule by clicking on the calendar icon to the left of the session information.

AERA to Hold Annual Meeting Workshop on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Deadline for Applications is March 6

With support from the William T. Grant Foundation and the Spencer Foundation, the workshop aims to help graduate students and early career researchers consider multiple ways to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in their research agendas. Learn more

Early Bird Registration Ends February 28

Register Now for the Discounted Rate

Don’t miss the chance to save big before early bird registration closes on February 28! AERA has extended the grace period for all 2018 members to renew their membership for 2019 through February. Remember to obtain AERA membership before registering for the 2019 Annual Meeting so you can receive the discounted fee. Learn more

High-Profile Presidential Sessions Slated for Annual Meeting

Sessions Align with 2019 Theme, “Leveraging Education Research in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence”

AERA President Amy Stuart Wells and 2019 Annual Meeting Co-Chairs Jennifer Jellison Holme and Janelle T. Scott have developed a comprehensive list of sessions not to be missed during the Annual Meeting in Toronto. As the Annual Meeting approaches, AERA will be unveiling sets of highlighted presidential sessions.

AERA and Spencer Foundation Announce Pre-Conference Seminar for Early Career Scholars with Disabilities

Space is Limited, Apply Now

AERA and the Spencer Foundation are jointly sponsoring a pre-conference seminar and mentoring program for doctoral students and early-career scholars with disabilities/disabled scholars on Thursday, April 4, and the morning of Friday, April 5, in Toronto. Learn more

Reminder to Presenters and Participants

Take Note of Important Upcoming Deadlines

Annual Meeting presenters and participants have until March 1 to submit program changes or add chairs and discussants. March 8 is the deadline to upload final versions of papersPresenters and participants may wish to bookmark this page with valuable information on paper and poster preparation, roles and responsibilities, session forms, audio-visual request information, and more information to help you gear up for the meeting.

Connect with Exhibitors

Visit the Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall

Visit the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Exhibition Hall-Exhibit Hall B Saturday through Monday (April 6-8) to meet our 2019 Annual Meeting exhibitors. Visit with top publishers, research companies on the rise, technology experts, and more!

Enter to Win
If you visit at least 10 different exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall during the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting, you will be entered for a chance to win one of these great prizes:

  • Daily Prize  A New iPad.
  • Grand Prize  A Trip to the 2020 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

2019 AERA Annual Meeting

“Leveraging Education Research in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence”

Friday, April 5 – Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Toronto, Canada

February 15, 2019

2019 AERA Annual Meeting Online Program Now Available


American Educational Research Association

Annual Meeting Online Program Open

Online Program Now Available

We are pleased to announce the online searchable program for the 2019 Annual Meeting is now open. Log in to view the online program schedule. Under the leadership of AERA President Amy Stuart Wells, 2019 Annual Meeting General Program Chairs Jennifer Jellison Holme and Janelle T. Scott, and the program and section chairs of Divisions and SIGs, and Committees, the 2019 program is comprised of over 2,800 sessions featuring high quality and timely work in education research.

The program can be browsed by day and time and has a universal search function to search by presenter/participant’s name or affiliation, session title/topic, and paper title/topic. Select the session that is of interest to you, and place it in your personal schedule.

Deadline to Make Program Changes

Deadline: March 8, 2019

The deadline to make any program changes including changes to paper titles, session titles, and authors, as well as Session Chairs and Discussants is March 8, 2019. Please email changes to When making author changes, please send the full name, email address and institution of all authors.

Early Bird Registration

Deadline: February 28, 2019

AERA members receive a sizable discount on meeting registration. To get the special member registration rate, please make sure you have renewed your AERA membership for 2019. You will be able to renew your membership and reserve your hotel while registering for the meeting.

Take advantage of the early bird registration rates and access your hotel of choice at the special conference rate. Rooms at the major headquarters hotels are quickly filling up so reserve your hotel room today. The early bird registration deadline is February 28. AERA membership must be current through December 2019 for the special member registration discount.

Register now for early bird rates and preferred hotel reservations.

How to Register:

  1. Login.
  2. Click ‘My AERA’ at the top of the page.
  3. On the ‘My AERA’ page, scroll down to the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting.
  4. Click ‘Register and Make Your Hotel Reservation Now’. ’
  5. Once you complete your registration, you can make your online hotel reservation by clicking the Hotel Reservation button in the upper left side of the registration confirmation summary screen.

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

Questions? Please contact AERA at (202) 238-3200 or


American Educational Research Association

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February 4, 2019

Questions About A “Special Message from AERA Executive Director About Annual Meeting Schedule” – #AERA19

This updated appeared in my inbox yesterday.  It should be noted that in the initial e-mail that it stated that the schedule would be released approximately six weeks before the annual meeting.  It should also be noted that moving the release up to 15 February means that the schedule will be released only seven weeks before the annual meeting – so in the face of complaints from so many, year after year, we get a one week reprieve this year.

I’m also curious about the “re-engineering the 2020 deadlines and release of the Annual Meeting Program”…  When I first started attending AERA (and 2004 was my first), the proposal deadline was historically 01 August (although due to the system crashing on the final day that often got extended to 08 August, as it did my first year).  The announcements about acceptance or rejection that first year came out on 17 October (as I was a first year doc student I kept my first acceptance to AERA).  Around 2009 the deadline was moved up by a week, so this year the deadline was 23 August and the acceptances/rejections were sent out on 01 November (which means the process took two weeks longer this year than it did fifteen years ago).  With the release of the schedule on 15 February, it will mean that it took AERA three months, two weeks, and one day to put together the actual schedule.

For an academic organization, particularly one that has been organizing this same event for decades, this is just unacceptable!  But it does beg the question, what would be acceptable?  How much time in advance should the program be released?  If seven weeks is unacceptable, what about eight weeks?  Or ten weeks?  When is that magic date that would make things okay for the majority of us?

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American Educational Research Association

Dear AERA Members and Friends:

The AERA e-mail sent out on February 1 about the release of the 2019 Annual Meeting schedule was in error. The meeting schedule will be released no later than February 15.

I regret that, especially with the earlier dates of the 2019 Annual Meeting, the date to release the program schedule is far too tight. No excuse making—it is TOO TIGHT!

You can count on my re-engineering the 2020 deadlines and release of the Annual Meeting Program to be a top personal priority as your Executive Director.

Do not hesitate to contact me directly at or 202-238-3201, if you wish to talk further. Under any scenario, the buck stops here.

We are committed to continuing to make the AERA Annual Meeting one of the highest quality and that is maximally inclusive, affordable, supportive, and accessible.

Key to achieving these goals requires participants’ knowing the schedule sufficiently far in advance to make appropriate plans and arrangements.

Thank you for reading this message.


Felice J. Levine, PhD
Executive Director

American Educational Research Association

1430 K Street, NW

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(202) 238-3200

February 3, 2019

2019 AERA Annual Meeting: Schedule Will Be Released In Late February

I received this notice on Friday – just in case you were wondering…


Michael Barbour,

We are 63 days away from the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting. AERA recognizes that confirming session dates, times and locations is important as you are planning your travel to Toronto. However, details about when presentations are scheduled will not be available until the program has been finalized. The schedule will be released in late February, approximately six weeks before the Annual Meeting. All participants will receive an email from AERA when the schedule is available to view online.

For your convenience, a tentative schedule at a glance is available at

Additionally, despite not knowing the days and times of specific sessions, we strongly encourage you to register and secure a hotel room for the duration of the meeting. Once the schedule is released you can modify your housing reservation accordingly.

Due to the high volume of calls and emails associated with the Annual Meeting, our hope is that providing this information will alleviate uncertainty about when the Annual Meeting schedule will be available. If you have questions about other aspects of the Annual Meeting, please email 

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work to address numerous inquiries by phone and email daily. See you in Toronto!

AERA Meetings Team

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