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August 3, 2020

Important Announcement—2021 AERA Annual Meeting Shifts To Virtual ONL

An important announcement from this past week.

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July 30, 2020



Dear AERA Members, Recent Annual Meeting Participants, and Friends of the Association,


On behalf of AERA Council, we announce that the 2021 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting will be held in a totally virtual format on April 9 to 12, with extended programming.


The COVID-19 pandemic makes it impossible to plan for a place-based meeting in a way that would allow for a safe and healthy convening for AERA Annual Meeting participants. We also want to be sure that the presence of AERA visitors for a conference does not lead to any further transmission of the virus. We thank the city of Orlando and our hotel partners for their flexibility. We look forward to holding our Annual Meeting in Orlando in 2025.


The 2021 AERA Annual Meeting will not ONLY be virtual but it will be delivered through a flexible internet platform that will provide for synchronous and asynchronous sessions, interactive paper presentations, workshop and professional development courses, plus networking and meet-up opportunities that can accommodate informal gatherings, receptions, and events.


Please note that the submission deadline is August 14, 2020 at 11:59 PDT. This is a first for AERA—the opportunity to present a paper or submit a session proposal for the 2021 Annual Meeting from every continent, every hemisphere, and every time zone irrespective of considerations that otherwise preclude place-based attendance. AERA is committed to maximizing participation consonant with peer review. If there is a substantial increase in the number of submissions, we intend to maintain our success rate through an increased number of acceptances. Assuming quality submissions, enlarging the program is more possible in virtual space.


We encourage your submissions in this time of transformation. Registered presenters and other registered attendees will have the benefit of participating in a unique convening that will continue to be an accessible asset for registrants through rebroadcasting well after the Annual Meeting concludes in April. Those with accepted papers will also be able to have their papers available through the AERA Online Paper Repository and their presentations available in the AERA Interactive Presentation Gallery.


In the months ahead, AERA will unfold special features of the AERA virtual meeting and how AERA intends to create this meeting responsive to those who aim to attend. The third week of August, we will be holding two town hall meetings to gather your input about the 2021 virtual meeting regarding what you most wish to experience and receive. We have already been expanding our attention to issues of accessibility and will continue to give this priority consideration. These town hall events will take place on August 19 and 21 from 3:00-4:30 pm EDT. Stay tuned for further announcements.


We also seek your ongoing commitment to membership in AERA without interruption in 2020. After announcing cancellation of the 2020 Annual Meeting in early March, membership renewal and new memberships came close to a virtual halt while AERA special programming, support, and services have been on the rise. We realize that resources for many are tighter than ever before, and we want to acknowledge and respond to those circumstances while still maintaining the vitality of what we offer our research community.


We ask that you stick with us by renewing or joining now. Membership fees for the five months remaining in 2020 are being deeply discounted up through the cut-off date of September 30th. You will be receiving an email next week from our membership team outlining this special offer.


As an educative organization, AERA seek to create an infrastructure and provide an innovative Annual Meeting environment that will support your research commitments, collaborations, and formal and informal networking opportunities. Please prepare your 2021 submissions by the August 14 deadline, and please also join a town hall meeting the week immediately following on August 19 and 21.


Take care and be safe,




Felice J. Levine, PhD

AERA Executive Director

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Shaun R. Harper, PhD

AERA President


American Educational Research Association

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Washington, DC 20005

July 29, 2020

Summer Leadership Summits

Note this up-coming virtual professional learning opportunity for my Canadian readers.

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Research, Resources, & Online Events

As summer reaches the midpoint and summer school programs wind up, a switch is turning across Canada as provinces begin announcing back-to-school plans.

CANeLearn is taking a strategic view from above, we are active this summer:

  1. Researching all the plans and permutations across Canada and will share these at our online August 20 and 21 Leadership Summit;
  2. Creating openly licensed, sharable teacher training resources focusing on e-learning models, design, engagement, and assessment to share at the summit;
  3. Adapting the eCampusOntario’s Extend Program for K12 teachers who are already comfortable in e-learning environments to “go further”; and
  4. Planning followup to measure successes and challenges in Fall’s school opening.

Initiatives will be shared at our August 20 and 21 CANeLearn Leadership Summit and at other Fall PD events.  Scroll down to find out more about all the professional learning events and opportunities available this summer and fall.

Summer Online Events of Note

‘The Future is Ours to Make’

August 11th from 1:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern

Convergence is launching the second Future of Learning Forum to valued partners in the education sector with education leaders from Canada, the US, Norway, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand with opening/closing remarks from Hon. Minister Stephen Lecce, Ontario Minister of Education, Hon. Steven Marshall – Premier, South Australia, and Cathy Montreuil Deputy Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Nova Scotia.  This year’s online version promises to uphold the Fall 2019 event’s benchmark with an even broader and diverse speaker’s list.

If you are an educator or policymaker keen to explore the impact of digital transformation within the sector Please RSVP by July 31st and share your full name, email, and title with  (No fee to attend).



  • Free or Low-Cost Resources for PD in Distance Learning

Click here for the list of free or low-cost PD opportunities

  • Options support the shift to blended or fully remote instruction as well as for the many other challenges of teaching during the coronavirus pandemic.  Most options are self-guided and offer flexibility to fit your needs and schedule!

CANeLearn Leadership Summit

Planning for “Class in the Cloud” and in Schools

Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 21 

Join us online at the annual CANeLearn Leadership Summit Aug.20/21 between 10 am to 4 pm (Eastern) to learn about Canadian, US, and international strategies, technologies, and pedagogies for “class in the cloud” and in school for September.

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  • In his Thursday keynote, Derek will provide an overview of the NZ response to the lockdown, describing the measures taken to support schools, teachers, learners, and their families, drawing out some of the lessons learned from this.
  • John’s opening remarks will focus on the phases of the response to the pandemic in US schools from spring until now, looking towards the new school year.
  • CANeLearn leaders will join to discuss comparisons.

While we don’t know at this time the exact situation we will be facing, we are most assured that elements of in-school attendance combined with remote learning will be part of the 2020-21 school year. 

Planning for contingencies is paramount

  • The online summit is designed to share plans and approaches, offer practical ideas from colleagues and leaders across Canada, and to build networking opportunities to support education leaders and teachers.

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Register for Thursday or Friday – Discount if registering for both days

Single-day $65, both days $115 ($95 for members) – GST not included


  • Workshop sessions will focus on what we are learning from the rapid implementation of emergency remote teaching. 

  • We will share practices from across Canada and discuss implications for September and future digital learning. 

  • Integrated presentations with planned dialogue, discussion, collaborative document sharing, and in-depth networking. 

  • Session activity will be archived for future use and reference.


Join both days – $115 (Members $95)

Or choose either Thursday or Friday for $65

Register today

About the Virtual Summit

  • Click the video below for a 4-minute overview of the live online event!

Fall Professional Learning



Blended Digital Ed Conference

October 23rd – Virtual/Online

Call for proposals open



11th Canadian Leadership Summit

October 28 and 29 in Toronto and Online



Digital Learning Collaborative 

Mark the dates: June 14-16, 2021 in Austin, TX


Stay Connected!

  • Use #CANeLearn to stream specific items of interest to members. Join the conversation!
  • Follow @CANeLearn, “like” us on Facebook, subscribe to our YouTube Channel
  • Check out our Members’ Site
  • Join CANeLearn – only $50 for associate membership!

The Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) is a Canadian registered not-for-profit society with a vision to be the leading voice in Canada for learner success in K-12 online and blended learning.  CANeLearn provides members with networking, collaboration, and research opportunities..

CANeLearn promotes effective practice in online and blended learning; fosters community and facilitates interaction among online and blended learning educators; and connects educators to online and blended learning organizations.


July 26, 2020

Pohewatia te āpōpō | Reimagine Tomorrow

One for my Kiwi readers to begin their week.

uLearn20 virtual education conference 7-8 October 2020
Kia ora Michael

For the first time ever, uLearn will be delivered online, 7-8 October 2020!

We’ll be bringing you live and on demand options through an exciting, contemporary virtual platform. And, at only $200+gst (even less with group discounts), uLearn20 is accessible to all.

Over two days, we’ll explore two themes, with four keynotes, a number of activators and an extensive range of workshops. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to continue exploring content until the end of the year!

Pohewatia te āpōpō | Reimagine tomorrow is at the heart of uLearn. This year’s themes provide opportunities to explore what this could like, for all educators, ākonga and the education ecosystem.

Pohewatia te angitu | Reimagine success

The first of our two themes will challenge you to think broadly about success, reconsidering the goal of education and purpose for learning.
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Pohewatia te ako | Reimagine learning

In an ever-changing world, we’ll consider how fit for purpose our current system is to help young people thrive in the future.

Explore the uLearn20 themes >

Register now for $200+gst or less >

Discover the keynotes >

Be inspired by uLearn20 keynotes; Janelle Riki-Waaka, Dr Lucy Hone, Pedro Noguera and Professor Peter O’Connor.

Become a uLearn presenter >

Share your ideas, innovations and experiences – present a breakout session during uLearn20. The call for abstracts is open now.
Registrations are now open – join us as we Pohewatia te āpōpō | Reimagine tomorrow.

Ngā mihi nui,
CORE Education

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July 21, 2020

2021 Annual Meeting Submission Deadline Extended To August 14

Since the deadline was supposed to be Wednesday, this is welcome news.

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Dear AERA Members and Prior Annual Meetings Participants,


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its prevalence across so many states and communities in the United States and internationally, we are extending the 2021 Annual Meeting submission deadline from Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PDT to Friday, August 14, at 11:59 p.m. PDT.


We hope that graduate students and education researchers worldwide will benefit from this extra time to prepare paper and session submissions in ways that accommodate the special circumstances of COVID-19 in your lives. For those serving on peer review panels for 2021 Annual Meeting submissions, we will modify the deadlines to account for this three-week+ extension. You will be hearing from us additionally on this issue quite soon.


We continue to monitor quite closely the spread of COVID-19 and its resurgence in certain areas within the United States. As before, AERA follows the science in making decisions that support those submitting to AND participating in the AERA Annual Meeting and those working or living in the city that serves as our host, including Orlando in 2021.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Robert Smith, AERA’s director of meetings, and I are actively engaged in examining current circumstances and options as they change almost day to day. Along with President Shaun Harper, we aim to support our research community and offer a meeting rich in content and success.


With best regards and fond thoughts,

Felice J. Levine, PhD

Executive Director

American Educational Research Association

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Washington, DC 20005


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