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May 24, 2018

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May 23, 2018

Schools of Opportunity in the News. Nominate 2018 Candidates Now!

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Schools of Opportunity in the News.

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Schools of Opportunity in the News. Nominate 2018 Candidates Now!


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Schools of Opportunity is a project that recognizes public high schools that strive to close opportunity gaps by creating environments that aim to reach every student.

The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet column has committed to running profiles of each of 2017’s eight Schools of Opportunity.

Last week, NEPC’s Kevin Welner and Linda Molner Kelley wroteabout Nebraska’s Lincoln High School, one of eight recognized schools this past year. Between October 2015 and September 2016, Lincoln Nebraska settled more refugees per capita than any other area of the nation. The school’s population reflects that diversity, with students speaking more than 30 different languages. In other places, such diversity has sometimes resulted in silos within schools, with native speakers and English language learners tracked into separate programs. At Lincoln, all students are welcomed into International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses. Those needing academic supports to meet these challenges can take advantage of an Academic Resource Center after school and a Saturday School staffed by teachers. Tutors and representatives of community groups are also available at the school after hours. Other offerings include a media center with a maker space, art offerings that build on the school’s cultural differences, and group and individual therapy.

Welner and Kelley also wrote recently for The Post’s Answer Sheet about the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, another 2017 School of Opportunity. The school operates on a 72-acre working farm, combining career and technical education with a college-preparatory curriculum. Students choose from one of six agricultural pathways while also meeting academic requirements that are stricter than the district’s. All students create work portfolios that span subject areas. The school’s diverse population includes students with severe disabilities, who participate in coursework while helping to run the farm. School partners include agricultural industry representatives as well as universities.

For more Schools of Opportunity news, click here.

Do you know of a public high school that deserves the School of Opportunity honor?

We want to know about the great schools that have come to the attention of our readers. And we want to make the process of applying for Schools of Opportunity Recognition that much easier. So everyone can now directly nominate great high schools for Schools of Opportunity recognition! We are moving to a nomination process where we rely upon our network of education scholars and leaders to help us find great candidates. Anyone who knows an outstanding school that should be considered can use this: Schools of Opportunity nomination formProject staff will follow up directly with the schools to discuss the recognition project, application process, and growing Schools of Opportunity Network.

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May 22, 2018

[AECT] May 21, 2018 – News & Notes

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Registration is available for the 2018 AECT International Convention to be held in Kansas City,MO, October 23 – October 27, 2018.  Register now to get the early discount  – deadline is May 31, 2018.


Registration is open for the 2018 AECT Research SymposiumA New Focus for Learning: Educational Technology Beyond Content July 16-17, 2018 at the Indiana University Student Memorial Union & Biddle Hotel in Bloomington, Indiana.  Register today!   Hotel reservations can be made by calling the IMU Biddle Hotel at 800-209-8145 and use the Block Code AECT2018.


We have a great line-up of workshops available before and after the convention for only $15 each.
User Experience and Usability Testing Within the Sociotechnical Process – Methods, Challenges and Pitfalls with Isa Jahnke, Neeley Current, Hao He, Yen-Mei Lee, Minh Pham, Carl Hewitt, Gayathri Sadanala and Joi Moore. This full day workshop introduces user experience (UX) projects including client communication, goal negotiation, conducting the study, methods, results and presentation of recommendations.
Design Layers and Functional Design: A Hands-on Experience with Andrew Gibbons. This workshop will offer hands-on experience in applying the theory of design layers and functional design to specific instructional design problems. The theory of instructional design layers provides a new view of design architecture that leads to a more direct and common-sense application of instructional theory.
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AECT and Routledge are excited to announce the Key Issues in Learning Design and Technology series. Books published in this series may be individual books or edited volumes that translate cutting-edge research from developments in instructional design and technology into approachable, cross-disciplinary volumes for academic professionals and students. Each book in this series is poised to provide expert perspectives and principles on evolving areas of research, from personalized learning to data and analytics to visual design and beyond. To learn more about the possible topics and proposal guidelines, visit . Questions about this opportunity may be directed to the series co-editors, Linda L. CampionCindy S. York, or Tonia A. Dousay.


The AECT Leadership Development Committee is excited to invite applications for the AECT Leadership Development Internship Program to coincide with the 2018 AECT Convention in Kansas City, MO. We need your help to identify and recognize outstanding individuals with leadership potential in educational technology and in the broader field through the AECT Leadership Development Internship Program.  Eligible applicants and interested sponsors may review program details and application requirements on the AECT websiteThe deadline for submission is11:59 PM ET on June 4, 2018Contact Megan C. Murtaugh for additional information at 239-560-8301 or

Publish a video with the Division of Organizational Training and Performance (OTP). We invite ALL AECT members to submit your original video content to the OTP Best Practices and Microlearning YouTube Channel! Videos are peer-reviewed, must be related to organizational training and performance, and no longer than seven (7) minutes. Topics can include but are not limited to: organization professional development, best practices in organizational training and performance settings, models, products, research (applied and theoretical), diversity considerations, accessibility, process examples, reflections and tips and techniques. Click here foradditional guidelines and our promotional video.


The International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA), an AECT Affiliate organization, announces its 2018 conference, to be held in Chicago November 1-4, 2018. It will be a celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary. The conference theme is Viewing the Past, Picturing the Present, Designing the Future: Celebrating 50 Years of Visual Literacy. Please join us in this celebration by submitting a proposal. The conference website is: The submission deadline is May 31, 2018.


Don’t forget to put this year’s eLearning Africa Conference and Exhibition on your calendar. This event will take place from September 2628, 2018 in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, one of Africa’s most attractive, exciting and innovative cities. Packed with dozens of interactive sessions, presentations by top experts and new solutions displayed by exhibitors from all over the world, it will be a great learning and networking opportunity. It will also be a chance to find out about the latest developments in technology assisted learning and hear how they are changing education and training in Africa.


You are invited to be part of the 2018 JSET-AECT Summer International Research Symposium – Designing Learning Environments for Creativity: Space, Activity, and Community. Symposium dates are September 7-9, 2018 to be held at Future University Hakodate and Takuboku-Tei at Yunokawa Hot Spring, Hokkido, Japan.Complete details and registration information is available here .

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May 21, 2018

Reminder: 2018 CIDER Session – State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

A reminder about this up-coming webinar on one of my own projects.


The CIDER Sessions Series includes monthly sessions running from September 2017 to June 2018. These sessions feature presentations by leading researchers in distance, distributed, and online learning.

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State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada
Michael Barbour, Touro University Mare Island
Randy LaBonte, Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn)

The 2017 issue of the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canadareport marks its 10th year, and the fifth year of the Canadian eLearning Network’s (CANeLearn) support of this research. The report continues to be Canada’s own benchmark for the expanding use of technology-supported blended and online learning in Canada. The anniversary report continues the traditional incisive analysis of the state of K-12 e-learning in Canada as well as an expanded collection of research briefs and a description of several vignettes providing considerable insight about innovation and new approaches emerging in online and blended practices in K-12 programs across Canada. Full results of the research and work undertaken in this study, including all annual reports and associated papers, are published on the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada project website ( This session will provide a synopsis and overview of the latest version of this annual report.

Statement By AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine On The Santa Fe, Texas, High School Shooting

Note this statement on yet another school shooting from this past Friday.

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Statement by AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine on the Santa Fe, Texas, High School Shooting

May 18, 2018

The mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, the latest national tragedy caused by gun violence, is another reminder that our nation’s leaders cannot delay taking concrete action to stem the tide of gun violence plaguing American schools and society.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) extends its sympathy to the families, friends, and community of Santa Fe High School affected by the injuries and loss of life.

Schools – from kindergarten through college – are environments intended to be safe havens to support and nurture students’ substantive, social, and civic learning. Instead, they have become locations vulnerable to violence.

In March, AERA joined the broader science community in calling on Congress to provide dedicated federal funding for research on gun violence. AERA also asked association members and others to show their support by signing the March for Science petition and contacting their elected representatives.
At the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting in April, AERA held a town hall meeting titled “Town Hall Forum on Research on Gun Violence and Implications for Schools and Communities” to emphasize the vital importance of credible, scientific research to help understand what works to reduce violence and prevent gun violence. Presenters addressed the failures of zero tolerance policies and the need for school prevention programs that focus on social-emotional health and enable student empowerment and engagement.
It is far too frequent that AERA needs to issue statements, express our sympathy, and urge essential research and evidence-based policies and programs. AERA has done so related to the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; at Sandy Hook Elementary School; in Charleston, S.C.; at Umpqua Community College; and in Orlando, as well the Justice Department’s recent cancellation of initiatives to fund school safety studies.
Until the risk of gun violence in communities, schools, workplaces, settings of worship, and other public spaces has been stemmed, we will continue to call on our leaders in Washington, D.C., to support investments that help school and policy leaders better understand the root causes of school violence, develop strategies for increasing school safety, and rigorously evaluate innovative efforts.

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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 FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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