Virtual School Meanderings

June 17, 2019

Watch The Webcast: “The Impact Of Weapons And Violence On Schools And Surrounding Communities”

Note the recording of this important webinar from last week.

Watch the Webcast:

“The Impact of Weapons and Violence on Schools

and Surrounding Communities”

Watch Now

On June 12, nearly 100 congressional staff, federal employees, and members of the research community attended a congressional briefing held by the American Educational Research Association, the American Academy of Social and Work and Social Welfare, and the National Academy of Education to address current scientific data surrounding the pressing need to reduce violence in schools and communities.

The event was livestreamed on the AERA Facebook page, and is now available on the AERA YouTube channel.

Held in the Rayburn House Office Building, the briefing included panelists Ron Avi Astor, Pia Valenzuela Escudero, Dorothy Espelage, Lauren Hogg, Sean Joe, and Marlene Wong, who detailed the impact of gun violence on students, their families, and local communities.

The panel addressed evidence-based policies and practices that can help successfully mitigate weapons and violence, increase student empowerment, and enhance community safety.

For more information about the briefing, please click here.

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June 10, 2019

Capitol Hill Briefing to Address Evidence on How to Reduce Weapons and Violence in Schools and Communities

Note this important event on Wednesday.

Capitol Hill Briefing to Address Evidence on How to Reduce Weapons and Violence in Schools and Communities

Event Will Be Livestreamed

The American Educational Research Association, the American Academy of Social and Work and Social Welfare, and the National Academy of Education will hold a congressional briefing to address current scientific data surrounding the pressing need to reduce violence in schools and communities.

Rayburn Office Building, Room 2261

Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, June 12

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The event is open to the public. It also will be livestreamed on the AERA Facebook page and the National Association of Social Workers’ Facebook page.

Experts will present empirical research detailing the impact of gun violence on the education and well-being of students, their families, and local communities. They will also address evidence-based policies and practices that can assist with successfully mitigating weapons and violence, increasing student empowerment, and enhancing community safety.

Panelists Include:

  • Ron Avi Astor, Marjorie Crump Endowed Professor of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs, Graduate Department of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Pia Valenzuela Escudero, Executive Director at the Los Angeles University School District, Division of Student Health and Human Services
  • Dorothy Espelage, Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida
  • Lauren Hogg, student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
  • Sean Joe, Professor Social Work at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Marlene Wong, Professor of Clinical Social Work at the University of Southern California

ADDITIONAL SPONSORS

In addition to AERA, AASWSW, and NAE, sponsoring organizations include the American Psychological Association; Brady Campaign; Clark-Fox Policy Institute, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis; Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy; Grand Challenges for Social Work Steering Committee; National Association for Rural Mental Health; National Association of County Behavioral Health and Development Disability Directors; National Association of Social Workers; and School Social Worker Association of America.

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June 6, 2019

Capitol Hill Briefing To Address Evidence On How To Reduce Weapons And Violence In Schools And Communities

While not focused on K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning, this is an important event.

Capitol Hill Briefing to Address Evidence on How to Reduce Weapons and Violence in Schools and Communities

Event Will Be Livestreamed

The American Educational Research Association, the American Academy of Social and Work and Social Welfare, and the National Academy of Education will hold a congressional briefing to address current scientific data surrounding the pressing need to reduce violence in schools and communities.

Rayburn Office Building, Room 2261

Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, June 12

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The event is open to the public. It also will be livestreamed on the AERA Facebook page and the National Association of Social Workers’ Facebook page.

Experts will present empirical research detailing the impact of gun violence on the education and well-being of students, their families, and local communities. They will also address evidence-based policies and practices that can assist with successfully mitigating weapons and violence, increasing student empowerment, and enhancing community safety.

Panelists Include:

  • Ron Avi Astor, Marjorie Crump Endowed Professor of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs, Graduate Department of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Pia Valenzuela Escudero, Executive Director at the Los Angeles University School District, Division of Student Health and Human Services
  • Dorothy Espelage, Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida
  • Lauren Hogg, student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
  • Sean Joe, Professor Social Work at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Marlene Wong, Professor of Clinical Social Work at the University of Southern California

ADDITIONAL SPONSORS

In addition to AERA, AASWSW, and NAE, sponsoring organizations include the American Psychological Association; Brady Campaign; Clark-Fox Policy Institute, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis; Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy; Grand Challenges for Social Work Steering Committee; National Association for Rural Mental Health; National Association of County Behavioral Health and Development Disability Directors; National Association of Social Workers; and School Social Worker Association of America.

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June 1, 2019

AERA Highlights: AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker Discusses The 2020 Annual Meeting Theme, AERA To Cosponsor June 12 Capitol Hill Briefing On Weapons And School Violence, And More!

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AERA Q&A
Beyond AERA
AERA in the News

AERA News

AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker Discusses the 2020 Annual Meeting Theme

In a new video featured on the AERA website, President Vanessa Siddle Walker discusses the aims and significance of the 2020 Annual Meeting theme: “The Power and Possibilities for the Public Good When Researchers and Organizational Stakeholders Collaborate.”

New Editor Team to Take Helm of AERJ

AERA has just announced the new editor team for the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ) for the 2020–2022 volume years. Ellen Goldring has been appointed as editor-in-chief, and Michael Cunningham, Sean Kelly, Madeline Mavrogordato, and Peter Youngs will serve as coeditors. Read more

AERA to Cosponsor June 12 Capitol Hill Briefing on Weapons and School Violence

On June 12, AERA, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, and the National Academy of Education will hold a congressional briefing to address current scientific research surrounding the pressing need to reduce violence in schools and communities. Read more

AERA Names Two Congressional Fellows for 2019-2020

AERA has named two early career scholars as AERA Congressional Fellows for 2019–2020. The Fellows will spend a year in Washington, D.C., working as staff for a member of Congress or a Congressional committee, and will use their education research expertise, outside of the academic setting, to inform public policy. Read more

AERA Provides Comments on IES Proposed Priorities

On May 28, AERA submitted comments in response to the proposed priorities for the Institute of Education Sciences published in the Federal Register. Read more

AERA Showcases Research Advancing Science Learning at 25th Annual CNSF Exhibition on Capitol Hill

AERA member Mimi Recker, professor of instructional technology and learning sciences at Utah State University, participated in the 25th Annual Exhibition of the Coalition for National Science Funding on April 30. Read more

New AERA Releases

New RRE Volume Explores the Significant Challenges in Changing Teaching Practice

The 2019 volume of Review of Research in Education (RRE), titled “Changing Teaching Practice in P–20 Educational Settings,” casts a sharp lens on the challenges and opportunities faced by those who work toward changing teaching practice as well as those who research these efforts. Read more

AERA 2019 Annual Meeting Webcasts Released

The 2019 AERA Annual Meeting brought more than 14,000 scholars, policy leaders, students, and practitioners to Toronto, Canada. Webcasts of 16 major sessions, including the Opening Plenary, the Presidential Address, and more, are now available on the AERA YouTube channel.

AERA Releases “Study Snapshots” on Papers from 2019 Annual Meeting

Following its 2019 Annual Meeting last month in Toronto, Canada, AERA issued brief overviews, or snapshots, of selected papers presented at the conference. AERA’s “Study Snapshots” provide a high-level glimpse into new education research.

Research Policy and Funding News

House Appropriations Committee Advances FY 2020 Bills for Education Research Agencies

On May 8, the House Appropriations Committee held a markup hearing on the 2020 fiscal year Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The bill advanced on a 30–23 party line vote. Read more

NIH OBSSR Releases Updated Definition of Behavioral and Social Science Research

The National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research announced a revised definition of “behavioral and social science research” on May 14 after seeking public input earlier this year. Read more

White House OSTP to Examine Improving Research Environments

On May 7, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the creation of the National Science and Technology Council Joint Committee on Improving Research Environments. Read more

AERA Q&A

Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik Discusses Covering Education Research

Scott Jaschik is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. The following Q&A is one in an occasional series of conversations with policy and opinion leaders with an interest in and commitment to education research. Read more

Beyond AERA

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

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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May 27, 2019

Article Notice – A Look Inside Online Educational Settings In High School: Promise And Pitfalls For Improving Educational Opportunities And Outcomes

This article came across my electronic desk at some point this past week.

This research examines online course-taking in high schools, which is increasingly used by students falling behind in progress toward graduation. The study looks inside educational settings to observe how online courses are used and assess whether students gain academically through their use. Drawing on 7 million records of online instructional sessions linked to student records, we find mostly negative associations between online course-taking and math and reading scores, with some gains in credits earned and grade point averages by upperclassmen. Those least prepared academically and with weaker course-taking behaviors fared more poorly and were likely set back by online course-taking. Limited resources constrained the implementation of district-recommended practices and instructional supports, such as live teacher interactions and individualized content assistance.

Carolyn J. Heinrich is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics in the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, 202 Payne Hall, PMB 414, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203, USA; e-mail: . Her research focuses on education, workforce development, social welfare policy, program evaluation, and public management.

Jennifer Darling-Aduana is a PhD student in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organization, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on mechanisms to reduce educational inequities in the United States, with particular attention to student-teacher-curriculum interactions and how digital learning transforms teaching and learning processes in schools.

Annalee Good is an assistant scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and evaluation focus on areas including the integration of digital tools in K–12 classrooms, the role of K–12 teachers in policy making, and applying culturally responsive evaluation frameworks to support school and community educators.

Huiping (Emily) Cheng is an associate researcher in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on research and evaluation of programs and initiatives at the K–12 level.

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