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April 3, 2020

AERA Highlights: AERA Cancels 2020 Annual Meeting Due To Coronavirus Pandemic, AERA Provides Resources On The Impact Of Coronavirus, And More!

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AERA News

AERA Cancels 2020 Annual Meeting Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

For the first time since World War II, AERA has cancelled its annual meeting, in response to rapidly growing concerns over the coronavirus crisis. Read more

AERA Provides Resources on the Impact of Coronavirus

With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the United States and the world, upending the personal and professional lives of millions of people, including students, educators, and education researchers, AERA is providing a breadth of resources to support researchers across fields, educators at all levels of education, and the public. Read more

AERA Offers E-Books at Deep Discounts During Coronavirus—through June 30

All AERA eBooks will be deeply discounted until June 30 to make more accessible worldwide AERA research volumes, including classics like the Handbook of Research on Teaching. Members will receive a 30 percent discount on all orders beyond the member price; 20 percent discounts will be applied to all other orders. Read More

AERA Members Receive Free Access to Additional Issue of Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences

AERA members have received complimentary access to the current issue of Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (PIBBS, vol. 7, no. 1), a journal of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences. Read more

AERA Signs On to ASA Statement on Faculty Review and Reappointment Process During COVID-19 Crisis

In a March 23 letter led by AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine and Ron Wasserstein, executive director of the ASA, House and Senate appropriators were urged to rebuild internal staff capacity at NCES, boost agency funding, and ensure that efforts that could erode the independence of NCES were scrutinized carefully. Read more

AERA Speaks to Research Policy Issues

AERA and ASA Jointly Raise Concerns about NCES

In a March 23 letter led by AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine and Ron Wasserstein, executive director of the American Statistical Association, House and Senate appropriators were urged to rebuild internal staff capacity at NCES, boost agency funding, and ensure that efforts that could erode the independence of NCES were scrutinized carefully. Read more

AERA Provides Appropriations Testimony with Emphasis on EHR and IES

On March 13, AERA submitted testimony to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee with requests for at least $9 billion for the National Science Foundation and $1.68 billion for the Census Bureau. Read more

AERA Submits Comments on OSTP Draft Desirable Characteristics of Data Repositories

On March 17, AERA provided comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Open Science on a set of draft desirable characteristics of repositories for managing and storing data from federally funded research. Read more

Other Research Policy and Funding News

Federal Agencies and Congress Address Impact of COVID-19 on Education and Research

Federal agencies are providing guidance and flexibility for researchers during the coronavirus crisis. National Science Foundation Director France Córdova issued an update on the agency’s efforts to provide flexibility to its grantees, grant applicants, and reviewers. The National Institutes of Health has also provided guidance on proposal and award management of funding opportunities addressing COVID-19. Read more

New GAO Report Details Federal Agency Actions to Address Sexual Harassment in STEM

On March 19, the Government Accountability Office issued a report finding that federal agencies funding STEM research are taking actions to address sexual harassment, but that additional actions are needed to ensure compliance with Title IX. Read more

NIH Calls for Applications to Research Firearms Injury and Mortality Prevention

On March 20, the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research issued a notice of special interest to solicit applications for one-year supplemental grants for research on firearms injury and mortality prevention. Read more

IES Announces Forthcoming Research Funding Opportunities

On March 25, the Institute of Education Sciences announced two competitive funding opportunities for the FY 2021 grant cycle in the Federal Register. Read more

Census Field Operations Suspended Two Additional Weeks, AERA Urges Census Participation

Based on continuing assessments of guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities, the U.S. Census Bureau is suspending 2020 Census field operations for two additional weeks to April 15. Read more

Census Bureau Retires American FactFinder, Transitions Data to New Platform

On March 30, the U.S. Census Bureau retired American FactFinder, its statistics and information search engine, after 20 years. After March 30, American FactFinder will be decommissioned and no longer available. Read more

Calls for Major Education Research Prizes
  • 2021 Grawemeyer Award in Education—Deadline for Nominations: April 15
    The Grawemeyer Award in Education is intended to stimulate the dissemination, public scrutiny, and implementation of ideas that have potential to bring about significant improvement in educational practice and advances in educational attainment.
  • 2020 Yidan PrizesExtended Deadline for Nominations: April 30
    The Yiden Prize for Education Research recognizes outstanding research that contributes in significant ways to education. The Yidan Prize for Education Development recognizes innovative ideas that tackle important challenges in the field of education.
WERA Call
AERA Publications Calls
  • AERA Open Special Topic: Educational Data Science—Deadline: Papers due June 1
    This AERA Open special topic call aims to showcase the best of this ongoing genre of research and to broaden the scope of data science applications to include work on diverse topics and frameworks related to education and learning, much of which is being generated by interdisciplinary scholars and educational domain experts.
  • AERA Open Special Topic: Immigration and Education—Deadline: Abstracts due August 1
    This special topic aims to examine the current state of research at the intersection of immigration and education. Of particular interest are studies linking immigration policy and the current political environment to outcomes and experiences.
Beyond AERA
Visit the Beyond AERA webpage for additional professional advancement opportunities from other organizations, including calls for papers and submissions, meetings and conferences, and other activities.

 

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Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

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Editor: Felice J. Levine

Managing Editors: Tony Pals and John Neikirk

Contributors: Jessica Sibold, Christy Talbot, Tong Wu, and Martha Yager

 

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March 25, 2020

Executive Director Levine And President Siddle Walker Announce Cancellation Of The 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

While I have to be honest and say I was disappointed to receive this on Monday evening, I do understand the decision.  Like so many in higher education right now, I suspect that many members of AERA and potential attendees of the AERA annual meeting are working remotely and teaching remotely – and my guess would be that many of those individuals don’t have much background or experience in teaching using technology.  The stress of the current situation, then having to put together and participate in some form of synchronous and/or asynchronous presentation and interaction/discussion, I do understand the decision to cancel.

For folks that were supposed to present, be sure to review How to Create an APA Style Reference for a Canceled Conference Presentation.

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American Educational Research Association
 

March 23, 2020

 

 

Dear AERA Members, 2020 Annual Meeting Participants, and Friends,

 

We are writing to let you know that, in a unanimous resolution by Council on March 22, 2020, the American Educational Research Association is cancelling the AERA 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting.

 

We have been monitoring the coronavirus disease, now sweeping the United States, over the last week to assess whether our vision of a free, open-access Virtual Annual Meeting for all would continue to provide the safe and secure space for participants and attendees we had imagined, or whether it was adding to a “to do” list growing exponentially for far too many.

 

We have been engaged in and informed by the personal concerns of so many of our members about how best to handle their life situations—supporting family members or friends with positive test results, teaching online and learning new teaching skills for the first time, and managing new childcare responsibilities while engaging in providing educative and nurturing environments for students of all ages. Important jobs have been eliminated or disrupted because of the closure of research or teaching work. Moreover, as the disease continues to progress, we face legitimate concerns about our own vulnerabilities and those of others significant in our lives.

 

The question before the AERA leadership team was one of responsibility amidst a pernicious pandemic. The situation on the ground quite literally has changed in ways unimaginable on March 5, 2020, when the AERA Council decided to cancel holding a place-based meeting in San Francisco on April 17-21, 2020 and engage a virtual meeting. At that time, we dreamed of creating an online platform where, without cost to anyone, competitively selected and invited paper presenters and other participants would be provided with an opportunity to share their work and benefit from connecting with a worldwide audience of attendees. It seemed both feasible and responsible to invent and build a space to connect a breadth of scholars with practice and policy persons at all career ages and stages and to build it as a product that would in perpetuity remain available for all.

 

We were also grateful for the response of AERA members to this collaborative process of imagining and creating a virtual meeting. Over the last 2-3 weeks, the diverse arenas of inquiry that constitute our field have come together in extraordinarily gratifying ways with a sense of colleagueship second to none (approximately 1,500 participating in three listening sessions from around the world). We also engaged online web innovators and technological experts to develop a virtual web-based platform that could meet our expectations and realize our vision.

 

Yet, the rapidly changing circumstances, even as recently as this weekend, made us question whether our vision of a safe-haven virtual environment could be realized. As we said from the outset in our March 6 letter, “[A place-based] annual conference has many wonderful strengths, but it just cannot be classified as urgent or extraordinary in the face of the heightened risk.” After a full Council discussion last evening, we collectively reached the very same conclusion about a virtual meeting—that our first priority in light of ever-increasing risk is to affirm that the highest value that we share is the physical and emotional needs of all people connected to the world around us.

 

In the days ahead, there will be further announcements about planning for future Annual Meetings and events, fellowship submission deadlines, online courses or webinars, chat rooms to connect to or talk with others. Mainly, however, we intend not to specify too much in advance. We shall wait to see the progression of this disease, since we want AERA activities and communications to be supportive rather than a distraction in your lives.

 

So, as was true when AERA did not have meetings during World War II, we shall not see you on opening night on April 17, 2020—either for a place-based meeting or a virtual Annual Meeting. We shall miss you. But, when April 17 dawns for each of you in whatever your time zone and hemisphere, we hope that AERA’s and our collective commitment to serve the public good, will be a light that shines in all of us.

 

May you be well, peaceful, and productive—even amidst a pandemic.

 

Felice J. Levine, Ph.D.

Executive Director

flevine@aera.net

(202) 238-3200

 

Vanessa Siddle Walker, Ed.D.

2019-2020 AERA President

Emory University

 

 

P.S. We do want to communicate two bits of information:

 

  1. Every 2020 accepted paper, whether to be presented in a paper session, poster session, roundtable session, or a session submission with planned papers will receive from AERA via email a citation that you can use as authentication that your paper was accepted for the AERA 2020 Annual Meeting.
  2. The extended deadline from March 20 to March 30 (recently announced) for uploading final papers and participating in the AERA Online Paper Repository has been lifted. If you are working on a revision, please do so at your own pace. Any deadline for final papers and for locating your paper in the Online Paper Repository will be announced far in advance and will not be before June 1.

 

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March 9, 2020

Invitation To 2020 AERA Annual Meeting “Briefing And Listening Sessions”—Week of March 9

For those interested in the AERA annual meeting and what the virtual option might look like, you may want to get involved in these discussions.

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American Educational Research Association
 

AERA Annual Meeting Registrants and Participants,

 

Thank you for your support of our decision to no longer hold a place-based Annual Meeting in San Francisco in April 2020. We appreciate the substantial interest in a virtual Annual Meeting and the opportunity it presents as we transition from a place-based conference. As we noted in our March 6 announcement of this change, we are hosting three “Briefing and Listening Sessions” this week via Zoom.

 

We invite you to join us to discuss the decision to no longer hold the Annual Meeting in San Francisco and our plans for the virtual conference, as well as hear from you with any questions you may have.

 

You are welcome to register for one of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday, March 10, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT. Click here to register for this session.
  • Wednesday, March 11, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT. Click here to register for this session.
  • Friday, March 13, at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT. Click here to register for this session.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with details for logging into the Zoom meeting.

 

We look forward to engaging and rewarding conversations with meeting participants about what will be a ground breaking event for AERA and the field of education research.

 

Cordially,

 

Felice J. Levine, Ph.D.

Executive Director

flevine@aera.net

(202) 238-3200

 

Vanessa Siddle Walker, Ed.D.

2019-2020 AERA President

Emory University

 

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March 7, 2020

Announcement Of 2020 AERA Annual Meeting Change

See this important announcement concerning the up-coming American Education Research Association annual meeting.

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American Educational Research Association
 

March 6, 2020

 

 

Dear AERA Members, 2020 Annual Meeting Participants, Colleagues, and Friends,

 

We are writing to inform you that the American Educational Research Association (AERA) will not be holding a place-based Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, in April 2020 due to the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Instead, we are shifting to a virtual meeting with the goal of providing an authentic and meaningful experience for those who had expected to attend. This decision was reached through a unanimous resolution of AERA Council, adopted March, 5, 2020.

 

For over a year, we have anticipated a physical convening in San Francisco where we would gather together in 2020 to create and share cutting edge research for organized collaboration. As an association, we value our face-to-face meetings—the formal and informal opportunities to share and discuss our research, the special moments when we discover in the most unexpected ways and places new possibilities for networking, and the opportunities we have to value and applaud colleagues for stellar accomplishments.

 

Sadly, the pernicious presence and spread of the coronavirus internationally, including in recent weeks and days in the United States, makes it both impossible to hold a meeting that would even approximate the value of our annual place-based gathering and irresponsible to encourage, expect, or stand silent when attendees could be exposed to a communicable disease, affect Bay area workers or residents, and return to their homes transmitting an illness to family and friends even before it manifests itself. This is coupled with the recent State of Emergency declared by the mayor of San Francisco last week, a further Declaration by the Governor, and growing incidence of confirmed reports in California and in the United States.

 

As a research association, we adhere to the realities and the facts involved, including heeding precautions limiting travel and remaining within one’s community except under the most urgent and extraordinary of circumstances. An annual conference has many wonderful strengths, but it just cannot be classified as urgent or extraordinary in the face of the heightened risk. Those members and colleagues who are already registered will receive full refunds of their AERA Annual Meeting registration fee.

 

Although an in-person AERA Annual Meeting will not take place in 2020, it is our goal to reimage the opportunities of a virtual meeting that honors our professional responsibility to share significant research for the public good. We have been proactively exploring options and weighing what is possible for a virtual meeting from a technical and financial standpoint. It is anticipated that the major lectures and other special features of the invited program, including select presidential and division-planned sessions, will be available streamed live in real time, and we are in the process of exploring making these sessions available on demand for “attendees.”

 

The open submission process yielded more than 7,250 acceptances on the Annual Meeting program. We are also exploring and anticipate that presenting authors and symposia presenters will have an opportunity to place their paper in the AERA online paper repository (date and time stamped and assigned a DOI), upload select slides or a poster, and present their work in their own recorded voice. We envision that select professional development courses will additionally be offered virtually, and refunds provided to registrants for those courses not broadcast this year.

 

Virtual conversation corners (perhaps in the form of threaded discussions) are being explored to encourage national and international dialogue. Our goal is to make this a high quality alternative professional experience, both for our members as well as for those interested in educational problems in the U.S. and world. And, we plan to open on April 17, 2020—the originally planned opening day for AERA.

 

Important to us is getting this announcement out in time to assist those who have already made plans. There are no cancellation fees for the Annual Meeting hotels for those who booked through AERA’s housing bureau and who cancel now. We encourage attendees to cancel these and any other arrangements. We are looking into, but cannot control, flight cancellations costs, some of which carry change fees ($200 typically). Keep in mind, however, that there will be no registration fees for participation and attendance this year, and we hope this will help offset penalties or sunk costs.

 

In the coming weeks, you will receive detailed information on the AERA website about the virtual meeting. We are already crafting FAQs and broader guidance materials to cover as many areas of change as would be helpful. We also seek the support of our members as we create a platform for virtual access and, to the extent possible, participant engagement.

 

We are planning to host immediately a series of “Briefing and Listening Sessions” via Zoom, on Tuesday, March 10, at 4:00-5:00pm ET; Wednesday, March 11, also at 4:00-5:00pm ET; and Friday, March 13, at 12:00-1:00pm ET. Detailed instructions on how to join the discussion will be posted and publicized.

 

This communication comes with our thanks for your interest in AERA and your support as the Association grapples with transforming our Annual Meeting from a challenge to an opportunity. The success of our meeting depends on all of us collaborating and creating a common sense of purpose as we build a dynamic, accessible, affordable, reproducible, and inclusive conference that will remain educative for us all.

 

Warm wishes and be well,

 

Felice J. Levine, Ph.D.

Executive Director

flevine@aera.net

(202) 238-3200

 

Vanessa Siddle Walker, Ed.D.

2019-2020 AERA President

Emory University

 

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March 2, 2020

AERA Highlights: Na’ilah Suad Nasir Voted AERA President-Elect, AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker On What Not To Miss At The Annual Meeting, And More!

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February 2020

 

AERA News

Research Policy and Funding News

Calls for Major Education Research Prizes

WERA Call

AERA Calls

AERA Publications Calls

Beyond AERA

AERA in the News

 

AERA News

Na’ilah Suad Nasir Voted AERA President-Elect; Key Members Elected to AERA Council

Na’ilah Suad Nasir, president of the Spencer Foundation, has been voted president-elect of AERA. Members also elected several new AERA Council representatives. Read more

AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker on What Not to Miss at the Annual Meeting

Thanks to all of you for traveling with me to San Francisco in April to explore the power and possibilities that emerge when educational stakeholders and researchers collaborate. Read more about the Opening Plenary, Awards Ceremony, and new “Continuing Conversations and Coffee” space.

New AERA Fellows To Be Inducted at Annual Meeting

AERA has announced the selection of 12 prominent scholars as 2020 AERA Fellows. AERA Fellows are selected on the basis of their notable and sustained research achievements. They join 665 current AERA Fellows and will be inducted during the 2020 AERA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Read more

AERA Minority Meta-Analysis Fellows, Call for Applications—Deadline: March 16

With support from the Spencer Foundation, AERA invites applications from underrepresented minority researchers seeking to pursue meta-analyses in their education research. Selected fellows will participate in one of two courses offered by the professional development program at the 2020 AERA Annual Meeting. Read more

More High-Profile Presidential Sessions Announced for Annual Meeting

AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker and 2020 Annual Meeting Co-Chairs Sheryl J. Croft and Michelle A. Purdy have developed 43 sessions that align with the 2020 theme. Read more about the second set of 15 sessions, which provide a sense of the important content that will engage attendees.

AERA Partners on New WERA Visiting Researcher Awards 2020—Deadline for Applications: May 1

As part of efforts to contribute to the advancement of education research, WERA is offering academics an opportunity to visit a group of highly regarded research labs, professional associations, and education research institutions, including AERA. Read more

AERA Executive Director Speaks at AAAS Town Hall on Sexual Harassment Prevention

On Feb. 14, AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine participated in a Town Hall on “Combating Sexual and Gender Harassment in STEMM: An Enterprise Approach” at the 2020 Annual Meeting of AAAS in Seattle, WA. Read more

AERA Participates in NIDILRR Capacity Building Meeting

On Feb. 12, George L. Wimberly, AERA director of professional development and diversity officer, addressed the Capacity Building Meeting of the NIDILRR, in Washington, D.C. Read more

Research Policy and Funding News

President’s Budget Proposes Deep Cuts for Federal Agencies Supporting Education Research and Troubling Changes to IES

The Trump administration released its budget request for FY 2021 on Feb. 10. Surprisingly, the request includes a proposal for reauthorizing the Education Science Reform ACT (ESRA), which provides the authority for the research, statistical, evaluation, and dissemination programs within the Institute of Education Sciences. Read more

White House OSTP Seeks Public Comment on Public Access Policies Related to Federally Funded Research—Deadline to Comment: March 16

On Feb. 19, the White House OSTP and the NSTC Subcommittee on Open Science issued a request for public comment to seek recommendations on approaches for ensuring broad public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications, data, and code that result from federally funded scientific research. Read more

NIH Seeks Input on Scientific Priorities for Behavioral and Social Science Research (Deadline: March 29) and Comments on Strategic Plan Framework (Deadline: March 25)

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research issued an RFI on Feb. 18 to solicit feedback on research directions aligned with the priorities included in the current OBSSR Strategic Plan. NIH also issued an RFI on Feb. 12 to gather input on the framework of the agency’s overall strategic plan for FY 2021–25. Read more

House Science Committee Republicans Introduce Legislation to Increase Investment in Scientific Research

On Jan. 29, Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), ranking member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, introduced the Securing American Leadership in Science and Technology Act, which aims to address international competitiveness in scientific research and climate change. Read more

Calls for Major Education Research Prizes
  • 2020 Yidan Prizes—Deadline for Nominations: March 31
    The Yiden Prize for Education Research recognizes outstanding research that contributes in significant ways to education. The Yidan Prize for Education Development recognizes innovative ideas that tackle important challenges in the field of education.
  • 2021 Grawemeyer Award in Education—Deadline for Nominations: April 15
    The Grawemeyer Award in Education is intended to stimulate the dissemination, public scrutiny, and implementation of ideas that have potential to bring about significant improvement in educational practice and advances in educational attainment.
WERA Call
AERA Calls
  • Call for Education Research Conference Proposals—Deadline: March 5
    AERA’s Research Conferences Program awards grants of up to $35,000 for conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate new lines of study on issues that have been largely unexplored, or develop innovative research methods or techniques that can contribute more generally to education research.
  • Call for Dissertation and Research Grant Applications—Deadline: March 23
    The AERA-NSF Grants Program supports advanced quantitative research and statistical analysis of major data sets made possible by federal government support. Dissertation and research grant proposals are encouraged on all aspects of education and learning of relevance to STEM policy.
  • Call for Proposals for 2020 AERA Fellowship Program on the Study of Deeper LearningExtended Deadline: March 30
    AERA invites proposals from early career education researchers and postdoctoral scholars to enhance the use of the Deeper Learning data set. This program supports postdoctoral and early career scholars undertaking research projects using the Deeper Learning data and the design and implementation of professional development and training around these data.
AERA Publications Calls
  • AERA Open Special Topic: Educational Data Science—Deadline: Papers due June 1
    This AERA Open special topic call aims to showcase the best of this ongoing genre of research and to broaden the scope of data science applications to include work on diverse topics and frameworks related to education and learning, much of which is being generated by interdisciplinary scholars and educational domain experts.
Beyond AERA
Visit the Beyond AERA webpage for additional professional advancement opportunities from other organizations, including calls for papers and submissions, meetings and conferences, and other activities.

 

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: Nathan Bell, Jessica Sibold, Christy Talbot, George Wimberly, Tong Wu, and Martha Yager

 

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