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February 19, 2018

AERA18 Insider – February 2018

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AERA18 Insider
February 2018Each year, the AERA Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of education researchers and a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative studies in an array of areas. It is where to encounter ideas and data that will shape education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the United States and around the world. Leading up to the 2018 Annual Meeting, AERA18 Insider will provide a periodic glance at meeting highlights and features. Join us April 13–17 for five rewarding days of ideas, engagement, networking, and professional advancement.
In this Issue:

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Major Speakers Announced

Awards Ceremony Luncheon

Advance Your Skills

Explore New York City

Connect with Exhibitors

Meeting Resources and Accessibility

Friday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 17, 2018

About the Theme
The theme of the Annual Meeting calls us to confront the struggles for public education, considering the times in which we are living, the historical arcs that shape our present(s), and the roles we can play in the fight for justice. Read more

2018 Annual Meeting Sponsors

AERA would like to extend a special thank you to our 2018 sponsors:

Gold Sponsor
– SAGE Publishing

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors
– AccessLex Institute
– National Institute of Education

Join as an AERA18 sponsor!

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Online Registration and Housing  Now Available

Join more than 15,000 AERA members and scholars from aligned fields and disciplines in New York City, hear from major speakers, and select from more than 2,500 sessions featuring high-quality and timely education research. Be sure to obtain your 2018 AERA membership before registering for the Annual Meetingto receive the major discount on your meeting registration fee.Major Speakers Announced
William Trent, Linda Tuhiwai Smith to Deliver Featured Lectures

AERA President Deborah Loewenberg Ball has announced prominent scholars William Trent and Linda Tuhiwai Smith as major speakers at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Trent will give the AERA Distinguished Lecture and Smith will deliver the Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture. Learn moreAward Lecture Speakers

Also plan to listen to the impressive line-up of Award Lecture Speakers, including Henry M. Levin (2017 Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award), Hua-Hua Chang (2017 E.F. Lindquist Award), and Morgan Polikoff (2017 Early Career Award). Clickhere for a preliminary look at major addresses and lectures.

Awards Ceremony Luncheon
Honoring Excellence in Education Research

The sixth annual AERA Awards Luncheon will be heldSunday, April 15. The luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the field of education research and the accomplishments of AERA-wide awardees and those who receive special citations. Individual tickets to the luncheon can be purchased during the registration process, or at “My AERA,” by all Annual Meeting attendees, while seats remain. Free tickets are available to attendees who bring their own lunches. Go to “My AERA” to reserve.

Advance Your Skills
Professional Development Courses Open for Registration

Annual Meeting attendees can take advantage of a rich program of extended and mini professional development courses. This year’s 31-course lineup provides ample opportunities for attendees to train in research methods and skills, discover specialized research disciplines, address professional development issues, and much more.

To view more information about the on-site professional development courses at the Annual Meeting, click here.

Explore New York City
An International Marvel

No other destination can match New York City’s unforgettable offerings, from Broadway shows, museums to picturesque views, and priceless historical attractions. Visit AERA’s website for information on attractions, museums, dining, getting around, and more.

Connect with Exhibitors
Come Visit Our Exhibitors

Visit the New York Hilton Midtown Friday throughSunday (April 13-15) to meet exhibitors. Enjoy complimentary coffee and visit top publishers, research companies on the rise, technology experts, and many more.

Enter to Win 

If you visit at least 10 different exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall during the meeting, you will be entered for a daily chance to win an iPad or a trip to the 2019 Annual Meeting in Toronto (registration, hotel, and air fare included).

Meeting Resources and Accessibility
Learn More About Meeting Resources

AERA offers a wide array of services at the Annual Meeting. View our Meeting Services page for up-to-date information on accessibility resources, journal talks, ASL interpreting services, child care, and more.

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2018 Annual Meeting
“The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education”
Friday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New York City, NY

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February 5, 2018

How to Share Your #AERA18 Research | Register Now!

Also from last week’s inbox.

Dear Colleague:Congratulations, again, on being selected to present at the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting!

We wanted to remind you that we are encouraging all presenters to work with their institution’s communications office to help publicize their research and participation at the Annual Meeting. Posted on the AERA website is an Annual Meeting fact sheet that you can use to draft and share news about your involvement in the meeting.

Also posted on the AERA website are printable Annual Meeting presenter signs to use in photographs of yourself and share on social media. This is an excellent opportunity to promote your research and share your #AERA18 enthusiasm in your social media network before the Annual Meeting. Below are different sign options to be used in these photos.

In addition, if you have not registered for the Annual Meeting yet, please do so now. The Annual Meeting registration fee is less expensive when you become an AERA member. Be sure to obtain your AERA 2018 membership before registering for the Annual Meeting, so that you obtain the discounted registration fee. Many are registering now to obtain their choice of hotel room.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the AERA communications, meetings, or member teams at,, or

See you in the Big Apple!


Tony Pals, AERA Director of Communications
Robert Smith, AERA Director of Meetings
Jane LaBarbera, AERA Interim Director of Membership

2018 Annual Meeting | Theme | General Information | Housing
Meeting Registration | 
Contact AERA | Visiting NYC
2018 Annual Meeting
“The Dreams, Possibilities and Necessity of Public Education”
Friday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New York, NY

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February 3, 2018

AERA Highlights: AERA Elections, Annual Meeting Speakers, AERA Member Wins Grawemeyer Award, And More!

From Thursday’s inbox…

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January 2018

Research Policy and Funding News
AERA Calls
AERA Publications Calls

Beyond AERA
AERA in the News
Video of the Month


AERA 2018 Election – Voting Opens February 12
On February 12, AERA will open the 2018 election with voting conducted by electronic ballot. Voting members will receive a personalized link by e-mail to access their ballot. All voting members are urged to exercise their right to vote.
William Trent, Linda Tuhiwai Smith Announced as Annual Meeting Speakers
AERA President Deborah Loewenberg Ball has announced prominent scholars William Trent and Linda Tuhiwai Smith as major speakers at the 2018 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held onApril 13–17 in New York City.
AERA Member Wins Grawemeyer Award
AERA member Sara Goldrick-Rab (Temple University) has been selected as the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Education recipient by the University of Louisville.
AERA Annual Meeting to Feature Skill-Building Professional Development Training Courses
The AERA Professional Development and Training Program is excited to offer more than 30 courses designed to enhance research skills and increase capacity during the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting in New York City.
AERA Partners on Count on Stats Campaign Promoting the Value of Data and Evidence
Count on Stats, a campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance, reliability, and trustworthiness of the federal statistical system among the public, key stakeholders, and influencers of the system, was formally launched on January 30.
AERA Speaks Out on IES Director Confirmation, 2020 Census, and Budget Caps
AERA has urged the chair and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to quickly confirm Mark Schneider to be the next director of the Institute of Education Sciences.

Research Policy and Funding News

House Committee Holds Hearing on Evidence-Based Policymaking and Privacy for Students
On January 30, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on “Protecting Privacy, Promoting Policy: Evidence-Based Policymaking and the Future of Education.”
Woodworth Appointed as NCES Commissioner
President Donald Trump announced the appointment of James Lynn Woodworth to serve as Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on January 4. He will be serving as the first permanent NCES commissioner since 2014.
Revised Common Rule Implementation Delayed Until July 19
The federal agencies that are subject to the requirements of the Common Rule announced in the Federal Register on January 22 that the implementation of the updated regulations would be delayed until July 19.
Chief Statistician Issues Request for Information on Combining Data for Statistical and Research Purposes
Chief Statistician of the United States Nancy Potok and the Office of Management and Budget’s Statistical and Science Policy Branch are working to establish priorities and coordinate research efforts across the federal statistical system.
National Science Board Releases 2018 Science and Engineering Indicators
On January 18 the National Science Board, the presidentially appointed advisory body to the National Science Foundation, released the 2018 edition of its Science and Engineering Indicators.
IES Principal Investigators Gather for Annual Conference
On January 9–10, the Institute of Education Sciences hosted its annual Principal Investigators Meeting for grants funded by the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research.
FY 2018 Funding Extended to February 8 After Three-Day Shutdown
Final funding numbers for the 2018 fiscal year are still up in the air, as Congress passed a three-week continuing resolution (CR) following the expiration of the previous CR on January 19 and a three-day government shutdown.


AERA Q&A—NICHD’s Brett Miller Discusses How NICHD Supports Education Research
Brett Miller is a program director at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), where he oversees literacy and related learning disabilities. Before joining NICHD, Miller was an associate research scientist at the Institute of Education Sciences.

AERA Calls

AERA Publications Calls

AERA Open “Special Topic” Calls for Papers:


Beyond AERA

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

More AERA in the News

Video of the Month: 
AERA 2017: Education Unbordered: Immigrant, Refugee, Detained, and Undocumented Children and Families

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: Juliane Baron, Sylvie Nguyen-Fawley, David Presgraves, Anna Rappoport, Christy Talbot, George Wimberly, and Martha Yager

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January 3, 2018

AERA Announces Most Read Education Research Articles of 2017

From today’s inbox…

For Immediate Release
January 3, 2018
Tony Pals,
(202) 238-3235(202) 288-9333 (cell)
AERA Announces Most Read
Education Research Articles of 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 3, 2018 — Research on student loan aversion, the accuracy of youth political knowledge, student achievement in online charter schools, and more appears in the 10 most popular journal articles published by the American Educational Research Association in 2017.

“These articles exemplify the high quality of scholarship being published by AERA and being produced in the field of education research,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “They also demonstrate how rigorously produced research improves our understanding of pressing education issues and helps inform evidence-based practices and policies that best benefit students, educators, and the public.”

Based on the number of times they were accessed online, the following articles made the list:

(Full articles can be accessed at no cost through the links below.)

This study provides the first large-scale quantitative evidence of levels of student loan aversion in the United States. Between 20 percent and 40 percent of high school seniors are loan-averse. Women are less likely to be loan-averse than men, and Hispanics are more likely to be loan-averse than whites.
AERA Open, January 2017
Angela Boatman, Brent J. Evans, Adela Soliz
This study investigates youth judgments of the accuracy of truth claims tied to controversial public issues and the influence of political knowledge and exposure to media literacy education. It finds that political knowledge does not improve judgments of accuracy but that media literacy education does.
American Educational Research Journal, February 2017
Joseph Kahne, Benjamin Bowyer
Researchers find that low-income, lower achieving white students in Ohio are more likely to choose online charter schools, while low-income, lower achieving minority students are more likely to opt into the traditional charter school sector. They also find that students in e-schools perform worse on standardized assessments than their peers in traditional charter and traditional public schools.
Educational Researcher, January 2017
June Ahn, Andrew McEachin
This study documents how students entering kindergarten in 2010 compare to those who entered in 1998 in terms of their teacher-reported math, literacy, and behavioral skills. While children—particularly black children—in 2010 entered kindergarten with stronger math and literacy skills, results for behavioral outcomes were mixed.
Educational Researcher, January 2017
Daphna Bassok, Scott Latham
Five years into the Common Core initiative, researchers and the general public are interested in whether and how the standards are “working.” This special topic introduction examines the state of the literature on these questions and offers suggestions for important work moving forward.
AERA Open, January 2017
Morgan S. Polikoff
Researchers leverage the longitudinal structure of state and district administrative data sets in Michigan to develop a new measure of economic disadvantage based on student eligibility for subsidized school meals, which can be used to estimate effects in program evaluations, improve value-added calculations, and better target resources.
AERA Open, February 2017
Katherine Michelmore, Susan Dynarski
This review of academic interventions for elementary and middle school students with low socioeconomic status finds that tutoring, feedback and progress monitoring, and cooperative learning have effect sizes that are educationally important, statistically significant, and robust.
Review of Educational Research, January 2017
Jens Dietrichson, Martin Bøg, Trine Filges, Anne-Marie Klint Jørgensen
This research review finds that children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs before entering kindergarten later experience fewer special education placements, decreased grade retention, and improved high school graduation rates compared with peers who do not participate.
Educational Researcher, November 2017
Dana Charles McCoy, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Kathleen M. Ziol-Guest, Greg J. Duncan, Holly S. Schindler, Katherine Magnuson, Rui Yang, Andrew Koepp, Jack P. Shonkoff
This review study provides an overview of the effects of team-based professional development on higher education teacher attitudes and teacher learning. Researchers identify several factors that can either hinder or support professional development at the individual teacher, team, and organizational levels.
Review of Educational Research, April 2017
Inken Gast, Kim Schildkamp, Jan T. van der Veen
This meta-analysis examines the effects of practice tests versus nontesting learning conditions such as restudying, practice, filler activities, or no presentation of the material. Results reveal that practice tests are more beneficial for learning than are restudying and all the other comparison conditions that were included in the meta-analysis.
Review of Educational Research, February 2017
Olusola O. Adesope, Dominic A. Trevisan, Narayankripa Sundararajan
In addition to the preceding list of the top 10 articles, AERA also announced the top five articles accessed for each of AERA’s seven peer-reviewed journals.

Browse most read articles by journal:

About AERA
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 FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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December 31, 2017

Best Wishes from the American Educational Research Association

Another holiday greeting…

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