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July 2, 2020

AERA Speaks Out Against Racial Injustice, NSF Urged To Include Sexual Orientation In Surveys, And More

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June 2020


Research Policy and Funding Updates

AERA Important Nominations

AERA Calls

AERA Publications Calls

New AERA Videos

Beyond AERA

In Memoriam

AERA in the News



AERA Speaks Out Against Racial Injustice

AERA leadership has taken a strong stance against racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd and subsequent global protests against systemic racism and police violence against Black people. Read more

AERA, AAAS, and Expert Scientists Urge NSF to Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Measures in Surveys

In a jointly signed June 29 letter, AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine; Sudip S. Parikh, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; New York University professor Jonathan B. Freeman; and Laura E. Durso, executive director of the Whitman-Walker Institute, urged the National Science Foundation to include sexual orientation and gender identity measures in the 2021 National Survey of College Graduates and other future surveys conducted by NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Read more

AERA Interactive Presentation Gallery Offers 2020 Annual Meeting Authors Options with Chats, Q&A, and Presentation Citations

On June 11, AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine sent a letter to 2020 Annual Meeting accepted paper authors, detailing ways in which they can share their research with the education research community worldwide, including by participating in AERA’s new Interactive Presentation Gallery. Read more

Virtual Research Learning Series to Offer Four More Courses Starting in August

Building on the success of the first five courses, with substantial turnouts ranging from nearly 200 to close to 700 registrants per course, the AERA Virtual Research Learning Series resumes in August with the last four courses. Read more

AERA and IES Hold Webinar on Using Longitudinal Data to Support State Policymaking, in Advance of Special Competition—Deadline: July 30

On June 11, AERA and the Institute of Education Sciences hosted a webinar for more than a thousand researchers from universities, think tanks, and program evaluation organizations to provide information on a current Request for Applications for a new IES grant competition, “Using Longitudinal Data to Support State Education Policymaking.” Read more

AERA Announces 2020–21 Minority Dissertation Fellows

AERA has announced the recipients of the 2020–21 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research Awards. Read more

Research Policy and Funding Updates

AERA Endorses Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act

On June 24, a bipartisan group of six House members introduced the Research Investment to Spark the Economy Act (H.R. 7308). The RISE Act would provide supplemental funding for federal research agencies which have experienced disruptions in research activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

Senate Confirms Sethuraman Panchanathan as Next NSF Director

On June 18, the Senate voted under unanimous consent to confirm Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan as the next director of the National Science Foundation. President Donald Trump nominated Panchanathan as NSF director on December 19, 2019, to succeed former NSF director France Córdova, whose term ended on March 31. Read more

Trump Administration Issues Executive Order Suspending Certain Work Visas.

On June 22, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that suspends certain work visas for skilled foreign workers through December 31. Read more

NSF SBE Advisory Committee Meeting Focuses on Covid-19 Response, CISE Collaboration

On June 4, the National Science Foundation Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Advisory Committee met virtually for updates on the current and future work of the SBE Directorate. Read more

Senate and House Committees Hold Hearings on Reopening Schools and Colleges Safely

Key Senate and House education committees held hearings in June focused on the impact of Covid-19 on U.S. schools and colleges and plans for re-opening them in the fall. Read more

Draft 2025 NAEP Reading Assessment Framework Available for Public Comment—Deadline: July 23

The National Assessment Governing Board is accepting public comments on the draft 2025 NAEP Reading Assessment Framework. This is the first comprehensive update of the framework since 2004. Comments are due July 23. Read more

AERA Important Nominations

AERA Nominating Committee Seeks Recommendations for 2021 Elected Officers—Deadline: August 25

The AERA Nominating Committee seeks recommendations of candidates for AERA-wide offices. Each year, the committee advances a slate of nominations for president-elect and two member-at-large positions. Read More

AERA Fellows Committee Seeks Nominations for 2021 Class of Fellows—Deadline: September 30

AERA members are encouraged to submit nominations for education researchers who have made significant scientific or scholarly contributions to the field to be honored as an AERA Fellow. Read more

AERA Calls
AERA Publications Calls
  • AERA Open Special Topic: Education in the Time of Pandemic—Deadline: Abstracts due on a rolling basis through September 1
    The purpose of this special topic, launched in response to the current pandemic crisis, will be to learn and share as many lessons as possible, so that we are better prepared for systemic shocks in the future.
  • AERA Open Special Topic: Educational Data Science—Deadline: Papers due October 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.
New AERA Videos
AERA Worldwide Gathering for Reflection, Presentation, and Rededication


New AERA Published Research: “Held Down and Held Back: Systematically Delayed Principal Promotions by Race and Gender”


Beyond AERA
  • The NSF Education and Human Resources Core Research Program will be hosting a webinar on every Thursday, at 3 pm EDT, in June and July to provide an overview of the funding opportunities available in the EHR Core Research Solicitation. Read more
  • NSF EHR Assistant Director Karen Marrongelle encourages early career investigators to submit grant proposals for the NSF CAREER Program in a Dear Colleague letter—Deadline for proposals: July 27

Visit the Beyond AERA webpage for professional advancement opportunities from other organizations, including calls for papers and submissions, meetings and conferences, and other activities.

In Memoriam

AERA members who recently passed away

Stephen Davidoff, CEO of Stephen H. Davidoff and Associates and former director of research and evaluation for the School District of Philadelphia, died on June 2. He was a member of Division H: Research, Evaluation and Assessment in Schools. Read more


Terry A. Astuto, Professor Emerita of Educational Leadership at New York University, died on May 10. She was a member of Division A: Administration, Organization and Leadership, Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education, and Division L: Educational Policy and Politics.


James R. Bliss, former associate professor and chair of the department of educational leadership and policy studies at Eastern Kentucky University, died on February 8. He was a member of Division A: Administration, Organization, and Leadership.


Notices of AERA members who have passed away may be sent to Please include full name, date of death, age, most recent affiliation, and a link to an official announcement.

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, Audrey Poe, Calvin Spivey, Christy Talbot, George Wimberly, Tong Wu, and Martha Yager

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June 29, 2020

Happening Tomorrow: Collaborating To Support Education Research, 2:00 pm EDT—Register Now

Note this event tomorrow that may be of interest to some research-focused readers.

Collaborating to Support Education Research

Please join the Statewide Longitudinal
Data Systems (SLDS) program at
the National Center for Educational
Statistics, and the American Educational
Research Association (AERA) for an
important one-hour webinar

This one-hour webinar aims to foster collaboration with education
researchers in using SLDS. The webinar will feature states that have
established research partnerships to address key education issues.
You will hear how and why the partnerships were formed, what research
topics are addressed, and how data are shared to support the research.
Time will be reserved for questions and answers.


FELICE J. LEVINE, AERA Executive Director

NANCY SHARKEY, Senior Program Officer,
National Center for Education Statistics


Education Cabinet

Education Cabinet

Martin School at the
University of Kentucky

Martin School at the
University of Kentucky

Wisconsin Department
of Public Instruction

Wisconsin Center for
Education Research


of Education

Research Partner


KATHY GOSA, SLDS State Support Team


ASL and captioning provided.

Register Here

June 23, 2020

AERA-NSF Grants Program Proposal Deadline: September 10, 2020

This item may be of interest to my researcher readers.


AERA-NSF Grants Program

Proposal Deadline: September 10, 2020


The AERA-NSF Grants Program is currently accepting proposals for both its Dissertation and Research Grants. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Program provides dissertation grants to graduate students and small research grants to doctoral level scholars using large-scale data sets in their research.


The AERA-NSF Grants Program emphasizes the advanced statistical analysis of data sets from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, NSF, and other federal agencies. The program also supports studies using large-scale international data systems (e.g., PISA, PIRLS, or TIMMS) that benefit from U.S. federal government support. In addition, statewide longitudinal administrative data systems enhanced through federal grants are also eligible for consideration. Proposals are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as, but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.


AERA Dissertation Grants. AERA provides dissertation support for advanced doctoral students to undertake doctoral dissertations using data from large-scale data sets. The award provides professional development, training, and networking opportunities for students. The selection process is competitive. AERA-NSF Dissertation Grants are awarded for one-year for an amount of up to $25,000.


AERA Research Grants. AERA provides small grants for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars to undertake quantitative research using data from large-scale data sets. The selection process is competitive. AERA-NSF Research Grants are awarded for one or two years, for an amount of up to $35,000.


The next proposal deadline is Thursday, September 10, 2020. Please the AERA-NSF Grants Program via email ( or phone (202-238-3200) if you have any questions regarding the program.


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June 19, 2020

AERA Statement on the Celebration of Juneteenth

An item from the American Education Research Association from earlier today.


For Immediate Release

June 19, 2020



Tony Pals,

(202) 238-3235


Tong Wu,

(202) 238-3233



Statement by AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine

on the Celebration of Juneteenth


AERA, the field of education research, and the entire scientific community stand together in celebrating Juneteenth, the true second independence day of the United States. On this important day and at this critical turning point in our society, we express our deep commitment to taking affirmative steps to eradicate systemic racism and to addressing the racial trauma that has afflicted so many for far too long.


As AERA President Shaun Harper said in a May 31 statement, “As a community of researchers, we must unite to take bold, evidence-based action that exposes and ultimately ends the catastrophic police killings of unarmed Black people.” Through its programming, convenings, and other organizational channels, AERA is committed to taking concrete steps to fight racism in academia and throughout society.


We encourage all those engaged in education research, practice, and policy, and others who intersect with education in any way, to reflect on the meaning and significance of this day. We urge them to find ways in their daily lives to join in conversations and actions that break down personal racial barriers and biases. And we urge them to unite and make their voices heard by our national, state, and local leaders until institutionalized policies, procedures, and actions that discriminate against and harm Black Americans are dismantled.




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.


This release can be found online.

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June 10, 2020

Webinar On Using State Longitudinal Data June 11, 4:00pm EDT—Register Now

Note this webinar tomorrow that may be of interest to some of my more academic readers and those seeking external funding.

 Longitudinal Data to Support State Policymaking: A Research Webinar

Thursday, June 11, 2020
4:00–5:30 PM (EDT)

AERA Executive Director

Education Research Analyst, IES
National Center for Education Research

Education Research Analyst, IES
National Center for Education Research

Program Officer, IES
National Center for Education Statistics –
State Longitudinal Data Systems Branch

AERA Director of Professional Development

This webinar describes the IES Using Longitudinal Data to Support State Policymaking grant program (84.305S) which supports state education agencies’ (SEAs’) use of their longitudinal data systems to generate evidence for making policy decisions. It also offers a potential opportunity for researchers outside of state government to collaborate with SEA staff.

This is a new IES grant program, described in the Request for Applications available HERE. State education agencies can apply for these grants on their own or in collaboration with other organizations such as universities, research firms, and other state agencies. Presenters will discuss the requirements that must be met and recommendations for writing a strong grant application.

Researchers drawn to longitudinal education data are encouraged to join this webinar whether or not they have previously worked with data from a State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). Approximately one-third of the time will be reserved for questions and comments on your research ideas.

ASL and captioning provided.

Register Here
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