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July 21, 2020

2021 Annual Meeting Submission Deadline Extended To August 14

Since the deadline was supposed to be Wednesday, this is welcome news.

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Dear AERA Members and Prior Annual Meetings Participants,


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its prevalence across so many states and communities in the United States and internationally, we are extending the 2021 Annual Meeting submission deadline from Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PDT to Friday, August 14, at 11:59 p.m. PDT.


We hope that graduate students and education researchers worldwide will benefit from this extra time to prepare paper and session submissions in ways that accommodate the special circumstances of COVID-19 in your lives. For those serving on peer review panels for 2021 Annual Meeting submissions, we will modify the deadlines to account for this three-week+ extension. You will be hearing from us additionally on this issue quite soon.


We continue to monitor quite closely the spread of COVID-19 and its resurgence in certain areas within the United States. As before, AERA follows the science in making decisions that support those submitting to AND participating in the AERA Annual Meeting and those working or living in the city that serves as our host, including Orlando in 2021.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Robert Smith, AERA’s director of meetings, and I are actively engaged in examining current circumstances and options as they change almost day to day. Along with President Shaun Harper, we aim to support our research community and offer a meeting rich in content and success.


With best regards and fond thoughts,

Felice J. Levine, PhD

Executive Director

American Educational Research Association

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Suite 1200

Washington, DC 20005


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July 16, 2020

Virtual Research Learning Series To Offer Four More Courses Starting In August

Note these professional learning opportunities that may be of interest to graduate students.

AERA 2020 Virtual Research Learning Series
The AERA Virtual Research Learning Series Continues with Four High-Quality, Interactive Courses, Starting in August
Register Now!

All courses are from 1:00–5:00 p.m. EDT. / FEE $35
Live or On Demand Access


How to Write About Qualitative Research (RL-6)
Thursday, August 6


Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower, Virginia TechThis interactive course aims to help beginning qualitative researchers—whether they are graduate students writing a qualitative dissertation or those learning qualitative methods so they can do mixed methods research—learn some of the key expectations, practices, and conventions of writing traditional qualitative research.View full course description.


Empowerment Evaluation (RL-7)
Wednesday, August 26


David M. Fetterman, Fetterman and AssociatesEmploying lecture, activities, demonstration, and discussion, the course will introduce participants to the theory, concepts, principles, and steps of empowerment evaluation as well as the technological tools to facilitate the approach.View full course description.


Using Factor Analysis for Survey Design and Validation (RL-8)
Tuesday, September 1


Katherine Picho, Howard University (course director)
Marie Plaisime, Howard University
Intended for educators (including administrators) and researchers at all levels, this interactive course provides a primer on survey development and the use of factor analysis to validate surveys.View full course description.


Co-Decolonizing Research Methods: Toward Research Sustaining Indigenous and ‘Other’ Community Engaged Ways of Knowing (RL-9)
Tuesday, September 15


Lorri Many Rivers Johnson Santamaría, Mixteco Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) (course director)
Cristina Corrine Santamaría Graff, Indiana University—Purdue University at Indianapolis
For those interested or engaged in research produced by or serving Indigenous peoples or people of Color in the United States directly or indirectly impacted by colonization, this course provides a way forward toward authentic collaboration with stakeholders and interested parties.View full course description.


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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, the Association strives
to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry
related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve
education and serve the public good.


July 10, 2020

AERA Statement On ICE Guidance On International Students And University Online-Only Instruction

An item from the American Education Research Association.


Statement by AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine on ICE Guidance on International Students and University Online-Only Instruction


July 9, 2020


The guidance issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on July 6, requiring international college and university students in the United States to leave the country if their institution provides online-only instruction this fall, serves absolutely no constructive purpose and is manifestly xenophobic. It creates enormous logistical problems for students and universities during a highly uncertain and stressful time, and places students at higher risk of contracting and spreading Covid-19.


More than a million international students currently study at U.S. colleges and universities across fields of science and scholarship. They contribute importantly to the richness and productivity of our educational environments. Substantial numbers of international students at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels study and engage in education research. They represent an important portion of the scholars of the future who will examine crucial education issues.


From this administration universities need support, flexibility, and a commitment to ensuring that the United States remains the top higher education destination and a welcoming environment for building scientific capacity in the world, including in education research. It is critical to the future of the United States that it is able to attract and retain the best and the brightest globally.


We urge the administration to reverse the ICE guidance and allow international students with valid visas to remain in the United States as their universities strive to find the best path forward to providing a high-quality education while ensuring public health safety.




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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July 2, 2020

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

A newsletter from the American Education Research Association.

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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

American Educational Research Association

1430 K Street, NW

Suite 1200

Washington, DC 20005

(202) 238-3200

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.

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