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May 4, 2021

AERA Highlights: AERA Issues Statement in Support of Teachers and Educators, 2022 Annual Meeting Presidential Program Theme Released, and More

The second of two items from the American Educational Research Association.

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April 2021
 

AERA News

2021 Annual Meeting News
AERA Publications News

Research Policy and Funding News

AERA Calls
Beyond AERA

In Memoriam
AERA in the News

AERA News

AERA Issues Statement in Support of Teachers and Educators

As the end of the school year draws near, we want to acknowledge the incredible creativity, resilience, and hard work of educators this year. It has been a time like no other. Read more

2022 Annual Meeting Presidential Program Theme Released; Call for Submissions Coming May 12

The 2022 Annual Meeting Presidential Program theme—“Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century”—calls on us to “identify, study, and enhance existing efforts to move systems toward equity to support all learners across the lifespan, from early childhood to K-12 to higher education and adult learning.”

AERA 2020 President Shaun Harper Calls on Researchers to Accept Responsibility for Educational and Social Problems

In this year’s Presidential Address, “We Share Responsibility,” 2020 AERA President Shaun R. Harper inspired researchers to accept individual and collective responsibility for complex educational and social problems. Read more

Preeminent Scholar Edmund Gordon Named AERA Honorary President

On April 12, AERA installed distinguished education researcher Edmund W. Gordon as AERA’s honorary president during a special ceremony at the association’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. Read more

AERA Council Votes to Keep Association Meetings Out of States that Pass Anti-Trans Laws

On April 8, AERA determined that it will hold no conferences or public events in states or any other locations enacting anti-trans laws until such time as the laws are rescinded or AERA otherwise revisits the issue. Read more

AERA-ICPSR PEERS Data Hub to Hold Workshop on Qualitative Meta-Synthesis Methods on May 20—No Fee, Register Now

The AERA-ICPSR PEERS Data Hub will hold a no-fee workshop on “Introduction to Qualitative Meta-Synthesis Methods: Achieving STEM Equity and Inclusion through Syntheses” on May 20, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm ET. Read more

Eight Education Researchers Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Eight education researchers, including three AERA presidents, have been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy announced the 2021 election of 252 individuals as new members on April 22. Read more

2021 Annual Meeting News

More than 13,000 Education Researchers Gather for 2021 AERA Virtual Annual Meeting

The 2021 AERA Virtual Annual Meeting brought together nearly 13,300 scholars, graduate students, policy leaders, and practitioners from 68 countries for the largest education research conference in the world. Read more

Major Annual Meeting Lecture Speakers Examine Significant Topics in Educational Equity

The 2020 AERA Distinguished Lecture and the 2021 and 2020 Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lectures featured prominent scholars engaging attendees in important conversations about educators’ responsibility, racial education, and community colleges at this year’s virtual Annual Meeting. Read more

Presidential Sessions Engage Attendees in Key Issues in Education Research

This year’s AERA Presidential Sessions provided rich and compelling content for Annual Meeting attendees to reflect on the meeting theme of “Accepting Educational Responsibility.” Read more

Research and Science Policy Forum Features Key Federal Agency Leaders, Recent Research Publications

The 2021 AERA Virtual Annual Meeting featured 18 invited sessions in a Research and Science Policy Forum that included conversations with leaders of federal education research agencies and discussion on research directions in recent reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and on the development of education research infrastructure. Read more

AERA Annual Meeting Book Sale Extended through May 10
AERA Publications News

New RRE Volume Explores What Constitutes Quality Evidence in Education Research

The 2021 volume of Review of Research in Education, titled “Quality of Research Evidence in Education: How Do We Know?” raises questions about how to address the persisting disparities in education by rethinking assumptions, study designs, the quality of research collected, and who participates in research teams and in studies. Read more

AERA Recognizes 2020 Outstanding Reviewers

Editors of AERA journals have named 59 scholars as Outstanding Reviewers for 2020, recognizing individuals who rendered outstanding professional service to the journals, to AERA, and to education research. Read more

Research Policy and Funding News

President Biden Releases FY 2022 “Skinny” Budget Request with Large Increases for Education Department, NSF, NIH

On April 9, the Biden administration released a summary of topline budget requests for federal agencies for FY 2022. The full budget request is expected to be released in May. Read more

American Jobs Plan Proposes Significant Investment in Federal Research

On March 31, the Biden administration announced details of the American Jobs Plan, the first of two proposals on infrastructure. The American Jobs Plan would provide significant investments in federal research and development programs, including $50 million for the National Science Foundation. Read more

National Academies to Conduct Three Studies on IES

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will be conducting three studies directed by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) this year, with the purpose of providing recommendations on the agency’s programs. Read more

AERA Calls
Beyond AERA
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 have recently passed away

Rebecca Kantor, 67, died on April 22. She was dean of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. Kantor had been a member of Division K–Teaching and Teacher Education. Read more

 

Melvyn Semmel, 89, died on February 25. He was a professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s department of education, from which he retired in 1994. Read more

 

Robert Slavin, 70, died on April 24. He was director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University and a co-founder of the Success for All Foundation. Slavin, an AERA Fellow, received several association awards, including the Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award in 1988 and 2008, the Review of Research Award in 2009, and the AERA Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award in 2019. He was a member of Division C–Learning and Instruction and Division H–Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools. Read more

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: Audrey Poe, Christy Talbot, Tong Wu, and Martha Yager

 

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AERA Statement in Support of Teachers and Educators

The first of two items from the American Educational Research Association.

 

For Immediate Release

April 30, 2021

 

Contacts:

Tony Pals, tpals@aera.net

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Tong Wu, twu@aera.net

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AERA Statement in Support of Teachers and Educators

 

April 30, 2021

 

As the end of the school year draws near, we want to acknowledge the incredible creativity, resilience, and hard work of educators this year. It has been a time like no other. Educators have experienced enormous stress and strain to adapt to constantly changing contexts amid concerns about their own health and the health of their students. Educators have also been challenged by the existing and ever increasing inequities between privileged and historically marginalized students in U.S. schools that the pandemic has underscored. These long-standing inequities have exacerbated the challenges teachers have had to manage this year, and have impacted the resources available to them in pivoting to pandemic teaching, as well as the conditions that their students and families are navigating.

 

Educators have been our first responders, offering support to students and their families, finding ways to create opportunities for teaching and learning virtually, managing complex hybrid schedules, even as many themselves were teaching their own children, caretaking for parents and others, and trying to manage the uncertainty and stress of pandemic life. Many educators have faced the realities of unequal schooling resources with determination, advocating for students and families in the face of great challenge.

 

As a community of education researchers, we recognize the weight and importance of this hard work and sacrifice. This coming week is Teacher Appreciation Week, an opportune moment to offer thanks for the tough work of teaching in these unprecedented times and to redouble our commitment to utilizing our work and voice as an education research community to gathering evidence that informs how education does and should function in a democratic society.

 

As education scholars, we commit to continuing to study the work of K-12 educators and those who work with them – district administrators, principals, counselors, teacher educators – throughout the pandemic and beyond. This includes scholarship that is committed to understanding and bringing evidence to bear on the critical issues of educational inequality to support optimal professional contexts for teachers, and transformative teaching and learning for all students. We commit to sharing empirical evidence, as well as working in partnership with teachers, schools, and districts to help create the conditions that enable educators and children and youth to flourish now and for the future.

 

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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 statement can be found online.

 

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April 29, 2021

AERA Fellowship Program on the Study of Deeper Learning – Call for Proposals

An item from the American Educational Research Association.

 
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AERA Fellowship Program on the Study of Deeper Learning

 

Call for Proposals

 

Upcoming Deadline: May 24, 2021

 

 

The American Educational Research Association is pleased to announce the AERA Fellowship Program on the Study of Deeper Learning (AERA-SDL). With funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, this Fellowship supports postdoctoral and early career scholars in education research using the Deeper Learning data collected by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). These data include a wealth of information about students, schools, and teachers in the sample of Deeper Learning high schools. AIR research scientists with expertise on the Deeper Learning data are collaborating with AERA in this Fellowship Program.

 

Fellows are awarded funding up to $25,000 to undertake research projects using the Deep Learning Data and receive professional development and training. The AERA-SDL fellowship Call for Proposals and further program information is available here. The deadline for proposals is May 24, 2021.

 

Please direct any questions about the AERA-SDL fellowship program to fellowships@aera.net.

 

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April 10, 2021

AERA 2021 – A Newcomer’s Lens: A Look at K-12 Online and Blended Learning in the Journal of Online Learning Research

Less than an hour ago, my colleagues and I finished our paper (and my final) presentation for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  Here is the asynchronous version of that presentation.

Abstract: In this study, the authors analyzed 51 articles published between 2015 and 2018 inclusive in the Journal of Online Learning Research (JOLR). The purpose of this study was to examine the trends regarding article topics, geography, research methods and article types, authorship, and citation frequency. The results indicated JOLR gave additional attention to K-12 blended learning. Another common topic was professional development. Most studies were focused on the US. Future research is needed to examine if the trends from this study continue over a more extended period and if these results reflect the development of and change in the field of K-12 online and blended learning.

Authors:

  • Hu Min, Brigham Young University
  • Karen T Arnesen, Brigham Young University
  • Michael K Barbour, Touro University California
  • Heather Leary, Brigham Young University

Slides available at https://www2.slideshare.net/mkb/aera-2021-a-newcomers-lens-a-look-at-k12-online-and-blended-learning-in-the-journal-of-online-learning-research

April 8, 2021

AERA Council Votes to Keep Association Meetings Out of States that Pass Anti-Trans Laws

Another important stand taken by the American Educational Research Association.  This statement is an example of how a socially responsible professional organization acts.

 

For Immediate Release

April 8, 2021

 

Contacts:

Tony Pals, tpals@aera.net

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Tong Wu, twu@aera.net

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AERA Council Votes to Keep Association Meetings Out of States that Pass Anti-Trans Laws

 

Washington, April 8—Today, members of the American Educational Research Association’s Council unanimously passed this resolution:

  • Whereas transgender and non-binary youth and educators deserve safe and supportive schools, communities, and workplace environments;
  • Whereas many states across the U.S. are presently considering laws that would be educationally harmful and otherwise devastating to trans and non-binary persons both in and out of schools;
  • Therefore, be it resolved that the American Educational Research Association (AERA) has determined that it will hold no conferences or public events in states or any other locations enacting anti-trans laws until such time as the laws are rescinded or AERA otherwise revisits the issue.

The AERA Council met today as the association opened its 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, hosting more than 12,000 attendees.

 

“This was the final and most important policy action of my presidency,” said AERA 2020-21 President Shaun R. Harper. “Trans and non-binary persons deserve our advocacy and economic protest of policies, practices, and places that harm them. Their lives would also be improved if we individually and collectively did more with what we know to dismantle transphobia in our society. We must do more.”

 

“AERA has long been committed to ensuring that students, researchers, and all individuals can learn and engage in environments that are free of constraint or intimidation,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “This resolution is rooted in a body of research evidence that has identified the adverse effects of transphobia in learning environments and in society at large. We cannot as an organization stand by in the face of actions and legislation that are likely to inflict harm on students, educators, and other people.”

 

On Tuesday, April 6, Harper and Levine issued a statement calling for AERA members to form coalitions with each other, as well as with scholars in other academic fields and communities outside of academia, in support of transgender and non-binary persons. The statement also reminded members of our urgent responsibility to extend the reach of our research expertise on gender, trans people’s experiences and outcomes, public policy, and related topics beyond conference papers, scholarly symposia, and academic journals.

 

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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 news release can be found online.

 

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