Virtual School Meanderings

February 15, 2019

Senator Alexander: Here Are The Building Blocks For Your New Accountability System

As I say each week…  From the neo-liberal, educational privatizers masquerading as an academic body – so the term research here is used VERY loosely (as none of this actually represents methodologically sound, reliable, valid, or empirical research in any real way).

Check out this week’s highlights from the Christensen Institute. 
Christensen Institute · 92 Hayden Avenue · Lexington, MA 02421 · USA

2019 AERA Annual Meeting Online Program Now Available


American Educational Research Association

Annual Meeting Online Program Open

Online Program Now Available

We are pleased to announce the online searchable program for the 2019 Annual Meeting is now open. Log in to view the online program schedule. Under the leadership of AERA President Amy Stuart Wells, 2019 Annual Meeting General Program Chairs Jennifer Jellison Holme and Janelle T. Scott, and the program and section chairs of Divisions and SIGs, and Committees, the 2019 program is comprised of over 2,800 sessions featuring high quality and timely work in education research.

The program can be browsed by day and time and has a universal search function to search by presenter/participant’s name or affiliation, session title/topic, and paper title/topic. Select the session that is of interest to you, and place it in your personal schedule.

Deadline to Make Program Changes

Deadline: March 8, 2019

The deadline to make any program changes including changes to paper titles, session titles, and authors, as well as Session Chairs and Discussants is March 8, 2019. Please email changes to When making author changes, please send the full name, email address and institution of all authors.

Early Bird Registration

Deadline: February 28, 2019

AERA members receive a sizable discount on meeting registration. To get the special member registration rate, please make sure you have renewed your AERA membership for 2019. You will be able to renew your membership and reserve your hotel while registering for the meeting.

Take advantage of the early bird registration rates and access your hotel of choice at the special conference rate. Rooms at the major headquarters hotels are quickly filling up so reserve your hotel room today. The early bird registration deadline is February 28. AERA membership must be current through December 2019 for the special member registration discount.

Register now for early bird rates and preferred hotel reservations.

How to Register:

  1. Login.
  2. Click ‘My AERA’ at the top of the page.
  3. On the ‘My AERA’ page, scroll down to the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting.
  4. Click ‘Register and Make Your Hotel Reservation Now’. ’
  5. Once you complete your registration, you can make your online hotel reservation by clicking the Hotel Reservation button in the upper left side of the registration confirmation summary screen.

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

Questions? Please contact AERA at (202) 238-3200 or


American Educational Research Association

1430 K Street, NW

Suite 1200

Washington, DC 20005

(202) 238-3200

Attend OLC Innovate 2019 – Virtually!

From yesterday’s inbox…

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OLC Innovate 2019 - Online Education Conference
OLC Innovate 2019 | April 2-5 | Denver, CO
Dear OLC Colleague,

OLC Innovate 2019 is coming up fast and we hope to see you there. If you can’t travel to Denver, you can still join us – virtually!

Our Group Virtual Attendee Package provides the opportunity for institutions to register an UNLIMITED number of faculty and staff to participate in the conference without traveling! Virtual attendance includes access to over 80 sessions live (or on-demand for one year post-conference) from the comfort of your desk, while participating in chat discussions with your colleagues and peers from around the world.

Whatever your interests, we have session tracks to match:

  • Teaching and Learning Practice
  • Open Learning
  • Leadership and Advocacy
  • Experiential and Life-Long Learning
  • Processes, Problems, and Practices
  • Effective Tools, Toys and Technologies
  • Research: Designs, Methods, and Findings

OLC Live will help bring the conference to virtual attendees. Check out the Virtual Hub for more information and updates as they come.

Individual, Buy 2 Get 1 Free, and large group package options are available. Onsite registration is also still open.

Best Regards,

Christine Hinkley
Senior Director, Conferences
Online Learning Consortium

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News from the DLC – February 14, 2019

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News from the DLC!

February 14, 2019

Happy February from all of us at the DLC! We’re always looking for contributors, so if you’re interested in being a guest blogger, don’t hesitate to reach out to

Recent Blog Posts
Changing work, changing school

When people talk about the need to adapt schools to changes in workforce needs, they usually focus on areas such as increasing use of technology, the need for collaboration, and similar skills. But that misses the bigger picture.

We think this is important, so let’s make kids learn it
The idea that school leaders, teachers, and students should have more autonomy seems to be gaining traction, as the centralized approach of NCLB gives way to (some) increased flexibility in ESSA.

These findings indicated that American students not only struggle to recall rote procedures and facts, but they also had trouble analyzing, reasoning, and communicating effectively as they solved or interpreted problems.

Please join us for the inaugural Digital Learning Annual Conference in Austin on April 1-3, 2019, to share your ideas and experiences, learn from others on similar journeys, take back actionable changes to improve your work, and consider longer-term strategies.

Room block available with discounted rooms Sunday through Wednesday.

We hope to see you there!

Learn more about the Digital Learning Annual Conference!
About the Digital Learning Collaborative

Online, blended, and digital learning in elementary and secondary schools are on the rise. Yet despite the growth, emerging practices, and examples of success…countless basic questions remain about policy and practice. The Digital Learning Collaborative exists to fill the information gap. Whether you are an educator, school board member, reporter, researcher, policymaker, or concerned citizen, the DLC can help you better understand the K-12 digital learning field and apply that knowledge to your work.

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NEPC’s February Education Interview Of The Month Features Discussion Of Teachers As Brand Ambassadors

From the National Education Policy Center.

NEPC Education Interview of the Month is a great teaching resource; engaging drive-time listening; and 30 minutes of high-quality policy information for educators, community members, policymakers, and anyone interested in education.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Publication Announcement

NEPC’s February Education Interview of the Month Features Discussion of Teachers as Brand Ambassadors


NEPC Education Interview of the Month is a great teaching resource; engaging drive-time listening; and 30 minutes of high-quality policy information for educators, community members, policymakers, and anyone interested in education.


William J. Mathis:

(802) 383-0058

Christopher Saldaña:

(303) 492-2566

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BOULDER, CO (February 14, 2019) – In this month’s NEPC Education Interview of the Month, Lewis and Clark College Emeritus Professor of Education Gregory A. Smith speaks with Christopher Saldaña, Doctoral Student Researcher at the National Education Policy Center. They discuss the emergence of Brand Ambassador programs, a new phenomenon in the marketing of educational resources to schools.

Along with his co-authors, Kevin Welner, Susan Malcolm, and Eleanore Tisch, Saldaña explores this recent trend in depth in the NEPC policy brief, Examining the New Phenomena of Teachers as Brand Ambassadors. In this podcast, Greg and Chris discuss the origins of teacher brand ambassador programs and related ethical and legal concerns.

Saldaña also situates the teacher brand ambassador phenomenon within past forms of advertising and research on schoolhouse commercialism to argue that teacher brand ambassador programs pose threats to the well being of teachers and students. For example, serious conflicts of interest can arise for these teachers, as happened just last month in Irvington, New York.

Among Saldaña’s recommendations is a call for school-district policymakers to revisit conflict of interest policies and codes of ethics. He also suggests that this process of rethinking conflict of interest policies should be inclusive of key community stakeholders such as teachers and parents. Through this process, teachers should receive clear guidance on the ethical issues to consider before accepting the role of a brand ambassador.

Don’t worry if you miss a month. All NEPC Education Interview of the Month podcasts are archived on the NEPC website and can be found here.

Coming Next Month

In March, Greg will be speaking with Mark Warren, Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, and Jonathan Stith, contributors to the book Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out, about the educational justice movement.

Stay tuned in to NEPC for smart, engaging conversations about education policy.

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC), housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, produces and disseminates high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. Visit us at:

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