Welcoming Messages from Chair & Chair Elect

“We are excited to get the 2016-2017 AERA GSC year off to a great start. 

Take a moment to read our Chair and Chair Elect's Welcome Message to you!”

K. Rollert- French | Chair

Keisha Siriboe | Chair Elect

Greetings Fellow Graduate Students,

Welcome to the AERA Graduate Student Council (GSC) webpage.  Here you will find more information about the GSC - including our mission, governance structure, and division officers. Please take some time to read our statement of purpose and mission statement. Also, check out our GSC Newsletter for regular updates on ways to get involved!

As your new chair of the Graduate Student Council, I want to first extend my gratitude.  I am deeply humbled and honored to serve our 7,000 student-member constituency and look forward to the continued tradition of excellence as we embark on our centennial year.

I really enjoyed meeting many of you in Washington, DC at the annual conference in April. I was also very impressed with the student turnout at GSC sessions. Many ballrooms had standing room only and we ran out of GSC programs on the first day. It is inspiring to see new students so eager to advance knowledge about education and engage in scholarly inquiry about education. I was thrilled to witness the dialogue between veteran educational researchers and new students. It’s energizing to see passion in the next generation of researchers to promote their research to improve education and serve the public good.  I hope you also found some time to enjoy our capital city and peak-bloom cherry blossoms. Spring is such a beautiful time of year to visit DC!

This year we transition from sharing what we know about public scholarship to acting on what we know about public scholarship under the new theme of "Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity." This year’s conference in San Antonio, Texas is sure to inspire ways in which educational researchers can position themselves to improve educational opportunities and forge pathways in achieving equal educational opportunities.

We have a lot of great sessions in store and a new philanthropic project planned to take action on what we know about early childhood literacy. As always, the GSC strides to meet the needs of students and advocate on their behalf, so if you would like to include anything in particular in our program, please feel free to share your ideas! I can be reached at rollertk@msu.edu.

The Graduate Student Council is committed to making AERA 2017 a meaningful and engaging experience for all students and members.  If you are interested in becoming more involved or a part of the Graduate Student Council, please check out opportunities to be a GSC campus liaison or to self-nominate yourself to run for an elected position.

Wishing you great success in the year to come!

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Best regards,
Kate Rollert French
AERA Graduate Student Council Chair 2016-2017
Doctoral Candidate, Michigan State University
Department of Educational Policy 

Greetings Fellow Graduate Students,

It is my esteemed pleasure to welcome you to the AERA Graduate Student Council (GSC). I am deeply humbled to serve as the 2016-2017 Chair-Elect of the AERA GSC. In Washington DC, I had the pleasure of speaking with many of you during the sessions this past year. Most importantly, I was able to listen to your feedback regarding the future directions of AERA. I'm amazed at how much the future I imagined within those sessions differs from the realities we face today.

The importance of educational research in our ever-changing world is vital. As the next generation of educational researchers, we are challenged with guiding others through education systems that are dramatically different from what AERA encountered a century ago. Such navigation should not be faced alone. Within the GSC division, you will find a generous offering of various programs geared towards your professional development. I encourage you to utilize the various resources the council offers, but please don't stop there. Consider contributing your talents, and skills within the GSC as well.

As we prepare for AERA 2017 in San Antonio, we do so under the current theme: “Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity. " How we interpret our educational experiences may influence our understanding of this phrase, and those experiences can vary dramatically depending on our geographic locations. AERA is international in scope with over 85 countries outside of the United States represented, providing us with an opportunity to access a wealth of perspectives through our membership ranks.  As your new Chair-Elect, I am interested in exploring how an international outlook could further compliment GSC initiatives and organizational purviews for all graduate students.

Your ideas are always welcomed. Please email me directly with suggestions or if I can be of assistance in any way.

Kind regards,
Keisha Siriboe
AERA Graduate Student Council Chair-Elect 2016-2017
Doctoral Candidate, University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Education




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