Message from Division VP

September 2017

Kadriye Ercikan, ETS

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that you all enjoyed some relaxation time this summer. The AERA 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX seems only a short while ago, yet proposals for the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting in New York City have already been submitted. The 2018 conference will start on Friday, April 13 and end on Tuesday, April 17. This year’s theme is “Dreams, Possibilities, and the Importance of Public Education.” Division D’s focus on educational measurement and research methodology is central to providing evidence of the significance of public education at different levels, including student, school, system, and societal levels  In the 2018 conference, I look forward to presentations and discussions of measurement and data construction methodologies, approaches for developing and evaluating programs, statistical models, and qualitative and multiple methodologies that help provide insights and inform decisions about public education. I join AERA President Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Program Co-Chairs Carla O’Connor and Suzanne Wilson in inviting you to volunteer to serve as a reviewer, discussant, or session chair. 

Each year the Executive Committee of Division D holds an in-person meeting at the annual meeting to discuss how each of the Division’s activities are going and how we can make improvements. At last year’s Executive Committee meeting, we decided to engage in activities that would enhance our communication and help serve the membership better. One of the major things we implemented at the 2017 Annual Meeting was daily email blasts to inform the membership about highlighted sessions and events and help them get the most out of their conference participation. I want to thank the Communications Committee, a sub-committee of the Membership Committee, for implementing this communication strategy during the conference.  We received numerous emails thanking the Division for this service, indicating what a great success this initiative was.

We are in the process of making other changes. These are related to the format for the Business Luncheon Meeting, changes to the Dissertation Award, and the structure of the Division D section.


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