The landscape of education politics and policy continues to evolve, as does the research that informs so many of the major policy questions of local, national and international concern. The membership of Division L is at the forefront of this important work. The Division supports research through mentoring, networking, dialogue, recognition, and dissemination.
This year, the Division supported its mentoring mission with a new session held during AERA. Kara Finnigan, from the University of Rochester, Division L chair for Mentoring and Membership , held a junior faculty mentoring session, where junior faculty were matched with more senior faculty based on mutual research interests.
To mentor graduate students, the Division is actively involved in the David Clark seminar and other graduate student initiatives. Our graduate student representatives, Nadine Hylton, at the University of Rochester and Marialena Rivera, University of California, Berkeley are developing our social media presence to increase opportunities for interaction and dissemination. Jennifer King Rice, from the University of Maryland will be spearheading Division L’s involvement at the Clark Seminar.
We continue to focus efforts on creating opportunities for networking and dialogue across communities of researchers, policymakers and practitioners. We will once again host Policymakers at the Conference during AERA in Chicago. We will capitalize on the unique policy environment and challenges in Chicago as Mark Smylie and Ben Superfine, from University of Illinois, Chicago, work to organize the one-day mini-conference where policymakers attend sessions and meet with researchers around specific topics and themes.
As we plan for the AERA conference, Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, from the Virginia Commonwealth University, has been working tirelessly with her program chairs to develop an exciting and impactful program. The program will directly engage the conference theme.
Stay-tuned to learn more about highlighted sessions and important research presentations. I thank all those who volunteered and reviewed proposals. Lastly, please nominate your colleagues for the Division awards to support our mission of recognizing outstanding contributions to the field.
I am grateful for the active engagement of the Division membership.