AERA Insider - April 21, 2017
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AERA17 Insider
April 2017

Each year, the AERA Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of education researchers and a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative studies in an array of areas. It is where to encounter ideas and data that will shape education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the United States and around the world. Leading up to the 2017 Annual Meeting, AERA17 Insider will provide a periodic glance at meeting highlights and features. Join us April 27–May 1 for five rewarding days of ideas, engagement, networking, and professional advancement.
In this Issue:

Opening Plenary on Higher Education Challenges
Join Us for AERA Fiesta!
Annual Meeting at Your Fingertips
Attend the Annual Meeting Virtually
Honoring Lives and Legacies
Awards Ceremony Luncheon
Advance Your Skills On-Site and Online
The Off-Site Experience
Connect With Exhibitors
Thursday, April 27 – Monday, May 1, 2017

About the Theme
The theme of the Annual Meeting is framed around historical and contemporary discussions about unequal educational opportunity, as they relate to four critical dimensions. Read more
2017 Annual Meeting Sponsors
AERA would like to extend a special thank you to our 2017 sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors

- American Institutes for Research
- Routledge

Gold Sponsor
- SAGE Publishing

Bronze Sponsors
- AccessLex
- National Institute of Education, Singapore
- NORC at the University of Chicago

Reception Sponsor

Opening Plenary on Higher Education Challenges
Annual Meeting Kicks Off with Highly Engaging Session

The 2017 Annual Meeting will formally begin with an opening plenary of three university leaders discussing the premises and purposes of higher education during these challenging times. On campuses across the United States and worldwide, there are growing concerns about equity, justice, and civility that reflect broader societal tensions.

Cynthia Teniente-Matson, president of Texas A&M University San Antonio; Michael A. Olivas, interim president of the University of Houston; and Jonathan D. Jansen, the former vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State in South Africa will address the many challenges and complexities facing higher education in a world that is increasingly facing racial, social, and political divisions.

Session Details
Opening Plenary: “The Challenges of Higher Education in a Diverse and Divergent World”
Thursday, April 27, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center,
Ballroom Level, Stars at Night Ballroom 1
Session Hashtag: #AERAOpening
Link to Session

Join Us for AERA Fiesta!
Opening Night Celebration Is a Must Attend

Immediately following the Opening Plenary, stay for AERA Fiesta!, a celebratory and festive party for all AERA registrants and special invited guests. Meet your colleagues and enjoy live music and good food, as we kick off the 2017 Annual Meeting in grand style.

Session Details
AERA Fiesta!
Thursday, April 27, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center,
River Level, The Grotto

Annual Meeting at Your Fingertips
Download the AERA Annual Meeting Mobile App

The AERA Annual Meeting mobile app is ready for downloading. The 2017 app will keep your day much more structured all from the palm of your hand. With the app, you will be able to add sessions to your schedule and sync between your multiple devices; search speakers; stay up-to-date with real time alerts; and engage through social media. Download the app by searching your app store for “AERA Meetings.” Once you have installed the app, select the 2017 Annual Meeting program and click “download.”

Click here for more details.

Attend the Annual Meeting Virtually
Find Out Which Annual Meeting Sessions Will Be Live-Streamed

If you are unable to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio or are simply trying to be in two places at once, take advantage of free live-streamed sessions. The number has doubled this year to 31. Register here.

Honoring Lives and Legacies
Memorial Sessions Held for Leading Scholars

As a tribute to their lives and contributions to the field of education research, memorial sessions for David Krathwohl, Donald H. Layton, Sam Stringfield, David Tyack, and Claire Ellen Weinstein will be held at the 2017 Annual Meeting. View more details about these sessions here.

Awards Ceremony Luncheon
Honoring Excellence in Education Research

The fifth annual AERA Awards Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 29. The luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the field of education research and the accomplishments of AERA-wide awardees and those who receive special citations. Tickets are still available for the luncheon and can be purchased online at “My AERA” by all Annual Meeting attendees while seats remain. Free tickets are available to attendees who bring their own lunches. Go to “My AERA” to reserve.

Session Details
Saturday, April 29, 12:25 to 2:25 pm 
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom Level, Stars at Night Ballroom 1
Session Hashtag: #AERAAwards
Link to Session

Advance Your Skills On-Site and Online
Professional Development Courses Open for Registration

Annual Meeting attendees can take advantage of a rich program of extended and mini professional development courses. This year’s 27-course lineup provides ample opportunities for attendees to train in research methods and skills, discover specialized research disciplines, address professional development issues, and much more.

Three courses will be live-streamed through the AERA Virtual Research Learning Center.

To view more information about the professional development courses at the Annual Meeting, click here.

The Off-Site Experience
Registration Open for Off-Site Tours

Make the most of your trip to San Antonio and sign up now for one or more of four off-site visits exploring the best of the city’s culture and history. Space is limited for these tours, and interested attendees are encouraged to register in advance. If you are a registered participant wishing to add courses, off-site visits, or tours, you can log in to add events to your registration.

Connect With Exhibitors
Come Visit Our Exhibitors

Visit the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Exhibition Hall Friday through Sunday (April 28–30) to meet exhibitors. Visit top publishers, research companies on the rise, technology companies, and many more.

Enter to Win

If you visit at least 10 different exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall during the meeting, you will be entered for a daily chance to win an iPad or a trip to the 2018 Annual Meeting in New York (registration, hotel, and air fare included).


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2017 Annual Meeting
"Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity"
Thursday, April 27 - Monday, May 1, 2017
San Antonio, Texas
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