Press Information and Registration
Meeting Overview, Policies, and Registration Details for Journalists

About the Annual Meeting

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas -- from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy. It is where to encounter ideas and data that will shape tomorrow's education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the U.S. and around the world. 

The 2015 Annual Meeting, with an expected attendance of more than 14,000, will feature over 2,600 sessions.

2015 Annual Meeting Theme

The 2015 Annual Meeting theme is intended to focus our attention on justice—locally as well as globally—in a spirit of mutually respectful collaborative engagement with our disciplines and modes of inquiry in the context of the world around us. The aim is to make room for democratized knowledge and knowledge production in which the experiences of all people are shaped by principles and practices of justice. When we do so, our scholarly interests can align more closely with the interests of justice for those who have been and are educationally marginalized, dispossessed, and excluded. Read more  


Thursday, April 16 – Monday, April 20, 2015
Chicago, IL

Annual Meeting sessions will be held Thursday, April 16 – Monday, April 20 in five headquarter hotels. The hotels are the Fairmont Chicago, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Marriott Magnificent Mile Chicago, Sheraton Chicago, and Swissotel Chicago. AERA will not be using the convention center.

Media Registration

Please complete this Press Registration Form. If you do not hear from us within two business days, please contact AERA Communications Director Tony Pals (, office: (202) 238-3235, cell: (202) 288-9333), or AERA Communications Associate Bridget Jameson (, office: (202) 238-3233, cell: (651) 428-9443). 


Make your hotel reservation online. A room block has been reserved for the press and can be accessed through this customized press housing link only. 

For assistance with housing, please contact housing customer service at (800) 262-9974 or by email at, and indicate that you are a member of the press.  

Schedule of Events

  • Scroll through Key Sessions here
  • Browse or search the complete online program here (program available late-February).
    The online program can be searched by:
    o   Individual presenter/participant’s name or affiliation
    o   Session title/topic
    o   Paper title/topic

Research Paper Abstracts

Links to abstracts for research papers are available in the online program (program available late-February). By accessing the schedule, you acknowledge that the contents of the abstracts are subject to AERA’s embargo policy (see below).

Not Sure Which Sessions to Attend? 

AERA is happy to provide recommendations on Annual Meeting sessions and point you to research papers, based on your interests. Please contact AERA Communications Director Tony Pals (, office: (202) 238-3235 , cell: (202) 288-9333), or AERA Communications Associate Bridget Jameson (, office: (202) 238-3233, cell: (651) 428-9443). 

Embargo Policy

Contents of research papers being presented at the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting are embargoed until date and time of presentation, unless otherwise specified.

Social Media

Social Media: The hashtag for the 2015 Annual Meeting is #AERA15. Please follow AERA on Facebook and Twitter

Press Badges and Press Room

Badges must be picked up on site in the press room – Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Drive), East Tower – Blue Level, Skyway 273. This location has been updated.

Press Room Hours 

Thursday, April 16 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday, April 17 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, April 18 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday, April 19 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Monday, April 20 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Press Contacts

  • AERA Communications Director Tony Pals,, office: (202) 238-3235, cell: (202) 288-9333
  • AERA Communications Associate Bridget Jameson,, office: (202) 238-3233, cell: (651) 428-9443

About AERA

AERA is the largest national professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.
AERA Fact Sheet (PDF)

Media Contacts
Tony Pals, director of communications, (202) 238-3235, cell: (202) 288-9333

Bridget Jameson, communications associate, (202) 238-3233, cell: (651) 428-9443
Media Registration
Please complete this 
Press Registration Form.

If you do not hear from us within two business days, please contact: or

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