AERA Highlights
June 2012

AERA Speaks Out

Four Scholarly Societies in Social and Behavioral Sciences Comment on Next Generation Science Standards
This month AERA, in collaboration with the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Research in Child Development, submitted a joint statement responding to a call from Achieve for comments on the first draft of its Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for K–12 education. Read more

AERA Joins Science Associations in Efforts to Ensure Government Employees' Ability to Attend Meetings and Conferences
AERA, along with over 50 other associations in science, engineering, and higher education, has signed letters to both houses of Congress protesting recent amendments that could restrict the number of conferences that government employees can attend. Read more

AERA Joins Efforts to Protect NSF Peer Review in Face of Congressional Actions Targeting Political Science
On May 17, on behalf of AERA and other member organizations the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) urged the Senate not to act on a provision similar to one that recently passed the House of Representatives, prohibiting funding for the National Science Foundation’s Political Science Program. Read more


AERA Joins Research Leaders in Enhancing Diversity in Science
On May 24, more than 100 persons from research and scientific associations, federal agencies, private foundations, and colleges and universities convened for a workshop to examine ways to improve diversity in science fields. Read more

AERA Partners With Penn, Education Writers Association
In an innovative partnership, three education organizations joined forces to extend communications about education and education research in the national media. AERA collaborated with the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education to cohost the 65th National Seminar of the Education Writers Association (EWA). Read more

AERA-IEL Educational Policy Forum Focuses on Role of State Boards of Education
AERA, in conjunction with the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), hosted a discussion with the new executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), Jim Kohlmoos. Read more

AERA Publications News

AERA Recognizes 2011 Outstanding Reviewers
Editors of AERA journals have named 52 scholars as Outstanding Reviewers for 2011, recognizing individuals who rendered outstanding professional service to the journals, to AERA, and to education research. Read more

Summary of AERA Journal Operations, 2011
The American Educational Research Association publishes five peer-reviewed journals and the peer-reviewed annual Review of Research in Education (RRE), together covering a range of topics in education research. Read more

Research News

NRC Report Explores Benefits of Discipline-Based Education Research for Undergraduate Learning in Science and Engineering
On May 21, the National Research Council released Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering, a report that provides a synthesis of current education research in physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, the geosciences, and astronomy and examines its influence on teaching and learning in those fields. Read more

NCES Releases The Condition of Education 2012
Last month the National Center for Education Statistics released the annual Condition of Education report. Read more

AERA Opportunities

AERA Grants Program Call for Research and Dissertation Grant Proposals
The AERA Grants Program is currently accepting proposals for research grants and dissertation grants. The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other federal agencies. Read more

Call for 2013 AERA Fellows
Deadline October 4

AERA is pleased to announce the call for nominations for 2013 AERA Fellows. Now in its seventh year, the AERA Fellows Program honors education researchers for their exceptional contributions to, and excellence in, education research. Read more

AERA Research Conferences Call for Proposals
Deadline September 13
The AERA Education Research Conferences Program invites proposals for conferences that advance education research studies of the highest quality. Read more

Funding Opportunity

NSF Seeks AISL Proposals
Final Deadline January 14, 2013

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a solicitation for the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program, aimed to support the research and development of creative and informal methods of promoting learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Read more

AERA Council Minutes

February 5-7, 2012. Read

AERA Highlights is published by the American Educational Research Association monthly in order to inform members and others interested in education research about the latest news and developments in AERA and in the field.
Editor: Felice J. Levine
Managing Editor: Todd Reitzel
Contributors: Lucy Cunningham, Christina Farhart, Heather Gregory, Felice Levine, Todd Reitzel, Alana Schwartz, Christy Talbot, Alicia Torres


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