2012 AERA News Releases
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2012 AERA News Releases
 
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American Educational Research Association Joins in the Call for More Effective Prevention of Violence
December 2012 - AERA joined well over 200 prevention scholars and practitioners and over 100 endorsing organizations in issuing a Call for More Effective Prevention of Violence. Read more

Joint Statement on the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School
December 2012 - AERA extends its profound sympathy to the families, friends, and community of Newtown, Connecticut in the wake of the senseless killings of 20 young children and six educators committed to supporting and nurturing children's lives. Read more

The Unintended Consequences of an Algebra-for-All Policy
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis just published online “The Unintended Consequences of an Algebra-for-All Policy on High-Skill Students: Effects on Instructional Organization and Students’ Academic Outcomes.” Read more

AERA Joins CNSF Associations in Support of NSF Funding Integrity
July 2012/ Highlights - In response to action in the U.S. House of Representatives, AERA and other scientific societies have sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging that funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its political science program be maintained. Read more

AERA Joins the Scholars at Risk Network
August 2012 / AERA, a founding member of the Human Rights Coalition led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has expanded its presence in the human rights arena.  

AERA Nominating Committee
May 2012/ Highlights - The AERA Nominating Committee has issued a call for recommendations of prospective nominees for the 2013 AERA elections.

AERA Joins Research Leaders
June 2012/ Highlights  - 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

Scholarly Societies Comment on Next Generation Science Standards
June 2012/ Highlights - 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. 


Incoming Editors Announce Vision for ER Editorship
July 2012/ Highlights - The incoming editors of Educational Researcher have announced their vision for the journal under their editorship.  Read published editorial and view the online video. 


AERA Exhibits at NICHD 50th ANniversary Event on Capitol Hill 
July 12, 2012 - Jacquelynne Eccles, research scientist and professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, represented AERA as she showcased her research at the 50th anniversary exhibit of the Friends of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (FNICHD).  


AERA Nominating Committee Seeks Recommendations
May 2012/Highlights - The AERA Nominating Committee has issued a call for recommendations of prospective nominees for the 2013 AERA elections.  


AERA Joins Efforts to Protect NSF Peer Review

June 2012 - 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.  


CNSF Calls Upon Senate to Support NSF
June 13, 2013/ News - AERA signs on to CNSF letter in effort to protect the integrity of merit review and resist attack on Political Science. 

WERA 2012 Call for Submissions 
May 2012 - The Deadline is June 30, for the Upcoming Meeting in Sydney, Australia

AERA Partners with Penn, Education Writers Association

May 17-19, 2012 - In an innovative partnership, three education organizations joined forces to extend communications about education and education research in the national media. 

NSF Announces REESE Call: July 17 Deadline 
The National Science Foundation has released its solicitation for the Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE) program, with a submission deadline of July 17 this year.   

NSF Seeks Proposals for Data-Intensive Research 
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a grant program to enable the creation of new, large-scale data resources and relevant analytic techniques. The new program, Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and in Education and Human Resources (BCC-SBE/EHR), seeks proposals by May 22.  

AERA Protects NSF peer review in face of House actions targeting political science
May 17, 2012 

Raudenbush Elected to National Academy of Sciences 
May 11,  2012 

AERA Exhibits at Science & Engineering Festival 
April 28-29, 2012 - AERA joined numerous scientific, academic, and research organizations that provided over  3,000 exhibits at the 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival, in Washington, D.C. 

AERA Comments on NAEP Background Questions 
April 2012 - AERA has submitted comments to the National Assessments Governing Board (NAGB) on a proposal to review and revise the background questions on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP).

AERA to File Amicus Brief 
April 2012 - AERA will file an amicus curiae brief in Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin, a key Supreme Court case with major implications for race-conscious admissions policies in higher education. 

Education Research Service Projects 
WASHINGTON, APRIL 13, 2012– AERA has launched the Education Research Service Projects (ERSP), a new initiative to encourage education researchers to offer their pro bono expertise to educational organizations, institutions, or other community groups in areas where research can make a difference. The program seeks to connect research with education needs in local communities and to engender a culture of service. 

Tierney Assumes AERA Presidency 
April 2012 - William G. Tierney, University of Southern California (USC) professor of higher education and director of the USC Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, initiated his term as AERA president at the close of the 2012 AERA Annual Meeting. 

AERA Honors Education Research Scholars at 93rd Annual Meeting 
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2012– Guadalupe Valdés, linguistics scholar and expert on Spanish-English bilingualism, will receive the Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Valdés is the Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education at Stanford University.

Top Science Policy Officials Join Leading Researchers on the Challenges and Opportunities for Producing Essential Knowledge  
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2012–Key science and research policy officials at U.S. federal agencies will speak on the current research policies and priorities at the upcoming 2012 AERA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada from April 13-17. The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of experts in the field and features the latest news in education research.

New Research Speaks to Education Challenges 
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2012– Education research experts will unveil findings critical to the future of education at the upcoming AERA 2012 Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of education research experts in the world. More than 13,000 participants from over 60 countries plan to attend the meeting from April 13 through 17 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Researchers will present their latest findings in more than 2,400 sessions, invited lectures, and other events.
 
AERA Testifies on FY2013 NSF Budget 
On March 22, AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. Her testimony supported the proposed FY 2013 budget for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). As proposed, EHR would receive $875.6 million in FY 2013, an increase of $46.6 million, or 5.6%, over the FY 2012 appropriation.

AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine Testifies On FY 2013 NSF Budget at House Subcommittee Hearing 
WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012–AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies today. Her testimony supported the proposed FY 2013 budget for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). As proposed, EHR would receive $875.6 million in FY 2013, an increase of $46.6 million, or 5.6 percent, over the FY 2012 appropriations. Access full AERA written testimony.

The Latest Education Research Findsings to be Presented at the 2012 AERA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada from April 13 - 17, 2012 
WASHINGTON, DC, March 19, 2012–In a salute to the international nature of education research, the American Education Research Association (AERA) will hold its 93rd Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of experts in the field and features the latest news and discoveries from scholarly and scientific education research. More than 13,000 education researchers from over 60 countries are expected to attend this meeting. Researchers will present their latest findings in more than 2,400 sessions, invited lectures, and other events. 

Barbara Schneider Voted President-Elect of the American Education Research Association 
WASHINGTON, DC, March 5, 2012– Barbara Schneider, John A. Hannah Chair and University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Department of Sociology at Michigan State University, has been voted president-elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her term as president starts at the conclusion of the 2013 Annual Meeting, after one year of service as president-elect.

AERA Honors 2012 Fellows for Outstanding Education Research 
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 5, 2012 – The American Educational Research Association (AERA) announces the selection of 36 scholars to be AERA Fellows in recognition of their exceptional scientific or scholarly contributions to education research or significant contributions to the field through the development of research opportunities and settings.

2013 AERA Annual Meeting Relocates from Atlanta to San Francisco 
WASHINGTON, February 24, 2012—The 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association will be held in San Francisco, California, Saturday, April 27 through Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Educational Attainment Statstics Along With Other Products  
On February 23, the U.S. Census Bureau released five new education statistical products, including “Educational Attainment in the United States: 2011,” a collection of national-level tables from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). Also released was “Educational Attainment in the United States: 2009,” a report showing monthly employment rates by educational attainment from January 2008 to December 2010, along with other information on education from the American Community Survey (ACS), the CPS ASEC, and the monthly Current Population Survey.   

American Educational Research Association Responds to Suspension of Mexican American Studies in Tucson 
WASHINGTON, February 23, 2012—The Council of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) unanimously issued two resolutions at its February meeting in response to the suspension of the Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District No. 1 (TUSD). The resolutions addressed specifically the suspension of such courses and urged also the repeal of Arizona HB2281, which amended the Arizona Revised Statutes Relating to School Curriculum and led to the questioning of such courses.

President Obama's Budget Requests for Education and Related Research 
On February 13, President Obama sent his budget plan to Congress. In the days following, each federal agency held briefings with interested members of the public, primarily representatives of associations, to explain and justify the requests. 
 
PCAST Report Recommends Action to Increase Number of STEM Graduates  
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report on February 7 with five recommendations to President Obama to increase the number of STEM graduates by one million in the next decade to meet projected employment needs. These graduates would fill not only traditional STEM jobs but also “STEM-capable” jobs, or non-STEM positions that require STEM skills.  

NCES Releases Second Version of Common Education Data Standards  
On January 31, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the second version of its Common Education Data Standards, better known as CEDS. 

STEM Education in the Federal Government: Is There Overlap Among Programs? 
Many federally funded STEM programs overlap, and few efforts are made to coordinate and evaluate program activities, according to a report released in January by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). 

PCAST Report Recommends Action to Increase Number of STEM Graduates  
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report on February 7 with five recommendations to President Obama to increase the number of STEM graduates by one million in the next decade to meet projected employment needs. These graduates would fill not only traditional STEM jobs but also “STEM-capable” jobs, or non-STEM positions that require STEM skills. 

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 Released by National Science Board  
Last month, the National Science Board released Science and Engineering Indicators 2012, examining the state of science and engineering activities around the world. Using indicators such as number of academic degrees conferred, research published, inventions patented, and employment turnover, the report seeks to provide an understanding of trends in educational achievement, in research and development, and in state and regional economic development.  

 
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