Why join us? 

  • serve as a peer reviewer, discussant, and/or Chair at our annual sessions;
  • engage in an active discussion on key educational change issues during the business session at the AERA's annual meeting;
  • apply for our Emerging Scholar Award, Outstanding Grad Student Research Award or the Graduate Student Travel Award;
  • receive a monthly e-newsletter, Lead the Change, which illuminates the scholarly work of our members, and be featured in it yourself;
  • become an officer;
  • respond to calls for monographs in the field's academic journals and books;
  • share your publications, research, and professional opportunities with your peers;
  • network with researchers from across the country and globe;
  • be up-to-date on the latest educational change news via @EdChangeSIG and our Facebook page
  • serve as a mentor to other scholar.
Annual dues to the Educational Change SIG are $12 for regular members and remain $7 for graduate students.

Be the 275th member, and we will feature you in Lead the Change Series!

Here is what our members have to say about the Educational Change SIG: 

The AERA SIG on Educational Change is the most exciting venue anywhere for those scholars who are seeking out forward-looking, international, and inspirational colleagues.  I've learned enormously from SIG members and encourage all AERA members who want a fabulous sense of community and true moral purpose to join the SIG immediately!

Dr. Dennis Shirley (former Educational Change SIG Chair)

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Educational Change

Professor, Lynch School of Education, Boston College (USA)


The Educational Change SIG has been crucial to my professional career. Thanks to it, I met and deepened connections with some of the most influential thinkers and doers in the Educational Change field, such as Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves, Viviane Robinson, Dennis Shirley, Carol Campbell, Pasi Sahlberg,  Amanda Datnow, and Beatriz Pont, among many others. Many of them have become close friends and mentors, and have supported in very concrete ways my professional growth and opportunities. Being a part of the Educational Change SIG has profoundly enhanced my experience of AERA. Most of the events I attend while at the conference are sponsored by this SIG - and they are almost invariably of very high quality!

Dr. Santiago Rincón-Gallardo (former Educational Change SIG Program Chair & Secretary/Treasurer)

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, OISE, University of Toronto & Chief Research Officer, Michael Fullan Enterprises, Inc. (Canada)



The SIG ensures that the latest research evidence is shared and affords scholars around the world who are focused on educational change a collective and powerful voice.

Dr. Alma Harris (former Educational Change SIG Chair)

Professor, University College London (UK)


The Educational Change SIG is a valuable community in which to network and learn from leading and emerging scholars on broad issues related to educational innovation and improvement. The SIG has been an important space for me to connect and extend my work on student diversity, secondary English curriculum change, and teacher agency into a broader conversation on educational policy, practice, and reform spanning myriad issues and contexts, from the local to the global. I have also benefitted from working in a leadership role in the SIG, as program chair from 2009-2012. Whether you are a seasoned or new scholar of education, you will find the Educational Change SIG to be a stimulating community in which you can collaborate with others toward improving the practice of education, both in the US and around the world.
Allison Skerrett (former Educational Change SIG Program Chair)
Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin (USA)


The SIG on Educational Change is a prime venue for dissemination of cutting edge ideas in educational reform. The wide international membership of the SIG provides an opportunity for rich dialogue about the successes and challenges of educational change efforts across the globe.

Dr. Amanda Datnow (former Educational Change SIG Chair)

Associate Dean and Faculty Equity Advisor

Professor, Dept. of Education Studies, University of California, San Diego (USA)


As an applied researcher working “in the field”, I struggled to find my intellectual home.  I found it in two places that have become the anchors for my professional work and safe places to learn and grow – the Educational Change SIG of AERA and "As an applied researcher working 'in the field,' I struggled to find my intellectual home. I found it in two places that have become the anchors for my professional work and safe places to learn and grow – the Educational Change SIG of AERA and ICSEI (the International Congress of School Effectiveness and School Improvement). Wonderful forums for discussion, support, laughter and professional camaraderie.

Dr. Lorna Earl 

Lorna Earl & Associates, President (Canada)


If one would like to be plugged into a network of global thought leaders in educational change, the AERA Educational Change SIG is where one would like to be. 

Dr. Pak Tee Ng

Head, PLS & Associate Dean, Leadership Learning, National Institute of Education (Singapore)


As a graduate student, it is easy to feel lost amid all the options that AERA offers. I am a member of several SIGs, but I am particularly thankful for the senior and emerging scholars in Educational Change who welcome those of us whose research interests are still developing. I attended my first SIG meeting in Chicago, where I found a home because I fit not only on the basis of conducting change-oriented and internationally focused research, but because nearly every member of that meeting approached me with a handshake, business card, and desire to collaborate.
Michael Thier (graduate student)
Educational Policy Improvement Center, Research and Policy Fellow; Center for Equity Promotion, Research assistant, University of Oregon (USA)

SIG Partners

The Journal of Educational Change is an international professionally refereed state-of-the-art scholarly journal reflecting the most important ideas and evidence of educational change. Key topics include educational innovation, reform and restructuring, school improvement and effectiveness, culture building, inspection, school review, and change management. Subscribe, submit, or become a reviewer!

The Journal of Professional Capital and Community is an international, professionally refereed, scholarly journal, reflecting the most important ideas and evidence of the nature and impact of interactions and relationships in the education profession, especially in the school sector. For the first time, in one single place of scholarly research and inquiry, this journal brings together the most influential leading thinkers and emerging scholars on professional cultures, communities and collegiality and how they all contribute to or impede the development of the professional capital in schools and school systems that enhances students’ learning, wellbeing, achievement and engagement.

The Educational Research for Policy and Practice (ERPP) is an international double-blind peer-refereed journal.  It aims to advance education research that links and has implications for educational policy and practice.  It welcomes high quality papers (conceptual, analytical or empirical; both quantitative and qualitative) which make an important and substantial contribution to educational policy and practice. 

International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) is an energetic global community bringing together policy makers, researchers and practitioners from over 80 countries in the ICSEI community to share cutting edge knowledge and powerful practice with a view to enabling education systems and schools to become learning organizations for the sake of better education for all., a twitter feed and blog to foster discussion of what's "new", what's "good" and what's "effective" from pre-kindergarten through secondary education outside the United States. Join the conversation on twitter and facebook and share the links with others who may be interested.

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