Message from SIG Chair
SIG Chair

2018 Farewell Letter

Dear AERA Educational Change SIG Members,

Our three-year terms (2015-2018) are officially ending at the conclusion of the 2018 AERA annual meeting. We thank you for your ongoing membership, support, and active service in all aspects of SIG’s work.

The state of our SIG is strong. The SIG membership remains stable, dues unchanged, and our fiscal picture leaves new officers with a great start. Due to the SIG’s visibility and active membership, we have experienced a surge of proposals for the annual meeting sessions, each year breaking new records.

Services and opportunities we continued...

We inherited a vibrant SIG, and have, in that spirit, continued four long-standing traditions: monthly listserv announcements, awards, Lead the Change series, and our SIG website.

  • Listserv announcements. As you are reading this, you have come to count on our monthly listserv announcements to keep you up-to-date on all SIG-related business and opportunities offered through our members.
  • Awards. We have continued to give annual graduate student and emerging leader awards, and have benefited from a continued commitment by you to serve on the Awards Committee, selecting annual winners in recognition of scholars in the educational change field.
  • Lead the Change Series. We are also proud that our Lead the Change series continues, now in its 81st issue! It has become not only a staple for our members but also continues to be syndicated through our International Education News partner and shared globally.
  • Website. And, our website remains a hub for SIG news, announcements, series archived issues, awards, and membership information.

Services and opportunities we introduced...

Based on the SIG members’ annual survey feedback, we have launched several additional services to deepen membership connections and supports. They are:

  • Social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, including monthly Twitter chats. We have grown to 163 likes on Facebook and 374 followers on Twitter. We have used social media to announce SIG news and Lead the Change issues, as well as to lift up members' work, pass on various calls and professional development opportunities, and engage in a dialogue on educational change.
  • Mentoring program. Now in year 3, our mentoring program pairs established and emerging leaders in the field, offering mentors and mentees opportunities to connect both virtually and in person. Thus far, 26 mentoring partners have gone through the program.
  • Informal partnerships. We have formed informal partnerships with the Educational Research for Policy and Practice Journal, Journal of Educational Change, The Journal of Professional Capital and Community, School Leadership & Management Journal, International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, and International Education News. These partners have created opportunities for our SIG members to share their scholarship in diverse ways.
  • Prizes. We have also added an interactive component in our business meeting--book drawings. Thanks to dozens of you who have donated your recently published books, we have been able to engage in annual fun give-aways that have enabled members to access scholarship of colleagues. And, did we also mentioned our magnets and tote bag SIG swag?!

Member Collaboration...

In addition to various special issues published by our SIG members across peer-review journals, our members have published, Future Directions of Educational Change (Routledge, 2018). We are very excited to be collaborating with SIG members on the third ‘Lead the Change’ book, details of which we will share with you throughout the upcoming year. The book will feature scholars who were interviewed in the last three years with a focus on some of the key issues that emerged through the Lead the Change analysis presented at the 2017 AERA meeting in San Antonio.

The work during the last three years entailed ongoing officer meetings to make sure we provide the best service for the members of the Educational Change SIG, planning the business meeting at the annual AERA gatherings, continuing existing services and introducing new opportunities, driven by our collective motivation to keep the SIG as a dynamic and grownig interdisciplinary and international community that addresses many aspects of educational change.

We are thrilled to have had a chance to contribute to the thriving community of the Educational Change SIG, and we look forward to watching the SIG continue to grow as a diverse, global community of committed scholars for educational change.

With gratitude,

Dr. Helen Janc Malone


Dr. Kristin Kew

Program Chair

Dr. Deidre Le Fevre


Osnat Fellus

Website Manager/Lead the Change Editor

2017-18 Letter

Dear AERA Educational Change SIG Members,

Thank you to all who attended our business meeting - we had 100 people in the room! Thank you to Dr. Dennis Shirley and the Journal of Educational Change for sponsoring the  reception, Dr. Carol Campbell for her keynote address, and Dr. Alma Harris for her discussant remarks. We networked, learned together, and several lucky members walked away with prizes. To see the highlights, follow us on Twitter @EdChangeSIG

Each year the SIG honors two award winners, an emerging scholar award, and a graduate student award (rotating between research and travel awards). We had strong candidates this year, and the winners are: Emerging Scholar Award - Dr. Jennie Weiner, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut; and, Graduate Student Research Award - Meixi, Doctoral Student, University of Washington. Thank you to our Awards Committee on its service: Drs. Na Mi Bang (Univ. of Central Arkansas); Jeff Blacklock (Midwestern State Univ.), Alma Harris (Univ. of Bath), and Emily Klein (Montclair State Univ.). 

We had a record-breaking number of submissions this year, and thank dozens of presenters, chairs, and discussants who held high-quality [and well-attended] sessions. The 2018 AERA theme is "The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education." The meeting will be held in New York City, April 13-17, 2018. The proposal window opens in June. Let's keep breaking our submission records!

As I enter the last year of service to the SIG, I  thank you for all your support and engagement, and encourage you to consider running for office. We are looking for the following elected positions (3-year term): Chair; Program Chair; and Secretary/Treasurer. Look to our September issue for all the details and the nomination form. Please note that appointed positions for web management, Lead the Change Series editor, and social media will also be available at the discretion of new officers.

Looking to 2017-18 AERA year, I am excited to continue our mentoring and awards programs, continue to grow our social media visibility, and to extend diverse professional development and knowledge sharing opportunities to all of you. We are on our 70th issue of Lead the Change, and have a fantastic line-up for the incoming year, as well as the second book based on the series, available in Sept. 2017 through Routledge, Future Directions for Educational Change. The first one was published through Teachers College Press, Leading Educational Change

See you in New York City for the annual meeting 2018!

Warm regards,

Dr. Helen Janc Malone
AERA Educational Change SIG Chair

2016-17 Letter

Dear AERA Educational Change SIG Members,

What an exciting 2015-16 AERA year it has been! We expanded our presence by launching on social media (62 Facebook followers and 127 Twitter followers and growing). We piloted a successful mentoring program for graduate students and emerging scholars, which we are bringing back this year; continued our awards programs; and launched Twitter chats to lift up our members' work. We expanded our partnerships with ICSEI, the Journal of Professional Capital and Community, and internationalednews.com, opportunities that have and continue to support the scholarship of our members. And, our Lead the Change Series continues strong with 60+ issues. We are near 270 members strong from over 25 countries across six continents. Hope you will continue to be a part of our growing global community and encourage others in your networks to join us. Here is to another amazing year! See you in San Antonio! 

Warm regards,

Dr. Helen Janc Malone
AERA Educational Change SIG Chair

2015-16 Letter

Dear AERA Educational Change SIG Members,

The Educational Change SIG epitomizes AERA’s mission to “promote research to improve education and to serve the public good.” Our SIG is particularly poised to make a significant contribution during the AERA 2016 centennial year, given the theme of public scholarship that speaks to global contexts and “education in diverse democracies.” The scholarship of our SIG members addresses the complexities of leading change and fosters continuous inquiry and collective problem solving within and beyond the education enterprise.

As SIG members, you will continue to receive our regular newsletter, Lead the Change, which has inspired the volume Leading Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges and Lessons on Whole System Reform (Teachers College Press in 2013). The Series was born out of a desire to offer a meaningful resource to the SIG that highlights the scholarship of our members. Going forward, the Series will continue to bring diverse voices from all corners of the globe, invite inter-disciplinary perspectives, and introduce a deeper dialogue on salient issues in our field.

In addition to the Series, awards, and the national meeting, we will expand this summer into digital platforms, introduce new peer sharing opportunities, and elevate your work through diverse arenas.

I thank Dr. Dennis Shirley for his leadership over the past three years and the dedication and tremendous contributions by Dr. Kristin Kew, Dr. Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, and Osnat Fellus. I am honored to serve as your Chair for the next three years, alongside my fellow officers, Drs. Corrie Stone-Johnson (Program Chair) and Deidre LeFevre (Secretary/Treasurer), and look forward to our growing partnership.

Warm regards,

Dr. Helen Janc Malone
AERA Educational Change SIG Chair

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