AERA to Live-Stream 15 Annual Meeting Sessions

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AERA to Live-stream 15 Annual Meeting Sessions

Washington, D.C., April 10, 2018 – The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced that it is live-streaming 15 sessions at its 2018 Annual Meeting in New York City, April 13 - 17. The free live-streamed sessions will feature prominent scholars and policy experts speaking on key issues, including research on gun violence and its implications for schools and communities, sexual harassment in the academy, school segregation, the role of public education in addressing racial injustice, and the rise of nonprofit education journalism, among others. 

Live-stream registration is open. Follow the live conversation on Twitter using the session hashtags and #AERA18.

Live-streamed Sessions, Listed Chronologically:
All times are Eastern Time

Town Hall Forum on Research on Gun Violence and Implications for Schools and Communities

Friday, April 13, 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. ET

Session Hashtag: #AERAGunViolenceRsch

At a time when gun violence, on average, takes the lives of 100 people and injures hundreds more in the United States every day, credible, scientific research has never been more important to our understanding of what works to prevent gun violence. The speakers will also discuss the implications of gun violence research on schools and communities.

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Opening Plenary: "Imagining Radically, Practicing Hope: How Public Education Could Disrupt Racial Injustice"

Friday, April 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  ET

Session Hashtag: #AERAOpening

The opening plenary session, titled “Imagining Radically, Practicing Hope: How Public Education Could Disrupt Racial Injustice,” will be an enriching discussion featuring a panel of educators, researchers, activists, and historians who will launch our collective conversation about public education, its central role in our struggle for justice, and the lessons we must learn from those who came before us.

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Revisiting the Bilingual Education Act of 1968: The Necessity and Possibilities of Language and Culture in Public Schools

Saturday, April 14, 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. ET

The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Bilingual Education Act (BEA). Passed in 1968, the BEA was initiated in response to the high dropout rate of low-income Spanish speaking students learning English as a second language. A half century later, language minority students still suffer under pervasive inequities in public education that warrant immediate redress. 

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Communicating Research and Engaging Public and Policy Audiences—The Story of Doing So

Saturday, April 14, 10:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. ET

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AERA Distinguished Lecture: William T. Trent, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Interrogating Segregation, its Complexities and Consequences for Public Education"

Saturday, April 14, 12:25 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. ET
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“Me Too”- A Town Hall Meeting on Transforming a Culture of Sexual Exploitation and Harassment in the Academy and Scholarly Professions

Saturday, April 14, 4:05 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. ET

Session Hashtag: #AERAMeToo

This forum speaks to contemporary concerns about the ways in which power differentials and dominant social norms and practices have led to sexual harassment, abuse, and intimidation in scientific and academic workplaces.

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Social Justice in Education Award Lecture: Sylvia Hurtado, University of California - Los Angeles

Saturday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Session Hashtag: #AERASJ 

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AERA Awards Luncheon

Sunday, April 15, 12:25 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. ET

Session Hashtag: #AERAAwards

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Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award Address: Henry M. Levin, Columbia University

"Cost-Effectiveness in Education - Mysteries and Revelations."

Sunday, April 15, 10:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. ET

Session Hashtag: #AERAContributions

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The Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture: Linda Tuhiwai Smith, The University of Waikato

"From Dream to Possibility to Reality - On Becoming and Being an Indigenous Educational Researcher"

Sunday, April 15, 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET

Session Hashtag: #AERAWallace

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AERA Presidential Address

"Just Dreams and Imperatives: The Power of Teaching in the Struggle for Public Education"

Sunday, April 15, 4:35 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. ET

Session Hashtag: #AERAPres

AERA President Deborah Loewenberg Ball will give the 2018 Presidential Address, titled “Just Dreams and Imperatives: The Power of Teaching in the Struggle for Public Education.” Working to make teaching a force that can regularly disrupt the injustices that persist in, and through, teaching practice requires facing and managing tensions between constraint and discretion, as well as between professional boundaries and autonomy. 

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School Segregation, Desegregation, Resegregation, and Integration: Documenting and Troubling a Dream Deferred

Monday, April 16, 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. ET

Sixty-four years post the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, racially integrated schools remain an elusive dream. This session interrogates the elusiveness and assumptions of this dream by documenting and troubling the persistence, evolution, and effects of school segregation as well as the prospect, character, and (un)realized promises of integrated schools. Full Session Details

AERA Distinguished Public Service Award (2017) Lecture: Michael W. Kirst, Stanford University

"Public Policy Impact of Education Research : A 54 Year Career Perspective"

Monday, April 16, 10:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. ET

Session Hashtag: #AERAServe

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The Rise of Nonprofit Education Journalism and What It Means for Education Researchers

Monday, April 16, 12:25 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. ET

 As the news media industry has undergone profound change, a positive development amid the disruption has been the growth in philanthropy-supported news outlets, including those that specialize in education coverage.

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Growing Up Divided

Monday, April 16, 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. ET

This symposium examines how students in the divided societies of Northern Ireland (NI), South Africa (SA), and the United States (US) develop as democratic citizens and civic actors, the role secondary schools play in their development, and the ways young people who live on different sides of societal divides navigate division.

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