Message from the VP March 2013
Message from the VP March 2013

VP Announcements - March 2013

Here's the blast for March, 2013. Please attend to #1a- #1h below. Also, hightlights of the Division H program are in #2 below.

1. Division H Activities:

1a. Annual Breakfast and Business Meeting. As usual, we are pleading, cajoling, wheedling, and otherwise begging members (a) for contributions for the breakfast door prize drawings, and (b) to volunteer to help setting up and taking tickets at the door. We take anything from professional materials to food to useful objects such as umbrellas and flashlights. We would like commitments by the beginning of April. 

Donations can be send to: Ildi Laczko-Kerr, 1825 E. Northern Ave, Ste. #275, Phoenix AZ 85020. For additional information or to volunteer, please contact our Breakfast Chair, Ildi Laczko-Kerr,

1b. Early Career Mentoring Grants. Ipek Ozer, a doctoral candidate at Kent State University has completed her mentee experience at University of Iowa/ACT/Pearson. An article describing her experiences is attached. 

This year, again, we will award up to four Early Career Mentoring Awards. These will cover up to $1000 of expenses for a finishing graduate student or a first-job colleague to visit an established member of the profession for on-the-job exposure and assistance. You can choose your mentor, or we'll help you find one. Application forms will be available soon. For more information contact
Toni Stroter,

1c. Graduate Student Research Roundtables. We are still seeking graduate student applicants for the research roundtables that will happen as part of our Graduate Student Orientation/Early Career Mentoring session, Saturday, 10-12 (site to be determined). The goal is to discuss and get feedback on research-in-progress. Participating graduate students are eligible for a $50 expense reinbursement from Division H. For more information, please contact Marisa delCampo,

Note: All graduate student members of Division H who are presenting a paper in San Francisco are also eligible for a $50 expense reinbursement. We will have expense claim forms available at the Orientation session and various receptions.

1d. Publication Awards. Dale Whittington, Publication Awards Chair, is taking a survey of the membership to determine how well our current award structure is serving the membership. Please take a minute to take the survey at 

1e. Exhibits Booth. You'll see major modernization to the exhibits booth at the annual conference this year. Thanks to a generous contribution by Glynn Ligon, all publication award submissions will be available for electronic viewing on Cromebooks. We will also have a new banner and a continuous loop projection of Division H activities. The Division H booth is booth #117 in the Exhibits Hall in the Hilton, San Francisco. The exhibits hall is open Sunday through Tuesday.

We will need volunteers to person the booth. Chairs Dan Bugler ( and Jim Wohlleb ( will be sending out a doodle sign-up sheet soon.

1f. Division H Handbook. The Division H Handbook contains complete descriptions of the responsibilities of and timelines for all elected officers and committees in the Division. It has now been completely updated and is available on the Division H website.

1g. Coffee Mentoring. Each year at the Annual Meeting, Division H sponsors up to 20 "Coffee Mentoring" sessions in which we pair a graduate student with a senior division member for a 20-60-minute "chat." We will pair mentors and mentees and then pairs arrange a time and place to meet. Each "chat" is supported by a $20 stipend to cover food and beverages. Information on how to sign up to be a mentor or a mentee will be available soon. For more information contact Marisa delCampo,

1h. Division H reaches out to local educators. Each year, AERA makes an effort to involve local educators in its annual program. This especially includes teachers and school administrators who might not otherwise know about AERA or otherwise think of attending the Annual Meeting. Given its history and focus, Division H has been at the forefront of this effort and this year is no exception. We have reached out to ALAS (the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents) as a collaborator and they have helped us to identify 12 teachers and schools administrators from throughout the Bay Area to join us under the AERA Guest Pass program.  These local educators will spend a day at the Annual Meeting as guests of Division H. The day will be bookended by an orientation breakfast where they will be introduced to the program and make plans for how they will each spend their day, and a reception late in the day to reflect and share some thoughts about what they've seen and heard.

2. Highlights of the Division H Program. There are over 2400 sessions at the Annual Conference this year. Division H has 44. Following are some highlitghts.

2a. "Graduate Student Orientation/Early Career Mentoring Session," Saturday, April 27, 10 am to noon, Hilton Union Square, Sixth Level, Tower 3. In addition to an overview of Division H and the Mentoring Program, we will have graduate student research roundtables (see 1c above). Refreshments will be served.

2b. Movers/Shakers Meeting, Saturday, April 27, 8-10 pm, VP Suite (to be determined). This is a chance to discuss issues important to Division H. Refreshments will be served. I'll send an agenda in the April blast and let everyone know where the VP suite is as soon as I know. Don't let the title "Movers and Shakers" put you off. This is really a time for the Division H leadership, and those interested in becoming involved, to meet, socialize, and discuss issues of importance to the division.

2c. International Committee invited VP Session: "Poverty and Performance: International Perspectives on the Relationhip of Socioeconomic Status and Assessment Outcomes," Sunday, April 28, 12:25 pm to 1:55 pm, Parc 55, Third Level, Powell 1. Refreshments will be served.

2d. Session co-sponsored with DRE and NATD: "Implementation Milestones and the Common Core State Standards," Monday, April 29, 8:15-10:15 am, Parc 55, Fourth Level, Cyril Magnin II.

2e. Division H Breakfast and Business Meeting, Tuesday, April 30, 7:30-10:00, Westin St. Francis, Mezzanine Level, Grand Ballroom.

2f. Graduate Student Poster Session (from regular submissions): "Reaching Success Together: Multiple Perspectives on Enhancing School Achievement and Promoting Positive Student Outcomes," Tuesday, April 30, 12:10 pm to 1:40 pm, Parc 55, Fourth Level, Cyril Magnin I.

2g. Affirmative Action invited VP Session: "Poverty and Education: From Research to Action and Empowerment," Tuesday, April 30, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Parc 55, Third Level, Mason.

2h. Graduate Student Reception: Tuesday, April 30, 5:30-6:30, VP Suite. Refreshments will be served.

2i. Division H Social Reception: Tuesday, April 30, 7 pm to 10 pm, Epic Roasthouse. Good times, good food, celebrate the year.

3. AERA Activiites.

3a. The AERA program for the 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco is now available on-line on the AERA website, Some general AERA sessions to note are:

Day 3 (Monday) there will be a plenary session for Association Awards.  Day 4 (Tuesday), Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education may speak from 5:30-6:30 pm.

There will some innovative sessions (for example, a film festival) as well as additional electronic bells and whistles (for example, Internet access will be available in all the public parts of each conference hotel).

3b. AERJ Redesign. The AERA Council accepted the recommendation of the Journal Publications Committee to transform the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ) into an integrated journal that spans the scope of the field. In arriving at an affirmative decision, Council considered the reports of the AERJ Subcommittee and the Journal Publications Committee, background documents on the journal, a member survey related to the proposed change, and additional member input. Additional information is available on the AERA website.

3c. Open-Access Journal. The AERA Council approved the establishment of an open-access journal pending additional detail from the Journal Publications Committee.

3d. Bullying Briefs. AERA will soon publish a series of 13 2-page policy briefs on bullying. The topics of the briefs range from definitions and incidence of bullying to best thinking in the field on how to address bullying in the schools. The briefs were prepared by an ad hoc committee appointed by Bill Tierny, current AERA president.

3e. The 2014 Annual Conference will be in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 3 to Monday April 7. The theme will be "The Power of Educational Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy."

4. Conferences.

4a. The Future of Education. The Oregon Program Evaluator's Network's one-day conference is coming up on March 15 in Portland, OR. The conference features a keynote from Dr. Stewart Donaldson of Claremont Graudate University. Complete information and registration:

5. Jobs.

5a. Utah Education Policy Center, University of Utah. The UEPC is seeking a school improvement technical assistance and research associate. This position is a grant funded position with the potential for annual renewal of contracts contingent upon the availability of funds. Start date is negotiable. Additional information is attached.

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