<em>AERA18 Insider</em> - March 30, 2018
AERA18 Insider - March 30, 2018
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AERA18 Insider

March 2018

Each year, the AERA Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of education researchers and a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative studies in an array of areas. It is where to encounter ideas and data that will shape education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the United States and around the world. Leading up to the 2018 Annual Meeting, AERA18 Insider will provide a periodic glance at meeting highlights and features. Join us April 13–17 for five rewarding days of ideas, engagement, networking, and professional advancement.
In this Issue:

Opening Plenary Session with Major Headline Speakers
AERA Presidential Address
"Me Too" Town Hall Meeting
Golden Anniversary Sessions
Featured Presidential Sessions
Advance Your Skills
Tour the Big Apple
Connect with Exhibitors
Friday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 17, 2018

About the Theme
The theme of the Annual Meeting calls us to confront the struggles for public education, considering the times in which we are living, the historical arcs that shape our present(s), and the roles we can play in the fight for justice. Read more
2018 Annual Meeting Sponsors
AERA would like to extend a special thank you to our 2018 sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor
- American Institutes for Research

Gold Sponsor
- SAGE Publishing

Silver Sponsors
- Mathematica

Bronze Sponsors
- AccessLex Institute
- National Institute of Education
- RAND Corporation

Join as an AERA18 sponsor!


Opening Plenary Session with Major Headline Speakers
Presenters and Attendees Will Explore How Public Education Could Disrupt Racial Injustice

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.

The meeting theme, “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education,” asks our community to recognize, organize, and mobilize our knowledge and experience to imagine a public education we do not yet have. The opening plenary—and the meeting—will encourage vigorous imagining of a public education of and for our multiple communities.
The session will be chaired by Deborah Loewenberg Ball (University of Michigan), Carla D. O'Connor (University of Michigan), and Suzanne M. Wilson (University of Connecticut). Presenters include Sheldon Danziger (Russell Sage Foundation), Robert Moses (The Algebra Project), Prudence Carter (University of California, Berkeley), Patricia Baquedano-Lopez (University of California, Berkeley), Eve Tuck (University of Toronto), and Christopher Edley, Jr. (The Opportunity Institute). The session will be moderated by Anya Kamenetz (NPR). 

Session Details
Friday, April 13, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
New York Hilton Midtown, Third Floor, Grand Ballroom
Session Hashtag: #AERAOpening
Session will also be live-streamed

AERA Presidential Address
AERA President Deborah Loewenberg Ball to Address Developing Teaching that Advances Justice

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.” Teaching has enormous potential for contributing to the development of a just society and supporting the flourishing of historically marginalized groups, but it has instead often reproduced inequality and reified injustice through the discretionary spaces that are inherent to teaching.

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. Ball will argue that this demands distinguishing between what has been and what could be, while critically and honestly acknowledging real challenges and dilemmas.

Following the address, Ball will pass the proverbial torch to AERA President-Elect Amy Stuart Wells, who will begin her term at the conclusion of the conference.

A celebratory champagne reception will follow the address.

Session Details
Sunday, April 15, 4:35 to 5:50 p.m.
New York Hilton Midtown, Third Floor, Grand Ballroom
Session Hashtag: #AERAPres
Session will also be live-streamed

"Me Too" Town Hall Meeting
Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Academy and Scholarly Professions

This forum, titled “’Me Too’—A Town Hall Meeting on Transforming a Culture of Sexual Exploitation and Harassment in the Academy and Scholarly Professions,” 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.

The town hall will begin with reflections on this topic as well as on the issues involved in identifying inappropriate practices, the responsibility and options of social institutions for addressing sexual misconduct, and strategies that can be invoked to protect individuals and to systematically enable social and structural change. Each invited speaker will talk briefly from the vantage of their observations and expertise, with a moderated open forum across panelists and with the audience.

The forum will be co-chaired by AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine and Laura L. Namy, Executive Director of the Society for Research in Child Development. Participants include Shirley M. Malcom (American Association for the Advancement of Science), Charol Shakeshaft (Virginia Commonwealth University), Shaun Harper (University of Southern California), Paula England (New York University), and Rhonda Davis (National Science Foundation Office of Diversity and Inclusion).

Session Details
Saturday, April 14, 4:05 to 6:05 p.m.
New York Hilton Midtown, Third Floor, Mercury Ballroom

Session Hashtag: #AERAMeToo

Golden Anniversary Sessions
Marking Key Moments for Equality in Public Education
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bilingual Education Act of 1968, the publication of Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and the Ocean-Hill/Brownsville conflict that signified New York City’s movement for community control.

These anniversaries warrant interrogation as researchers and practitioners work to make sense of and interrupt the inequalities that circumscribe the dreams and possibilities of public education. Three presidential sessions commemorate these anniversaries forward innovative pedagogy, actively engage audiences, and present knowledge in alternative forms. Learn more

Featured Presidential Sessions
Engaging Content on Diverse Topics

From the role of education researchers in an era of fake news to the fight for Mexican-American studies in Arizona to the 50th anniversary of the Bilingual Education Act, this collection of highlighted presidential sessions offers rich and compelling content that will engage Annual Meeting attendees.

Browse featured presidential sessions here.

Advance Your Skills
Professional Development Courses Open for Registration

Annual Meeting attendees can take advantage of a rich program of extended and mini professional development courses. This year’s 31-course lineup provides ample opportunities for attendees to train in research methods and skills, discover specialized research disciplines, address professional development issues, and much more.

To view more information about the on-site professional development courses at the Annual Meeting, click here.

Tour the Big Apple
Registration Open for New York City Tours

Space is still available for three off-site tours. See and explore Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Macy's, Chinatown, SoHo, Greenwich Village, Little Italy, and The High Line walkway, which was once an old elevated rail road track and sits 29 feet over the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. Learn more

Connect with Exhibitors
Come Visit Our Exhibitors

Visit the New York Hilton Midtown Friday through Sunday (April 13-15) to meet exhibitors. Enjoy complimentary coffee and visit top publishers, research companies on the rise, technology experts, and many more.

Enter to Win

If you visit at least 10 different exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall during the meeting, you will be entered for a daily chance to win an iPad or a trip to the 2019 Annual Meeting in Toronto (registration, hotel, and air fare included).


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2018 Annual Meeting
"The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education"
Friday, April 13 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018
New York City, NY
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