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Members of the media are invited to register to attend the 2021 AERA Virtual Annual Meeting, April 8-12. Press registration is also available to communications professionals at education institutions and organizations who help disseminate news about education research. 

About the Annual Meeting

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas--from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy. It is where to encounter ideas and data that will shape tomorrow's education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the U.S. and around the world.

Annual Meeting Program

If you have a user account on the AERA website, you may sign in to access the program. You may also browse and search the program through the guest link.

When and Where

Thursday, April 8 – Monday, April 12, 2021. The AERA 2021 Annual Meeting will be held virtually.

Accessing AERA Virtual Platform

Unique login credentials including a username, password, and the URL to access the Virtual Annual Meeting platform will be sent to registered attendees when the virtual platform is available on April 2.

2021 Annual Meeting Theme

The 2021 Annual Meeting theme is “Accepting Educational Responsibility.”

2021 Annual Meeting Facts at a Glance

Read the annual meeting facts at a glance and frequently asked questions.

Press Policy

Please click here to review AERA’s press policy for the annual meeting.

Press Access and Press Room

Registered press will receive login information to the virtual annual meeting platform a few days prior to the meeting. The platform will include a staffed virtual press room.

Press Room Hours of Operation (All Times Eastern)

  • Thursday, April 8: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Friday, April 9: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, April: 10: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, April 11: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Monday, April 12: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET

Press Contacts

  • AERA Communications Director Tony Pals, tpals@aera.net, cell: (202) 288-9333
  • AERA Communications Associate Tong Wu, twu@aera.net, cell: (202) 957-3802

Embargo Policy

Contents of research papers being presented at the 2021 AERA Annual Meeting are embargoed until 12:01 a.m. ET on the date the paper is scheduled to be delivered. Within the online meeting program, links to the abstracts of research papers are available. By accessing the schedule, you acknowledge that the contents of the abstracts are subject to AERA’s embargo policy.

Not Sure Which Sessions to Attend?

AERA is happy to provide recommendations on Annual Meeting sessions and point you to research papers, based on your interests. Please contact AERA Communications Director Tony Pals at tpals@aera.net.

Social Media

The hashtag for the 2021 Annual Meeting is #AERA21. Please follow AERA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

About AERA

AERA is the largest national professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

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