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Major Events, Lectures, and Speakers

The 2022 AERA Annual Meeting—scheduled for April 21–26—is the single largest gathering of scholars in the education research field and is a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative work in a diverse array of areas. All times are Pacific Time.

This is a preliminary listing. More major sessions will be added in the coming days and weeks. Check back for more information.

AERA Presidential Address
Monday,  April 25, 1:15 to 2:15pm
San Diego Convention Center, Upper Level, Ballroom 6AB

Speaker: Na’ilah Suad Nasir (Spencer Foundation)

Title: A Vision for the Future of Learning

This is a challenging time for education: a time of extreme social and racial inequity; a time when educators and systems are weary from navigating the complexities and fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and national political polarization; and a time in which it is undeniable that learning is a political act, intertwined with processes of cognition, identity, belonging, and social-emotional well-being. This is also a time of possibility. Education systems are more aware than ever of the need for fundamental change. It is a time for our field to engage new ways of thinking about the goals and means of education and to create the educational systems we need, informed by expansive scholarship in the learning sciences. In this talk, AERA President Na’ilah Suad Nasir will (1) craft a vision for the future of learning, offering a definition of the kind of learning we need for the 21st century; (2) consider how our education systems need to be organized to create the spaces for that kind of learning; and (3) reflect on the role of research in supporting this new vision for learning, and how research training and structures in the academy must also evolve.

Town Hall Meeting: Addressing Censorship in Education
Saturday, April 23, 11:30am to 1:00pm
San Diego Convention Center,  Upper Level, Ballroom 6C

Moderators: Dorothea M. Anagnostopoulos (The University of Connecticut), Lynn Gangone (American Association of Colleges for Teachers of Education), and Felice J. Levine (American Educational Research Association)
Panelists: Mollie V. Blackburn (The Ohio State University),  Mónica Byrne-Jiménez (University Council for Educational Administration), Zeus Leonardo (University of California - Berkeley), Marvin Lynn (Portland State University), Christine E. Sleeter (California State University - Monterey Bay), and sj Miller (Santa Fe Community College)

Efforts to censor educators have spread across the United States. These efforts have especially targeted teaching about systemic racial injustice and LGBTQ communities and experiences. Local school boards, governors and state legislatures, and the prior federal administration have launched initiatives and passed laws that ban books and make it illegal for teach about these issues and communities. These laws and initiatives target both K-12 schools and higher education. This town hall brings together the AERA community to explore how education researchers can address these issues in and beyond their own institutions and work in coalitions to ensure that students at all levels of the US educational system receive a high-quality education that prepares them to engage in and sustain a pluralistic, multiracial democracy.

WERA Presidential Address
Sunday, April 24, 1:15 to 2:15pm
San Diego Convention Center, Floor: Upper Level, Ballroom 6E

Speaker: Yunus Eryaman (President, World Education Research Association)

In the last decade, the use of research data in schools has been one of the most discussed topics in school evaluation. In the era of big data, the educational community is inspired to maximize the utilization and processing of the rapidly expanding educational datasets for policy-driven research. Policymakers seek data as a lever for wise, evidence-informed decision-making. Yet, bridging the gap between data generation, analysis, and policymaking is a major challenge.

The purpose of this presentation is to introduce a multi-national and longitudinal project on school evaluation to demonstrate how the use of big data and artificial intelligence may contribute to the quality of public schools as the institutions of serving public good. The evidence-informed school evaluation empowers teachers and school administrators to wisely contemplate how evidence generated from AI and big data research informs their practice in the context of a particular child, family or community, and then weighs this up together with knowledge drawn from their professional experience and the experiences of students and parents to develop a culture of school excellence.

Opening Plenary—Asking New Questions About Old Inequities: Framing a Research Conversation About Equity in Education
Thursday, April 21, 6:00 to 7:30pm
San Diego Convention Center, Upper Level, Ballroom 6AB

Chair: Tyrone C. Howard (University of California – Los Angeles)
Panelists: Eve Louise Ewing (University of Chicago), Susan Marie Dynarski (Harvard University), Linda T. Smith (Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi), Verónica Nelly Vélez (Western Washington University), and Hirokazu Yoshikawa (New York University)

AERA Distinguished Lecture
Sunday, April 24, 1:15 to 2:15pm
San Diego Convention Center, Upper Level, Ballroom 6F

Speaker: Carol D. Lee (Northwestern University)

Public education in our democracy is the primary context in which as a society we can prepare youth to engage with the complex dilemmas in the civic domain. The current public disputations over how U.S. history should be taught, policies banning books to be read in schools, controversies around race, gender and sexual orientation, and threats of violence, punishments, and firing against teachers and school board members represent a consequential threat to public education as an instrument to prepare young people to navigate the possibilities of our system of democratic governance.

This presentation examines these disputations through the lens of the science of human learning and development in order to both understand their psychological and social underpinnings, but also to demonstrate how the science of human learning and development can address the fundamental assumptions that inform the claims being made: assumptions about race, about diversity along multiple lines, and about positioning children/adolescents as feeling unsafe when these disputed topics are addressed in schooling. This interrogation is further informed by an articulation of the demands of historical understanding and reasoning as resources for tackling the complexities of our democratic experiment, one designed to provide multiple pathways for navigating dissent and difference, but also one that is plagued with democratic contradictions.

Wallace Foundation Lecture
Saturday, April 23, 1:15 to 2:15pm
San Diego Convention Center, Upper Level, Ballroom 6F

Speaker: Amanda Datnow (University of California - San Diego)

2022 AERA Awards Ceremony and Celebration
Sunday, April 24, 11:30am to 1:00pm
San Diego Convention Center, Floor: Upper Level, Ballroom 6AB

AERA will honor the 2022 award winners for their excellence in education research.


Fireside Conversation With Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Science Foundation Leadership: Reframing STEM Education for Equity and the Role of Education Research
Monday, Aprril 25, 8:30 to 9:30am
San Diego Convention Center, Upper Level - Ballroom 6AB

Speakers: Alondra Nelson (Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) and Sethuraman Panchanathan (National Science Foundation)