Edmund W. Gordon Honorary Presidential Symposium Series
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Edmund W. Gordon Honorary Presidential Symposium Series

The Edmund W. Gordon Honorary Presidential Symposium Series comprises four sessions focusing on the influence that Dr. Gordon has had in advancing education research, including in policy and practice. All times are Pacific Time.





Friday, April 22

Affirmative Development: Civic Engagement Ontologies of Hope and Action

11:30am–1:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Floor: Upper Level, Ballroom 6C

“Affirmative development” as introduced by Prof. Gordon and colleagues characterizes students as learners across the life-span and across learning settings from social justice perspectives. Opportunity-to-learn and acquisition of competence in knowledge domains serve civic-engagement inseparable from learners’ identities. This session highlights theory and concrete practice implementations of classroom and out-of-school learning environments directly attuned towards these goals by building on the assets of students’ communities and concerns for civic engagement and emancipation. Attention is given to how we can transform schooling so that it is driven by the affirmative development of students.

Chair: Eleanor Armour-Thomas (Queens College, CUNY)

Sonya Douglass Horsford (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Limarys Caraballo (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Jamila J. Lyiscott (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Jonthon Coulson (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Carol D. Lee (Northwestern University)


Saturday, April 23

Assessment in the Service of Learning for Culturally- and Linguistically-Diverse Students

4:15–5:45 p.m.
AERA Sessions Virtual Rooms
AERA Sessions Virtual Paper Session Room

Honorary AERA President Dr. Edmund Gordon is bringing together a group of young, talented scholars who are working to advance more equitable learning and assessment systems. In a session chaired by Dr. Susan Lyons, Executive Director of Women in Measurement, attendees  will be hearing from a selection of the 2021 Women in Measurement Research Fellowship Award Finalists who will be sharing their outstanding research related to assessment in the service of learning for culturally- and linguistically-diverse students.

Chair: Susan Lyons (Women in Measurement)
Presenters: Maria Baez Cruz (Georgia Tech)
Sandra Botha (University of Massachusetts - Amherst)
Meaghan Hennessey (University of Oklahoma)
Discussant: Sharon Nelson-Barber (WestEd)

Monday, April 25

Recasting Assessment to Support Diverse Learning and the Affirmative Development of Learners

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Floor: Upper Level, Ballroom 6C

Drawing on President Gordon’s vision, we examine a potential paradigm shift from current assessment practices emphasizing accountability to those tuned to the affirmative development of individual learners across their lifespans. Assessments will be integrated with learning, present extensive options, and capture students’ progress in cognitive processes, outcomes, and personal-social development. Diverse, distinctive assessment entwined with learning must inevitably generate more frequent, singular evidence and rely less on familiar, uniform group measures. The panel will discuss attributes and obstacles to operationalize these ideas. New assessment methods must yield valid, credible, and useful results for learners, teachers, and the community. Can accountability be reconceived so that these purposes are not overrun? What about curriculum, teacher buy-in, and cost? These topics will consume the panel.

Chair: Richard Durán (University of California - Santa Barbara)

Madhabi Chatterji (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Ezekiel J. Dixon-Roman (University of Pennsylvania)
Eva L. Baker (University of California - Los Angeles)
Howard T. Everson (SRI International & Graduate School, CUNY)
​Edmund W. Gordon (Teachers College, Columbia University)

Tuesday, April 26

Lessons Learned from Edmund W. Gordon at 100: Policy and Practice Implications of the Centennial Celebration of an Interdisciplinary and Visionary Scholar

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Floor: Upper Level, Ballroom 6C

This 2022 AERA Presidential Session will highlight the key takeaways from the June 2021 Edmund W. Gordon Centennial Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Gordon’s longest-term intellectual home. This Presidential session will focus on the themes of “Next Generation” Affirmative Pedagogies, Situated and Social Learning and Rights-based and Equity-centered Pedagogy, Assessment, and Policy from the conference to complement and augment other Gordon Centennial-related AERA and NCME 2022 sessions that will focus more specifically on affirmative forms of assessment. This session will enable AERA members to explore the implications of Dr. Gordon's scholarship on Affirmative Development, Equitable Educational Opportunity and Assessment for Learning.

Chair: Kenji Hakuta (Stanford University)

Madhabi Chatterji (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Erica N. Walker (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Amy Stuart Wells (Teachers College, Columbia University) 
Carl Kaestle (Brown University)
Carol D. Lee (Northwestern University)
Linda Darling-Hammond (Learning Policy Institute)
Marshall S. Smith (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching)


Lester W. Young, Jr. (Chancellor of Education, New York State)
​Maisha T. Winn (University of California - Davis)