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Cornel West

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Rich Milner

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Arnetha Ball

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Linda C. Tillman

Program Information

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Key Sessions and Speakers
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line-up of major sessions and speakers.

Presenter and Participant Information
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Business Meetings and Receptions
Learn more about SIG and Division business meetings and receptions.

Professional Development Courses 
AERA will offer a robust program of professional development courses for the 2023 AERA Annual Meeting in Chicago. View the courses here.

AERA i-Presentation Gallery
The AERA i-Presentation Gallery provides Annual Meeting presenters a user-friendly vehicle to present their papers in a dynamic format that allows for an overall narration as well as audio or video capture within any slide as part of their display. Learn more

Journal Talks
AERA Journal Talks are informal sessions designed to facilitate journal editors' communication on a one-to-one basis with reviewers, authors, and potential authors. Learn more here.

As a dual-component meeting—with place-based sessions held in Chicago April 13-16 and virtual sessions and select recordings from in-person events presented on the virtual platform May 4-5—the 2023 AERA Annual Meeting offers exciting opportunities for intellectual engagement and professional growth for those who are able to attend.

What to Expect from the Dual-Component 2023 AERA Annual Meeting

While the place-based and virtual components will take place at separate times and in different settings, both will offer a dynamic experience with opportunities to learn more from major speakers, connect with the latest research, engage in stimulating conversation, and develop and foster professional relationships.

Attendees for the place-based meeting in Chicago will automatically be registered for and able to access and attend the virtual component of the meeting at no extra charge.

Those registered only for the virtual component will have access to the two-day virtual meeting on May 4-5 and also be able to view a selected number of livestreamed place-based Chicago sessions, including the opening plenary, the Presidential address, major lectures, and a number of Presidential sessions and AERA-wide special sessions. Virtual meeting attendees will also have access to the recordings of these select sessions, as well as recordings of all virtual sessions in the online platform’s video library.

The dual-component meeting will represent all the major programming attendees will remember from past meetings. Overall, there will be more 2,000 sessions across both components of the meeting.

Program Snapshot

The 2023 Annual Meeting offers a rich array of sessions and events for all attendees.

Major events such as the Opening Keynote Lecture, the AERA Presidential Address, the AERA Distinguished Lecture and the Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture, the AERA Awards Ceremony and Celebration, and more, should be on every attendee’s schedule. Along with AERA Awards Lectures, these premiere sessions offer unparalleled opportunities to hear from thought leaders, prominent scholars, and champions of education research.

Tied to the 2023 Annual Meeting theme “Interrogating Consequential Education Research in Pursuit of Truth,” 45 AERA Presidential Sessions provide rich and compelling content designed to engage attendees on key issues in education research, policy, and practice.

The Research and Science Policy Forum will offer a series of sessions focused on important issues at the intersection of education research and science policy. Presenters include policy leaders from key federal science offices and agencies, foundation heads, and leading scholars.

In addition to major lectures and high-profile AERA-wide sessions, hundreds of paper, roundtable, and poster sessions and symposia will be held by AERA divisions, SIGs, and committees. Be certain to check out the sessions offered by those AERA units that align with your research interests.

In collaboration with the World Education Research Association and numerous other international organizations, the Annual Meeting not only spotlights research from around the globe but also supports and advances the worldwide impact of the field.


April 12
April 13
April 14
April 15
April 16
8:00 am–5:00 pm Pre-Conference 8:00 am–9:30 am Session
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8:00 am–9:30 am Session
Timeslot 6
8:00 am–9:30 am Session
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8:00 am–9:30 am Session Timeslot 14
9:50 am–11:20 am Session
Timeslot 2
9:50 am–11:20 am Session
Timeslot 7
9:50 am–11:20 am Session
Timeslot 11
9:50 am–11:20 am Session Timeslot 15
11:40 am–1:10 pm Session
Timeslot 3
11:40 am–1:10 pm Session
Timeslot 8
11:40 am–1:10 pm Session
Timeslot 12
11:40 am–1:10 pm Session Timeslot 16
1:30 pm–2:30 pm High Profile Sessions 1:30 pm–2:30 pm High Profile Sessions 1:30 pm–2:30 pm High Profile Sessions 1:30 pm–2:30 pm Closing Ceremony
2:50 pm–4:20 pm Session
Timeslot 4
2:50 pm–4:20 pm Session
Timeslot 9
2:50 pm–4:20 pm Session
Timeslot 13
2:50 pm–4:20 pm Session Timeslot 17
4:40 pm–6:10 pm Session
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4:40 pm–6:10 pm Presidential Address 4:40 pm–6:10 pm Awards 4:40 pm–6:10 pm Session Timeslot 18
6:30 pm–8:30 pm Opening General Session 6:30 pm–8:00 pm Division Business
6:30 pm–8:30 pm Division Business


Please check this page regularly for updates. Dates, times, and locations will be added as they become available. All times are in Central Time.

Cornel West headshot Opening Keynote Lecture
Preeminent scholar and public intellectual Cornel West will deliver the opening keynote lecture at the Annual Meeting in Chicago. West’s lecture will be immediately followed by a conversation with AERA President Rich Milner, and moderated Q&A with on-site and virtual audience members. The welcome reception will immediately follow.
Thursday, April 13, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower - Ballroom Level - Grand Ballroom (CD North/South, E & F)

Speaker: Cornel West (Union Theological Seminary)
Image of reception table in the foreground with blurry image of people attending a reception in the background AERA Annual Meeting Welcome Reception
Join fellow attendees and colleagues at the welcoming reception, immediately following the Opening Keynote Lecture by Cornel West.
Thursday, April 13, 8:30 to 10:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom A/B/C
Stock image of crowd looking at people on a stage 2023 Awards Ceremony and Celebration
All meeting attendees are invited to join the 2023 Awards Ceremony and Celebration. Dedicated to recognizing excellence in education research, this special event honors AERA awardees.
Saturday, April 15, 4:40 to 6:10 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower - Ballroom Level - Grand Ballroom (CD North/South, E & F)
Diverse group of young adults smiling at the camera Graduate Student Orientation
Graduate students new to AERA and those new to the Annual Meeting will find this session a useful overview of how to make the most of the conference.
Thursday, April 13, 8:00 to 9:30 am
Hyatt Regency Chicago, West Tower - Ballroom Level - Regency A

Rich Milner headshot Presidential Address
Learn from the wisdom and knowledge of AERA President Rich Milner. The Presidential Address is an annual “can’t miss” event, where the state and future of the field are examined and attendees are inspired.
Friday, April 14, 4:40 to 6:10 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower - Ballroom Level - Grand Ballroom (CD North/South, E & F)
Rich Milner (Vanderbilt University)
Stock image of people watching a presentation AERA Welcoming Orientation for New Members and First-Time Attendees
New members and first-time meeting attendees are invited to an orientation sessions that offers an opportunity to learn more about the association and the benefits of being a member, as well as navigating the Annual Meeting.
Thursday, April 13, 7:00 to 8:00 am
Hyatt Regency Chicago, West Tower - Lobby Level - Crystal Ballroom A​

Stock image of back of man at podium speaking to an audience Closing Ceremony and Business Meeting
The closing ceremony, which also serves as the AERA Open Business Meeting, features the official transition of the association’s presidential leadership and offers a time for AERA members to discuss important issues regarding education research and the work of AERA. Attendance is encouraged.​
Sunday, April 16, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower - Ballroom Level - Grand Ballroom B

New This Year

Vector graphic of student working on a laptop with books and backpack Graduate Student Research-in-Progress Roundtable Series

New this year, the Graduate Student Research-in-Progress Roundtable Series is being test-piloted as a special component of the Annual Meeting that will give accepted graduate students the opportunity to share and discuss their work in progress on site in Chicago. The roundtable series features 200 graduate students who are actively engaged in research but were not yet ready to advance a paper submission in response to the 2023 Call for Submissions.

They will be presented in 55 roundtables that will be held April 13-15, from 2:50 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. All three sessions will take place in the Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower - Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom A.
Diverse group of middle school aged kids next to locker smiling at camera Youth Teams in Education Research Special Program

The Youth Teams in Education Research (YTER) Special Program will take place on April 13-15. The initiative will bring 69 high school students, grouped in 13 teams led by education researchers, to present their work in a featured poster session and to participate in a mini-workshop to discuss the research projects ongoing at their schools, issues consequential to them in their students, and potential opportunities for continuing to purse research engagements. During the workshop, the students will have an opportunity to meeting with early career and accomplished senior scholars. They will also attend a select group of sessions featuring major speakers. The teams will receive partial funding support to attend the meeting.

The YTER Poster Session will be held Friday, April 14, 9:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower – Exhibit Level, Riverside Exhibit Hall.
Women on a computer in a virtual meeting More Accessible Business Meetings
An important innovation for the Annual Meeting for 2023 will allow all AERA members to attend the AERA-wide business meeting and their respective division and SIG business meetings, whether they attend in Chicago or online, or are registered for the annual meeting or not. All 2023 members will be invited to attend the business meetings of their units.
Empower Chicago’s Communities: The Black and Brown Business Marketplace
The 2023 Annual Meeting will feature a marketplace of Chicago-based Black and Brown owned businesses in the Exhibit Hall. The Marketplace aims to celebrate the diversity of Chicago and its people, as well as enrich the conference experience and provide a deeper understanding of the community. The Marketplace will be open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Friday April 14 through Sunday April 16. The Exhibit Hall will be located in the Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower - Exhibit Level, Riverside Exhibit Hall.
AERA Hip-Hop 50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop culture. For over five decades, hip-hop culture has permeated all corners of the globe and all aspects of our society touching business, entertainment, media, advertising, sports, and education. Developed and hosted in partnership with the Hip-Hop Theories, Praxis & Pedagogies SIG, AERA joins in honoring and acknowledging this important cultural milestone with the exhibit, “AERA Hip Hop 50.”

This exhibit chronicles the history of hip-hop culture and its growth and contributions to the field of education. A series of Lightning Ed Talks focused on the topic will also be featured. The exhibit and talks will be held throughout the Annual Meeting in the Exhibit Hall, located in the Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower - Exhibit Level, Riverside Exhibit Hall.

Opportunities for Presenters

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All authors are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to be part of the innovative i-Presentation Gallery. Creating an i-Presentation and being part of the Gallery offers authors a web-based product with a citable and discoverable asset. It also offers networking opportunities through this open access portal. Authors with papers accepted for poster presentations must create their poster presentations with the Gallery. The Gallery accommodates PowerPoint and other traditional presentation formats.
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Authors are encouraged to participate in the voluntary AERA Online Paper Repository and share their papers widely with other scholars in an open access environment. The Online Paper Repository authenticates and time-dates all uploaded papers and assigns a digital object identifier (DOI). The repository also allows citation to subsequent publication to be added.

Special Cultural Destinations

#AERA23 attendees are encouraged to explore our host city and take advantage of everything Chicago has to offer. The following cultural destinations may be of special interest to attendees.

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American Indian Center Chicago
Established in 1953 as the first urban Indian Center in the country, AIC promotes fellowship among Indian people of all Tribes living in metropolitan Chicago; creates bonds of understanding and communication between Indians and non-Indians in this city; sustains cultural, artistic, and avocational pursuits; and perpetuates Indian cultural values. AIC focuses on the arts by offering workshops such as drum making, moccasin making, and also by housing the first and only art gallery space dedicated to the promotion and education of Native artists in the city of Chicago.

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Chinese American Museum of Chicago
The museum advances the appreciation of Chinese American culture through exhibitions, education, and research, and preserves the past, present, and future of Chinese Americans primarily in the Midwest. It works with organizations, visitors, and community leaders across the country to tell the story of Chinese Americans primarily in the Midwest and to build a community around a continuous dialogue illustrating how Chinese American culture and contributions are an important part of the American fabric.

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The DuSable Museum
In 1961, with a few dedicated colleagues and a dream, the artist/educator/writer/activist Margaret Taylor Burroughs established our nation’s first independent museum celebrating Black culture. The Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art (later renamed as the DuSable Musuem) was inaugurated that very year in the Burroughs’ home on Chicago’s iconic South Side. Burroughs was proud that the Museum was “the only one that grew out of the indigenous Black community.”

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National Museum of Mexican Art
Founded in 1982, the museum represents the Mexican community from its own point of view and its own voice to stimulate knowledge and appreciation of Mexican art and culture from both sides of the border through a significant permanent collection of Mexican art, rich visual and performing arts programs, high quality arts education programs and resources and professional development of Mexican artists.