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The 2023 AERA Annual Meeting 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 in Central Time.

Thursday, May 4

Presidential Session
Consequential Issues for Educators and Education​

Thursday, May 4, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm CT

Moderators: Felice J. Levine (American Educational Research Association), Rich Milner (Vanderbilt University)
Panelists: Adam Alvarez (Rowan University), Travis J. Bristol (University of California - Berkeley), Gloria J. Ladson-Billings (University of Wisconsin - Madison), Camika Royal (Loyola University Maryland), Russell J. Skiba (Indiana University) 

Educators today face an unprecedented set of challenges that are affecting the health and well-being of youth in America and posing major challenges to educational practice and policy. School violence and safety; censorship and attacks on curriculum; and teacher shortages are among the issues pressing our nation’s schools. This interactive forum will give education practitioners and policy leaders an opportunity to learn from scholars, who will share evidence-based and actionable recommendations for navigating these tumultuous times to best serve young people, families, and communities.

AERA Honorary President Edmund W. Gordon Series Session
Human Variation and How People Learn

Thursday, May 4, 1:15 to 2:15 pm CT

Chair: Kenji Hakuta (Stanford University)
Participants: Edmund W. Gordon (Teachers College, Columbia University), Carol D. Lee (Northwestern University), Pamela Cantor (Turnaround for Children Inc.), Ezekiel J. Dixon-Roman (Teachers College, Columbia University)

We propose a national research agenda and synthesis of research that extend the report of the National Academies report How People Learn II to specifically address implications of educational science to support the design of appropriate and sufficient pedagogical intervention. This would lead to a focus on educational opportunities that are equitable, and not just equal—appropriate and sufficient to the needs and characteristics of the learning processes. The need to address this is particularly amplified by the evidence of learning gaps that are becoming increasingly apparent.

Presidential Session
Just Research/ers: Resisting Censorship and Mis-Education/Advancing Human Freedom Collectively

Thursday, May 4, 2:30 to 4:00 pm CT

Chair: Linda Darling-Hammond (Learning Policy Institute)
Discussant: Brian A. Williams (Georgia State University)
Presenters: Joyce E. King (Georgia State University), Mosi Deterville-Makori (Sankofa Cultural Institute, New Orleans), Gloria J. Ladson-Billings (University of Wisconsin - Madison), Gloria S. Boutte (University of South Carolina), Max Altman (Southern Education Foundation, Inc.), Natasha K. McClendon (United Negro College Fund)

AERA Research and Science Policy Series​ Session
Education Research Trustworthiness, Justice, and Democracy

Thursday, May 4, 4:15 to 5:45 pm CT

Chair: Felice J. Levine (American Educational Research Association)
Discussant: Gustavo E. Fischman (Arizona State University)
Panelists: Daniela Véliz Calderón (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile), Elizabeth Macedo (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro), Pedro Alejandro Flores-Crespo (Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro), Tyrone C. Howard (University of California - Los Angeles) 

Justice ideals, justice-seeking, and persistent and pernicious patterns of injustice are intertwined with attempts to diminish democratic politics across the Americas and the world. This symposium will feature representatives of the national associations of educational researchers of Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and the US to discuss how their organizations are addressing these issues through critical comparative considerations of patterns and possibilities in the Americas. The panelists will examine whether truthfulness and transparency can be protected and matter in educational institutions and settings, especially in higher education environments where knowledge, information, and ideas need to be nurtured and issued free of constraints. This symposium will also take up the questions of where and how education research can be used and relied on to engender an agenda of policy actions that promote and support justice-seeking, strengthening democratic processes, practices and ideas. Finally, participants in the symposium will challenge themselves to address what makes for trustworthy education research. This invited virtual symposium is co-sponsored by the Americas Education Research Network.

Friday, May 5

AERA Session
AERA Distinguished Lecture

Friday, May 5, 1:15 to 2:15 pm CT

Speaker: Arnetha Ball (Stanford University)
Chair: Tyrone Howard (University of California, Los Angeles)

Title: Conducting Consequential Research in Challenging Times: Generative Change for Educational Equity

Recent developments in computers and artificial intelligence have produced some of the most advanced technologies available since the dawn of humanity. Yet, when we look at technology in schools and schooling, it is clear we have failed to use that advanced technology to address the most basic challenges facing teachers, students, families, and communities. How might we better mobilize some of the incredible potential of this technology to generate change in our schools and communities, to finally make a down payment on the educational debt owed to so many? In this talk, Dr. Ball will begin by highlighting some of the most pressing challenges facing education today, many of which have been exacerbated by inequitable access to and applications of technology which leads to inequitable learning opportunities and outcomes. She will then pivot to discuss the potential of educational technology to address these pressing challenges—but only if we can step out of our comfort zones to embrace generative change. Dr. Ball will close with a few examples of innovative technology supporting generative change for educational equity, while challenging the audience to do more.

Presidential Session
Hip-Hop at 50 Years!​

Friday, May 5, 1:15 to 2:15 pm CT

Moderator: Lauren Leigh Kelly (Rutgers University)
Panelist: Jason D. Rawls (Ohio University), Toby S. Jenkins (University of South Carolina), Christopher Emdin (University of Southern California), Emery Marc Petchauer (Michigan State University), Joquetta Johnson (Baltimore County Public Schools), Tony Keith (Ed Emcee Academy), Jonathan Tunstall (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop culture. From the very beginning, hip-hop has been tied to the field of education. At the end of summer, DJ Kool Herc and his sister, Cindy Campbell, hosted an annual Back-to-School Jam in the basement of their apartment building in the Bronx, NY to raise money for their school clothes and supplies. It is said that hip-hop was born at the Back-to-School Jam held on August 11, 1973. These parties made popular the DJing, emceeing, and dancing techniques that frame hip-hop culture. Now, 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. This session will be a cross generational conversation between the founding scholars of the Hip Hop Theories, Praxis, & Pedagogies Special Interest Group and leading hip-hop education scholars to reflect on the culture’s impact on the field of education and the future of hip-hop educational research.

Presidential Session
Building Upon a Culturally Responsive Science of Learning and Development to Promote Robust Equity

Friday, May 5, 2:30 to 4:00 pm CT

Chair: Vivian L. Gadsden (University of Pennsylvania)
Moderator: David M. Osher (American Institutes for Research)
Panelist: Carol D. Lee (Northwestern University), Hirokazu Yoshikawa (New York University),  Barbara Rogoff (University of California - Santa Cruz), Kris D. Gutiérrez (University of California - Berkeley), Ezekiel J. Dixon-Roman (University of Pennsylvania), Liesel Ebersohn (University of Pretoria)

AERA Session
Closing Plenary – AERA President Tyrone C. Howard's Vision for the 2024 Annual Meeting Theme
Friday, May 5, 6:00 to 6:45 pm CT

Chair: Felice J. Levine (American Educational Research Association)

Speaker: Tyrone C. Howard (University of California - Los Angeles)

Title: Dismantling Racial Injustice and Constructing Educational Possibilities: A Call to Action