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Major Events, Lectures, and Speakers

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. Stay tuned for more information.

zoomed in black and white image of Cornel West looking into camera. He is wearing a suit and glassesOpening Plenary
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)

zoomed in color image of Rich Milner. He is wearing a suit and button up shirt with glasses, standing against a grey and brick backgroundPresidential Address
Friday, April 14, 4:40 to 6:10 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower - Ballroom Level - Grand Ballroom (CD North/South, E & F)

Speaker: Rich Milner (Vanderbilt University)

Title: Consequential Research in Education


Stock image of audience looking at people on a stageAERA Distinguished Lecture
Friday, May 5, 1:15 to 2:15 pm

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.

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

zoomed in, color image of Linda Tillman. She is wearing a red shirt and against a beige colored backgroundWallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture
Thursday, April 13, 1:30 to 2:30pm 
Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower - Ballroom Level - Grand Hall I

Speaker: Linda C. Tillman (Loyola Marymount University)

Title: The Leadership they Deserve: Effective Black Principal Leadership for Black Students in Public Schools

The Wallace Foundation describes principal leadership as “second only to teaching among school-related factors in its impact on student learning.” Principal preparation and principal leadership are not only key elements in the success of students, but are also imperative for the social, emotional, and academic lives of Black students in public schools.  Drawing on relevant research and the mission of the Wallace Foundation, this lecture will focus on the importance of and the imperative for effective principal preparation programs and principal leadership for Black students in public schools.

Stock image of audience looking at people on a stage2023 Awards Ceremony and Celebration
Saturday, April 15, 4:40 to 6:10 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower - Ballroom Level - Grand Ballroom (CD North/South, E & F)

Join AERA in honoring the esteemed recipients of the 2023 awards for education research.


people networking at a meetingAERA Welcoming Orientation for New Members and First-Time Attendees
Thursday, April 13, 7:00 to 8:00 am
Hyatt Regency Chicago, West Tower - Lobby Level - Crystal Ballroom A

Chairs: Felice J. Levine (American Educational Research Association), Rich Milner (Vanderbilt University), Tyrone C. Howard (University of California - Los Angeles)
Participants: Andii Layton (Michigan State University), Nicole Marie Johnson (Howard University)