AM 2013 Daily Preview
AM 2013 Daily Preview
Monday, April 29, 2013

Welcome to Day 3 of the AERA Annual Meeting. Each morning, AM2013 Preview will provide tips on major sessions and events, as well as other updates.

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Highlighted Sessions - Monday, April 29

AERA Distinguished Public Service Award Lecture (2013): Freeman A. Hrabowski, III (#AERAServe)

Time: Mon, Apr 29 - 8:15 - 9:45am
Place: Hilton Union Square, Yosemite A

Twenty-five years ago, in the late 1980s, Hrabowski’s research questions led to the creation of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, now a national model for preparing talented students of color for research careers in science and engineering. Significantly, the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, which initially was the impetus for culture change on my campus, has become the basis for ongoing culture change and innovation there (e.g., course redesign across STEM disciplines), and a model for institutional culture change elsewhere.

Can’t attend the session? Register to watch the livestream

The Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture: Marta Tienda (#AERAEquity)

Diversity ≠ Inclusion: Translating Access into Equity in Higher Education
Time: Mon, Apr 29 - 10:35 am - 12:05 pm
Location: Hilton Union Square - Plaza A

Marta Tienda, who is the daughter of Mexican migrant laborers, has focused her research on race and ethnic differences in various areas of social inequality, ranging from poverty and welfare to education and employment. Through various studies of immigration, population diversification and concentrated poverty, she has documented factors that both perpetuate and reshape socioeconomic inequality. In this session, Tienda will examine why access to higher education doesn’t necessarily equate equity.

Can’t attend the session? Register to watch the livestream. 

National Science Foundation Priorities and Perspectives

Time: Mon, Apr 29 - 10:35 am - 12:05 pm
Place: Hilton Union Square, Lobby Level - Plaza B

Presenter: Joan Ferrini-Mundy, National Science Foundation

Discussants: Shirley Malcom, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Roy D. Pea, Stanford University; Marcia Linn, University of California, Berkeley

Awards Ceremony Luncheon (#AERAAwards)

Time: Mon, Apr 29 - 12:25 - 2:25 pm
Place: Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level - Continental 4-6

The AERA Awards Luncheon is a new Annual Meeting feature dedicated to recognizing excellence in education research. In June 2012, AERA Council decided to introduce the luncheon to honor awardees and to visibly acknowledge AERA’s commitment to significant accomplishments related to education research. Those wishing to attend can purchase lunch on-site at registration ($35 for regular members, $20 for student members), or they can attend free of charge by bringing their own lunch or joining in for complimentary coffee or iced tea.

A Focus on Fisher: 

The Fisher Case, Diversity in Higher Education, and Social Science Confronting the Challenges to Affirmative Action

Time: Mon, Apr 29 - 2:45 - 4:15 pm
Place: Hilton Union Square, Lobby Level - Plaza B

Participants: Gary Orfield, University of California, Los Angeles; Liliana M. Garces, The George Washington University; Patricia Gurin, University of Michigan; Shirley Malcom, American Association for the Advancement of Science

This session will introduce key discussions on affirmative action, including Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the landmark Supreme Court case for which AERA filed an amicus brief. Participants will outline scientific evidence on the use of race as one factor in the university’s admissions policy, and the implications of the imminent court decision to higher education.

AERA Presidential Address: William G. Tierney (#AERAPres)

Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Role of the Intellectual in Eliminating Poverty
Time: Mon, Apr 29, 4:35 – 5:50 pm
Location: Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level - Continental 4-6

In his presidential address, William Tierney will examine the twin themes of how educational organizations might improve access and equity, and what the role of the intellectual is in the elimination of poverty.  He will focus on how high schools might improve college readiness and access to a postsecondary education based on the extant literature. Then, he will address how education scholars need to broaden their work beyond the confines of the academy, and become more engaged with bringing about change aimed at creating a more equitable society.

Can’t attend the session? Register to watch the livestream.

Champagne Reception

Time: Mon, Apr 29, 5:50 – 6:20 pm
Location: Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level – Continental

Immediately following the AERA Presidential Address, all Annual Meeting attendees are invited to attend the Champagne Reception.

New in 2013

Tour GLIDE Memorial Church

AERA meeting attendees are invited to visit and see how Glide members engage the local community. The tour of Glide’s educational outreach activities will include the Youth and Childcare Center today from 10:30 a.m.- noon or  3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Register to attend.

Mobile Mac Lab Fund

Inspired to give back to the San Francisco community? Consider a donation to GLIDE's MacBook Learning Lab, a mobile unit that enhances youth and children's learning in areas of literacy, nutrition, tutoring, creative arts, wellness, media awareness, and digital arts.

Community Cashmob

Why not check out a local restaurant committed to social good? Each day of the conference we’ll share a location that has been selected as a “community cashmob.” We hope you’ll visit the site and support their work in the San Francisco community.

Gracias Madre, just two short BART stops away in the Mission,  serves an all organic, vegan Mexican menu. In addition to the development of a farming externship, Gracias Madre collaborates with several local individuals and organizations that support their mission of reverence for food, commitment to health and sustainability, unconditional love for  multicultural family and community. Menu | Entrees: $12.75-$15.75

AERA Film Festival

The Association’s Film Festival features contemporary films related to the conference theme, “Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy, and Praxis,” and to other critical issues in education. Films run throughout the Annual Meeting, and some will include post-viewing discussions led by educators, filmmakers, and researchers. All film festival events take place in Hilton Union Square, Fourth Level - Union Square 22. 

Today’s films include One Tenth of Our Nation, Who Cares About Kelsey?, and Admissions: Student Stories From Undocumented America.

IGNITE Sessions

Ignite presentations, like Pecha Kucha, are short talks accompanied by automatically timed slides, 20 slides of 15 seconds each (5 minutes total). The point of Ignite presentations is to present an idea about some topic—in this case, the conference theme—in an engaging, concise way. Watch educational researchers tackle the theme “Access to Knowledge in the Age of Social Media” today, 2:45 - 4:15 pm, in Hilton Union Square, Lobby Level - Plaza A.