AM 2013 Daily Preview
AM 2013 Daily Preview
Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Highlighted Sessions – Saturday, April 27

Finding Superman: Debating the Future of Public Education in America

Time: Sat, Apr 27 - 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Place: Hilton Union Square, Lobby Level - Plaza A

Chair: Watson Scott Swail; Participants: Arthur Levine, Linda Darling-Hammond, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Virginia Edwards, Milton Chen, Benjamin Levin

AERA Opening Plenary Session: Michael A. Olivas (#AERADream)

Immigrant DREAMS Deferred
Time: Sat, Apr 27 - 4:05 - 5:35 pm
Place: Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level - Continental 4-6

On the eve of the U.S. Senate release of its Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) legislation, Professor Michael A. Olivas will summarize legal and other governance issues concerning immigration and higher education, particularly the liminal categories such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and undocumented college students. 

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

Opening Reception

Time: Sat, Apr 27 - 5:35 - 6:30 pm
Hilton Union Square, Lobby Level - Golden Gate 3–8. 

Immediately following the Opening Plenary Session, all Annual Meeting attendees are invited to attend the Opening Reception.

Social Justice in Education Award (2013) Lecture: Jeannie Oakes (#AERASJ)

Evidence and Activism: Research to Challenge Structures of Inequality
Sat, Apr 27 - 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Place: Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level - Continental 5

In her lecture, Jeannie Oakes will explore the idea that efforts to make schools more socially just are most compelling when they are driven by a blend of social theory, evidence, and activism. The power of this blend is revealed in analyses of the shifting landscape of economic and social inequality over the past several decades and in educators’ and activists’ work to disrupt the links between economic and social inequality and educational opportunities and outcomes. Oakes's analysis makes clear that social scientists must play a critical role in the struggle for socially just schooling.

New in 2013

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 for a “community cashmob.” We hope you’ll visit the site and support their work of these businesses in the San Francisco community.

Old School Cafe
 is both a violence prevention program and a 1940s-style supper club. By providing jobs and training to at-risk youth through paid apprenticeships, OSC helps to close the gap by providing youth with intensive mentoring, life skills and professional development.
| Entrees: $9-$21


Commonwealth is a progressive American restaurant located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. Commonwealth donates $10 from each of Chef Fox’s inventive tasting menus to local nonprofits, including the San Francisco Food Bank.
| Tasting Menu $70, A La Carte options $11-$18 

AERA Film Festival

The Association’s Inaugural 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 at the Hilton Union Square, Fourth Level - Tower 3 Union Square 22.

Today’s films include Finding D-QU: The Lonely Struggle of California’s Only Tribal College; Up Heartbreak Hill; and Forty Years Later: Now Can We Talk?