AM 2013 Preview
AM 2013 Preview
April 18, 2013

AERA Annual Meeting Preview Returns

AERA is pleased to provide this first issue of 2013AM Preview. Launched in advance of the 2012 Annual Meeting, and now back by popular demand, this and subsequent previews will provide members and meeting attendees a glimpse of what to expect at the 94th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Well over 14,000 education researchers from more than 60 countries are expected to turn out for the Annual Meeting and present the latest in research in 2,400+ sessions. Anchoring the program this year is the theme “Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis,” which challenges us to consider the myriad ways education interacts with economic, intellectual, and moral poverty, locally, nationally, and internationally.

2013AM Preview will highlight key events, sessions, and logistical information about the meeting. You will receive one other communiqué prior to the meeting and then a daily preview of highlighted events on each of the five days of the meeting. Whether you attend the meeting or not, 2013AM Preview will keep you on top of key developments there.

Annual Meeting App Now Available for Download

The Annual Meeting mobile app is fresh from the developer and ready for downloading. The app gives attendees comprehensive information on the meeting, including session times and locations, presenter names and affiliations, and an exhibitor directory keyed to an exhibit hall map. With the app, you will be able to build a custom meeting schedule, connect with colleagues, and engage through social media. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, and BlackBerry devices and available for all other web browser–enabled phones, as well as PCs, through a web-based platform version.

Olivas to Give Opening Plenary on Immigrant Dreams—Followed by Attendee Reception for All

On the eve of the U.S. Senate’s 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 liminal categories such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and undocumented college students. Crucial questions that Olivas will address are, What should educators be doing to recognize and facilitate the incorporation of immigrant students into our educational institutions and our larger communities? How has Plyler v. Doe lasted 30 years? And will DREAMers prevail?

Olivas’s session, titled Immigrant DREAMS Deferred, will be held on Saturday, April 27, 4:05 to 5:35 p.m., at the Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level – Continental 4–6.

Afterward, all Annual Meeting attendees are invited to attend the Opening Reception, from 5:35 to 6:30 p.m., at the Hilton Union Square, Lobby Level – Golden Gate 3–8.

Oakes to Wrap Up Day 1 With Social Justice Award Lecture on Evidence and Activism

Efforts to make schools more socially just are most compelling when they are driven by a blend of social theory, evidence, and activism. Jeannie Oakes of the Ford Foundation will examine how 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, on the one hand, and educational opportunities and outcomes, on the other.

The session, titled Evidence and Activism: Research to Challenge Structures of Equality, is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level – Continental 5.

Duncan to Discuss K–12 Student Assessment

Session to Include 30+ Minutes of Q & A

During an hour-long session on April 30 titled Choosing the Right Battles: Remarks and a Conversation, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will give a major talk on K–12 student assessment and take audience questions. AERA is pleased that Duncan agreed to extend his visit to allow for a richer give-and-take with AERA members. Approximately 35 minutes of the hour will be devoted to audience Q & A.

“Secretary Duncan will be at the meeting not only to speak, but to listen,” said Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “We look forward to an open dialogue that fosters ongoing engagement between educational researchers and those responsible for policy development and implementation. AERA’s mission includes connecting research with policy and practice, and engaging with the nation’s policy leaders is crucial to that.”

The session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., at the Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level – Continental 4–6.

Want to Attend More Than One Session at Once, or Can’t Attend? Register for Live-Streamed Sessions

For the first time, AERA is live-streaming selected Annual Meeting sessions for attendees who want to watch two simultaneous sessions, or for people who are not able to attend. Free registration is required to watch any of the nine sessions. Join the live conversation on Twitter using the session hashtags.

Live-streamed sessions include:

AERA Opening Plenary Session: Michael A. Olivas (#AERADream)
Immigrant DREAMS Deferred
Time: Sat, Apr 27 - 4:05pm - 5:35pm PDT    

Featured Presidential Session: Against the Odds: A Discussion With NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez (#AERAOdds)
Time: Sun, Apr 28 - 10:35am - 12:05pm PDT

Education, Poverty, and School Reform: Perspectives From the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education (#AERAReform)
Time: Sun, Apr 28 - 2:15pm - 3:45pm PDT

The Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture: Marta Tienda (#AERAEquity)
Diversity ≠ Inclusion: Translating Access Into Equity in Higher Education
Time: Mon, Apr 29 - 10:35am - 12:05pm PDT

Presidential Address (#AERAPres)
Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Role of the Intellectual in Eliminating Poverty
Time: Mon, Apr 29 - 4:35pm - 6:20pm PDT

AERA Distinguished Lecture: Pedro A. Noguera (#AERAFuture)
Education, Racial Inequality, and the Future of American Democracy
Time: Tue, Apr 30 - 10:20am - 11:50am PDT           

What Is the Role for Teachers’ Unions in School District Reforms? (#AERAUnions)
Time: Tue, Apr 30 - 12:10pm - 1:40pm PDT 

Featured Presidential Session: The Future of Schools and Colleges of Education: Their Role in Educational Reform and Equity  (#AERACOE)
Time: Tue, Apr 30 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT

Special Invited Address: U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan (#AERASec)
Choosing the Right Battles: Remarks and a Conversation
Time: Tue, Apr 30 - 3:45pm - 4:45pm PDT   

New to AERA or the Annual Meeting? Get Your Bearings at the Welcoming Orientation

New members and first-time meeting attendees are invited to an orientation session. Chaired by AERA President William Tierney, President-Elect Barbara Schneider, and Executive Director Felice Levine, the session offers an opportunity to learn more about AERA, the benefits of being a member, and how to navigate the Annual Meeting. The session is set for Sunday, April 28, 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., at the Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level – Imperial Ballroom.

Making the Most of San Francisco

San Francisco is an American gem and a great destination for world-class dining, shopping, culture, and arts, and for scenic splendor and outdoor activities. We are pleased to offer AERA members a selection of tours: a ferry ride to Alcatraz, a guided stroll across the Golden Gate Bridge, a bus tour of the city’s highlights, and an excursion to beautiful Muir Woods and Sausalito.

Like any premier tourist destination, San Francisco is more than a collection of postcard-perfect sights. There is the reality of poverty—but also of community, and social organizations working tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of the needy and to fight for social justice. We offer several substantive off-site visits that allow participants to see how social justice and equal educational opportunity is being advanced at local community groups and schools.

In addition, throughout the Annual Meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to support the service activities of GLIDE Memorial Church and see how GLIDE members engage the local community. By volunteering to serve meals or contributing to a computer fund drive, you can make help make a difference.