AERA Annual Meeting Preview - April 3, 2014
AERA Annual Meeting Preview - April 3, 2014

AERA14 Preview

April 3, 2014

Welcome to opening day of the AERA Annual Meeting. Each morning, AERA14 Preview will provide tips on key sessions and events, as well as other Annual Meeting resources and highlights you won’t want to miss. To get started, download the official AERA14 mobile app through your app store by searching "aera 2014 annual meeting" or following the instructions on the Annual Meeting Program Mobile App page
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Key Sessions

Teresa A. Sullivan

AERA Opening Plenary Session: Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia
A Pipeline of Innovation: Education Research from K-12 to College
4:05 pm to 5:35 pm
Followed by Opening Reception – 5:35 to 6:30 pm 
Convention Center, Terrace Level – Terrace I
Session hashtag: #AERAInnovate
Session will also be live-streamed

Sullivan will speak about education research that is leading to innovative practices and policies at every level of education, from kindergarten through higher education, making the case for a continuum of innovation.

Innovations in Access to and Success in College
12 pm - 1:30 pm
Convention Center, Terrace Level - Terrace I
Session will also be live-streamed 

What innovations can we as a community of research and practice apply to meet the Obama administration’s charge to increase higher education access and success, particularly among low-income, first-generation college-going students? This AERA presidential session will investigate this question and provide evidence on several creative and cost-effective strategies to support students to and through college. 

Edward G. Rendell

The Political Realities of Education Reform: What Is the Role for Educational Research?
2:15 pm to 3:45 pm
Convention Center, Terrace Level - Terrace I
Former Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell
Session will also be live-streamed 

Real reform in urban areas is more of a political question than a technical one. While we may get some gains in achievement with different models of schools or by changing how we train teachers, the vast funding disparities and demographic differences between urban schools and suburban schools are at the root of the problems politically isolated city schools face. Altering this landscape is a political issue. In light of this reality that much of education reform is a political problem, what role is there for researchers?  

Diane Ravitch

Helen Gym

Rising to the Challenges of Quality and Equality: The Promise of a Public Pedagogy
2:15 pm to 3:45 pm 
Convention Center, 100 Level - 121B 
Diane Ravitch, Professor, Research Professor of Education, New York University
Helen Gym, Co-founder of Parents United for Public Education

All children have a right to a quality education, but many children in today's world are being denied that right. Education research can help address this challenge. Diane Ravitch will speak about the unanticipated consequences of educational innovations, while Helen Gym will discuss what educational research means for the lives of school children in Philadelphia. 

Michael A. Olivas

Social Justice in Education Award (2014) Lecture: Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law, University of Houston Law Center
Drafting Justice: Statutory Language, Public Policy, and Legislative Reform
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   
Convention Center, 100 Level – 119A
Session hashtag: #AERASJ

Of all the dimensions of a full life as a professor, the side of service and social justice is rarely acknowledged. In his Social Justice in Education Award Lecture, Michael A. Olivas will discuss "Drafting Social Justice:  Statutory Language, Public Policy, and Legislative Reform." Olivas will reference his work on the Top Ten Percent Plan, state DREAM Acts, Sec. 529 college prepaid plans, and residency requirements for agricultural migrant workers.

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Annual Meeting Resources

Accessibility and Inclusion Resources
Check-in & Registration: 200 Level – Hall E
Child Care
Convention Center and Hotel Floor Plan
Discover Philadelphia Tourism Site
Exhibit Hall Information
Graduate Student Resource Center
How to Find Roundtable & Poster Numbers
Internet Access
Media Room
Navigating the Annual Meeting 
Off-site Visits
Philadelphia Hotels Map
Print Program PDF
Professional Development & Training Courses
Program Highlights

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