AERA Annual Meeting Preview - April 6, 2014
AERA Annual Meeting Preview - April 6, 2014

AERA14 Preview

April 6, 2014

Welcome to day four 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. 

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Key Sessions

Rep. Chaka Fattah

Congress and Connecting Research to STEM Education and Innovation
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Convention Center, Terrace Level – Terrace I
Participant: Chaka Fattah (U.S. House of Representatives)

Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), whose district covers much of the Philadelphia metro area, is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies (CJS). He has served in Congress since 1994.

Michael Bastedo

AERA Early Career Award (2013) Lecture: Michael Bastedo, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Cognitive Repairs in the Admissions Office: New Strategies for Improving Equity and Excellence at Selective Colleges
8:15 am to 9:45 am
Convention Center, 200 Level – 202A

There are two paradoxes in selective college admissions: (a) Why do admissions officers claim that SATs are only one part of the decision, when research shows repeatedly that they are largely determinative? (b) Why do admissions officers claim to review applications in light of school and family context, when research shows that racial and socioeconomic stratification have failed to improve? Bastedo argues these paradoxes result from cognitive biases and heuristics among admissions officers that create failures to improve access and equity even when there is the will to do so. Using fieldwork data from two flagship university admissions offices, he examines these cognitive biases, and the strengths and weaknesses of various "cognitive repairs” to address the problem. 

Anthony Bryk

AERA Distinguished Lecture: Anthony Bryk, President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Improving: Joining Improvement Science to Networked Communities
10:35 am to 12:05 pm
Convention Center, Terrace Level – Terrace I
Session hashtag: #AERAImprove
Session will also be live-streamed

For the past five years, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has been pioneering a fundamentally new vision for research and development that joins the discipline of improvement science with the capabilities of networks to foster innovation and social learning. This talk will illustrate the six principles of improvement that guide this work. It will introduce the idea of analytically and empirically rigorous practice-based evidence for advancing quality outcomes reliably at scale. In so doing, it reframes the work of applied educational research as an effort of systematically learning to improve. It stands as a counterpoint both to policy initiatives pressing rapid large-scale implementation and also autonomous efforts engaged in by individual teachers and schools seeking to improve.

Promoting Innovation and Building Research Foundations at the National Science Foundation
10:35 am to 12:05 pm
Convention Center, 100 Level, 120A

Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources, will present priorities and perspectives surrounding NSF research, and how the organization is working to promote innovation and build research foundations in the education sciences. 

Libby Doggett

Rachel Gordon
Universal Preschool: What Have We Learned, and What Does It Mean for Practice and Policy?
12:25 pm to 1:55 pm
Convention Center, Terrace Level - Terrace I
Rachel A. Gordon, Institute of Government and Public Affairs
Libby Doggett, U.S. Department of Education
Scholars, practitioners, and policymakers from many disciplinary backgrounds and political persuasions point to the promise of preschool. Scholars will share new research, and Libby Doggett, deputy assistant secretary for policy and early learning at the U.S. Department of Education, will discuss the implications of research on universal preschool for practice and policy.

Noncognitive Factors Affecting Student Success: State of the Science and Opportunities for School Improvement
4:05 pm to 5:35 pm
Convention Center, Terrace Level - Terrace I
In recent years there has been a flurry of activity regarding so-called “non-cognitive” factors affecting student success, referring to the non-IQ factors that cause learning and persistence. Broadly, interventions to increase self-regulation and to redirect student beliefs have had promising effects, in some cases causing lasting improvements for children across multiple domains of development. This session will present findings from some of the leading researchers on so-called non-cognitive factors affecting students, followed by a discussion of the implications of this research for school improvement and for broader theories of child development and student learning. 

Browse more key speakers, featured presidential sessions, live stream sessions, and session hashtags.

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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