Press Information and Registration
Press Information and Registration
Meeting Overview, Policies, and Registration Details for Journalists

About the Annual Meeting

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas -- from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy. It is where to encounter ideas and data that will shape tomorrow's education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the U.S. and around the world. 

The 2016 Annual Meeting, with an expected attendance of more than 15,000, will feature over 2,500 sessions.

2016 Annual Meeting Theme

In AERA's Centennial Year, the Annual Meeting will celebrate and reinvigorate the progressive aspirations that gave rise to our professional community in 1916: hope and determination that research can strengthen public education, society’s most democratic institution. To mark this remarkable moment, the 2016 Meeting will illuminate and enhance the role of education researchers as public scholars who contribute to public understanding, political debate, and professional practice in increasingly diverse democracies in the U.S. and around the globe. Read more  


Friday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Washington, DC

Annual Meeting sessions will be held Friday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 12 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and two headquarter hotels. The hotels are the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC and the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.

Media Registration

Please complete this Press Registration Form. If you do not hear from us within two business days, please contact AERA Communications Director Tony Pals (, office: (202) 238-3235), or AERA Communications Associate Victoria Oms (, office: (202) 238-3233). 


Make your hotel reservation online. A room block has been reserved for the press and can be accessed through this customized press housing link only. 

For assistance with housing, please contact housing customer service at (800) 262-9974 or by email at, and indicate that you are a member of the press.  

Schedule of Events

  • Browse Major Addresses and Lectures, Award Lecture Speakers, Selected Presidential Sessions and Ed Talks here.
  • Browse or search the complete online program here.
    The online program can be searched by:
    o   Individual presenter/participant’s name or affiliation
    o   Session title/topic
    o   Paper title/topic

Research Paper Abstracts

Links to abstracts for research papers are available in the online program. By accessing the schedule, you acknowledge that the contents of the abstracts are subject to AERA’s embargo policy (see below).

Not Sure Which Sessions to Attend? 

AERA is happy to provide recommendations on Annual Meeting sessions and point you to research papers, based on your interests. Please contact AERA Communications Director Tony Pals (, office: (202) 238-3235), or AERA Communications Associate Victoria Oms (, office: (202) 238-3233). 

Embargo Policy

Contents of research papers being presented at the 2016 AERA Annual Meeting are embargoed until date and time of presentation, unless otherwise specified.

Social Media

Social Media: The hashtag for the 2016 Annual Meeting is #AERA16. Please follow AERA on Facebook and Twitter

Press Badges and Press Room

Badges must be picked up on site in the press room, Convention Center, Room 204 A, Level Two.

Press Room Hours 

Friday, April 8   11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday, April 9   8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday, April 10   8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday, April 11   8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday, April 12   8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Press Contacts

  • AERA Communications Director Tony Pals,, office: (202) 238-3235
  • AERA Communications Associate Victoria Oms,, office: (202) 238-3233

About AERA

AERA is the largest national professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.
AERA Fact Sheet (PDF)

Media Contacts

Tony Pals, director of communications, (202) 238-3235

Victoria Oms, communications associate, (202) 238-3233

Media Registration

Please complete this Press Registration Form.

If you do not hear from us within two business days, please contact: or

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