The World of Educational Quality
The World of Educational Quality
The World of Educational Quality

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2007 AERA Annual Meeting and Exhibition
Monday, April 9 - Friday, April 13

THEME: The World of Educational Quality

Theme Details

Important Change:
Annual Meeting Programs
will be distributed on-site only

Starting with the 2007 Annual Meeting, the printed Annual Meeting program will no longer be mailed to preregistrants in advance. The program will be available on the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Web site in February in electronic searchable and PDF formats, with all of the enhancements and special features that have evolved over recent years. All preregistrants and on-site registrants will pick up the printed program on-site at the Registration Hall.

AERA Council made this decision at its June 2006 meeting in anticipation of the forthcoming Annual Meeting (see Council minutes, published in the October 2006 issue of Educational Researcher). In deciding to discontinue the mailing of the printed programs in advance of the Annual Meeting, the AERA Council considered the following concerns: (a) An increasing number of preregistrants use the searchable online program to create personal schedules; (b) only approximately 55% of preregistrants receive the printed program in the mail because of the need to mail it in February, before many preregistrants register; and (c) the cost of the mailing has become very high because of the program’s increase in size and weight and the increase in postage. Council was mindful of the general technology and access issues and determined that computer access has become widely available among potential attendees. Council decided that if registrants did want printed programs in advance, they could request them through the Central Office but would need to pay for shipping. Requests should be sent to no later than February 28, 2007.

Latest News

This is the best place to look to keep up to date with 2007 AERA Annual Meeting details.

April 1, 2007
Online Registration is CLOSED.
No additional Mail/Fax registrations are being accepeted. Please register onsite in Chicago.

February 22, 2007
2007 AERA Annual Meeting Program Now Available.

December 8, 2006
Registration and housing for the 2007 AERA Annual Meeting is open. Save time by registering online today! Mail/Fax registration is also available. Please download the 2007 Registration and Housing Form (PDF).

November 27, 2006
The AERA on-line program will be available in February of 2007. It will allow you to search by author name, individual presentation title, and program session title. At that time, the program will also include important scheduling information:  day, time, hotel, as well as function room location. Until then, the Association is not in a position to advise attendees and participants of program scheduling. Please check the AERA Web site in Mid-January for further updates.

October 5, 2006
Beginning on November 9th, presentation notification announcements will be e-mailed to all 2007 AERA Annual Meeting submitters. Presentation status notifications will not be released prior to this date. Questions concerning acceptance, rejection, as well as presentation format must be directed to the appropriate program chair of the AERA Division/SIG/Committee. Contact information may be found detailed in the "Call" at:

September 1, 2006
Read the latest updates provided in the General Information section below. We have provided the details available at this time regarding travel and meeting attendance topics.

Check the new information available in the menu to the left including Registration and Housing, Overview of Chicago and Annual Meeting Program Advertising details.

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General Information

Annual Meeting Headquarters Hotels
The majority of sessions will be conducted at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, the Hyatt Regency Chicago, and the Marriott Chicago Downtown.  The AERA 2007 Annual Meeting Exhibits (April 10-12) will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  The AERA 2007 Annual Meeting Registration will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.

Career Center
The 2007 Career Center will be locatedin the Exhibit Hall of the Hyatt Regency Chicago at the following times:

Tuesday, April 10, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday, April 12, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Job Candidate Registration: Online registration is now closed.  On-site registration is availble in the Career Center starting April 10th.  The cost for on-site registration is $60.  For more information, contact Karen Nedbal, Director of Membership and Marketing, at or on 202.223.9485.

Employer Registration is now closed.  Onsite registration is available.    For more information, contact Karen Nedbal, Director of Membership and Marketing, at or on 202.223.9485.

AERA has arranged exclusive discount airfares for 2007 AERA Annual Meeting registrants with United Airlines. Inquiries regarding travel arrangements should be directed to United through their special meeting desk lines. If you normally use the services of a travel agent, have the agent place your reservations through the toll-free number to obtain the same advantages for you.  United may be contacted at 1-800-521-4041. Please reference the AERA file number 563NH.

Delta Air Lines is one of the official carriers for AERA.  As a member of AERA you are eligible to receive a 5% discount on all of AERA's meetings, staff, and individual business travel off the applicable coach class fares and a 10% discount off first class fares when confirming your reservations online.  For applicable discounts click on the Delta link below and realize the following additional benefits:

  • 500 SkyMiles bonus points for every round-trip ticket
  • No service fees
  • Check-in online within 24 hours prior to departure For Business Travel (Note: If you experience problems with this link, please click your browsers refresh button and try the link again.)

Car Rental
AERA has arranged with AVIS Rent a Car, special conference discount rates.  Rates are available from April 5-15, 2007.  Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-331-1600 or online at The AERA Annual Meeting AVIS Discount Number is: T456899.

Airport Shuttle
AERA is pleased to announce this special membership service to individuals flying into and out of Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport.  Continental Airport Express shuttle service is available to all the AERA Annual Conference hotels.  Continental Airport Express provides affordable, reliable transportation services between O'Hare and Midway airports and all locations in downtown Chicago.

Their airport shuttles transport passengers to:

  • Downtown Chicago hotels and door-to-door to business and residential locations
  • McCormick Place
  • Lincoln Park
  • Suburbs- hotels and door-to-door business and residential locations

Reservations are required.  Please call 888-2thevan or visit the website: to make your reservations. Click here to print your $3.00-off coupon.

Information for Persons with Disabilities
AERA encourages persons with disabilities to attend the Annual Meeting. Most hotels are accessible to the disabled. To reserve a hotel room better suited to meet the needs of the disabled, please indicate your needs in the appropriate space on the Housing Request Form when available in December. Individuals with disability should check the appropriate box on the registration form and attach a note outlining specific needs to make the meeting more accessible. This includes participants who may need interpreting assistance or any other special assistance. A note from a physician may be requested under extreme circumstances. 

Child Care
Services will be provided by KiddieCorp for children of all ages from infants to adolescents at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Experienced staff will include an on-site supervisor and the organization is licensed, bonded, and insured. Nutritious snacks and beverages along with age-appropriate toys, games, movies, and cartoons will be provided. Ratios of staff to children are 1 to 2 for infants, 1 to 3 for toddlers, and 1 to 5 for school age children.

The Child Care Center will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on the first day of the Annual Meeting, and from 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on subsequent days except for the last day (Friday, April 13), when it will close at 3:45 p.m. To ensure the center is properly staffed and to facilitate planning games and other activities for the children, advance registration is required. On-site registration may be possible on a space-available basis and at a slightly higher cost. Those interested in receiving further information and the registration form should mark the appropriate space on the Advance Registration Form. You can also contact KiddieCorp directly at the following number: 858-455-1718. Rates are included on the materials you will receive. The deadline for child-care registration is March 2, 2007. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Click here to pre-register for child care.

Once again, AERA is pleased to offer all meeting attendees a wonderful selection of tours. Interested individuals are requested to check on the AERA Web site for a full listing, description, and pricing. Make the most of your meeting attendance by expanding your learning experience and take one of the tours!

Register Online!
Online Registration is now closed. Onsite Registration opens Sunday, April 8 at 5:00 p.m.

Register Early!
Despite a large block of rooms available in Chicago, this destination is so popular that early registration is recommended so that attendees can make reservations at the hotels of their choice.

Note Dates!
Please note the dates of the 2007 Annual Meeting in Chicago are April 9-13, a Monday through Friday pattern.

The National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)
NCME is a professional organization that will hold its Annual Meeting from April 10-12, 2007, in conjunction with that of AERA. For additional information on the NCME meeting, please visit their web site at: