Public Scholarship for Diverse Democracies: Making Education Research Matter
Public Scholarship for Diverse Democracies: Making Education Research Matter

The purpose of this webpage is to share a few examples of public scholarship being discussed in this 2015 Annual Meeting Presidential Session. The participatory symposium will engage AERA members in defining the opportunities and challenges of situating education research as public scholarship that is accessible and useful to educators, policymakers, and the public working to strengthen increasingly diverse democracies. Symposium participants are encouraged to write, share, and document their thoughts about ways to support the research community in advancing public scholarship during the AERA Centennial Year. 

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Session Details: 
Sunday April 19, 4:05 to 6:05 p.m. 
Hyatt, West Tower - Gold Level - Regency C

2016 AERA Annual Meeting

"Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies" 

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

Examples of Public Scholarship: 

Broadcast Media Appearances:

  • Linda Darling-Hammond (Stanford) being interviewed by Dan Rather about her research on policies and practices in high achieving countries.
    Watch on YouTube »

Short Videos:

Web Tools:

  • Michelle Renee and the Annenberg Institute’s (Brown) tool providing access to research resources on education equity on the Annenberg Institute for School Reform’s website.


  • Rick Hess (AEI) blogs regularly on Education Week, and annually reports the results of his  innovative index that assess the impact of some forms of public scholarship. 

  • Linda Darling-Hammond’ s (Stanford) report with Diane Friedlaender (Stanford) on Education Week’s blog, “Student-Centered Practices for Underserved Youth” September 8, 2014. 


  • David Garcia’s (ASU) blog “Traditional public school is a legitimate choice, too” helped launch David’s run for Arizona state superintendent of Public Instruction. 

  • Linda Darling-Hammond (Stanford) has penned research based OpEd’s in both mainstream and professional outlets. For example, “To Close the Achievement Gap, We Need to Close the Teaching Gap,” Huffington Post, June 30, 2014. 

  • This was then reposted as “U.S. Teachers Have Harder Job than Counterparts in Industrialized World,” Washington Post, July 1, 2014.

  • Linda Darling-Hammond’s “Assessments for Deeper Learning: What’s Next and What Will They Cost?” appeared in NASBE Policy Update, and was republished in the State Education Standard.

  • David Kirp’s (UC Berkeley) New York Times commentary reporting a study of intensive math tutoring.

Policy Briefs:

  • David Garcia’s (ASU) policy report for a local think tank, Arizona Indicators, “School Reenrollment:  Choosing to Stay” 

  • Kevin Kumashiro (USF) created a Petition asking educational researchers to sign-on in support of  NEPC’s Policy Memo regarding ESEA Reauthorization – and more than 2000 did so in about 10 days. The Petition, which included the Policy Memo, was then sent to Senators and others. 

Commission / Task Force Reports:

  • Linda Darling-Hammond (Stanford) was among several researchers on the US Department of Education’s Equity and Excellent Task Force who contributed to the report, “For Each and Every Child —A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence.”  Washington, D.C., U.S. Department of Education, 2013. She also is co-chair and contributor to “Greatness by Design: Supporting Outstanding Teaching to Sustain a Golden State,” a report of California’s Task Force on Educator Excellence. 

  • Rick Hess (AEI) and his colleagues support the biennial US Chamber of Commerce Leader and Laggards report.
Peer Reviews of Policy-Related Reports:

  • NEPC’s (CU Boulder) “Think Tank Review,” project produces timely reviews of selected think tank publications, which are often influential but not peer reviewed.  NEPC reviewers apply academic peer review standards and write brief reviews for the project website
Visuals/Graphics for Public Audiences:

  • David Garcia (ASU) uses a Prezi presentation to support talks to local Arizona audiences on school choice and markets.

  • Kevin Welner’s (CU Boulder) Teachers College Record article, “The Dirty Dozen: How Charter Schools Influence Student Enrollment,” was then turned into an Infographic “game” by the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Campaign, called “Charterland” and received a great deal of social media attention. 

  • Jeannie Oakes (UCLA) led a UC ACCORD research team that created California’s “College Opportunity Ratio” that reports the rates of college preparation in the state’s high schools.  

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