AERA Highlights - April 2019
AERA Highlights - April 2019

April 2019

2019 Annual Meeting News

Research Policy and Funding News
AERA Calls
AERA Publications Calls
Beyond AERA
AERA in the News


2020 Annual Meeting Theme Released; Call for Submissions Coming May 10

The 2020 Annual Meeting theme—“The Power and Possibilities for the Public Good When Researchers and Organizational Stakeholders Collaborate”—is a call to “to address educational challenges through policy and community engagement and to work with diverse institutional and organizational stakeholders.” 

Shaun Harper Voted AERA President-Elect; Key Members Elected to AERA Council
Shaun Harper, a Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, has been voted president-elect of AERA. Read more

2019 Annual Meeting News

More than 14,000 Education Researchers Drawn to Toronto for AERA Annual Meeting
The 2019 AERA Annual Meeting brought more than 14,000 scholars, policy leaders, students, and practitioners to Toronto, Canada, for the largest education research conference in the world, offering five days of stimulating discussion, exchange, and professional development. Read more

Opening Plenary Examines the Power of Educational Institutions to Inflict and Heal Racial Injustices
The 2019 Annual Meeting’s Opening Plenary session, “Truth and Reconciliation in Education: History, Narratives, and Pedagogy,” addressed the meaning of truth and reconciliation in the field of education and the power of educational institutions to both inflict and heal racial injustices. Read more

AERA 2019 President Wells Scrutinizes School Testing Policies
In this year’s Presidential Address, “An Inconvenient Truth About the New Jim Crow of Education,” 2019 AERA President Amy Stuart Wells (Teachers College, Columbia University) scrutinized testing policies in education, suggesting that standardized testing, with its perpetuation of an unequal education system for students of color, is the new “Jim Crow” of education. Read more

Town Hall Participants Assess Progress in, and Next Steps for, Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academe
The AERA Annual Meeting featured a Town Hall session titled “Sexual Harassment and Climate Change in Scholarly Associations and the Academy. Read more
Gun Violence Town Hall Takes Stock of School Safety Research and Practices
With gun violence and school safety still among the top concerns of educators and policy leaders, AERA held an Annual Meeting Town Hall on April 8 to examine the dynamics and patterns of gun violence in schools and communities in the United States, take stock of promising policy and societal developments, and scrutinize emerging research addressing the consequences of gun violence. Read more
Major Annual Meeting Lecture Speakers Discuss Issues of Race in Education
The AERA Distinguished Lecture and the AERA Wallace Foundation Lecture featured prominent scholars engaging meeting attendees in important conversations about race, racism, microaggressions, and education at this year’s Annual Meeting in Toronto. Read more
Research and Science Policy Forum Engages Attendees in Major Issues in Education Research
The 2019 AERA Annual Meeting included 24 invited sessions as part of its Research and Science Policy Forum, featuring new reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; updates from federal agency representatives; and discussion on open knowledge. Read more

Research Policy and Funding News

AERA Continues Action on FY 2020 Appropriations
In April, AERA submitted written testimony to the House subcommittees that support key federal agencies that advance education research and statistical infrastructure. Read more
Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019 Introduced in Senate; AERA Among Endorsers
On April 4, Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) announced the introduction of the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019. AERA is a supporter of the legislation. Read more

AERA Calls

Call for Applications for AERA Fellowship Program on Deeper Learning—Deadline: April 30 
Call for 2020 Annual Meeting Volunteer Reviewers–Deadline: May 13
Call for AERA Dissertation and Research Grant Proposals—Deadline: May 15

AERA Publications Calls

Call for JEBS Editors

Beyond AERA

IES Director Issues List of Proposed Interventions for the Systematic Replication RFA

NCES Releases Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2018

New NCES Report Looks at Relationship between Educational Attainment and Various Rates of Labor Underutilization

Call for Letters of Inquiry for William T. Grant Foundation’s Research Grants on Reducing Inequality—Deadline: May 1

Call for Letters of Inquiry for William T. Grant Foundation’s Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence—Deadline: May 1

NIH Call for Applications for Predoctoral Training in Advanced Data Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research - Institutional Research Training Program—Deadline: May 25

IES Requests Public Comment on Proposed Agency Priorities—Deadline: May 28 

Request for Information Seeking Stakeholder Input on the Need for an NIH Administrative Data Enclave—Deadline: May 30

2020 Young Scholars Program Call for Proposals (Foundation for Child Development)—Deadline: June 10

Call for Nominations for the Dunette Prize (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology/APA Division 14 and the SIOP Foundation)—Deadline: June 30

Advanced Methods Institute on “In Support of Culturally Sustainable Research and Researchers,” Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology, June 24 – 27

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research
Is there a trade-off between racial diversity and academic excellence in gifted classrooms?
The Hechinger Report, April 29, 2019

Study: Paper Reading More Effective Than Screen Reading
Voice of America, April 16

Gifted classes may not help talented students move ahead faster
The Hechinger Report, April 15

4 Ways Schools Help or Hinder Gifted Students
Education Week, April 15

Are Students Socially Connected? Check Their Dining-Hall-Swipe Data
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 9

Algebra for 3rd Graders?
Education Week, April 8

AERA '19: Testing policies are the 'Jim Crow of education,' association president suggests
Education Dive, April 8

Digital Distraction Is a Problem Far Beyond the Classroom. But Professors Can Still Help.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 7

Racial Diversity of Online Charters Varies Widely By State, Study Finds
Education Week, April 7

Screen Reading Worse for Comprehension, Leads to Overconfidence, New Meta-analysis Concludes
Education Week, April 6

Dem senators introduce bill to combat sexual harassment in STEM
The Hill, April 4

Education Researchers Consider 'Post Truth' Evidence at International Conference
Education Week, April 5

Dr. Shaun R. Harper Voted AERA President-Elect
Diverse Issues in Higher Education, April 3

More AERA in the News

AERA Highlights is published by the American Educational Research Association monthly to inform members and others interested in education research about the latest news and developments in AERA and in the field.
Editor: Felice J. Levine
Managing Editors: Tony Pals and John Neikirk
Contributors: Collin Boylin, Jessica Sibold, Christy Talbot, and Martha Yager