AERA Highlights - August 2018
AERA Highlights - August 2018

August 2018





WERA World Congress Draws Hundreds of Education Researchers to South Africa

The World Education Research Association convened the 2018 WERA World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa August 3-5. The Congress brought together nearly 400 researchers, policy leaders, and practitioners from 52 countries to participate in paper sessions, symposia, poster sessions, and workshops focused on advancing education research worldwide.


AERA-NSF Grants Program Releases New Calls for Dissertation and Research Proposals—October 17 Deadline

The AERA-NSF Grants Program just released new calls for dissertation and research grant proposals. The submission deadline is October 17 for awards to begin as early as January 2019. Read more


AERA Acts to Strengthen Federal Statistics and Resources

Over the past month, AERA has advocated for important statistical resources for the broader education and science communities. These actions aim to ensure the accuracy and quality of data and education research, as well as bolster infrastructure for evidence-based policymaking.


AERA Member Michelene Chi Wins David E. Rumelhart Prize in Cognitive Science

AERA member and Fellow Michelene “Micki” Chi was named the winner of the 19th David E. Rumelhart Prize in Cognitive Science. Often called “the Nobel Prize in Cognitive Science,” the award is presented annually by the Cognitive Science Society to an individual or team making a significant contemporary contribution to the theoretical foundations of human cognition.


Federal Research Appointments and Policy News


Karen Marrongelle to Head NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate

The National Science Foundation announced that Karen Marrongelle will head the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. EHR supports fundamental research on learning and teaching, and programs and scholarship that promote excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.


Kelvin Droegemeier Nominated to Lead White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

On July 31, President Donald Trump nominated Kelvin Droegemeier to serve as the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a confirmation hearing on August 23. The committee is scheduled to meet September 5 in an executive session to consider referring Droegemeier’s nomination to the full Senate.


NSF Launches 2026 Idea Machine—Public Invited to Submit Research Ideas

The National Science Foundation continues its active search for the next frontier in scientific innovation and engineering with the launch of the NSF 2026 Idea Machine on August 31. Building on NSF’s 10 Big Ideas, the Idea Machine is a public competition to propose research questions, including in STEM education and research, that can be advanced through NSF investment in the next decade.


Perkins CTE Act Reauthorized; House Democrats Introduce Aim Higher Act

President Donald Trump signed the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the first comprehensive education bill of his presidency, on July 31. The law modernizes policy aspects of career and technical education. Beginning in July 2019, the law is authorized for six years.


Senate Advances FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations

The Senate approved legislation combining the two largest appropriations bills – Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies – by an 85-7 vote on August 23. The bill, H.R. 6157, represents the third “minibus” appropriations package that the Senate has advanced for fiscal year 2019.



Education Week’s Sarah Sparks Discusses Covering Education Research

Sarah Sparks is an assistant editor and research reporter at Education Week, where she has covered education research and the science of learning for more than a decade. The following Q&A is one in an occasional series of conversations with policy and opinion leaders with an interest in and commitment to education research.

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Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

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.


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