AERA Highlights - February 2021
AERA Highlights - February 2021

February 2021

AERA Speaking Out on Issues
Research Policy and Funding News
AERA Calls
AERA Editor Call
Beyond AERA
In Memoriam
AERA in the News


AERA 2021 Election Is Open—Cast Your Ballot by March 18
The AERA 2021 election opened on Wednesday, February 17, with voting conducted by electronic ballot. The election is being held over a 30-day period, concluding on Thursday, March 18, at 11:59 p.m. PST. Read more

AERA Kicks Off Countdown to 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, April 8–12—Preliminary Program Opens March 1
The open meetings and orientation sessions at the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, April 8–12, are just the tip of the iceberg for the more than 14,000 attendees who are expected to come to what is the largest virtual gathering of education researchers worldwide. Read more

Dillard, Hurtado to Present 2021 Distinguished Annual Meeting Lectures
AERA President Shaun Harper has announced prominent scholars Cynthia B. Dillard and Sylvia Hurtado as major speakers at the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. Read more

AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine Testifies Before House Science Committee on the Impact of COVID-19 on Early Career Scholars and Doctoral Students
On February 25, AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine provided testimony in front of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in a hearing titled “Building Back the U.S. Research Enterprise: COVID Impacts and Recovery.” Read more

AERA and OECD to Hold March 11 Forum on Research Opportunities on Global Teaching InSights Video Study—Register Now
On March 11, AERA and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will hold an interactive forum to discuss research opportunities and lessons learned from the Global Teaching InSights Video Study. Read more

AERA-ICPSR PEERS Data Hub to Hold STEM Data and Research Methods Workshops in March—No Fee, Register Now
In March, the AERA-ICPSR PEERS Data Hub will hold two workshops, one on using the Stanford Education Data Archive and the other on mentorship and collaboration in quantitative research. Read more

AERA Speaking Out on Issues

AERA Submits Comments to Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building
On February 9, AERA provided comments in response to a request for information from the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building. Read more

AERA Offers Comments to Inform 2022–26 NSF Strategic Plan
On February 10, AERA provided comments to the National Science Foundation to inform the development of the agency’s 2022–26 strategic plan. Read more

Call for Applications for AERA Congressional Fellowship
DEADLINE: Friday, March 19, 2021 11:59PM PT

Research Policy and Funding News

Education Department to Collect Data on In-Person Instruction in 2021 NAEP School Survey
On February 5, the Department of Education announced the National Center for Education Statistics would conduct the 2021 National Assessment of Educational Progress School Survey. Read more

House Moves Forward on Budget Reconciliation COVID-19 Package with Funding for Education Research
Throughout February, House committees have worked on developing a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus and recovery package through the budget reconciliation process. Read more

AERA Calls

Call for 2021 Brown Lecture Nominations—Deadline: March 15​

Call for Applications for AERA Congressional Fellowship Program—Deadline: March 19

Call for Applications for AERA Grants Program—Deadline: May 12

Call for Applications for AERA Fellowship Program on the Study of Deeper Learning—Deadline: May 24; Informational Webinar on March 16—Register Now

AERA Editor Call

Call for Editors, RRE 2023, 2025—Deadline Extended: March 23

Beyond AERA

The deadline for nominations for the 2021 Yidan Prize for Education Research and Yidan Prize for Education Development is March 31. The recipient of each award receives HK$30 million (around US$3.9 million). Learn more

The deadline for the 2021 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize is March 14. The prize is awarded for outstanding scientific contributions by individuals from all scholarly disciplines aiming to improve the learning, development, and living conditions of children and youth. The recipient receives 1 million Swiss francs (approximately US$1.12 million) for a research project and related costs. Learn more

Visit the Beyond AERA webpage for professional advancement opportunities from other organizations, including calls for papers and submissions, meetings and conferences, and other activities.

In Memoriam

AERA Members who have recently passed away

Barbara Leeper Goebel, 99, died on December 30. She retired in 1989 as a professor of psychology at Illinois State University where she had taught for 25 years. Read more

John Edgar Peifer, 88, died on January 31. He retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in 1986, where he held several positions over 16 years. Read more

Richard Elmore, 77, an emeritus professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, died in February. He had been a member of AERA Division A–Administration, Organization, and Leadership and Division L–Educational Policy and Politics. Read more

Ye (Angel) Wang, 44, an associate professor of deaf and hard of hearing and co-director of Teacher College’s Institute for Psychological Science and Practice at Columbia University died in February 2021. She had been a program chair of AERA SIG 95 Research on Education of Deaf Persons. Read more

Arun Raman, 36, died on January 9. He was a Ph.D. student in the Developmental Education program at Texas State University. Raman was a member of Division J–Postsecondary Education. Read more

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

A warning sign that the freshman class will shrink again in the fall of 2021
Hechinger Report, February 22

Study: Pre-recorded videos can boost student learning
University Business, February 18

The Shrinking of the Scholarly Ranks
Chronicle of Higher Education, February 15

Study Shows Decline in Federal Student Aid Filings from Potential College First-Years in California
Diverse Issues in Higher Education, February 11

Report: New freshmen FAFSA filers fell by 21% in California
University Business, February 10

Teachers Use Crowdsourcing for Education Triage, Not Extras
Education Week, February 5

COVID-19's Impact on Academic Research
Inside Higher Ed, February 1

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: Nathan Bell, Audrey Poe, Christy Talbot, George Wimberly, Tong Wu, and Martha Yager