AERA Highlights - January 2020
AERA Highlights - January 2020

January 2020

AERA Publications News
Research Policy and Funding News
Calls for Major Education Research Prizes

WERA 2020 Focal Meeting Call
AERA Calls
AERA Publications Calls
Beyond AERA
AERA in the News


AERA Election Ends February 12 — Cast Your Ballot Now
The 2020 AERA election opened on January 14, with all voting AERA members receiving an e-ballot notification message from Intelliscan, Inc., that included a hyperlink to their personalized ballot. Read more

Gadsden, Rios-Aguilar to Present Distinguished Annual Meeting Lectures
AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker has announced prominent scholars Vivian L. Gadsden and Cecilia Rios-Aguilar as major speakers at the 2020 Annual Meeting. Gadsden will give the AERA Distinguished Lecture. Rios-Aguilar will deliver the Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture. Read more

High-Profile Presidential Sessions Slated for Annual Meeting
AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker and 2020 Annual Meeting Co-Chairs Sheryl J. Croft and Michelle A. Purdy have developed 43 engaging presidential sessions that align with the 2020 theme. Read more 

NSF Selects AERA and ICPSR to Create New Data Hub to Boost STEM Education Research Efforts
AERA and ICPSR have joined forces to create a research data hub—PEERS—to connect, educate, and build a community around STEM education data resources. This new platform was competitively selected for support by the National Science Foundation. Read more

AERA Comments on Draft NIH Data-Sharing Policy
On January 10, AERA submitted comments to the NIH in response to the agency’s draft Policy for Data Management and Sharing. NIH requested comments on various aspects of the policy, including its purpose, scope, requirements, and compliance and enforcement. Read more

AERA Submits Comments in Response to OSTP Request on the American Research Environment
On January 28, AERA submitted comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in response to a request for information from the Joint Committee on the Research Environment of the National Science and Technology Council. Read more
2021 Annual Meeting Volunteer Reviewer System Opens
The Online Volunteer Reviewer System for the AERA 2021 Annual Meeting is open. On behalf of AERA divisions, committees, and SIGs, AERA encourages you to volunteer to serve as a peer reviewer for the 2021 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

AERA Publications News

AERA to Publish Book on Early Childhood Research
In April, AERA will release a new groundbreaking volume: Advancing Knowledge and Building Capacity for Early Childhood Research, edited by Sharon Ryan, M. Elizabeth Graue, Vivian L. Gadsden, and Felice J. Levine. The book, which will be available at the 2020 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, will be the focus of an AERA symposium at the conference. Read more

Incoming Editors Share Their Vision for AERJ
The incoming editors of AERJ have set forth a vision for their term (2020–2022) in their Editors’ Introduction, now available open-access online. The introduction will also appear in print in the February issue. Read more

Research Policy and Funding News

Secretary DeVos Appoints Education Researcher to National Assessment Governing Board
On January 30, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appointed three new members of the National Assessment Governing Board. Among the appointees is AERA member Christine Cunningham, professor of education and engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Read more

Office of Management and Budget Releases 2020 Federal Data Strategy Action Plan
On December 31, the Trump administration issued the 2020 Federal Data Strategy Action Plan, providing agencies with a timeline to implement actions to support the initiative. The plan includes 20 actions in three categories: agency actions, community of practice actions related to a particular topic, and shared solution actions for all agencies to use. Read more

OSTP Seeking Comment on Data Repository Characteristics
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a request for comments on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting from Federally Funded Research in the Federal Register on January 17. Read more

Calls for Major Education Research Prizes

2020 Yidan Prizes—Deadline for Nominations: March 31
The Yidan Prize for Education Research recognizes outstanding research that contributes in significant ways to education. The Yidan Prize for Education Development recognizes innovative ideas that tackle important challenges in the field of education.

2021 Grawemeyer Award in Education—Deadline for Nominations: April 15
The Grawemeyer Award in Education is intended to stimulate the dissemination, public scrutiny, and implementation of ideas that have potential to bring about significant improvement in educational practice and advances in educational attainment.

WERA 2020 Focal Meeting Call

WERA 2020 Focal Meeting Call for SubmissionsExtended Deadline: February 18
The WERA Focal Meeting seeks to feature research that includes more than one country or is comparative, cross-cultural, international, or transnational in conceptualization, scope, or design. The WERA 2020 Focal Meeting will be held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 1-3.

AERA Calls

Call for Nominations for the 17th Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research—Deadline: February 10
The AERA Brown Lecture in Education Research important research that advances understanding of issues related to equality and equity in education. It was inaugurated in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court took scientific research into account in issuing its landmark ruling.

Call for Submissions for Education Research Service Projects—Deadline: February 24
AERA’s Education Research Service Projects program provides small grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to encourage education researchers to offer their pro bono expertise to educational organizations, institutions, or other community groups that have identified and expressed a need for such assistance.
Call for Education Research Conference Proposals – Deadline: Thursday, March 5
AERA’s Research Conferences Program awards grants of up to $35,000 for conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate new lines of study on issues that have been largely unexplored, or develop innovative research methods or techniques that can contribute more generally to education research.
Call for Dissertation and Research Grant Applications - Deadline: March 23
The AERA-NSF Grants Program supports advanced quantitative research and statistical analysis of major data sets made possible by federal government support. Dissertation and research grant proposals are encouraged on all aspects of education and learning of relevance to STEM policy.
Call for Proposals for 2020  AERA Fellowship Program on the Study of Deeper LearningExtended Deadline: March 30
AERA invites proposals from early career education researchers and postdoctoral scholars to enhance the use of the Deeper Learning data set. This program supports postdoctoral and early career scholars undertaking research projects using the Deeper Learning data and the design and implementation of professional development and training around these data.

AERA Publications Calls

AERA Open Special Topic: Educational Data Science—Deadline: Papers due June 1
This AERA Open special topic call aims to showcase the best of this ongoing genre of research and to broaden the scope of data science applications to include work on diverse topics and frameworks related to education and learning, much of which is being generated by interdisciplinary scholars and educational domain experts.

Beyond AERA

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

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

ACT, SAT scores are no longer required for admission to UMKC
Associated Press, January 31

It’s GPAs Not Standardized Tests That Predict College Success
Forbes, January 29

Study: Grades Are 5 Times Stronger Than ACT Scores
Inside Higher Ed, January 29

Study: SEL program's impact on state test scores mixed
Education Dive, January 21

It's Hard to Stay on Top of Education Policy. You've Got to Have a Strategy
Education Week, January 13

Is a Scholarship Promise Enough to Keep Students on a Path to College?
Education Week, January 3

Students' Sense of Belonging Varies by Identity, Institution
Inside Higher Ed, January 2
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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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