High-Profile Presidential Sessions Slated for Annual Meeting
High-Profile Presidential Sessions Slated for Annual Meeting

Presidential Off-Site Sessions Also Announced

January 2020

Among the compelling topics in this year’s rich and engaging lineup of Annual Meeting presidential sessions are the lessons all institutions of higher education can learn from minority-serving institutions, ways to address persistent inequities in students’ access to and success in STEM fields of study, and the rights and responsibilities of inclusion for students with disabilities in school. 

AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker and 2020 Annual Meeting Co-Chairs Sheryl J. Croft and Michelle A. Purdy have developed 43 sessions that align with the 2020 theme, "The Power and Possibilities for the Public Good When Researchers and Organizational Stakeholders Collaborate."

A first group of 15 highlighted sessions appears below. Complete descriptions are posted on the Annual Meeting microsite. These sessions provide a sense of the important content that will engage Annual Meeting attendees. Additional presidential sessions will be spotlighted in AERA HighlightsAERA20 Insider, and on the microsite as the meeting approaches.

  • 50 Years of Indigenous Activism and Empowerment in Education
  • A Culturally Responsive Approach to Mental Health in Schools
  • Educators as Advocates for Justice in Education
  • Educators Take Action on Climate Change and Sustainability
  • I Am More Than a Ball: Rethinking Student Athletes’ Contributions and Challenges
  • Minority-Serving Institutions: Lessons and Legacy
  • Other Peoples’ Treasures: The Challenges in Collecting, Telling, and Protecting Community Stories
  • Preparing Students for a Rapidly Changing World: Rethinking the Education System
  • Preparing to Celebrate Brown v. Board of Education at 100: Is There a Remedy for Today’s Continued Inequality?
  • Pushing Against the Status Quo: Cultivating Diverse Teachers, Leaders, and Schools for the 21st Century
  • Race-Conscious Education Policies: Collaborative Strategies for Just Schooling
  • Researchers and Funders Talk: Priorities, Research Utilization, and Collaboration
  • Rights, Difference, and the Future of Inclusion for Students With Disabilities
  • The Mis-Education of America: The Role of Educators and Curriculum in Preparing Democratic Citizens
  • Transforming STEM Education Toward Equity and Social Justice: Insights From Research and Organizational Stakeholders

Presidential Off-Site Sessions Provide Community Engagement Opportunities

In addition, three presidential off-site sessions at local high schools and on Alcatraz Island will provide Annual Meeting attendees opportunities to engage in substantive examination of anti-racist teaching, civic learning experiences aimed at addressing the housing needs of vulnerable residents, and the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz. Click here to learn more about these sessions.

Space is limited for these visits, and interested attendees are encouraged to register in advance. Stay tuned for other off-site opportunities as the meeting approaches.

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