AERA Highlights - July 2021
AERA Highlights - July 2021

July 2021

AERA Program News
AERA Important Nominations
Research Policy and Funding News
AERA Calls
AERA Editor Calls
Beyond AERA
In Memoriam
AERA in the News


AERA President Na’ilah Suad Nasir Discusses the 2022 Annual Meeting Theme
In a new video, President Na’ilah Suad Nasir discusses the importance and aims of the 2022 Annual Meeting theme: “Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century.”

AERA Selects Lori Patton Davis to Deliver 2021 Brown Lecture in Education Research
Lori Patton Davis, professor of higher education and student affairs at Ohio State University, has been selected by AERA to present the 2021 Brown Lecture in Education Research. Read more

AERA to Offer Deep Annual Meeting Registration Discounts as Part of Two-Year Memberships
At its June 25 meeting, AERA Council approved deep discounts on annual meeting registration for individuals who join or renew as two-year members of the association. Read more

AERA to Provide Members Free Electronic Access to All AERA Journals, Reducing Its Carbon Footprint
Starting in 2022, AERA will provide all members with free electronic access to its entire suite of journals, in an action approved by AERA Council at its June 25 meeting. Read more
AERA Announces New Editor Team for AERA Open
AERA has announced the appointment of Kara S. Finnigan (pictured right), Terah Venzant Chambers, Stella M. Flores, Michal Kurlaender, Elizabeth Birr Moje, Michele S. Moses, and Cecilia Rios-Aguilar as the new editor team of AERA Open for 2022–24. Read more
AERA Announces 2021 Fellows
AERA has announced the selection of 19 exemplary scholars as 2021 AERA Fellows. AERA Fellows are selected on the basis of their distinguished and sustained research achievements. Read more

Special Notice—Refund Requests for 2021 AERA Annual Meeting Registrations
All 2021 Annual Meeting registrants who have not yet requested a refund or a credit toward the 2022 AERA Annual Meeting are urged to do so before or by the July 31 deadline, 11:59 p.m. PT. The association has reached out weekly to all paid registrants to encourage those seeking a refund to opt in and advance such a request. Those wishing and able to do so can also contribute their fees in whole or in part to AERA. If you need assistance, please contact

AERA Undertakes External Review of 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting Platform Performance
AERA has undertaken an external review of the 2021 Annual Meeting to further the association’s understanding of the technological challenges related to the virtual platform and what can be learned from the experience. Read more

RER Tops International Education and Education Research Rankings for Fourth Year in a Row, with Strong Showings for Other AERA Journals
For the fourth year in a row, Review of Educational Research is first in the Journal Citation Reports, released in June. Read more

AERA Program News

AERA-ICPSR-NSF PEERS to Hold Workshop on STEM Education Learning Analytics, August 11—Register Now​
The AERA-ICPSR-NSF PEERS Data Hub will hold a no-fee workshop, “A LASER Focus on Understanding and Improving STEM Education,” on August 11, 1:00–4:00 p.m. ET. The workshop will broadcast live on Zoom. Read more

AERA Names Two Congressional Fellows for 2021-22​
AERA has named two early career scholars as AERA Congressional Fellows for 2021–22. The Fellows will spend a year in Washington, D.C., working as staff for a member of Congress or a congressional committee, and will use their education research expertise, outside of the academic setting, to inform public policy. Read more

AERA Announces Recipients of Dissertation and Research Grant Awards​
AERA has announced 12 recipients of its Dissertation and Research Grant Awards. The recipients are studying salient and relevant topics in education research that directly address or indirectly inform STEM, such as science course-taking trajectories, student achievement gaps, and access to higher education. Read more

AERA Important Nominations

AERA Nominating Committee Seeks Recommendations for 2022 Elected Officers—Deadline: September 1
The AERA Nominating Committee seeks recommendations of candidates for AERA-wide offices. Each year, the committee advances a slate of nominations for president-elect and two member-at-large positions. Read more

AERA Nominating Committee for Graduate Student Council Welcomes Recommendations—Deadline: September 15
The AERA Graduate Student Council Nominating Committee welcomes recommendations of well-qualified individuals as potential candidates to run for GSC office in the 2022 election. Read more

AERA Nominating Committee for SIG Executive Committee Seeks Recommendations—Deadline: September 15
The Nominating Committee for the AERA Special Interest Groups Executive Committee seeks recommendations for well-qualified candidates to run for two positions as member-at-large in the 2022 election. Read more

Research Policy and Funding News

AERA Provides Comment on OMB RFI on Advancing Equity through Government
On July 6, AERA submitted comments in response to a request for information from the White House Office of Management and Budget seeking input on leading methods and best practices to advance equity through government. Read more

National Academies Hold Additional Public Meetings on IES Research Programs and NCES
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held meetings in late June and early July on two panel studies focusing on programs within the Institute of Education Sciences. Read more

House and Senate Advance NSF Reauthorization Legislation on Bipartisan Votes​ 
In June, the full House and Senate voted on legislation that would serve to reauthorize the National Science Foundation. Read more

FY 2022 Appropriations Process Kicks Off with House Markups​
With the release of the Biden administration’s budget request in late May, congressional appropriations committees have been working on legislation to fund the government for FY 2022, beginning on October 1. Read more

OCR Releases Resources on Title IX
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a new resource related to Title IX: Questions and Answers on the Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment (July 2021) and a related Appendix. The Q&A clarifies how OCR interprets schools’ existing obligations under the 2020 amendments to the department’s Title IX regulations.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Requests Information to Improve Federal Scientific Integrity Policies
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking comments to help improve the effectiveness of federal scientific integrity policies to enhance public trust in science. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. ET, July 28. Read more

AERA Calls

AERA 2022 Annual Meeting Call for Volunteer Session Chairs and Discussants—Deadline: August 31

AERA Editor Calls

Call for Editors: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 2023–2025

Call for Editors: Review of Educational Research 2022–2024

Beyond AERA

IES Announces New Funding Opportunities
The Institute of Education Sciences recently issued funding announcements related to three programs: Education Research Grants, Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences, and Research Grants Focused on Systemic Replication in Education Sciences.

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

Katherine Rosich, 79, died on July 5, 2021. She served as senior policy analyst at the American Educational Research Association, where she was centrally involved in the founding of the World Education Research Association and the Americas Education Research Network, data sharing and open knowledge initiatives, and COVID-19 impact studies on early career scholars and doctoral students. Rosich was a member of AERA Division F (History & Historiography).

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

New Research: Flipped Classrooms Improve Student Academics and Satisfaction
Tech & Learning, July 16

Remote Learning Hurt High School Students Academically, Emotionally
HealthDay, July 16

Remote Students of all Races, Incomes Suffered During Pandemic
U.S. News & World Report, July 14

High Schoolers Who Took Remote Classes During Pandemic Experienced a “Thriving Gap,” According to Duckworth-Led Study
The 74, July 14

6 ways to beat COVID’s academic and emotional ‘Thriving Gap’
District Administration, July 14

Study finds thriving gap between students who attend high school remotely vs. in person
Yahoo!life, July 14

Texting interventions increased during the pandemic, but are they worth the investment?
K-12 Dive, July 14

How video can help ease workers’ transition back into the office
Tech Collective, June 30

Editorial: State sweetens the pot for summer youth readers
The State Journal, June 24

Gifted education programs don’t benefit Black students like they do white students
The Conversation, June 24 

New Research: Therapy Dogs Reduce College Stress, Improve Executive Functioning
Tech & Learning, June 24

Opinion: Keep children engaged and learning this summer with technology
Ames Tribune, June 22

Opinion: The time has come to stop assigning letter and number grades
Hechinger Report, June 17

A School Discipline Double-Take: How Catherine Lhamon Could Turn Back the Clock With a Renewed Focus on Persistent Racial Disparities — and Ignite New Feuds
The 74, June 15

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

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