AERA Highlights - June 2020
AERA Highlights - June 2020

June 2020

Research Policy and Funding Updates

AERA Important Nominations
AERA Calls
AERA Publications Calls
New AERA Videos
Beyond AERA
In Memoriam
AERA in the News


AERA Speaks Out Against Racial Injustice
AERA leadership has taken a strong stance against racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd and subsequent global protests against systemic racism and police violence against Black people. Read more

AERA, AAAS, and Expert Scientists Urge NSF to Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Measures in Surveys
In a jointly signed June 29 letter, AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine; Sudip S. Parikh, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; New York University professor Jonathan B. Freeman; and Laura E. Durso, executive director of the Whitman-Walker Institute, urged the National Science Foundation to include sexual orientation and gender identity measures in the 2021 National Survey of College Graduates and other future surveys conducted by NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Read more

AERA Interactive Presentation Gallery Offers Authors of Papers Accepted for 2020 Annual Meeting Authors Encouraged to ParticipateOptions with Chats, Q&A, and Presentation Citations 
On June 11, AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine sent a letter to 2020 Annual Meeting accepted paper authors, detailing ways in which they can share their research with the education research community worldwide, including by participating in AERA’s new Interactive Presentation Gallery. Read more

Virtual Research Learning Series to Offer Four More Courses Starting in August
Building on the success of the first five courses, with substantial turnouts ranging from nearly 200 to close to 700 registrants per course, the AERA Virtual Research Learning Series resumes in August with the last four courses. Read more

AERA and IES Hold Webinar on Using Longitudinal Data to Support State Policymaking, in Advance of Special Competition—Deadline: July 30
On June 11, AERA and the Institute of Education Sciences hosted a webinar for more than a thousand researchers from universities, think tanks, and program evaluation organizations to provide information on a current Request for Applications for a new IES grant competition, "Using Longitudinal Data to Support State Education Policymaking." Read more

AERA Announces 2020–21 Minority Dissertation Fellows
AERA has announced the recipients of the 2020–21 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research Awards. Read more


Research Policy and Funding Updates

AERA Endorses Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act
On June 24, a bipartisan group of six House members introduced the Research Investment to Spark the Economy Act (H.R. 7308). The RISE Act would provide supplemental funding for federal research agencies which have experienced disruptions in research activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

Senate Confirms Sethuraman Panchanathan as Next NSF Director
On June 18, the Senate voted under unanimous consent to confirm Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan as the next director of the National Science Foundation. Read more

Trump Administration Issues Executive Order Suspending Certain Work Visas
On June 22, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that suspends certain work visas for skilled foreign workers through December 31. Read more

NSF SBE Advisory Committee Meeting Focuses on Covid-19 Response, CISE Collaboration
On June 4, the National Science Foundation Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Advisory Committee met virtually for updates on the current and future work of the SBE Directorate. Read more

Senate and House Committees Hold Hearings on Reopening Schools and Colleges Safely
Key Senate and House education committees held hearings in June focused on the impact of Covid-19 on U.S. schools and colleges and plans for re-opening them in the fall. Read more

Draft 2025 NAEP Reading Assessment Framework Available for Public Comment—Deadline: July 23
The National Assessment Governing Board is accepting public comments on the draft 2025 NAEP Reading Assessment Framework. This is the first comprehensive update of the framework since 2004. Comments are due July 23. Read more

AERA Important Nominations


AERA Nominating Committee Seeks Recommendations for 2021 Elected Officers—Deadline: August 25
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 Fellows Committee Seeks Nominations for 2021 Class of Fellows—Deadline: September 30
AERA members are encouraged to submit nominations for education researchers who have made significant scientific or scholarly contributions to the field to be honored as an AERA Fellow. Read more

AERA Calls

2021 Annual Meeting Call for Submissions—Deadline: July 22

Call for AERA Research and Dissertation Grant Applications—Deadline: September 10

AERA Publications Calls

AERA Open Special Topic: Immigration and Education—Deadline: Abstracts due August 1
This AERA Open special topic call aims to examine the current state of research at the intersection of immigration and education. Of particular interest are studies linking immigration policy and the current political environment to outcomes and experiences.
AERA Open Special Topic: Education in the Time of Pandemic—Deadline: Abstracts due on a rolling basis through September 1

The purpose of this special topic, launched in response to the current pandemic crisis, will be to learn and share as many lessons as possible, so that we are better prepared for systemic shocks in the future.

AERA Open Special Topic: Educational Data Science—Deadline: Papers due October 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.


New AERA Videos


AERA Worldwide Gathering for Reflection, Presentation, and Rededication

New AERA Published Research: “Held Down and Held Back: Systematically Delayed Principal Promotions by Race and Gender”

Beyond AERA

  • The NSF Education and Human Resources Core Research (ECR) Program will be hosting a webinar on every Thursday, at 3 pm EDT, in June and July to provide an overview of the funding opportunities available in the EHR Core Research Solicitation. Read more
  • NSF EHR Assistant Director Karen Marrongelle encourages early career investigators to submit grant proposals for the NSF CAREER Program in a Dear Colleague letter—Deadline for proposals: July 27 

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.

In Memoriam

AERA members who have recently passed away

Stephen Davidoff, CEO of Stephen H. Davidoff and Associates and former director of research and evaluation of the School District of Philadelphia, died on June 2. He was a member for Division H: Research, Evaluation and Assessment in Schools. Read more

Terry A. Astuto, Professor Emerita of Educational Leadership at New York University, died on May 10. She was a member of Division A: Administration, Organization and Leadership, Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education, and Division L: Educational Policy and Politics.

James R. Bliss, former associate professor and chair of the department of educational leadership and policy studies at Eastern Kentucky University, died on February 8. He was a member of Division A: Administration, Organization, and Leadership. 

Notices of AERA members who have passed away may be sent to Please include full name, date of death, age, most recent affiliation, and a link to an official announcement. 

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research
Analysis: New Study of the Principal Pipeline Shows Women, African Americans Wait Longer, Are Promoted Less Often Than White Men
The 74, June 23

White men have the edge in the school principal pipeline, researchers say
Hechinger Report, June 22

For Black Candidates and Women, It Takes Longer to Be Promoted to Principal
Education Week, June 15 

Study: Inequitable pathways to education leadership
District Administration, June 15

In 8th Grade, Separate Algebra is Unequal Algebra for Black Students
Education Week, June 11

Editorial: Time is right to drop ACT, SAT
Gainesville Sun, June 10

Study shows declines in new kindergartners' math skills
Education Dive, June 10

‘Virtual’ Learning Not As Effective, Early Study Finds
ABC 36, June 10
Teachers Are as Racially Biased as Everybody Else, Study Shows
Education Week, June 9
Rich schools get richer
Hechinger Report, June 8
More support and training is needed to help educators combat racial bias, research finds
The Sector, June 3
Protests, donations, lesson plans: How the education world is responding to George Floyd’s killing
Chalkbeat, June 2

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, Calvin Spivey, Christy Talbot, George Wimberly, Tong Wu, and Martha Yager