AERA Highlights - March 2024
AERA Highlights - March 2024

March 2024


Video: A Message from AERA President Tyrone Howard on the 2024 Annual Meeting
In a brief video, AERA President Tyrone Howard shares why the 2024 Annual Meeting is a “must attend” event for you and your colleagues, providing unparalleled opportunities to learn, to engage, and to be inspired.

Presidential Sessions to Elevate Key Topics in Education Research
AERA President Tyrone Howard and the 2024 Presidential Program co-chairs have developed 47 compelling presidential sessions that contribute to the 2024 Annual Meeting theme, “Dismantling Racial Injustice and Constructing Educational Possibilities: A Call to Action.” Read more

AERA Research and Science Policy Forum at Annual Meeting to Feature High-Profile Speakers and Conversations on Emerging Topics
The Research and Science Policy Forum, a prominent component of the AERA Annual Meeting, is a series of invited sessions focused on important areas at the intersection of education research and science policy. Read more

AERA Expanding Access and Inclusion at Annual Meeting
AERA is pleased to announce that LaVant Consulting is partnering with AERA to give guidance on expanding access and inclusion for all attendees at the 2024 Annual Meeting and beyond. Read more

AERA Features Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars Across the Annual Meeting Program
The 2024 Annual Meeting will feature the work of graduate and early career scholars through several initiatives and sessions. The Graduate Student Research-in-Progress Roundtables will return as a special component. Read more

e-Lightening Ed-Talks to Engage Attendees Throughout Annual Meeting
Featured with the Annual Meeting poster sessions this year are e-Lightening Ed-Talks. Ed-Talk presenters are encouraged to register for a training session on Thursday, April 4, from 3 pm to 4 pm. Read more

AERA Brings High Schoolers and Undergrads to AERA Annual Meeting
The 2024 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia will feature two returning opportunities for youth to participate. Read more

AERA Continues Its Ombuds Program at the 2024 Annual Meeting
AERA will continue its Ombuds Program as part of the 2024 Annual Meeting. Read more

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Annual Meeting Notices

Recorded Trainings Available for AERA i-Presentation Training Sessions
AERA has posted recordings of two recent “Create an AERA i-Presentation” training sessions online. Read more

Visit the AERA Booth in Philadelphia
As part of the 2024 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, AERA will host a booth in the Exhibit Hall, where attendees can purchase books with free domestic shipping, pick up free journal copies, learn more about AERA programs, and enjoy a series of raffles and giveaways of AERA swag. Read more

Meet the Journal Editors from AERA and Other Publishers in Philadelphia
At the 2024 Annual Meeting, AERA is offering four Meet the Journal Editors sessions (formerly known as Journal Talks), where attendees are encouraged to meet with AERA journal editors and editors from many other publishers. Read more

Research and Science Policy News

Kaye Husbands Fealing Appointed to Lead NSF SBE Directorate
On February 29, the National Science Foundation announced the appointment of Kay Husbands Fealing to serve as assistant director of the NSF Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate. Read more

Mark Schneider’s Term Ends as Director of IES; NCEE Commissioner Matthew Soldner Named Acting Director
On March 26, Mark Schneider announced that his term as director of the Institute of Education Sciences was ending on March 28. Read more
Final FY 2024 Appropriations Include Significant Cut for NSF, Small Reductions for IES and NIH Under Spending Caps
After a long and winding appropriations process that included the removal of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy from his post and multiple continuing resolutions, Congress took action on bipartisan agreements on FY 2024 appropriations this month. Read more
President Biden Releases FY 2025 Budget Request in Tight Fiscal Climate
On March 11, President Biden released the administration’s budget request for federal agencies for FY 2025. Read more

Federal Policy Announcement 

OMB Publishes Updates to Statistical Policy Directive No. 15   


Matthew Chingos and James Carter Share How to Make the Most of the Urban Institute’s Education Data Portal
Matthew M. Chingos directs the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute. Chingos and his colleague James Carter oversee Urban’s Education Data Portal, which draws on data from most major national data sources on schools, districts, and colleges, coordinating variables and documentation to make it easier to look at trends and combine data. Read more

AERA Calls for Submissions

2025 Annual Meeting Call for Volunteer Reviewers—Deadline: April 29
AERA is seeking volunteers to serve as peer reviewers for submissions for the 2025 AERA Annual Meeting. Individuals interested in being considered as peer reviewers are encouraged to volunteer for specific units (divisions, SIGs, or committees) through My AERA.

AERA Publications Calls

Call for Editors: American Educational Research Journal 2025–2027—Deadline: May 1

Call for Editors: Review of Research in Education 2026, 2028

Beyond AERA

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
Luis Moll, 76, died on March 5. He was professor emeritus at the University of Arizona. Moll was named an AERA Fellow in 2008, received the Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award in 2011, served as vice president of Division G in 2011-2014, and delivered the 2009 Brown Lecture. Read more

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

Is college still worth it? Yes (for now, at least)
Big Think, March 21

College is still worth it, research finds — although these majors have the lowest rate of return
CNBC, March 14

Maximizing your degree: Graduates with these majors make the most money
WCNC, March 14

A college degree offers better returns than the stock market - but it varies dramatically between majors
The Daily Mail, March 14

College degrees pay off financially, study finds
Yahoo! News, March 13

With new state funds in hand, community colleges waive tuition for some high school students
The Texas Tribune, March 13

College Degree Still Sound Investment, Despite Rising Tuition
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, March 12

College pays off, according to new research
EdSource, March 12

Going To College Still Worth Every Penny: ‘Better Returns Than Stock Market’
Study Finds, March 12

College Offers Better Returns Than The Stock Market, Study Finds
Forbes, March 12

Black teachers are less likely to refer Black boys to special education, study finds
EducationNC, March 11

Black Students Less Likely Identified for Special Ed When They Have Black Teachers
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, March 7

One Group of Teachers Is Less Likely to Identify Black Students for Special Ed. Why That Matters
Education Week, March 6

Black Boys Less Likely To Be Identified With Special Needs If They Have Black Teachers, Study Finds
Forbes, March 6

Former K–12 Teacher Voted AERA President-Elect
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, March 1

More AERA in the News

Special Thanks to Our 2024 Annual Meeting Sponsors


American Institutes for Research
Educational Testing Service
SAGE Publishing
University of California, Los Angeles


Vanderbilt University
West Ed


Postsecondary National Policy Institute


IEA (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement)

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: Marla Koenigsknecht, Audrey Poe, Christy Talbot, and Martha Yager