AERA Highlights - September 2020
AERA Highlights - September 2020

September 2020

AERA Publications News
Research Policy and Funding Updates

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


AERA Holds Virtual Awards Celebration on October 3—Register Now
AERA is holding a Virtual Awards Celebration on October 3 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. This event aims to honor recipients of the 2020 AERA-wide awards and give attendees an inside look at those with exemplary accomplishments across domains and career stages. Read more

AERA and the National Academy of Education Release Statement in Support of Anti-Racist Education
On September 24, AERA and the National Academy of Education released a statement responding to Trump administration efforts to ban use of the 1619 Project by those teaching about race in U.S. schools; to dictate what training about race, diversity, or equality federal agencies can include; and to investigate Princeton University based on the contention that the university’s intention to reconsider its own potential biases or patterns of systemic racism means that prior assurances of non-bias constituted false statements. Read more

AERA Joins SRA and SRCD to Announce Joint Commitment to Advancing Scholarly Study of Racism
On September 18, AERA, the Society for Research on Adolescence, and the Society for Research in Child Development announced that they are jointly committing to advancing scholarly inquiry related to racism and its impact on education- and youth development–⁠related settings, processes, and outcomes. Read more

AERA and OECD Host Webinar on Education Research Worldwide in a COVID and Post-COVID World
On September 23, AERA and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development co-hosted a webinar, “Education Research Worldwide in a COVID and Post-COVID World,” which drew an audience of over 1,750 researchers, education leaders, educators, and other viewers from 98 countries. Read more

AERA Provides Demonstrations of Interactive Presentation Gallery for 2020 Annual Meeting Authors
Extended Deadline for Creating Presentations: November 18
To introduce the new AERA Interactive Presentation Gallery and help 2020 Annual Meeting authors take full advantage of the features of participating in the gallery, AERA held two live demonstrations of the iPoster platform on September 15 and 22. 
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AERA seeks nominations for the 2021 AERA Awards

AERA Publications News

AERA to Release New Volume on Early Childhood Research in October
In October, AERA will release a groundbreaking volume on a high-profile topic very much on the agenda of state and national policy leaders: Advancing Knowledge and Building Capacity for Early Childhood Research, edited by Sharon Ryan, M. Elizabeth Graue, Vivian L. Gadsden, and Felice J. Levine. Read more

Research Policy and Funding Updates

AERA Joins Letter Supporting Call for NASEM Study on Systemic Racism in Academia 
AERA joined 80 organizations in a letter sent to Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), chair of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on September 1, thanking her for calling on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study on systemic racism in academia. Read more


Congress Examines Funding Needs for Research Impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic
House and Senate committees overseeing science policy held hearings in September that included discussion and action on legislation that would provide emergency funding for research relief and recovery. Read more

AERA Important Nominations

AERA Fellows Committee Seeks Nominations for 2021 Class of Fellows—Deadline Extended: October 30
In recognition of the time demands facing nominators putting together strong Fellow submission materials, AERA is extending the nominations deadline from September 30 to October 30.  Read more

New AERA Call

Call for Proposals for AERA Education Research Service Projects—Deadline: January 8, 2021

Ongoing AERA Calls

Call for Nominations for 2021 Awards—Deadline: October 29 (except for nominations for the Outstanding Book Award, which are due October 21)

Call for Proposals for AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship—Deadline: November 16

Call for AERA Research and Dissertation Grant Applications—Deadline Extended: December 15

AERA Publications Calls

Call for Proposals for 2022 Review of Research in Education—Deadline: November 1, 2020

Call for Proposals for a Educational Researcher Special Issue addressing Anti-Black Racism in Education—Deadline: November 6

Call for Editors AERA Open—Deadline: November 18

Call for Editors RRE 2023, 2025—Deadline: January 31, 2021

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

Miriam Ben-Peretz, 93, Professor Emerita of Education at the University of Haifa, died on July 20. She was an AERA Fellow, and received the AERA Division K Legacy Award for Teaching and Teacher Education in 2012. Read more

David K. Cohen, 86, Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan and a visiting faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, died on September 23. He received the AERA Palmer O. Johnson Award in 2004 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from AERA Division K in 2015. Cohen was an AERA Fellow. Read more

James G. Greeno, 85, Professor Emeritus at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, died on September 8. He was an AERA Fellow and served on several AERA fellowship selection and advisory committees. Read more

Valerie E. Lee, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, died on September 21.

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
Scores of college presidents urge Education Department to stop its investigation of Princeton
Washington Post, September 25
New Partnership Commits to Increasing Scholarly Research on Systemic Racism 
Associations Now, September 24
Shut Out of Schools Due to Pandemic, Many Education Researchers Say Their Work Is ‘In Shambles’
The 74, September 22
A turnaround on school turnarounds
Hechinger Report, September 21
The Faculty Role in Transfer
Inside Higher Ed, September 21
Here’s what made Americans take the coronavirus pandemic seriously
Deseret News, September 20
How education research aims to tackle racism
University Business, September 18
Here’s how to change someone’s mind about COVID-19 misconceptions
MSN, September 16
Report Examines Years of Performance-Based Funding Studies
Inside Higher Ed, September 16
Central Florida Entrepreneur Wants More Hispanic Students to Pursue STEM Careers
News 13 Orlando, September 14
Social Studies: Asian Americans and affirmative action, COVID on the frontier, gender roles
Boston Globe, September 3

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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.

Editor: Felice J. Levine
Managing Editors: Tony Pals and John Neikirk
Contributors: Nathan Bell, Audrey Poe, Christy Talbot, Tong Wu, and Martha Yager