AERA and WERA Convene Meeting of the Americas Education Research Associations

September 2016

On September 8–10, AERA and the World Education Research Association (WERA) jointly convened the first-ever meeting of education research associations in the Americas. The meeting, held in Washington, D.C., brought together 23 representatives from 16 associations and related research organizations from throughout the Americas.

AERA President Vivian Gadsden and AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine, who is also WERA President, chaired the meeting. With the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting being held in April in San Antonio, Texas, Gadsden and Levine viewed the timing as particularly opportune for a substantive emphasis on research in the Americas and a potential further meeting. For several years, several WERA member associations in the Americas, including AERA, had sought to identify associations and explore possibilities across the Americas, including the Caribbean.

The overall aims of the meeting were to (1) share information about the substantive issues and emphases of education research in these countries, (2) consider burning issues and research priorities, (3) discuss the organizational structure of education research in each country, and (4) address substantive research topics and scholars, including those cross-cutting beyond each country’s borders.

The meeting allowed for considerable open discussion around these broad objectives. It was facilitated by simultaneous translation in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Also, key documents for the meeting were translated into all three languages.  

Based on discussion and exchange, the meeting participants developed possible topics for a series of Americas symposia to be held at the San Antonio meeting in April 2017. Each symposium will focus on research areas or issues across the Americas. Potential research topics include: Equality, Inequality and Social Justice; Immigration, Inclusion and Education; Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Training, and Evaluation; Democratization of Higher Education; and the Production and Dissemination of Knowledge. Also, a second meeting with additional associations is anticipated.

At the conclusion of the first full day of meeting, participants unanimously adopted the following resolution:


“On this 9th day of September in the city of Washington, D.C., in the United States, 16 Americas associations and related organizations unanimously affirmed a commitment to work together to advance education research in the Americas and worldwide, building upon the capacities that reside in the Americas and a commitment to their use.” 

A list of participants and their organizations follows. Meeting materials can be viewed here




Armando Alcantara

Sociedad Mexicana de Educación Comparada (SOMEC)

Beatrice Avalos

Asociación de Investigadores en Educación de Chile

Andréa Barbosa Gouveia

Associação Nacional de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Educação (ANPED)

Teresa Bracho González

Consejo Mexicano de Investigación Educativa (COMIE)

Angélica Buendía

Consejo Mexicano de Investigación Educativa (COMIE)

Paulino de Jesus Francisco Cardoso

Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores/as Negros/as (ABPN )

Gregory Elacqua

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Gustavo E. Fischman

AERA International Relations Committee Chair

Pedro Flores-Crespo

Red de Estudios Teóricos y Epistemológicos en Política Educativa (RELEPE)

Vivian L. Gadsden

American Educational Research Association and the World Education Research Association

Sylvia Maureen Henry

AERA Caribbean and African Studies in Education SIG Co-Chair

Lori Diane Hill

American Educational Research Association and the World Education Research Association

Ruben Klein

Associação Brasileira de Avaliação Educacional (ABAVE)

Felice J. Levine

American Educational Research Association and the World Education Research Association

Galo Naranjo López

Consorcio Ecuatoriano para el Desarrollo de Internet Avanzado (CEDIA)

Geovana Mendonça Lunardi Mendes

Associação Nacional de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Educação (ANPED)

Enrique Martinez Larrechea

Uruguayan Society of Comparative and International Education (SUECI)

Estela María Miranda

NUCLEO - De Estudios E Investigaciones En Educacion Superior Del MERCOSUR

Katherine Rosich

American Educational Research Association and the World Education Research Association

Fernanda Saforcada

El Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO)

Daniela Véliz-Calderón

Network of Researchers on Chilean Education (RIECh)

Verónica Villarán

Sociedad de Investigacion Educativa Peruana (SIEP)

Pablo Zoido

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)



Bottom row: Andréa Barbosa Gouveia, Galo Naranjo López, Enrique Martinez Larrechea, Estela María Miranda, Felice Levine, Ruben Klein, Angélica Buendía, Geovana Mendonça Lunardi Mendes, Daniela Véliz-Calderón

Second Row: Gustavo E. Fischman, Fernanda Saforcada, Vivian L. Gadsden, Verónica Villarán, Katherine Rosich, Teresa Bracho González

Top Row: Pablo Zoido, Armando Alcantara, Paulino de Jesus Francisco Cardoso, Pedro Flores-Crespo, Lori Diane Hill, Beatrice Avalos, Sylvia Maureen Henry

Not Pictured: Gregory Elacqua


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