AERA and WERA Convene the Second Meeting of Education Research Associations in the Americas

Pedro Flores-Crespo, Teresa Bracho González, Gustavo E. Fischman, and Felice J. Levine

July 2017

On May 1 in San Antonio, Texas, the American Educational Research Association, in cooperation with the World Education Research Association (WERA), held the second meeting of the Education Research Associations in the Americas. This meeting convened 12 associations to continue strengthening ties across education research communities in the Americas. The first meeting was held in September 2016 in Washington, D.C.

This second meeting took place at the conclusion of the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting. Representatives focused on pathways to further increase collaboration among associations and research organizations in the Americas and the Caribbean. The agenda included a review of the 11 Americas-related symposia held at the AERA Annual Meeting.

These Annual Meeting sessions, developed by representatives attending the September 2016 meeting in Washington, involved a wide-ranging set of research topics, and all included research from more than one Americas country. The research addressed such issues as migration and mobility, the role of education research journals, democratization and inclusion in higher education, and the theory and practice of education policy analysis in the Americas.

Following the discussion of the sessions, the meeting participants considered new ways to build upon the collaborative momentum to continue strengthening a research network in the Americas. The participants agreed to be a visible presence at each other’s meetings, including upcoming meetings in Chile, Brazil, and Mexico, while also working together on plans to convene at the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting in New York City. 

Progress was made on a number of fronts, including reaching out to early career scholars, identifying potential sources of support for convening, and explicitly including North America as part of holding meetings outside the United States. As with the September 2016 meeting, this event was simultaneously translated in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.   

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

“On the 1st day of May 2017, at a meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in the United States, 19 representatives of 12 associations and related research organizations (a) reaffirmed their shared commitment to continue to work together across the Americas, and (b) emphasized the importance of continuing to advance education research and address the research challenges and opportunities of significance in the Americas and of relevance worldwide.”

A list of participants and their organizations follows:

Armando Alcántara
Sociedad Mexicana de Educación Comparada (SOMEC)

Teresa Bracho González
Consejo Mexicano de Investigación Educativa (COMIE) / WERA Representative

Angélica Buendía
Consejo Mexicano de Investigación Educativa (COMIE)

Gustavo E. Fischman
AERA International Relations Committee Chair
United States of America

Pedro Flores-Crespo
Red de Estudios Teóricos y Epistemológicos en Política Educativa (RELEPE)

Vivian L. Gadsden
AERA – Immediate Past-President
United States of America

Petronilha Beatriz Gonçalves e Silva
Federal University of Sao Carlos (UFSCar)

Sylvia Maureen Henry
AERA Caribbean and African Studies in Education SIG Co-Chair

Lori Diane Hill
AERA Staff Liaison to International Relations Committee / WERA Yearbook Co-Editor
United States of America

Álvaro Hipólyto
Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPEL)

Ruben Klein
Associação Brasileira de Avaliação Educacional (ABAVE)

Felice J. Levine
AERA – Executive Director /WERA – President
United States of America

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) / WERA Representative

Barbara Schneider 
AERA Representative to WERA
United States of America

Daniela Véliz-Calderón
Red de Investigadores en Educación Chilena (RIECh)

Verónica Villarán
Sociedad de Investigación Educativa Peruana (SIEP) / WERA Representative

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Pablo Zoido
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
United States of America

Front row: Alvaro Hipólyto (UFPEL), Vivian L. Gadsden (AERA President), Geovana Mendonça Lunardi Mendes (ANPED), Daniela Véliz-Calderón (RIECh), Angélica Buendía (COMIE), Teresa Bracho González (COMIE), Felice Levine (AERA), Sylvia Maureen Henry (AERA)

Back row: Ruben Klein (ABAVE), Armando Alcantara (SOMEC), Pedro Flores-Crespo (RELEPE), Gustavo E. Fischman (AERA), Pablo Zoido (IDB), Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin (OECD), Lori Diane Hill (AERA), Verónica Villarán (SIEP), Petronilha Beatriz Gonçalves e Silva (UFSCar)

Not in Photo: Galo Naranjo López (CEDIA), Barbara Schneider (AERA)