Dr. Jill Biden to Address AERA Annual Meeting
Dr. Jill Biden to Address AERA Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2016

Tony Pals, tpals@aera.net
(202) 238-3235, (202) 288-9333 (cell)

Victoria Oms, voms@aera.net
(202) 238-3233

Dr. Jill Biden to Address AERA Annual Meeting
Second Lady to Speak on Recognizing and Supporting Military-Connected Students

** This event will be livestreamed. Livestream registration will open online next week. **

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) today announced that U.S. Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden will address a session of the AERA Annual Meeting on April 11 in Washington, D.C. Immediately following Dr. Biden’s remarks, researchers will participate in a question and answer session.

Title of Address:
Operation Educate the Educators: Recognizing and Supporting Military-Connected Students Through University-based Research, Community Partnerships, and Teacher Education Programs

Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, lifelong educator, and military mom will speak about her work with Operation Educate the Educators as part of her Joining Forces initiative. There will be a question and answer session with university researchers to discuss these efforts and outcomes immediately following. Today approximately 2.4 million military- and veteran-connected students are in our K-12 classrooms. These children also, in their way, serve. Despite multiple school moves and parental deployment, military- and veteran-connected students show remarkable resilience. Education research and over a decade of experience tell us that schools are essential to providing consistent, sensitive understanding and response to the unique needs this very special population of America's children. National policy, new research funding, and efforts in over 100 universities are now underway to increase the number of university schools of education that include materials, research, and partnerships focused on students from military and veteran families. Dr. Biden launched Operation Educate the Educators to increase awareness of this group among university schools of education.

1:30 p.m. EDT
Monday, April 11, 2016

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 3, Ballroom C
Washington, D.C.


  • Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States
  • Q&A Participants: Ron Avi Astor, University of Southern California, Catherine Bradshaw, University of Virginia, Mary Keller, Military Child Education Coalition

About the Annual Meeting
The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of education researchers in the world. The 2016 Annual Meeting, held in AERA’s Centennial Year, will provide an important launching point for the second century of the association and the future of education research. Each year, the AERA Annual Meeting is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas, from early education through higher education. The theme of this year's meeting is "Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies."

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