Message from SIG Chair
Message from SIG Chair
SIG Chair

Welcome to the AERA Teaching Educational Psychology (TEP) Special Interest Group!

Although we were disappointed not to have had the opportunity to meet in person at the annual meeting in April 2020, I am excited for the initiatives we are developing for the upcoming academic year. The leadership of our SIG has been discussing how we can engage members throughout the academic year, and how we can use the SIG as a place in which we share resources for teaching and recognize accomplishments in teaching and research related to the mission of the SIG. 

Resource sharing and community building for educational psychology instructors

The SIG executive committee is currently working to identify resources to support educational psychology instructors as many of us shift to new modes of teaching in the 2020 – 2021 academic year. We plan to gather and share these resources electronically via email and social media. We welcome all of our members to share any resources that they have found useful with the rest of us, either via social media or by emailing a member of the SIG leadership. 

In addition, we are working on updating the social media pages for the TEP SIG. Please consider joining our private Facebook group or following us on Twitter to stay up to date on everything the SIG is doing.

Facebook: AERA Teaching Educational Psychology SIG (#128)
Twitter: @AERA_TEPsig  

Recognizing excellent teaching and scholarship in educational psychology 

The Teaching Educational Psychology SIG has the opportunity to recognize excellent teaching practices in educational psychology, as well as individuals conducting research to improve the teaching of educational psychology. We are currently developing plans to create and share a member spotlight, which will recognize members of our SIG who are engaging in innovative teaching practices or who are using scholarship to improve our understanding of how to teach educational psychology.

If you have adopted a teaching approach or practice that you would like to share with other members of the SIG, we would love to hear from you! Or if you know of someone who is using innovative teaching practices, please consider nominating them for a member spotlight.

And, as always, please consider submitting your work to the 2021 AERA conference so that you can share it with other members of the SIG, as well as with the larger audience of AERA members.

Graduate student travel funding 

The SIG executive committee approved plans to support graduate student members who are presenting at the annual conference with a travel award. We did not distribute an award this year because of the cancellation of the annual meeting, but we still plan to distribute travel funding in the upcoming years to support students presenting at the 2022 conference. If you have a graduate student who is submitting to present at the conference, please encourage them to join our SIG when they become members of AERA.

Theory to Practice Book Series (and a SIG member discount!)

Several of your fellow TEP SIG members have been working with IAP to put together a 6-volume book series titled Theory to Practice: Educational Psychology for Teachers and Teaching. Many current and former SIG members are contributing to the book as editors and authors. The book series will include the following volumes:

Year 1 (Submissions Closed; Estimated publication 2020 – 2021)

  • Volume 1: Teaching on Assessment
    (Co-editors: Sharon Nichols and Divya Varier)
  • Volume 2: Teaching Motivation for Student Engagement
    (Co-Editors: Debra Meyer and Alyssa Emery)

Year 2 (Submissions Closed; Estimated publication 2021)

  • Volume 3: Teaching Learning for Effective Instruction
    (Co-Editors: Michelle Buehl and Jane Vogler)
  • Volume 4: Teaching to Prepare Advocates
    (Co-Editors: Mike Yough and Lynley Anderman)

Year 3 (Estimated publication 2022) - call for proposals will be released in 2020 

  • Volume 5: Teaching Human Development for Educators
    (Co-Editors: M. Cecil Smith, Russell Carney, and Carlton Fong) 
  • Volume 6: Teaching in Online, Distance, and Non-traditional Learning Contexts
    (Co-Editors: Carey Roseth and Penny Thompson)

Submissions for the first four volumes are closed, but if you would like to contribute to Volume 5 or 6, please keep an eye out for the call for proposed chapters which will go out later this year. We will be sure to share this call with our members. 

Members of the TEP SIG will receive a discount on book purchases from this series – more information on this will be shared as the series moves toward publication. For information about the series, you can contact one of the series editors (all members of our SIG!): Mike Yough, Jane Vogler, or Eric Anderman. 

Suggestions? Questions? 

If you have suggestions or ideas for how the SIG can support you in the upcoming academic year, or if you’re interested in getting more involved with the SIG, please reach out to me or another SIG officer by email. 

I hope that you are all safe and well, and I look forward to engaging in more conversation with you during the 2020 - 2021 academic year. 

Amanda Baker
2020 - 2021 SIG Chair

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