Meetings & Other Events
Meetings & Other Events
AERA 2023

SIG Call for AERA 2023 Proposals

The Educational Change SIG conceptualizes educational change broadly. The EdChange SIG is open to papers that use various frameworks from across disciplines (e.g., organizational behavior, organizational theory, institutional theory, adult learning and development, critical analysis etc.) and methods (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed). We are also open to papers that focus on theoretical discussions in the field of educational change. With that said, the SIG is particularly interested in research situated in practice and facilitates opportunities to elevate the work of educators, community members, and others and their role in improvement and change. Critical perspectives as well as work that centers diversity, equity, and inclusion in the US and internationally are also of great interest. 

Consider submitting your proposals to the Educational Change SIG when you submit to AERA 2023. Click here for information on submission. We look forward to learning about your work!

AERA 2021

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AERA 2018 Sessions
2018 Educational Change SIG Sessions

We look forward to seeing you at our business meeting on Sunday, April 15th, 6:30-8:30pm at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, Concourse Level, Concourse A Room. We will have a reception, awards ceremony, introduction of new officers, give-aways, and a fantastic evening with Andy Hargreaves and SIG colleagues from around the globe. You don't want to miss this networking and learning opportunity! 

  1. Friday, April 13, 2:15-3:45pm, "Perspectives on Educational Change: Cultural Shifts, Generational Expectations, and Professional Collaboration," Roundtable Session at New York Hilton Midtown, 3rd Floor, Trianon Ballroom
  2. Saturday, April 14, 8:15-10:15am, "Facing the Sustainability Challenge: Making Lasting, School-Wide Changes Through Professional Development," Symposium at New York Hilton Midtown, Madison
  3. Saturday, April 14, 12:25-1:55pm, "Professional and Organizational Learning: Teacher-Led Educational Reform, Paper Session at New York Hilton Midtown, Madison
  4. Sunday, April 15, 10:45am-12:05pm, "Teacher-Initiated Change: Empowerment, Engagement, and Shared Leadership," Roundtable Session at New York Hilton Midtown, 3rd Floor, Trianon Ballroom
  5. Sunday, April 15, 6:30-8:30pm, Educational Change SIG Business Meeting at New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse Level, Concourse A Room
  6. Monday, April 16, 8:15-9:45am, "Transforming Schools Through Community-Driven Organizational Thinking," Roundtable Session at New York Hilton Midtown, 3rd Floor, Trianon Ballroom
  7. Monday, April 16, 10:35am-12:05pm, "Comparative Educational Reform: Lessons from the Philippines, Ireland, Australia, Chile, China, and the EU," Roundtable Session at New York Hilton Midtown, 3rd Floor, Trianon Ballroom
  8. Monday, April 16, 2:15-3:45pm, "Reimagining Well-Being in the Age of Accountability: Lessons From the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory," Symposium at New York Hilton Midtown, 4th Floor, New York Suite
  9. Monday, April 16, 4:05-5:35pm, "Equity, Educational Change, and Persistence in Higher Education Debt," Poster Session at at New York Hilton Midtown, 3rd Floor, Americas Hall 1-2 Exhibit Hall
  10. Tuesday, April 17, 8:15-9:45am, "The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Educators' Professional Learning in North America," Symposium at New York Hilton Midtown, Madison
  11. Tuesday, April 17, 12:25-1:55pm, "Networks for Learning: Effective Collaboration for Teacher, School, and System Improvement," Poster Session at Sheraton New York Times Square, 2nd Floor, Central Park East Room
AERA 2017 Sessions

2017 Annual Meeting

Business Meeting 2017: A Word of Thanks

Thank you to all who attended our business meeting - we had 100 people in the room! We thank Dr. Dennis Shirley and the Journal of Educational Change for sponsoring the lovely reception (with live music!). We also thank Dr. Carol Campbell for her keynote address and Dr. Alma Harris for her discussant remarks. We networked, learned together, and several lucky members walked away with prizes (our SIG tote bags - thank you Osnat - and members' donated books). We had a fun selfie challenge during the meeting too. To see the highlights, follow us on Twitter @EdChangeSIG
Congratulations to Our 2017 Award Winners
Each year the SIG honors two award winners, an emerging scholar award, and a graduate student award (rotating between research and travel awards). We had strong candidates this year, and the winners are: Emerging Scholar Award - Dr. Jennie Weiner, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut; and, Graduate Student Research Award - Meixi, Doctoral Student, University of Washington. 

Thank you to our Awards Committee on its service: Drs. Na Mi Bang (Univ. of Central Arkansas); Jeff Blacklock (Midwestern State Univ.), Alma Harris (Univ. of Bath), and Emily Klein (Montclair State Univ.).  
70th Issue of Lead the Change Features Our Emerging Scholar Award Winner
As part of the SIG tradition, we are featuring our Emerging Scholar winner in the Lead the Change Series, our 70th issueI
Thank You to Our Mentors
Thank you to this year's mentors: Drs. Allison Skerrett (Univ. of Texas), Thomas Hatch (Teachers College, Columbia University), Lea Hubbard (Univ. of San Diego), Patrick McQuillan (Boston College), and Pak Tee Ng (National Institute of Education, Singapore). We will send out an email in the Fall seeking mentors to participate in the 3rd year of our mentoring program to support both graduate students and early career scholars.
Thank You Corrie! Welcome Kristin! And... a Look Ahead to 2018 Program
We had a record-breaking number of submissions this year, and thank dozens of presenters, chairs, and discussants who held high-quality [and well-attended] sessions. 

A very special thanks to our outgoing Program Chair, Dr. Corrie Stone-Johnson. We thank her for her exceptional service. 

We welcome Dr. Kristin Kew, Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University, who will serve as our Program Chair through April 2018. 
The 2018 AERA theme is "The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education." The meeting will be held in New York City, April 13-17, 2018. The proposal window opens in June. Let's keep breaking our submission records!

SIG Sessions at AERA2017

Round Table 1: Educational change and the work of teachers 

Chair: Corrie Stone-Johnson – University at Buffalo-SUNY

Developing capacity for urban science education reform: The role of resource chains and constellations
Kathryn N. Hayes – California State University - East Bay; Christine Lee Bae – Virginia Commonwealth University; Dawn M. O’Connor – Alameda County Office of Education; Rachelle DiStefano – California State University - East Bay; Jeffrey C. Seitz California State University - Hayward

Reviewing and rating teacher preparation: Examining NCTQ’s reform initiative
Wen-Chia Claire Chang – Boston College; Molly Cummings Carney – Boston College; Megina Baker – Boston College / Harvard Graduate School of Education

Sustaining an innovation in STEM instruction through deep change: The case of PERC
Sarah M. Bonner – Hunter College - CUNY; Roberta Trachtman – Allenwood Company, LLC

Virtuoso at work: What schools and systems can learn from excellent teachers

James H. Nehring – University of Massachusetts - Lowell; Megin Charner-Laird – Salem State University; Stacy Agee Szczesiul – University of Massachusetts - Lowell 


Symposium: Teachers leading education reform: The power and potential of professional learning communities

Chairs: Helen Janc Malone – Institute for Educational Leadership

Discussants: Christopher W. Day – University of Nottingham

Professional learning communities: Taking a contemporary view
Michelle Suzette Jones – University of Bath; Alma Harris – University of Bath

Taking the lead: Teachers leading educational reform through collaborative enquiry
Christopher James Chapman – University of Glasgow

Decentralization, localism, and the role of PLC’s in supporting school collaborations in Wales 

Mark P. Hadfield – Cardiff University

Transitioning from PLC implementation to PLC sustainability: The pivotal role of district support
Dianne F. Olivier – University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Teacher-led professional collaboration and systemic capacity building: Developing communities of professional learners
Carol Campbell – OISE, University of Toronto; Ann Lieberman – Stanford University; Anna Yashkin – OISE, University of Toronto

Teachers leading educational reform through enquiry networks
Linda Kaser – Networks of Inquiry and Innovation; Judy Lindsay Halbert – University of British Colombia


Symposium: The emerging age of engagement, identity and well-being: New research findings from Ontario

Chair & Discussant: Alma Harris – University of Bath

Exploring the intersection of student identity and educational well-being  
Mark D’Angelo – Boston College

Fostering professional engagement and well-being to ensure the success of all students
Shanee A. Wangia – Boston College

Attaining well-being through student voice: New directions in Ontario
Chris K. Bacon – Boston College

Emergent student engagement in Ontario school reform
Dennis Lynn Shirley – Boston College;
Andy Hargreaves – Boston College


Round Table 13: Educational change in classrooms, schools, and communities

Chair: Noni Mendoza-Reis – San José State University

How school context mediates the enactment of teacher beliefs in urban schools
Megin Charner-Laird – Salem State University; James H. Nehring – University of Massachusetts - Lowell; Stacy Agee Szczesiul – University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Mobilizing teachers as researchers to promote innovative classroom practice of implementing mathematical modeling in elementary grades
Jennifer M. Suh – George Mason University; Kathleen Ann Matson – George Mason University; Monique Apollon Williams – George Mason University; Spencer Jamieson – Fairfax County Public Schools; Padmanabhan Seshaiyer – George Mason University

The power of recess: Voices from one school’s “experiment” with additional with additional unstructured time for students 
Brian Mascio – Harvard University

We are kind of at a pivotal point: Opt out’s vision for an ethic of care
Stephanie Schroeder – University of Florida; Elizabeth Currin – University of Florida; Todd McCardle – University of Florida


Paper Session: Learning across borders: International research on educational change

Chair & Discussant: Corrie Stone-Johnson – University at Buffalo-SUNY

Challenges and promises in developing a school-led system in England: The role of teaching school
Qing Gu – University of Nottingham; Simon Rea; Lindsey Smethem – University of Nottingham; Matt Varley –Nottingham Trent University; John Dunford; Pam M. Summons – University of Oxford 

Innovating instruction: Systemic transformation at the school level
Ellen B. Meier – Teachers College, Columbia University; Dawn M. Horton – Teachers College, Columbia University; Seth A. McCall – Teachers College, Columbia University; Jessica Yusaitis Pike – Teachers College, Columbia University; Rita Sanchez – Teachers College, Columbia University; Alexandra Thomas – Teachers College, Columbia University; Caron M. Mineo – Teachers College, Columbia University

International learning communities: What can be learned across national boundaries?
Amelia Peterson – Harvard University; Jal David Mehta – Harvard University

Two steps forward, one step back: The successes and challenges of break-the-mold educational reform
Lea A. Hubbard – University of San Diego; Amanda L. Datnow – University of California, San Diego

Symposium: The past, present, and future of educational change

Chair & Discussant: Dennis Lynn Shirley – Boston College

Waves of education change: A review of the Journal Educational Change’s historical core
Juan Cristobal Garcia Huidobro – Boston College; Allison Nannemann – Boston College; Chris A. Bacon – Boston College; Katherine Thompson – Boston College

Tracing the development of
Thomas C. Hatch – Teachers College, Columbia University; Deirdre Faughey – Teaches College, Columbia University

Lead the Change Series: An informal conversation within the field of educational change
Helen Janc Malone – Institute for Educational Leadership; Osnat Fellus – University of Ottawa

The future of educational change: Deep learning and social justice
Santiago Rincón Gallardo – OISE, University of Toronto


Round Table 23: Considering models for educational change

Chair: Helen Janc Malone – Institute for Educational Leadership

Education as a complex system: Implications for education research and policy
James A. Levin – University of California - San Diego; Michael J. Jacobson – The University of Sydney

Paradoxical Distance of Equal Opportunity from Freedom of Choice

AnNa Choi – Educator

Initial evidence for the utility of a multilevel assessment of a preschool’s readiness for change
Afton R. Kirk  – University of Pittsburgh; Shannon Beth Wanless – University of Pittsburgh; Jennifer Briggs – University of Pittsburgh

Seven models of change and their applicability to educational reform: Perspectives from complexity theory
Matthijs Koopmans – Mercy College   

AERA 2016 Sessions
AERA 2016

Our business meeting featured three key areas: a) partners panel; b) SIG updates and awards presentation; and c) a keynote speech. Check out our Facebook page for pictures from the business meeting. Visit our Twitter page for great quotes and pictures from our AERA sessions

Partners: The business meeting was made possible by the generous support of two sponsors, Emerald and Springer publishers. We also thank our SIG's partners: Andy Hargreaves (The Journal of Professional Capital and Community); Tom Hatch (International Education News); Pak Tee Ng (Education Research for Policy and Practice journal); Michael Schratz (International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement); and Dennis Shirley (Journal of Educational Change). We also thank Michael Fullan, Ann Lieberman, and Dennis Shirley for donating their new books for our book drawing.

SIG updates: We would like to thank our inaugural mentors, who mentored our SIG's emerging scholars pre, during, and post AERA: Carol Campbell, Amanda Datnow, Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves, Thomas Hatch, Ann Lieberman, Sharon Lynch, Pak Tee Ng, Beatriz Pont, Viviane Robinson, Kim Schildkamp, Dennis Shirley, and Allison Skerrett.

Awards: Congratulations to our two award winners: Dr. Santiago Rincón-Gallardo on his Emerging Scholar Award and Na Mi Bang on her Graduate Student Travel Award! We thank the Awards Committee: Susan Elliott-Johns (Nipissing University, Canada), Pak Tee Ng (National Institute of Education, Singapore), and Chriss Walther-Thomas (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA) for their service on the Committee.

Keynote: We also thank Beatriz Pont for her thought-provoking and timely keynote, "School Improvement and Education Policy-Making: A Difficult Relationship." We thank Jal Mehta (Harvard University) and Pak Tee Ng (National Institute of Education, Singapore) for serving as the session discussants.

2016 SIG Sessions: We had a record-breaking year for the Educational Change SIG! This year, we had 36 papers and 6 symposium proposals submitted to the SIG. Of these submissions, we accepted 3 symposia (50% acceptance rate) and 20 papers (55% acceptance rate) for presentation at the Annual Meeting in April. The papers were presented in either panel presentations or round tables. 

Assessing Leadership for Adaptive Change Through the Lens of Complexity Theory
With a focus on leadership for adaptive change—leadership practices that intend to transform, not reinforce, the status quo—this session examines three case studies of early career, urban school principals from Catholic, charter, and district schools who sought to enact adaptive change by distributing leadership responsibilities throughout their schools and creating a school culture shared by all community members. Drawing upon aspects of complexity theory, we explicate processes through which principals experienced and enacted adaptive leadership (Bennett & Elman, 2007). To conclude, we assess these studies through the meta-theoretical umbrella of integral theory (Wilber, 2006), an analytic lens that can serve as both an interpretive framework and operating system for school leaders (Forman & Ross, 2013).

Inside the Opt Out Movement: The Role of Parent Protest in Educational Change
In 2014-2015 hundreds of thousands of families across the United States decided to opt-out of high stakes standardized testing. As a result of the efforts of these opt-out families; school leaders, education stakeholders, and policymakers are reexamining both the use of assessments and broader educational change efforts in the United States. The objective of this session is to provide greater insight into this complex educational change phenomena through a combination of first-hand accounts from the front-lines of the opt out movement and emergent empirical research on the topic. Key topics will include what rationale informs the opt-out strategy, what are the demographics of opt-out families, and an analysis of the impact of opt-outs on school report cards and teacher evaluations.

Successful Educational Research that Overcomes Inequalities
After more than two decades working on educational research that has been recognized internationally, CREA has laid the ground of scientific knowledge that contributes to overcome inequalities. This has been achieved through rigorous scientific work that joins together scientific excellence with the demands, concerns and everyday reality of schools and the broader society, tackling issues such as school success, vulnerable groups, gender violence and the methodology of research itself. The scientific achievements presented in this session not only entailed the creation of new scientific knowledge: they have achieved unprecedented social and political impact, as hundreds of schools and thousands of children in different contexts have improved their educational achievement, and have created egalitarian educational spaces free of violence.


Educational Change SIG Program for AERA 2015

Our SIG put together a very strong program for AERA 2015, including a SIG reception, a book launch, and multiple events featuring our SIG members. Click on the link above to access a flyer that lists SIG's events at AERA, with 3 symposia, 3 roundtables, and our SIG Business Meeting, featuring Viviane Robinson as the Keynote speaker. Overview is available in
 our preliminary program


Educational Change SIG Program for AERA 2015

Our SIG put together a very strong program for AERA 2015, including a SIG reception, a book launch, and multiple events featuring our SIG members. Click on the link above to access a flyer that lists SIG's events at AERA, with 3 symposia, 3 roundtables, and our SIG Business Meeting, featuring Viviane Robinson as the Keynote speaker. Overview is available in
 our preliminary program