Message from SIG Chair
Message from SIG Chair
SIG Chair

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Dear AERA Educational Change SIG Members,

We look forward to seeing you at this year's AERA conference starting Thursday, April 8th.  We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers for our SIG Business Meeting, Christina Dobbs and Christine Montecillo Leider from Boston University, who will present their work on, "In the midst of change: The experience of women of color at a diversity-focused university."  At the business meeting, we will congratulate our 2021 Educational Change SIG Award Winners, have a book raffle, selfie challenge, and discussion of future opportunities for mentoring and new scholar/doc student publication support with our SIG partners (#EdIntColl).  If you would like to donate one or more of your books to the book raffle, please email Kristin at by Thursday.  

Please also join us for our monthly SIG Twitter chat with Isobel Stevenson on Friday, April 9th from 2 pm - 3 pm ET @AERAEdChangeSIG and @Isobeltx.  If you are new to Twitter, here a couple links to short YouTube videos to help you set up a free account and get tweeting within minutes:

We hope that you are enjoying our collaborative events with Int’l Ed NewsICSEI, and ARC and have found more mentoring, networking, and space to share your ideas on educational change with one another.  Please stay posted for our next event (#EdIntColl) hosted by Tom Hatch at Int’l Ed News. Thank you to Trista Hollweck and Hannah Bijlsma

Lead the Change 

Thank you, Jennie Weiner and Alexandra Lamb, for three amazing years of Lead the Change and Doctoral Corner issues. You can see all of our LTC issues at both our SIG website and featured on Int’l Ed News.  If you are a graduate student and would like to write a Doc Corner issue, please contact our Lead the Change Series Editor, Jennie Weiner, at   

Int’l Ed News 

Every month, Int’l Ed News (@intl_ed_news) publishes our Lead the Change Interviews to help us promote the great work our LTC authors are championing.  This month, their site has articles on self-directed professional learning, online and off; the role of youth in addressing global climate emergency; and nonformal education programs around the world. Thank you to Tom Hatch and Int’l Ed News for supporting the work of our Educational Change SIG practitioners, scholars, and activists from around the world.  


The 2021 International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) Conference was a huge success. The focus of this year’s conference was on crossing boundaries and building bridges and how our global community can collaborate for enhanced quality and equity in education at a global scale.  Thank you to ICSEI and Hannah Bijlsma for hosting last month’s Twitter chat.


ARC will be supporting the ed change community with another opportunity for graduate students and beginning scholars to work with a mentor in the field given the unfortunate but unavoidable cancellation of a face-to-face AERA again this year.   

To apply, you must be a current graduate student or within three years of graduation and interested in the broad fields of educational change and/or teacher professionalism.  To be a part of this program, you must be a member of AERA or ICSEI and attended one of these two conferences this year.  It will be first-come, first-served.  If interested, please email Trista Hollweck, the Executive Director of ARC at and attend our AERA Conference Educational Change SIG Business Meeting for details. 

Thank you to our Partners 

Educational Research for Policy and Practice

International Education News

International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement

Journal of Educational Change

Journal of Professional Capital and Community

National Principals Leadership Institute

School Leadership & Management   

Become a SIG Sponsor/Partner 

We encourage you to share why you enjoy the Educational Change SIG with your colleagues and extend the opportunity to join to your graduate students. If your organization/institution/journal/association/publisher is interested in hosting our Twitter Chats or any events, please reach out to a member of the leadership team.

Share your News with us 

Please visit our membership page for all the Lead the Change articles, information on SIG awards, and more.  Please send our SIG Chair at the details for your latest work so it can be posted on our SIG website and social media.  We will have a page dedicated to your work on our site alongside our LTC and Doc Corner issues.  If you would like to help organize and update the SIG website and/or social media, please contact the Chair at

We will see you online later this week!  

The Educational Change SIG Leadership Team,
Kristin Kew, Chair
Mireille Hubers, Program Chair
Na Mi Bang, Secretary/Treasurer
Jennie Weiner, Lead the Change Editor
Alexandra Lamb, Lead the Change Production Editor

Min Jung Kim, Graduate Student Representative

2019 AERA Toronto!

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Please join us for an amazing lineup of presentations and events this year.  

Friday April 5, 2019 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Center 200 Level Room 201C

Achieving Educational Change: Understanding Daily Practice and Developing New Methodologies

-Paper Session-

Chair- Pierre Tulowitzki, Ludwigsburg University of Education

-Networked Systems: The Role of Coordination of Formal and Nonformal Agents for Improving Education-Findings from a Mixed Method Multiperspective Longitudinal Study Stephan Huber (University of Teacher Education Zug); Marius Schwander (University of Teacher Education Zug); Giang Pham (University of Teacher Education Zug)

-The influence of anchoring on teachers’ affective commitment to educational change Mireille Hubers (University of Twente); Judith ter Vrugte (University of Twente)

-Producing Multiple-Response Sequences During Whole Class Talk in the Early Years of Schooling Christina Davidson (Charles Strut University); Christine Edwards-Groves (Charles Strut University)

-Realizing the Potentials of Rural Education Networks as Professional Development and inspiration for Innovation Leyton Schnellert (University of British Columbia); Mehjabeen Datoo (Richmond School District)

-Unraveling the Complexities of Innovation Adoption in Higher Education Teaching Practice Through Interpretive Case Based Modeling Irena White (Flinders University); Lindsey Conner (Flinders University); James Levin (University of California-San Diego)

Friday April 5, 2019 4:20 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Center 800 Level, Hall F

Educational Change in Asia

-Roundtable Session-

Chair- Ross Anderson, University of Oregon

-A comparison of Students and Teachers Perceptions of Secondary Reform in China in 2012 and 2017 Peter Yee Han Yoong, (University of Toronto); Yixiang JIN, (Beijing Normal Univesity); Leina Shen, (Capital Normal University)

-Lao People’s Democratic Republic Education Assimilation: A need of Change for Ethnic Mong Minority Students. Yer Jefferey Thao, (Portland State University)

-Revisiting and Exploring Youth Resistance and Civic Engagement in Hong Kong and Edmonton Canada (Casey Burkholder, (University of New Brunswick); Australia Brooke (Government of New Brunswick)

Saturday April 6, 2019 8:00 a.m.-9:30a.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Center 800 Level, Hall F

Educational Change from an International Perspective

-Roundtable- Chair- Lauri Johnson Boston College

-Breaking the Mold: Examining Community School Implementation Strategies in One Pennsylvania District Kathleen Provinzano (Drexel University); Amanda Reinsburrow (Drexel University)

-Educating Boys in Jamaica: In Search of a New Lens Marcia Sharon-May Chin (University of San Diego)

-Examining the Changes in One Kenyan School Through the Lens of Systemic Change Elois M Hockett (George Fox University)

-Understanding Secondary Schools Sustained Improvement in Chile Cristian Bellei (Universidad de Chile); Xavier Vanni (Universidad de Chile); Juan Pablo Valenzuela (Universidad de Chile)

Saturday April 6, 2019 10:25 a.m.-11:55a.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Center 800 Level, Hall G

Varied Perspectives on Student Learning: Student Learning Communities and Personalized, Active and Interdisciplinary Learning

Round Table Chair- Elizabeth Avila Luevanos, Texas A&M University College Station

-Active Learning in Statistics Courses in Higher Education  Maria G izquierdo  (Fundacion Universidad Francisco de Vitoria);   Juan  Fraile (Fundacion Universidad Francisco de Vitoria)   Eva Medina (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid)

-Learning Without Borders: More Than Just a Catchphrase  Philip Titetjen  (Stockton University);  Tutaleni I. Asino  (Oklahoma State University); Sarinporn Chaivisit (Oklahoma State University Stillwater)

-Processes and Supports to Facilitate Curricular Change Toward Character-Based Interdisciplinary Learning Zora Wolfe  (Widener University);  Katia Clampa (Widener University)

-Universally Designed Personalized Learning: Is it a Paradox in Special Education? James D Basham (The University of Kansas); Ling Zhang  (The University of Kansas)

Saturday April 6, 2019 2:15 p.m.-3:45p.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Center 800 Level, Hall G

Leadership and Depth of Implementation in Relation to Educational Change

-Roundtable Chair- Mireilli Hubers, University of Twente

-Developing a Depth of Implementation Measure for a Comprehensive Reform Model Focused on English Learners Martha I Martinez Sobrato Family Foundation/SEAL); Elva G Armas (Loyola Marymount University); Anya Hurwitz (Sobrato Early Academic Language model (SEAL); Magaly Lavadenz, (Loyola Marymount University); Laurie Olsen (Californians Together)

-Leading and Improving Schools in Times of Digitalization:  Findings from an Exploratory Study in Germany Pierre Tulowitzki Ludwisgburg University of Education); Julia Gerick (University of Hamburg)

-Understanding Educational Change: Determinants for Schools Principals’ Acceptance of Innovations at Schools in Challenging Circumstances Eunji Lee, (DIPF/Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education); Susanne Boese, German Institute for International Educational Research); Marko Neuman, (DIPF/Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education);Kai Maaz

-What Sets Successful Higher-Ed Change Leaders Apart? Dissertation Findings Featuring Competencies and Strategies Utilized Dawn Aziz, (Wayne State University); Monica W. Tracey,  (Wayne State University); Alisa Hutchinson, (Wayne State University); Sara E Kacin,  (Wayne State University)

Saturday April 6, 2019 6:35 p.m.-8:35 p.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Center

700 Level Room 713B

Educational Change SIG Business Meeting

Sunday April 7, 2019 8:00 a.m.-9:30a.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Center 200 Level, Room 205B

Leveraging Reseaarch to Advance Educational Justice in Latin America (Symposium)

Chair-Santiago Rincon-Gallardo, Michael Fullan Enterprises

-Distributed Leadership in Chilean Schools: Promoting Collaboration, Shifting Power Relations Luis Ahumada, (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso); Alvaro Gonzalez,(Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso)    Mauricio Pino Yancovic,(Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso) Oscar Maureira, (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso)

- Liberty Research Advanced countercultural pedagogical work in Mexico and Colombia Santiago Rincon-Gallardo, (Michael Fullan Enterprises)

-Outstanding Teachers Voices from Low-Income Schools in Argentina Ezequiel G Caride, (Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Argentina)

-Digital and Pedagogical Innovation in Uruguay Andres Peri, (ANEP National Administration of Public Education)

-School community relations and Convention in Mexico Cristina P Franco (Instituto Nacional de Evaluacion Educativa Mexico)

Sunday April 7, 2019 3:40 p.m.-5:10 p.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Center 200 Level, Room 202D

Intelligent Accountability and Evidence-Based, Trustworthy, and Persuasive Alternative to the Status Quo

(Symposium) Chair-Soliv Lellijord, The Norwegian Knowledge of Education

-The Defining Accountability: Teachers Negotiating Power and Data Use Routines Amanda Datnow, (University of California San Diego); Marie Lockton, (University of California San Diego); Hayley Weddie, (University of California San Diego)

- Intelligent Professional Responsibilities in Teacher Education Marilyn Cochran-Smith, (Boston College); Elizathe S Keefe, (Lesley University); Molly Carnes (Boston College)

- School Leaders and Teacher Evaluation: Trapped Between Accountability and Professional Learning Solvi Lillejord, (The Norwegian Knowledge of Center for Education); Kristin Borte, (The Norwegian Knowledge of Center for Education)

-Using Theories of Action Approach to Measure Impact in an Intelligent Way: A Case Study from Ontario Canada Chris Brown, (University of Portsmouth)

Sunday, April 7, 2019 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, M5t IG4

Co-Sponsored Event with the Journal of Professional Capital and Community and the Ed Change SIG

Monday April 8, 2019 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Center 800 Level, Room 801A

The Role of School Leadership for Sustainable and Professional Networks (Poster Session)

Chair Cindy Louise Poortman, University of Twente

-What Does Integrated Leadership Look Like in Schools with Sustainable Data Team? Elske Mullenburg, (University of Twente); Cindy Louise Poortman, ( University of Twente); Kim Schildkamp, (University of twente); Siebrich de Vries, (University of Groningen); Klaas Van Veen, ( University of Groningen)

-How Can School Leaders Maximize the Impact of Professional Learning Networks? A Case Study from England  Chris Brown, ( University of Portsmouth);  Jane Flood, ( University of Portsmouth); Annemarie Neeieman, (Maastricht  University)

-Networked Distributed Leadership Supporting Educational Transformation Katherine J. Sanford, (University of Victoria); Kerry Robertson, (University of Victoria)

-Learning to Lead Sustainable School Networks in Chile Alvaro Gonzalez,(Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso); Mauricio Pino Yancovic,(Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso); Luis Ahumada, (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso)

-Professional Learning Networks as Lifelines for Professional Development in an Agile and Flexible Environment Livia Anna Roessier, ( University of Innsbruck)

-Professional Learning Networks to Sustain Literacy Interventions: Leaders’ Theories of Action Mei Kuin Lai, (the University of Auckland)

Monday April 8, 2019 10:25 a.m.-11:55 a.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Center 200 Level, Room 201D

Changing the Grammar of Schooling? An Examination of Reform (Symposium)

Chair- Jal David Mehta, Harvard University

- Making the Periphery the Core: Possibilities and Challenges in Public Education Jal David Mehta, (Harvard University); Sarah M. Fine, (University of California, San Diego)

-Design Thinking, Leadership, and the Grammar of Schooling Implications for Educational Change Lea Hubbard, (University of San Diego); Amanda Datnow, (University of California, San Diego);

-College for All and the Grammar of Schooling Karen Quartz, (University of California, Los Angeles)

-The Rise and the Fall of New Schools in New York City and Singapore Thomas Hatch, (Teachers College, Columbia University); Jordan Corson, ( Teachers College, Columbia University); Sara M. Gerth van den Berg, (Teachers College, Columbia University)

Monday April 8, 2019 4:10 p.m.-6:10 p.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Center

200 Level, Room 202D

Educational SIG Graduate Student Seminar 

Tuesday April 9, 2019 2:15 p.m.-3:45p.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Center 800 Level, Hall F

Professional Development, Educational Entrepreneurs, and Equity (Roundtable)

Chair- Kristin Kew, New Mexico State University

-A Secondary Qualitative Data Analysis Teacher Resistance to Educating English Learners Ciara Brown, (The University of Tennessee-Knoxville); Natalia Ward, (East Tennessee State University); Eileen Galang, (Rome City Schools); Betty Thomason, (Maryville City Schools); Robin FScheil, (Knox County Public Schools)

-Between Being Internal and External: About the Semi-Embedded Position of Educational Entrepreneurs Hilla Tai, (Ben Gurion University of Negev); Dorit Tubin, (Ben Gurion University of Negev)

- “Tight” and “Loose” Structures Within Communities of Practice and Action: An valuation of a School-Wide Community Practice Pilot Program Kathryn E. Torres, (Education Northwest); Caitlin Scott, (Learning Policy)

-Truth and Multi-Modal Family Narratives U.S.  Notions of Family Challenged by a Global Society Paulette T. Cross, (Georgia College & State University)

2018 Farewell Letter

Dear AERA Educational Change SIG Members,

Our three-year terms (2015-2018) are officially ending at the conclusion of the 2018 AERA annual meeting. We thank you for your ongoing membership, support, and active service in all aspects of SIG’s work.

The state of our SIG is strong. The SIG membership remains stable, dues unchanged, and our fiscal picture leaves new officers with a great start. Due to the SIG’s visibility and active membership, we have experienced a surge of proposals for the annual meeting sessions, each year breaking new records.

Services and opportunities we continued...

We inherited a vibrant SIG, and have, in that spirit, continued four long-standing traditions: monthly listserv announcements, awards, Lead the Change series, and our SIG website.

  • Listserv announcements. As you are reading this, you have come to count on our monthly listserv announcements to keep you up-to-date on all SIG-related business and opportunities offered through our members.
  • Awards. We have continued to give annual graduate student and emerging leader awards, and have benefited from a continued commitment by you to serve on the Awards Committee, selecting annual winners in recognition of scholars in the educational change field.
  • Lead the Change Series. We are also proud that our Lead the Change series continues, now in its 81st issue! It has become not only a staple for our members but also continues to be syndicated through our International Education News partner and shared globally.
  • Website. And, our website remains a hub for SIG news, announcements, series archived issues, awards, and membership information.

Services and opportunities we introduced...

Based on the SIG members’ annual survey feedback, we have launched several additional services to deepen membership connections and supports. They are:

  • Social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, including monthly Twitter chats. We have grown to 163 likes on Facebook and 374 followers on Twitter. We have used social media to announce SIG news and Lead the Change issues, as well as to lift up members' work, pass on various calls and professional development opportunities, and engage in a dialogue on educational change.
  • Mentoring program. Now in year 3, our mentoring program pairs established and emerging leaders in the field, offering mentors and mentees opportunities to connect both virtually and in person. Thus far, 26 mentoring partners have gone through the program.
  • Informal partnerships. We have formed informal partnerships with the Educational Research for Policy and Practice Journal, Journal of Educational Change, The Journal of Professional Capital and Community, School Leadership & Management Journal, International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, and International Education News. These partners have created opportunities for our SIG members to share their scholarship in diverse ways.
  • Prizes. We have also added an interactive component in our business meeting--book drawings. Thanks to dozens of you who have donated your recently published books, we have been able to engage in annual fun give-aways that have enabled members to access scholarship of colleagues. And, did we also mentioned our magnets and tote bag SIG swag?!

Member Collaboration...

In addition to various special issues published by our SIG members across peer-review journals, our members have published, Future Directions of Educational Change (Routledge, 2018). We are very excited to be collaborating with SIG members on the third ‘Lead the Change’ book, details of which we will share with you throughout the upcoming year. The book will feature scholars who were interviewed in the last three years with a focus on some of the key issues that emerged through the Lead the Change analysis presented at the 2017 AERA meeting in San Antonio.

The work during the last three years entailed ongoing officer meetings to make sure we provide the best service for the members of the Educational Change SIG, planning the business meeting at the annual AERA gatherings, continuing existing services and introducing new opportunities, driven by our collective motivation to keep the SIG as a dynamic and grownig interdisciplinary and international community that addresses many aspects of educational change.

We are thrilled to have had a chance to contribute to the thriving community of the Educational Change SIG, and we look forward to watching the SIG continue to grow as a diverse, global community of committed scholars for educational change.


With gratitude,

Dr. Helen Janc Malone


Dr. Kristin Kew

Program Chair

Dr. Deidre Le Fevre


Osnat Fellus

Website Manager/Lead the Change Editor


2017-18 Letter

Dear AERA Educational Change SIG Members,


Thank you to all who attended our business meeting - we had 100 people in the room! Thank you to Dr. Dennis Shirley and the Journal of Educational Change for sponsoring the  reception, 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. To see the highlights, follow us on Twitter @EdChangeSIG

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.). 

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. 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!

As I enter the last year of service to the SIG, I  thank you for all your support and engagement, and encourage you to consider running for office. We are looking for the following elected positions (3-year term): Chair; Program Chair; and Secretary/Treasurer. Look to our September issue for all the details and the nomination form. Please note that appointed positions for web management, Lead the Change Series editor, and social media will also be available at the discretion of new officers.

Looking to 2017-18 AERA year, I am excited to continue our mentoring and awards programs, continue to grow our social media visibility, and to extend diverse professional development and knowledge sharing opportunities to all of you. We are on our 70th issue of Lead the Change, and have a fantastic line-up for the incoming year, as well as the second book based on the series, available in Sept. 2017 through Routledge, Future Directions for Educational Change. The first one was published through Teachers College Press, Leading Educational Change

See you in New York City for the annual meeting 2018!

Warm regards,


Dr. Helen Janc Malone
AERA Educational Change SIG Chair


2016-17 Letter

Dear AERA Educational Change SIG Members,

What an exciting 2015-16 AERA year it has been! We expanded our presence by launching on social media (62 Facebook followers and 127 Twitter followers and growing). We piloted a successful mentoring program for graduate students and emerging scholars, which we are bringing back this year; continued our awards programs; and launched Twitter chats to lift up our members' work. We expanded our partnerships with ICSEI, the Journal of Professional Capital and Community, and, opportunities that have and continue to support the scholarship of our members. And, our Lead the Change Series continues strong with 60+ issues. We are near 270 members strong from over 25 countries across six continents. Hope you will continue to be a part of our growing global community and encourage others in your networks to join us. Here is to another amazing year! See you in San Antonio! 

Warm regards,

Dr. Helen Janc Malone
AERA Educational Change SIG Chair



2015-16 Letter

Dear AERA Educational Change SIG Members,

The Educational Change SIG epitomizes AERA’s mission to “promote research to improve education and to serve the public good.” Our SIG is particularly poised to make a significant contribution during the AERA 2016 centennial year, given the theme of public scholarship that speaks to global contexts and “education in diverse democracies.” The scholarship of our SIG members addresses the complexities of leading change and fosters continuous inquiry and collective problem solving within and beyond the education enterprise.

As SIG members, you will continue to receive our regular newsletter, Lead the Change, which has inspired the volume Leading Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges and Lessons on Whole System Reform (Teachers College Press in 2013). The Series was born out of a desire to offer a meaningful resource to the SIG that highlights the scholarship of our members. Going forward, the Series will continue to bring diverse voices from all corners of the globe, invite inter-disciplinary perspectives, and introduce a deeper dialogue on salient issues in our field.

In addition to the Series, awards, and the national meeting, we will expand this summer into digital platforms, introduce new peer sharing opportunities, and elevate your work through diverse arenas.

I thank Dr. Dennis Shirley for his leadership over the past three years and the dedication and tremendous contributions by Dr. Kristin Kew, Dr. Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, and Osnat Fellus. I am honored to serve as your Chair for the next three years, alongside my fellow officers, Drs. Corrie Stone-Johnson (Program Chair) and Deidre LeFevre (Secretary/Treasurer), and look forward to our growing partnership.

Warm regards,

Dr. Helen Janc Malone
AERA Educational Change SIG Chair

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