AERA is pleased to announce that it is live-streaming select sessions at its 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 8 to 12. Among the live-streamed sessions is a special address by U.S. Second Lady Jill Biden, on Monday, April 11, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Her session will include a question and answer portion with researchers.
AERA Distinguished Lecture: Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emerita, Stanford University
Friday, April 8, 4:05 to 5:35 p.m.
Opening Plenary Session and Gala to Celebrate Centennial Year
Friday, April 8, 6:30 to 8:40 p.m.
AERA Presidential Address: Jeannie Oakes, AERA President; University of California - Los Angeles
Sunday, April 10, 4:35 to 5:50 p.m.
Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture: Warren Simmons, Fellow and Former Executive Director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
Monday, April 11, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Special Event: Dr. Jill Biden
Monday, April 11, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 10, 12:25 to 2:25 p.m.
Writing Our Way Into the Public Sphere
Saturday, April 9, 10:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
No field is more central to the social good than education, yet typically educational researchers have limited influence on policy and public deliberations about education. How can we write our way more effectively into the public sphere? In this presentation, Public Scholar Mike Rose will provide insights on writing the opinion or commentary piece, as well as long form writing and select new media forms. He will discuss the meaning and urgent need of writing for diverse audiences, and the personal and professional benefits of doing such writing. He will then describe courses he has developed to teach public writing, and conclude with thoughts about public writing, our faculty reward system, and the ways our profession defines itself. University of Colorado School of Education Dean Lorrie Shepard will reflect on the implications of the presentation for universities and public scholarship overall.
Public Scholars on the Social Impact of School-Related Inequalities: Perspectives from Multiple Disciplines
Sunday, April 10, 8:15 to 9:45 a.m.
Recent research provides strong evidence that unequal educational outcomes between richer and poorer students are due in part to curricular inequalities occurring within schools and between schools. Accordingly, rather than ameliorating background inequalities, the U.S. educational system may be exacerbating them. This session premiers a new short video—an artifact of public scholarship that communicates these research findings. Scholars from multiple disciplinary perspectives (sociology, economics, political science, and educational theory) will discuss implications of this research. They also consider how public scholarship focused on schooling inequality; its relationship to larger social, political and economic inequalities; and the public’s understanding of what a commitment to equality requires can inform and be informed by insights from different intellectual perspectives.
Can Public Scholarship Help School Finance Policy Meet the Challenge of Increasing Diversity?
Sunday, April 10, 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
Public school funding is central to providing a high quality compulsory K-12 education in a democratic society yet it is one of the most entrenched and antiquated systems resistant to change. This challenge exists alongside the reality that our K-12 student population has seen dramatic demographic shifts in the past 100 years making our country more culturally and linguistically diverse. This “Town Hall” Session will demystify public school finance policy and practice by engaging researchers and stakeholders in a moderated discussion. AERA members, education and political leaders, and the general public will participate both in person and through social media.
#BlackGirlsMatter: Public Scholarship Engaging with the Race/Gender Interaction in Schools
Monday, April 11, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
In 2014, the White House’s Council on Women and Girls issued a report highlighting the progress of women and girls of color, most notably in education. Along with an increase in high school and college graduation rates it was reported, “Since 2009, both fourth and eighth grade math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the largest nationwide assessment, have improved for all girls of color” (p. 2). Absent from this conversation, however, were the distinct challenges based on the intersection of race and gender that left Black girls with the least growth across all categories and contexts. This session seeks to open up new avenues of scholarship focused on the promises and perils Black girls and women encounter in PK – 20 systems. The session will also explore how such scholarship could inform policy-based solutions to improve the academic success and life chances of Black girls and women.
Public Scholarship and #BlackLivesMatter: New Directions for Research and Policy, K Through College
Monday, April 11, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
If we believe that Black lives matter; education research must engage the entire spectrum of factors that marginalize and limit Black students’ educational opportunities and outcomes. This interactive dialogue moderated by the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, examines topics like the school to prison pipeline, post-traditional student experiences and nontraditional college pathways, Black student protest in the K-College Pipeline, and the educational opportunities Black students do and do not have. Accordingly, this session aims to change the narrative by focusing on the “unheard” and “overlooked” in the Black student research agenda, towards new scholarly and policy approaches for k-12 and higher education.
Career Threats and Opportunities: What Is the Role of Social Media in Public Scholarship?
Monday, April 11, 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
Researchers will discuss social media approaches to public scholarship that can democratize education knowledge. Panelists will focus on how social media can advance academic scholarship discussions but also may pose threats to academic careers, particularly for junior scholars. Questions from audience-generated social media will be discussed by the panelists, as both conference participants and streaming viewers from across the nation and world contribute comments and questions in advance and in real-time via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, using the hashtag #AERAPubScholar.
How Public Scholarship Helped Put School Integration Back on the Public Agenda
Monday, April 11, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
This conversation-style session brings together journalists, scholars and advocates to offer perspectives on public scholarship about one of the nation’s most intractable and complex challenges. After decades of near silence, high-impact media reports have shone new light on racial segregation in schools and neighborhoods as a driver of inequality and social division. They also point to racially equitable integrated schools as an alternative for engendering opportunity, cohesion and fairness. What role have researchers played in putting segregation and integration back onto the cultural and policy agendas? To what extent did collaborative relationships between scholars and advocates help "move" the research into the public sphere via media? What’s next for engaged scholars?
How Much Testing and for What Purpose? Public Scholarship in the Debate about Educational Assessment and Accountability
Tuesday, April 12, 10:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
An unprecedented number of tests, often with high stakes for students, teachers and schools, have been driven by decades of policy. American students spend considerable school time taking and preparing for standardized tests. The U.S. is not alone, as international educators, scholars, and policymakers wrestle with similar questions. Session participants will respond to the questions and concerns that students, parents, teachers, and other diverse stakeholders have raised in the public debate on testing. How much testing is appropriate? Who should be tested, how frequently, and on what content? How should the results of these tests be used? Crowdsourced questions will inform this session, with discussion starting months prior to the Annual Meeting, tagged with#AERAHowMuchTesting. Participants will also consider the role and impact of research in a policy arena so infused with politics and ideology.