Northeastern Educational Research Association Announcement

Dear Current and Future NERA Members,
 
We are excited to announce that NERA’s 2014 Annual Conference registration and hotel reservation systems are open. We have a great conference planned this year with Keynote Speaker President Jonathan Alger from James Madison University, invited speakers Andrew Ho from Harvard University, Michael Kane from Educational Testing Service, Wayne Camara from ACT, and Kristen Huff from the Regents Research Fund, as well as six engaging workshops (check our website for descriptions and dates for the workshops). What?s more, we?ve received a record number of submissions this year; as a result, the program we are building is full of quality sessions on a variety of topics.
 
If you have made a submission, you should have been notified by now regarding whether or not your submission was accepted. If your proposal was accepted, your assigned session format, date, and time will be sent to you within the next week. We will also be notifying those who volunteered to be Chairs and/or Discussants of their assignments within the next week as well. More information about the conference, including descriptions of the six workshops, can be found at: http://www.nera-education.org.
 
Whether or not you plan on presenting, we hope you can join us for this year?s conference on October 22 nd-24th in Trumbull, CT. The information below explains the conference registration and hotel reservation processes:
 
Becoming a NERA Member and Registering for the 2014 Conference
 
All attendees of the 2014 NERA Conference must also be NERA Members, so you must either renew your membership or join NERA before you can register for the conference . To pay your membership dues and register for the conference, please go to the NERA website http://www.nera-education.org/ . If you need to renew your membership, you should be receiving your invoice shortly if you haven?t already.
 
Once you have renewed your membership or become a new member, you can register for the event. Instructions for registration are as follows:

  • Once you begin the online registration process, we request that you pay special attention to the section titled ?Event Information?.
    • If you are not planning to stay at the hotel, please check the box “estimated meal count (if not staying at the hotel)”. We need to get an estimate of how many meals you will have at the hotel, so when you check this box, you will see a list of all possible options. You will not need to pay at this time for your meals, we just need an estimate. If you are staying at the hotel for the conference, you can ignore this part.
    • If you want to sign up for any pre-conference or in-conference workshops, you must indicate that during the registration process. Click “pre-conference and in-conference workshops” and the “more information” link. A list of all workshops will show up. Click “more information” to read a summary of any of these. Check the box by the workshop(s) you want to attend. This will be your way of signing up. There is limited capacity for the workshops and they are first come, first serve so sign up early to hold your place.
    • Click the “paperless program” box if you wish to forgo the paper program and simply use the online program.
    • Click the “new member” box if you are a new member. If someone referred you, please indicate who in the open box that will pop up.
  • Please use PayPal to pay your membership. Use “Your email” as your PayPal login as  and members@nera-education.org as “Their email”.  Here?s the link: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/make-online-payments .

 

  • Please note that to receive the regular registration rate, you must register for the conference by October 1st! After this date, a late fee will be added to the regular rates. As a reminder, the following are the registration fees for this year:

 
2014 Conference Registration Fees  On or Before October 1st (after October 1st):

  • Professional member – $85.00 ($100.00)
  • Full-time Student – $30.00 ($40.00)
  • Retired member – $20.00 ($20.00)

 
Membership Dues (October 15, 2014 – October 14, 2015)

  • Professional members – $40.00
  • Full-time Student members – $15.00
  • Retired members – $15.00

 
Reserving Your Room and Meals at the Marriott Hotel in Trumbull, CT
 
NERA has negotiated affordable room rates for conference attendees. To receive these special conference rates, please call (203) 380-6323 between 8:30am – 5:00pm (EDT) Monday – Friday.  If you are calling off-hours, please leave your name and phone number and a hotel contact person will call you back or send an e-mail to Amanda at Amanda.Trianovich@marriott.com to make your guest room reservations. All reservations must be made by Tuesday, September 30, 2014 . Please mention that you are attending the NERA Conference when you call or e-mail the hotel.

Rates
As with previous years, each night?s stay at the hotel on Wednesday, October 22 nd or Thursday, October 23rd during the conference includes three full meals. Specifically, each NERA hotel guest receives dinner on the night of their stay and breakfast and lunch on the following day. That means if you reserve a hotel room for Wednesday and Thursday nights, all of your meals will be covered from Wednesday dinner to Friday lunch.
 

  • All guest room rates are quoted exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, currently 15%.
  • NERA attendees can stay at the hotel the night before the conference for a reduced rate as well, though this night will not include meals. 

 
Pre-conference stay (Tues. Oct 21st)

 

Single

Double

Triple

Quad

Tue. Oct. 21, 2014

$129.00

$129.00

$129.00

$129.00

 
Conference stays (Wed. Oct. 22 and Thurs. Oct. 23);
Occupancy rate is based on number of guests per room and per person (PP) price includes the meals as indicated under the rates.  

 

Single

Double

Triple

Quad

Wed.
Oct. 22, 2014

$236.00

$343.00 ($171.50 PP)

$450.00
($150.00 PP)

$557.00
($139.25 PP)

Thurs.
Oct. 23, 2014

$236.00

$343.00 ($171.50 PP)

$450.00
($150.00 PP)

$557.00
($139.25 PP)

 
For doubles, triples and quads:
Only one person should call and make room reservations and provide all of the roommates? names and their phone numbers under the same reservation. The hotel will call the other roommates to obtain their individual credit card information, so that the hotel will be able to charge the correct amount and furnish individual bills. Upon arrival, each guest must register at the Front Desk to access his/her room and a credit card will need to be swiped or a credit card authorization form must be completed and on file prior to arrival if the individual is not traveling with the credit card.

Graduate student Quad room?
NERA continues to be an affordable choice for students. The Marriott is offering a special Graduate Student quad rate of $557.00 per night, which includes meals and accommodations for four students per night, and comes to $139.25 per student per night. This special rate is available for students ONLY . Graduate students are responsible for finding their roommates. One student will have to use a credit card to reserve the room for the quad. Each student must also register for the conference individually. (Conference registration requires a separate online form available through the NERA website, as described previously.)

If you have any further questions, please contact us at neraconference2014@gmail.com
 
Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing everyone at NERA in October!
 
Thank you,
Your NERA Conference Team,
Pamela Kaliski, The College Board
Ross Markle, Educational Testing Service
Javarro Russell, Educational Testing Service

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