Graduate Student Pre-Conference Mentoring Seminar

“Scholarship by and for the people: Engaging in grassroots change for democratic education”

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tyrone Howard

Friday, April 8, 2016; 8:00am-12:00pm

Washington, D.C. 2016 AERA Annual Meeting

Interested graduate students must apply by filling out this Google form by January 29, 2016, 5pm PST.

Division G Description: Division G examines processes of teaching and learning within a social context. Such an examination takes under consideration social, cultural, political, discourse, and economic influences. Hence, cognition, language, learning processes, and social organization are considered as they are situated in local and global contexts and in relation to demographic, linguistic, and cultural diversity. These complex views of teaching and learning provide a context in which to shed light on the ways in which significant social and technological change shapes our educational research, policy, and practices. We encourage submissions that examine the ways in which the new knowledge economies operate to include and exclude, embrace and marginalize, offer access and create barriers for learning in formal and informal contexts.

The Division G Mentoring Pre-conference Program (MPP) has the goal of providing mentoring and professional development to graduate students committed to building themselves as scholars committed to social justice. The focus of this year’s pre-conference event will be on engaging in grassroots change for democratic education. Following Dr. Howard’s keynote address, breakout sessions of this MPP will include:

1) Negotiating scholar-activism as an academic
2) Developing and fostering community partnerships for educational justice
3) Writing grassroots change? Getting published
4) Connecting scholarship to justice movements

What strategies can scholars employ in blending activism with scholarship, to bolster voices of marginalized populations? How do we ensure that our research reflects work with communities, rather than about communities? Ultimately, the 2016 Division G MPP is designed to initiate a conversation about educational social justice and to foster relationships between mentors and mentees at and beyond AERA 2016.

Application Process: Interested graduate students must apply by filling out this Google form by January 29, 2016, 5pm PST.

Applications will be reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:
● Overall quality and thoughtfulness of the application
● Research issue(s) and/or question(s) that demonstrate a commitment to educational justice
● Degree to which the applicant would benefit from and contribute to the seminar

Division G is committed to providing an equitable and diverse representation of participants on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, more identifiers as shared by applicants, type of university, and disciplinary/research interests. Preference will be given to people who have not participated before.

Space is limited and registration for participation is required. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Final decisions will be announced on February 15, 2016.

If you have any questions, please write to Division G Student Executive Committee at: divggrads@gmail.com.

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