Category Archives: Annual Meeting 2013

Graduate Student Session

During the conference on Saturday, the Division G Graduate Student Committee held a Student Session titled “Networking: Utilizing Conferences to Your Advantage – Crafting the Research Spiel.” We had a great group, with amazing participation, questions and discussion. Janelle Johnson, Erika Bullock and Kristi Donaldson also provided feedback.

Here’s a description of the session:
The AERA experience, especially the first time, can be overwhelming. For starters, the size of the conference is often daunting and can make it difficult to find one’s place or intimidating to make connections with other researchers. This session was designed to help graduate students make the most of their networking opportunities at AERA. In it, we covered the basics of crafting a research spiel, provided time to develop one own and practice, and talked about how to initiate a conversation with other scholars. The research spiel is a concise statement of one’s research – experiences and interests, as well as basic information about career goals. We discussed how to craft and adjust the spiel based on audience, location and time limitations.

Here’s a copy of the slides for future use: Elevator Pitch & Research Spiel, developed by Gretchen Busl and Matthew Capdevielle of the University of Notre Dame.

Thank you to everyone who came and participated! Please let us know how you’re developing and using your research spiels!

URBAN ­ Community-based scholars meeting at AERA 2013

Announcing Re-launch of URBAN – Community-based scholars meeting at AERA
Monday, April 29, 2:45-4:15pm Grand Hyatt Grand Ballroom East
Dear colleagues,
A group of scholars and activists, with the support of SAGE Publications, have been working this past year to create URBAN, a diverse network of activist scholars who are working with community groups. The main purpose of the network is to contribute to the advancement of this kind of engaged scholarship within our universities, as well as fostering interdisciplinary and collaborative research. For education researchers, URBAN offers a chance for us to connect to each other as well as across disciplinary and policy boundaries to activist scholars working in community organizing and development, public health, urban and environmental planning, housing and economic development, and other areas.
We held an informational meeting last year at AERA and now we are ready to hold an organizational meeting. This will be a chance to meet and connect with like-minded colleagues and plan concrete activities that the AERA URBAN node can do in the coming year.
The meeting will be held on Monday, April 29, 2:45-4:15pm Grand Hyatt Grand Ballroom East.
So far, the network has local nodes in Boston, Los Angeles, NYC, with an emerging node in Northern California, and national nodes emerging among sociologists, community planners, and critical psychologists. More information about URBAN is available at:
To sign up for the AERA URBAN email list: please email:
Please see below for several other URBAN events sponsored at the AERA meeting.
We hope to see you there.
Best regards,
AERA URBAN planning team:
Mark Warren, University of Massachusetts Boston
John Rogers, UCLA
Leigh Patel, Boston College
Shawn Ginwright, San Francisco State University
Timothy Eatman, Syracuse University
Diane Torres-Velásquez, University of New Mexico
Michael Berardino, University of Massachusetts Boston
Ron Glass, UC Santa Cruz
Michelle Renee, Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Jerusha Conner, Villanova University
Ben Kirshner, UC Boulder
Michael Evans, Miami University
Ann Ishimaru, University of Washington
URBAN Sponsored events at AERA
·         Special off-site event
The Frontlines of (In)Justice: Organizing and Activism for Effective School Discipline Policies, Youth Leadership, and More Justice, featuring a panel of local community, youth and educational activists, Sunday, April 28th 3-6:30pm off-site at Mission High School, 3750 18th St., San Francisco, co-sponsored with the Community and Youth Organizing Special Interest Group. Free – public transportation recommended.
·         Pre-AERA, off-site event:
“Decolonizing Knowledge: Towards a Critical Research Justice Praxis,” featuring Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Pro-Vice Chancellor Maori at the University of Waikato and Dr. Michelle Fine, Professor at CUNY and Public Science Project, April 26th 6-8:30pm, First Congregational Church in Oakland, CA, tickets $15, register on the AERA meeting registration page. Co-sponsored with the DataCenter.
·         Regular AERA symposium session
“Ethical Issues in Equity-Oriented Collaborative Research with Low-Income Communities and Vulnerable Populations,” AERA symposium session organized by Ron Glass. Wednesday, May 1st 12:25pm-1:55pm, Hilton Union Square / Tower 3 Taylor

AERA Division G Award Winners

Dear Colleagues:
It is with pleasure that I announce the Division G Award recipients for 2013.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Division G Business Meeting on Sunday, April 28, 6:15-7:45 pm (Hilton Union Square 4th Level, Tower 3, Union Square 1 and 2).  Please invite your friends to the meeting to honor and celebrate with our colleagues:
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award:  Enid Rosario-Ramos, University of Michigan
  • Early Career Award:  Sherick Hughes, University of North Carolina
  • Mentoring Award:  Joseph Tobin, University of Georgia
  • Henry T. Trueba Award for Research Leading to the Transformation of the Social Contexts of Education:

Individual: Martha Montero-Sieburth, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Collective: Diversity in Mathematics Education (DiME): University of Wisconsin at Madison; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles.  Project PIs: Project PIs: Thomas P. Carpenter, Megan L. Franke, and Alan H. Schoenfeld

  • Distinguished Contributions to Social Contexts in Education – Lifetime Achievement Award: Ray McDermott, Stanford University

Congratulations to all!!

Division G Keynote – Prof. Ray McDermott

Colleagues: a note highlighting an important Division G Keynote by Prof. Ray McDermott :

Advances in Social Contexts of Education Interdisciplinary Scholarship Lecture: Changing Borders: Relocating Race, Ethnicity, and Class

Tuesday, April 30, 2:00-3:30 pm (Westin St. Francis, Second Level, Elizabethan C)

Presenter: Ray McDermott, Stanford University

Discussant: Mica Pollock, University of California, San Diego

Human groups are invariably defined by their borders. Whether families, neighborhoods, corporations, or states, all groups do elaborate work mixing fact, fear, and fancy while deciding just who they are by imagining who they are not. Racial/ethnic groupings are systematically arbitrary: they could be easily otherwise, but their borders are often strictly enforced and correspondingly volatile. Certainly, racial/ethnic borders figure large in struggles for equal access to educational success and socioeconomic resources. In late 20th-century, inquiries into how they operate—or are operated on—have shifted focus from the essential characteristics of the groups to the dynamics of power and privilege along the borders to which they must adapt. The focus has shifted from what the groups know, believe, or desire to the circumstances under which they must make their way.

Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Dear Colleagues:  Dr. Arnetha Ball has asked me to distribute information about this important pre-coference event (also see attachment):

A group of AERA members have worked to organize a Pre-Conference Workshop for the AERA 2013 Annual Meeting to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. A description of the Pre-Conference Program can be found on the AERA website at:

This AERA pre-conference 1-day event is entitled “The Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation: The Long Struggle For Freedom and Education.”  This pre-conference is scheduled for Friday, 26 April from 9:15 am until 4:50 pm, with a reception scheduled for 5:00 pm until 6:00pm. The pre-conference will take place in the Continental 5 & 6 Rooms on the Ballroom Level of the Hilton Union Square Hotel in San Francisco.

Here is a brief description of the 1-day pre-conference event:
Distinguished scholars and long-time members of AERA who have relevant subject matter expertise are planning a pre-conference workshop.  The overall aim of this pre-conference is to provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation and examine (1) the challenges and prospects of African American education since the Age of Emancipation, (2) the state of educational research related to this important event and (3) implications for future research focused on expanding opportunities and improving educational outcomes for African American children.

The target audience includes graduate students, emerging scholars and seasoned scholars who are interested in the conceptualization and organization of scholarship related to the Emancipation Proclamation and implications for educational research. Participants will explore the historical and contemporary, national and international issues located at the nexus of freedom, equality, and educational research across different disciplines that apply inter-disciplinary perspectives and diverse analytical methods.

Registration for the event is part of the AERA Annual Meeting
registration. When registering for the annual meeting and workshops, attendees can select to also register for this pre-conference event.  They can also go back and add this event to their schedules after they have registered for the AERA Annual Meeting.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Dear Colleagues: this note is to announce two important Division G Pre-conference Workshops to be held on Friday (26 April 2013) in San Francisco (for additional details,please see attachments).  They are as follows:

·      “Introduction to Social Network Theory and Analysis.” Participants will use software designed specifically to conduct network analyses. This workshop will be led by Cecilia Ríos-Aguilar, Claremont Graduate University, and Manuel González Canché, University of Georgia.

·       “Mapping Educational (In)Opportunity: A Hands-On Workshop That Explores GIS as a Research and Policy Tool for Social Change.” This workshop will also be led by Ríos-Aguilar, along with Veronica Vélez, University of California, Berkeley, and Nancy Guarneros, Claremont Graduate University.

Division G AERA 2013 Highlights

AERA 2013


Division G Session Highlights

This year, Division G put together an exciting program of sessions and off-site activities. The list below is a small sample of the opportunities we have offered our members and AERA in general. We thank this year’s Division G Program Committee, chaired by Richard Ruiz (University of Arizona), for their excellent work: Kevin Roxas (University of Wyoming), Laura Roy (Pennsylvania State University), Peggy Placier (University of Missouri), Sarah Diem (University of Missouri), Howard Smith (University of Texas-San Antonio), Janelle Johnson  (Metropolitan State University), Kevin Carroll (University of Puerto Rico), Kathleen King Thorius (Indiana University-Purdue University), Federico Waitoller (University of Illinois-Chicago), and Mary Carol Combs (University of Arizona).

We also thank the colleagues who have organized two Division G Pre-conference Workshops (free of charge), on social network analysis software and on GIS as a research tool: Cecilia Ríos-Aguilar (Claremont Graduate University), Manuel González Canché (University of Georgia); Verónica Vélez (UC Berkeley), and Nancy Guarneros (Claremont Graduate University).  We truly appreciate their contributions.

A complete list of Division G’s sessions can be seen in the online program by searching by Division.

Division G Business Meeting

Sunday, April 28, 6:15-7:45 pm (Hilton Union Square 4th Level, Tower 3, Union Square 1 and 2)

Reports on the program and announcements of awards.

Special invited speaker: Warren Simmons (Brown University, Annenberg Institute for School Reform), “Building Smart Education Systems: Aligning Community Resources to Support Learning and Development”

Exploring AERA’s Commitment to Social Justice: An Interactive Session With Glide Memorial Church (Workshop)

Sunday, April 28, 2:15-3:45 (Off-site at Glide Memorial Church Fellowship Hall)

This will be an interactive symposium featuring a conversation between members of theGlide Community and of AERA.  Moderated by Karen Oliveto, Senior Minister at Glide, and Richard Ruiz, Program Chair for Division G. No fee for attendance and no reservation required, but come early as seating is limited to 100. (Glide Memorial Church is located at 330 Ellis Street, immediately across the street from the Hilton Hotel.)

The Status of Language Minority Education 40 Years After Lau vs. Nichols

Invited Presidential Session

Sunday, April 28, 8:15-9:45 am (Hilton Union Square Ballroom Continental 4)

This will be a panel with considerable time for audience comment and questions. The panel features Patricia Gándara (UCLA), co-Director of the Civil Rights Project, Ling-Chi Wang (UC-Berkeley), and Ed Steinman (University of Santa Clara), the original lawyer for the Lau family. We will explore some of the original arguments, the reaction from some members of the local communities, the aftermath of the decision, and other interesting stories resulting from this landmark case in San Francisco.

Honoring Derrick Bell’s Contributions to Education, Race, and Poverty

Wednesday, May 1, 2:15-3:45 (Hilton Union Square, Lobby Level Golden Gate 4)

This is one of two sessions on the work of the late Derrick Bell. Presentations include discussion of how his ideas on race and the law have affected our work in education.  Participants in this session have made their papers available to download from the online program.

The Effects of Mexican American Studies Participation on Student Achievement in the Tucson Unified School District

Tuesday, April 30, 10:20-11:50 (Westin St. Francis, Second Level, Elizabethan B)

In this session, researchers from the University of Arizona (Cabrera, Marx, and Milem) present their findings of the effects of the Mexican American Studies Program in Tucson Unified School District on student achievement; they will also comment on the political context in which the now-banned program operated, and the implications of this case for others around the country. Luis Moll chairs the session, and Patricia Gándara is the discussant. (See below for another session on TUSD’s Mexican American Studies program.)

Inside Ethnic Studies: What Tucson’s Embattled Program Says About Youth, Identity, Hegemony, and Resistance

Monday, April 29, 8:15-9:45 (Westin St. Francis, Elizabethan C)

This symposium will describe the principles that underlay TUSD’s now-banned Mexican American Studies program, and the pedagogy on which it was based. Among thepresenters is Curtis Acosta, one of the teachers in the MAS program and a defendant in the suit against the Arizona Board of Education.

Division G Graduate Student Travel Awards

Division G is pleased to announce travel stipends available for the 2013 Annual Meeting. If you are a graduate student in the area of social context of education, you may apply to Division G travel stipends for the 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Application deadline: April 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm Pacific standard time

In order to apply, please submit the following items:
– the application form: AERA Travel Request
– a current Curriculum Vita
– proof of current paid Division G membership (recipients must be paid Division G members at time of application)

25 Recipients will be randomly selected based on the following criteria: (a) applicant’s paper was accepted for presentation at the AERA conference, (b) applicant is an author of accepted paper, (c) the applicant’s history with AERA annual meetings (preference will be given to first time presenters, and (d) need.

Please email the above materials to with the subject line “AERA 2013 Student Travel Stipends” no later than April 12, 2013 by11:59 p.m. PST

Recipients will be notified by April 17, 2013.

Thank you,

Division G Graduate Student Committee