Several members of the CREA team recently traveled to San Antonio, Texas for the AERA 2017 conference. This conference provides a diverse and collaborative environment for education researchers around the world. The theme of this years conference was “Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity” and featured several interesting presentations, round tables, key note speakers, and poster presentation sessions.
One of the many interesting sessions was a Division H hosted invited speaker session which featured Robert Slavin and Joseph M. O’Reilly, titled “Ensuring Evidence is Evident to Everyone.” This session focused on evaluation in education, especially regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Robert Slavin discussed his new website, which you can visit here, that discusses evidence for ESSA. This website provides a comprehensive guide to educators of teaching strategies and programs that target several student populations, and have been evaluated for their alignment with ESSA.
CREA’s Dr. Gwen Marchand also participated in several activities at AERA. She was a discussant for a session about using surveys in school research, presented a poster with her colleagues about engagement and loss of complexity during interactive education, and participated in a roundtable session where she discussed individual-referent and group-referent measures of student engagement.
While we kept busy at several sessions throughout the days at AERA, we also managed to stop and see the Alamo. Luckily, the convention center is close to downtown so we were within walking distance of this beautiful, historical landmark.