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Join NYU Metro Center at AERA 2018

AERA LogoThis year, NYU Metro Center celebrates 40 years of excellence in educational research, committed to the causes of advancing equity and even opportunities to learn for our children--particularly those who are most vulnerable. This legacy of excellence continues this week at AERA 2018. Our distinguished staff, faculty, and committed partners will be featured in over a dozen sessions. In addition, NYU Metro Center will be hosting two AERA pre-conference events, a tour of our projects and programs, co-hosting a film screening, participating in the NYU Steinhardt reception, among a host of other exciting festivities. We hope you join us. We know that we couldn't do this work without you.



 AERA in New York City: From the Perspectives of Graduate Students
Thursday, April 5, 12:00 PM; Division G Webinar
Our graduate student panelists will talk about their work, graduate school journey, and AERA experiences. They will give tips on how to make the most of your time at the annual meeting and in New York City. They will also be discussing the social context of our host city in order to have a better understanding of its history and sociopolitical climate.
Participants: Hui-Ling Malone, Tashal Brown, Terrance Range

AERA (Hip Hop-SIG) Pre-Conference: Hip Hop Theories, Praxis, and Pedagogies
Thursday, April 12, 9:00 Am; New York University/726 Broadway, 5th Floor – Room 503
Chairs: Bettina Love; Joycelyn Wilson, Martha Diaz
Participants: Edmund Adjapong, Ian Levy, Jamila Lyiscott, David E. Kirkland, Emery Petchauer

AERA Division G Early Career Seminar
Thursday, April 12, 9:00-11:45 am; New York University/239 Greene Street, 3rd Floor - Room 302
During the seminar, participants will gather at roundtables for two sessions (45 minutes each), and one whole-group panel discussion (60 minutes), which will kick off the seminar. For the roundtables, mentors will be stationed at roundtables to which early career participants will rotate. Approximately 4-6 people will be assigned to a table for each of the two roundtable sessions. Participants will be assigned based on the topic/expertise of mentor scholars.  For the panel, mentor scholars will engage in a whole-group discussion with early career participants and touch on major themes useful for advancing a successful career. The seminar will explore a range of pertinent topics and issues, such as “Self-Advocacy in the Academy,” “Considerations for Changing Institutions,” “Challenging Institutional Boundaries related to Social Justice,” and so on.
Chairs: David E. Kirkland, Katie Sciurba
Invited Panelists: Darrell Hucks, Jason Irizarry, Efleda Tolentino

Tour of NYU’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools*
Thursday, April 12, 12:00-1:00 pm; New York University/ 726 Broadway, 5th Floor.
All are invited to join!
Tour Guide: David E. Kirkland


Delayed, Deferred, Denied: Ensuring Immigrants’ Access to the Dreams and Possibilities of a Public Education
Friday, Apr 13 2:15 PM; New York Hilton Midtown Fourth Floor, East Suite
During the 2016-17 school year, presenters conducted an in-depth qualitative and quantitative study of a school district in the northeast United States. The study was a response to district policies regarding the delayed, denied, or deferred enrollment in degree-bearing programs for recent immigrant students. This session features three papers that investigate inequities in school registration, enrollment, and academic placement and how state policy can conflict with implementation. The study found that state policies regarding the equitable provision of education to all student conflicted with a district’s capacity to implement such policies with fidelity. The study concluded that immigrant students - many of whom are overage and under credited - need accelerated programs to help them graduate from high school in less time.
Chair: Norm Fruchter
Discussant: David E. Kirkland

Participants: Evan M. Johnston, Pamela D'Andrea Montalbano, Joy Sanzone

Dreaming (A)loud for Liberation: Build With Hip-Hop Pioneers, Practitioners, and Scholars to Design a Hip-Hop Framework for Educational Research, Practice, and Assessment
Friday, Apr 13 12:00 PM; New York Marriott Marquis Seventh Floor, Chelsea/Gotham Room
This isn’t your average symposium. We grow roses in concrete. We build across generations and continents. We make something out of nothing. We dream (a)loud. We stand on the shoulders of giants. We believe in education for liberation. Among the seven of us are researchers, MCs, DJs, writers, activists, teachers, leaders, archivists, entrepreneurs, professors, sisters, brothers, mothers, aunties, uncles, fathers, theorists, producers, and global citizens. We are Hip-Hop. Weaving performances, panel discussion, and audience participation, Hip-Hop practitioners, educators, and pioneers--a Grammy® and BET Award nominated Hip-Hop and soul artist/scholar/youth advocate and a Hip-Hop archivist/filmmaker/social entrepreneur--join to build with AERA participants to move toward generating a working Hip-Hop framework for educational research, practice, and assessment.
Chair: Jen Johnson

Participants: Stephon Adams, Ethiopia Berta, Martha Diaz, Devonte Escoffery, Jen Johnson, Mandolyn Ludlum, Jeramie Sharod Brown

Exploring the State of Education Policies and Experiences for Transgender and Gender Creative Youth
Friday, Apr 13 12:00 PM; New York Hilton Midtown Second Floor, Sutton North
Chair: Joseph R. Cimpian
Participants: Jennifer Leininger, Melinda M. Mangin, Mollie McQuillan, sj Miller, Susan Walker Woolley

The Possibilities of Public Education: Critical Perspectives on Practice-Based Teacher Education for Language-Minoritized Youth
Friday, Apr 13 2:15 PM; Sheraton New York Times Square Second Floor, Empire Ballroom West
Though practice-based teacher education (PBTE) has come to the forefront of conversations regarding teacher preparation, considerations about PBTE for the teaching of linguistically and culturally diverse learners remains an underdeveloped area. Furthermore, recent scholarship has begun to assert that while approaches to PBTE provide a potentially useful framework for transforming teacher education, issues of voice, power, context, and subjectivity—considerations that are particularly salient to the teaching of minoritized youth—have yet to be adequately addressed. This session challenges current discussions of PBTE, extending them to issues that are particular to teacher preparation for language minoritized youth, and suggesting directions for expanding PBTE in ways that open up more equitable possibilities within public education for linguistically and culturally diverse learners.
Chair: Megan Madigan Peercy
Discussants: Thomas M. Philip, Jamy Stillman

Participants: Julia Daniels, Megan DeStefano, Nancy E. Dubetz, Karen Feagin, Daisy Fredricks, Tabitha Kidwell, Jessica Martell, Megan Madigan Peercy, Mariana Souto-Manning, Johanna M. Tigert, Manka M. Varghese

Access to Rigorous Literacy Instruction in Early Childhood Education: Unpacking Instructional Moves
Friday, Apr 13 4:05 PM; Millennium Broadway New York Times Square Fifth Floor, Room 5.02
Children’s language and literacy experiences in early childhood education impact later literacy outcomes. Most early childhood classrooms expose children to numerous activities that connect to literacy. Research mainly focuses on these activities or structures for activities. Less research has examined specific moves teachers make within these structures – or what moves have potential for impact. The symposium will offer perspectives on particular features of instruction or instructional moves that support children's learning in early childhood literacy. We will share specific tools that have been developed through the research in these studies that aim to give all children access to rigorous literacy instruction in early childhood education.
Chair: Susan B. Neuman
Discussant: Bridget Kathleen Hamre

Participants: Jocelyn B. Bowne, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Katie Danielson, Julie Dwyer, Alexandra Hollo, Susan B. Neuman, Catherine E. Snow


Setting It Off: From Individual Scholars to Collective Sisterhood Among Five Women of Color in the Academy
Saturday, Apr 14 8:15 AM; New York Hilton Midtown Fourth Floor, East Suite
This workshop will engage in dialogue about the importance of considering both disciplinary differences as well as intersectionality when conducting research as women of color in the academy. For the purpose of this session, we will focus primarily on the individual experiences, trajectories, and focus of expertise, while holding each other accountable via peer mentorship. Women’s underrepresentation as tenured and full professors in turn limits their opportunities to advance into formal leadership positions at colleges and universities. It is therefore not surprising that men outnumber women even among newly appointed deans, provosts, and presidents (Hammond, 2015). Further, women of color in educational leadership positions continue to reflect the
lack of intellectual, racial and ethnic diversity in higher education.
Chair: Patrice McClellan

Participants: Soribel Genao, Sonya Douglass Horsford, Rosa L. Rivera-McCutchen, Linda C. Tillman, Terri Nicol Watson

Bilingual Aspects in Special Education
Saturday, Apr 14 12:25 PM; Park Central Hotel New York Mezzanine Level, Manhattan B Room
Chair: Audrey A. Trainor

Participants: Stephanie Al Otaiba, Nathan H. Clemens, Cristina Miralles, Brenna Rivas, Brian Abery, Cristina M. Cardona, Esther Chiner-Sanz, Melina Melgarejo, Veronica Mellado De La Cruz, Lynn A. Newman, Laura F. Romo, Renáta Tichá, Audrey A. Trainor, Denise Katherine Whitford, Heather Homonoff Woodley

Organizing Principles, Practices, Tensions, and Breakthroughs When Teaching for Justice: What Educators Can Learn From New York City Human Rights Schools and the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice's Campaign for Culturally Responsive Education
Saturday, Apr 14 12:00 PM; City-As-School High School - 16 Clarkson St, New York, NY 10014, School Lobby
This Off-Site Session has been organized by AERA members who are also members of the URBAN Research Based Action Network an organization intent on integrating community-engaged research into education and academic disciplines. We will solicit contributions from a panel of administrators, teachers, and students from NYC Human Rights schools and the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, seeking to strengthen public education. After the panel, there will be breakout discussions with the audience. Our goal for the session is to learn with our panelists about specific human rights principles that center the identities, cultures, and languages of teachers and students in equitable educational spaces. This session features a NYC-based educational coalition model which could be expanded and replicated throughout the country.
Discussants: Ana Carolina Fernandes de Bessa Antunes, Sarah Reed Hobson, Joy Howard

Participants: Natasha Capers, Liza Pappas, Maria Hantzopoulos


Building a New Educational Justice Movement: A Town Hall Conversation with Community Organizers, Educators, and Scholars
Sunday, Apr 15 8:15 AM; New York Hilton Midtown Second Floor, Beekman
This session brings together community organizers, education activists and publicly engaged scholars to discuss the opportunities and challenges of building a new educational justice movement committed to racial equity. Building this movement has become all the more urgent under the new administration and a resurgent white supremacist movement. This session will highlight accomplishments of the movement in challenging privatization and the school to prison pipeline, and advocating restorative justice, sustainable community schools, and culturally relevant curriculum. We will also address the challenges the movement faces in tackling deep-seated and systemic racism, creating alliances between communities of color and teachers’ unions, and finding ways to connect the struggle for educational justice to broader movements for economic, racial and social justice.
Chair: Mark R. Warren
Participants: Jitu Brown, Natasha Capers, Marc Lamont Hill, Sally Lee, Jeannie Oakes, Charles M. Payne

Imagining Sites of Possibility in Immigrant and Refugee Education
Sunday, Apr 15 8:15 AM; New York Hilton Midtown Fourth Floor, Hudson Suite
With the anticipated release of a special issue of Theory Into Practice in May 2018, we have assembled a number of the contributing authors who have imagined, investigated, and/or created sites of possibility in immigrant and refugee education. From family and community engagement to school leadership to pedagogy, curricula, and assessment, the symposium presenters outline the ways in which public schools have embraced the newest arrivals to the body politic, in the face of pervasive xenophobic and nationalist discourse.
Chair: Daniel R. Walsh
Discussant: Stacey J. Lee
Participants: Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, Rebecca Jane Lowenhaupt, Margary Martin, Mary Mendenhall, Chandler Patton Miranda, Daniel R. Walsh

Teacher Educators’ Role as Researcher: International Comparative Explorations
Sunday, Apr 15 8:15 AM; Sheraton New York Times Square Second Floor, Central Park East Room
The objective of this structured poster symposium is to advance insight into teacher educators’ learning, development, and practice, with a special focus on experiences and needs as researchers. As such, the symposium has a unique focus on the role of teacher educators as researchers. Results from a large-scale international comparative survey study with 765 teacher educators from six different countries will be presented. These results will be further explored via case-specific country posters to understand how the role of teacher educators as researchers is implemented and supported across different countries.
Chair: Frances OC Rust
Discussant: Amanda K. Berry, Monash University

Participants: Jurrien Dengerink, Michal Golan, Mieke L. Lunenberg, Paulien C. Meijer, Miriam Mevorach, Hanne Tack, Marit Ulvik, Ainat Guberman, Ann MacPhail, Helma Oolbekkink, Kari Smith, Ruben Vanderlinde


Pathways to Teacher Preparation: Conflict and Compatibility Between Alternative Pathways and University Pathways to Licensure
Monday, Apr 16 10:35 AM; New York Hilton Midtown Concourse Level, Concourse A Room
This session discusses how we prepare America’s teachers. There is a barrage of pathways to licensure. Traditional schools of education prepare teachers in traditional ways while developing and partnering with others to create alternate pathways. Other entities, both profit and non-profit, prepare teachers in isolation and in partnership with universities, school districts, and state agencies. We explore: 1) the challenges facing schools when they receive teachers from programs with differing and conflicting ideologies; 2) discuss plans to reorganized, re-envision, and implement teacher education, and 3) explore how university professors participate in or hinder teacher preparation, especially when teacher preparation is not directly their research agenda, but they are actively involved in program development and in teaching these novice teachers.
Chair: Kerri Tobin
Discussant: David E. Kirkland

Participants: Steven T. Bickmore, Brendan Job, Mari Koerner, Kenneth M Zeichner

Ocean Hill-Brownsville and Its Relevance Today: The 50th Anniversary of New York City’s Movement for Community Control

Monday, April 16, 10:35 AM; New York Hilton Midtown, Third Floor - Grand Ballroom Suite-West Ballroom
Through film, performance, and dialogue, this session will explore the historical significance of New York City’s community control movement in Harlem, East Harlem, Ocean-Hill Brownville, Bedford Stuyvesant, the Lower East Side, and the South Bronx in the 1960s. Scholars and community activists from the past and present will explore the long arc of intersectionality in New York City’s grassroots organizing for educational equity and justice and the city, union, and school system responses. Interwoven throughout will be stories from the classroom, school, district, and neighborhoods touched by the community control movement and their relevance to organizing today.
Chairs: Stephen Brier, Heather Lewis
Participants: Natasha Capers, Paul Chandler, Anna-Maria Correa, Sonia Cott, Cleaster Cotton,
Sulfia DeSilva, Monifa Edwards, and Veronica Gee, Andrew Greene, Charles Isaacs, Sonia Lee, Rhody McCoy, Rev. C. Herbert Oliver, Daniel Perlstein, Zakiyah Shaakir-Ansari, Clarence Taylor, Baruch College

Special Ed: The Law and The Numbers
Monday, Apr 16 4:05 PM; New York Hilton Midtown Third Floor, Rendezvous Trianon
Participants: Meghan Burke, Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, Janet R. Decker, Maria Lewis, William New, Natasha M Strassfeld, Christopher Edmund Trombly, Kiri Youngquist

Teaching, Affirming, and Recognizing Trans*+ and Gender-Creative Youth: A Queer Literacy Framework
Monday, Apr 16 10:35 AM
Participant: sj Miller

What Is Real Integration? Student-Designed Policy, Research, and Activism
Monday, Apr 16 12:25 PM; New York Hilton Midtown Second Floor, Gramercy Room West
Participants: David E. Kirkland, Matt Gonzales

Documentary: Talking Black in America
Monday, April 16, 6:00 PM; New York Hilton Midtown, Sutton North
African American English is the most controversial and misunderstood variety of speech in America.  Linguistic discrimination continues to affect speakers of the variety, and the ways it is linked to educational achievement and literacy are widely misunderstood by the public and by professionals in a number of allied fields. National discussions of language issues ranging from the proposed amendment to the Constitution to make English the official language of the United States to the public controversy about the decision of the Oakland Unified School Board to recognize Ebonics in their curriculum have indicated the critical, symbolic role of language differences in American society. With the perspectives of everyday speakers and the guidance of historians, linguists, and educators, Talking Black in America showcases the history and symbolic role of language in the lives of African Americans and highlights its tremendous impact on the speech and culture of the United States. The documentary addresses the persistent misinformation about African American speech and situates it as an integral part of the historical and cultural legacy of all Americans.
Chair: Sonja Lanehart
Participants: Renee Blake, David E. Kirkland, Arthur Spears

Division G Business Meeting
Monday, Apr 16 6:15 PM; New York Hilton Midtown Concourse Level, Concourse A Room
Chairs: Zeus Leonardo, David E. Kirkland, Wanda Pillow

NYU Steinhardt AERA Reception
Monday, April 16, 6:00 PM; Marriott Marquis, Westside Ballroom, Salon 1, Fifth floor
NYU Steinhardt has been ranked #6 in this year’s US News and World Report Graduate School of Education rankings. We invite you to join us as we celebrate becoming the highest ranked school of education in NYC, while highlighting excellence in education and research at an exclusive reception during the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).


Reclaiming the Teaching Profession: What Are We Reclaiming?
Tuesday, Apr 17 10:35 AM; New York Hilton Midtown Concourse Level, Concourse E Room
In this session, we seek to provoke dialogue aimed at advancing a more liberating, humanizing education inspired, in part, by Hatch’s (2015) call to reclaim the teaching profession in the wake of a 50-year neoliberal assault on public education. We were intrigued by a question posed at the end of Hatch’s 2017 AERA presentation based on his book Reclaiming the Teaching Profession, which asked: “What, indeed, are we reclaiming?” As colleagues interested in countering the discourse of neoliberal marketization, we have engaged in ongoing collaborative dialogue on the question, “How can teacher education programs reclaim their crucial role in driving education discourses rather than submitting to mandates based on flawed ideological assumptions about teaching, learning, children, and communities?”
Chair: Andrew J. Stremmel
Discussant: Frances OC Rust

Participants: Jim Burns, Christine Wanjiku Nganga, Andrew J. Stremmel