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Research Alliance Teams Present at AERA 2022


Join Alexandra Adair, Cheri Fancsali, Edgar Rivera-Cash, James Kemple, Kathryn Hill, Kristin Black, and various Research Alliance partners and affiliates later this week at AERA 2022. The 2022 Annual Meeting offers on-site sessions in San Diego, CA, and virtual sessions from April 21-26. This year's conference theme is "Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century." Research Alliance teams will be presenting on studies of NYC’s CS4ALL initiative, Career and Technical Education, “persisting” high school students, and English Learners. 

On Thursday, April 21, Dr. Black will present as part of  the "College Reading Consortium: Designing Equitable Systems for College Students' Literacy Transitions" panel from 5:30pm-7pm EST. 

On Friday, April 22, Dr. Black, will chair the session on "STEM Pathways for English Learners and Immigrants: Evidence from Three States." Together with colleagues from the Center for English Learner Success, Dr. Black will use data from New York, Texas, and Oregon to explore how differing policy contexts shape the STEM trajectories of English learners. The session will run from 11am-12:30pm. 

Dr. Hill will present with Dr. Zitsi Mirakhur from the University of Kentucky and the Research Alliance’s Edgar Rivera-Cash as part of  a symposium on "The Promise of Persistence: Expanding the Evidence on High School Completion." The papers in this symposium describe students who persist into a fourth, fifth or sixth year of high school, across various contexts; take stock of the schools they attend; and assess their outcomes—especially in relation to their classmates who graduate on time or permanently drop out. The session will run from 7:15pm-8:45pm EST. 

On Saturday, April 23, work from the Research Alliance’s study of Career and Technical Education will be presented by Rebecca Unterman (MDRC) and Shaun Dougherty (Vanderbilt University) in a session on "New Evidence on the Effectiveness of Career and Technical Education." The session will run from 2:30pm-4pm EST. 

On Sunday, April 24, Dr. Kemple and Dr. Fancsali will present work centered on after-school programs as part of a panel titled "Square Peg, Round Hole: Negotiating the Appropriateness of "Gold Standard" Research Design for Out-of-School Time." This session examines three research designs: a completed RCT, an in-progress quasi-experimental design that adapted lessons learned from the RCT, and a flexible mixed-methods approach. It will run from 12:45pm-2:15pm EST. 

On Monday, April 25, Dr. Hill, Dr. Mirakhur, and Helen Yu will be sharing work from their paper, “Building Evidence to Advance Meaningful Integration in New York City,” during the session titled "Why New York School Desegregation Requires Systemic Thinking: A Transdisciplinary Conversation." The session will run from 12:45pm-2:15pm EST. 

On Tuesday, April 26, Dr. Adair, Dr. Fancsali, and Dr. Hill will present findings from our study of NYC’s Computer Science for All initiative during a roundtable session on "Reform–By Any Means Necessary: The Diverse Phases of Change." The session will run from 12:45pm-2:15pm EST. 


To register for our teams' sessions and learn more about the conference, please visit the AERA website