AERA, Democracy & Scholarship

Banner for pagesThe largest association of educators and educational researchers in the world is gathering tomorrow for its annual meeting. Some 15,000 participants are expected to join the AERA – the American Educational Research Association – Annual Meeting, from April 8 – 12. This year’s gathering is across the river, here in Washington, DC. More participants can join via live-stream, free of charge, open to all interested. In addition, the education community has been invited to help mold a number of the conversations via social media prior to – and, in some cases, during – the conference.


In 2013, the Annual Meeting inspired protests under the banner Reclaim AERA, demanding an end to corporate-based and test-driven research. This year, as part of the association’s centennial celebration, the conference theme is “Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies.” Content focuses on John Dewey’s concept of democracy as both an end and a means in education, emphasizing the role of education researchers as public scholars who contribute to public understanding and political debate as well as professional practice.

Julian Vasquez Heilig – a recent guest of the Education Town Hall – is chairing a session on democratizing education knowledge. The session will explore how social media poses both threats and opportunities in this endeavor. This session, scheduled for April 11, is one of those live-streamed. Participants everywhere can submit comments and questions in advance and in real time using the hashtag #AERAPubScholar. More details on this session here.

Free AERA Streaming

Anyone interested can register for the 14 free streaming sessions, throughout the four-day Annual Meeting, here.

The Education Town Hall broadcasts from Historic Anacostia
in Washington, DC, Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Eastern
on We Act Radio.
Listen live via TuneIn.
Shows are archived for convenient listening shortly after broadcast.

The Education Town Hall BUS is a monthly program
organized by BadAss Teachers, United Opt Out, and SOS March.
The program regularly airs on the 4th Thursday of each month.

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