Rep. Chaka Fattah, Diane Ravitch, Helen Gym Added as AERA Annual Meeting Speakers

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Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Pa), ranking Democrat on the House science appropriations subcommittee; noted education historian and researcher Diane Ravitch; and Philadelphia public education advocate Helen Gym join a compelling line-up of major speakers at the American Educational Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting, April 3-7, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Fattah, whose district covers much of the Philadelphia metro area, will address "Congress and Connecting Research to STEM Education and Innovation." In a session titled "Rising to the Challenges of Quality and Equality: The Promise of a Public Pedagogy," Ravitch will speak about the unanticipated consequences of educational innovations, while Gym will discuss what educational research means for the lives of school children in Philadelphia.

Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools. Gym is cofounder of Parents United for Public Education.

All three join a program that features an impressive array of speakers, sessions, and original research presentations.

In the opening plenary session titled "A Pipeline of Innovation: Education Research from K-12 to College," University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan will speak about education research that is leading to innovative practices and policies, from kindergarten through higher education.

Other speakers and session participants include:
-Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite
-Carnegie Foundation President Anthony Bryk
-Former Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendall
-Angela Duckworth, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
-Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor, Stanford University
-William Schmidt, Professor, Michigan State University
-Sean Reardon, Professor, Stanford University

And many more.

Click here to browse key sessions:

The program includes more than 2,400 sessions - including major addresses, panel discussion, and research paper presentations - on the biggest issues and trends in education research, including:

  • College access and success
  • Value-added measures
  • Impact of housing and neighborhoods on education outcomes
  • Common Core State Standards
  • College mismatch
  • Urban education
  • Universal preschool
  • The role of foundations in education research

And much more.

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When and Where
Thursday, April 3 - Monday, April 7, 2014
Philadelphia, PA
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Contents of research papers being presented at the 2014 AERA Annual Meeting are embargoed until date and time of presentation, unless otherwise specified.

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About AERA
AERA is the largest national professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

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