Achieving Equal Educational Opportunity in Arizona: Prospects and Challenges
For more than 60 years, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners have been engaged in efforts to ensure that all students have access to equal educational opportunities. Equal educational opportunity is both a powerful aspirational goal and a highly contested concept. We are interested in papers that address the following issues: How do we define and analyze equal educational opportunity? What are the barriers to achieving equal educational opportunity in Arizona? What are some promising strategies aimed at expanding educational opportunities and increasing equity in educational outcomes?
AERO 2016 is the venue for sharing your research, learning what others in Arizona are doing, and networking with colleagues from across the state. The conference will provide an opportunity for the dissemination of a wide variety of research, evaluation, and applied projects from Arizona’s PreK-20 educational research and evaluation community. Presenters are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that involve partnerships with local organizations, highlight innovative investigations into long-standing educational challenges, apply new knowledge and test new ideas in real-world situations, present empirically-backed and field-tested best practices, and strategies for sharing outcomes with a wide range of audiences within and outside of Arizona. The conference welcomes submissions for paper and poster presentations, symposia, and workshops related to the conference theme. In addition, submissions are welcome on a wide range of educational topics, including but not limited to:
analyses of local, state, and federal education policies
applied research for program improvement
distance and online learning
education research in or across formal and informal settings
educational technology and its use in learning environments
knowledge mobilization or efforts to address the gap between research and practice
measuring student and school success
the nature of education in the twenty-first century
AERO is pleased to offer two awards, a) the 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award; and b) the 2016 Early Career Researcher Award.
Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award Graduate students may submit a paper written as a single author or with graduate student colleagues. Prior recipients are ineligible for the award. Submissions should not exceed 15 pages of narrative (references, tables, etc. may be included in appendices). Papers will be evaluated by a panel of AERO members based upon: significance of the topic; purpose of the work; quality of the literature review and theoretical framework, data collection, results/reporting, and analysis; impact of the study; and adherence to APA formatting. Award recipients are expected to present their work at the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting as an exemplar study from Arizona; partial funding is provided to support the awardee's AERA attendance.
Early Career Researcher Award 2016 is the inaugural year of this award, which is intended to recognize a paper, policy brief or report written by an early career researcher. Researchers with 10 or fewer years in the field are eligible to apply. Submissions should not exceed 15 pages of narrative (references, tables, etc. may be included in appendices). Nominations should also include a resume or CV. The submissions will be rated by a panel of AERO members based upon: significance of the topic; purpose of the work; quality of the data collection, results/reporting, and analysis; and the impact of the study. The award provides a modest stipend to attend a conference or support the awardee's professional development.
Authors wishing to submit proposals may review the author guidelines posted on the submission form linked below. Submissions for the awards will be accepted by email following proposal submission (see submission form for details). Unless previously arranged, accepted sessions must be presented in person by at least one of the submission authors.
Submission Deadlines Proposals: CLOSED - October 28, 2016 Awards: CLOSED - November 14, 2016