President’s Comment: AERA 2015 Annual Meeting

I’m excited to meet up with colleagues and talk about important topics in education research and practice. Below, you will find a schedule of my speaking engagements during #AERA15.


Dissertation, Postdoctoral, and Small-Grant Support: Opportunities for Early-Career Scholars

10:35am – 12:05pm

Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level, Columbus CD


Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University


Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Boston College

Adam Gamoran, William T. Grant Foundation

George L. Wimberly, American Educational Research Association

I will be talking about the William T. Grant Scholars Program for early career researchers.


AERA Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award (2014) Address: Adam Gamoran, “The Future of U.S. Educational Inequality: What Went Wrong, and How Can We Fix It?”

10:35am – 12:05pm

Hyatt, West Tower, Gold Level, Regency D

Fifteen years ago, I offered two predictions about the future of inequality in education: (1) a decline in black-white inequality and (2) a steady state of inequality by socioeconomic origin. Both predictions were incorrect: thus far, racial gaps have been slow to change and economic gaps have gotten worse. What went wrong? Is the current rise in inequality inevitable, or can it be addressed? These questions pose tough challenges for researchers, but answering them may point towards new directions for research that can help identify programs, policies, and practices that may get my predictions back on track.

From the Coleman Report to Performance Metrics: Big Changes in the Nation’s Research Policy

2:45 – 4:15pm

Hyatt, West Tower, Gold Level, Regency D


Felice J. Levine, American Educational Research Association


Ken Prewitt, Columbia University


Deborah Loewenberg Ball, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Adam Gamoran, William T. Grant Foundation

I will discuss the William T. Grant Use of Research Evidence Initiative during this session.


Current Priorities and Opportunities at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

10:35am – 12:05pm

Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level, Columbus AB


David H. Monk, The Pennsylvania State University


Thomas Brock, The National Center for Education Research (NCER)

Joan McLaughlin, Institute of Education Sciences


Adam Gamoran, William T. Grant Foundation

Kris D. Gutierrez, University of California-Berkeley

Larry V. Hedges, Northwestern University

In this session I will reflect on new developments in education research and on my experience as a member of the National Board of Education Sciences.

George Washington University @ AERA Salon: Research-to-Practice: Rhetoric and Reality

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Lakeshore Suite # 1424


Adam Gamoran, The William T. Grant Foundation

Jim Kohlmoos, EDGE Consulting

Maria Ferguson, GWU’s Center on Education Policy

I will be talking about research-practice partnerships and their role in education improvement.


English Learner Access to Core Content: Critically Examining Linguistic Stratification in Schools

12:25 – 1:55pm

Hyatt, West Tower, Bronze Level, Buckingham


Ilana Marice Umansky


Adam Gamoran, William T. Grant Foundation

In this session I’ll have the opportunity to discuss five outstanding papers on how schools structure access to core curricular content for English learners.