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.

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