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AERA SPOTLIGHT: UCLA Education Professor Tyrone C. Howard Will Chair Opening Plenary of AERA Conference

By John McDonald

Focus is on Equity

UCLA education professor Tyrone C. Howard will chair the opening plenary session of the 2022 American Education Research Association (AERA) annual conference, Thursday, April 21 in San Diego.  Howard,  the Pritzker Family Endowed Chair of Education at UCLA, is the President-elect of AERA for 2022-2023. The opening plenary session is titled, “Asking New Questions About Old Inequities: Framing a Research Conversation About Equity in Education.” 

“The theme of the annual conference is ‘Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century.’ In this session we are going to ask, ‘how do we do that, what can we do differently to make that happen?” Howard said. “We are going set the tone for this conference by shining a bright spotlight on the issue of inequality, and what we can do about it.” 

Howard will be joined in the opening plenary discussion by fellow researchers Eve Louise Ewing of the University of Chicago, Susan Marie Dynarski of Harvard University, Linda T. Smith  of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Verónica Nelly Vélez of Western Washington University, and Hirokazu Yoshikawa, of New York University.

Acknowledging the continuing inequities that plague the U.S. system of education, the plenary panelists will explore the questions, methods and strategies that could frame and fuel a robust research agenda that supports meaningful efforts to address the challenges posed by inequality.

“Equity is the goal, we need to figure out what we can do differently to help students and educators achieve it,” says Howard. “We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results.  It may ruffle some feathers, but we need to look at things differently.” 

The AERA Opening Plenary—Asking New Questions About Old Inequities: Framing a Research Conversation About Equity in Education, will take place Thursday, April 21, 6:00 to 7:30pm, at the San Diego Convention Center, Upper Level, Ballroom 6AB

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