Jeannie Oakes, UCLA Presidential Professor Emerita in Educational Equity, serves as AERA President in its Centennial year.
Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez- Orozco and faculty and researchers of the UCLA Department of Education will represent UCLA at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 8-12 in Washington D.C. In addition, Jeannie Oakes, UCLA Presidential Professor Emerita in Educational Equity, is serving as AERA President during the 2016 centennial of the organization and will preside over the conference, which celebrates the theme, “Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies.”
“We are in the age of the Centennial: the AERA’s Centennial, the Centennial of the publication of John Dewey’s Democracy and Education, the forthcoming UCLA Centennial, inter alia,” notes Suárez- Orozco. “This is a time for us to reflect on our achievements and to redouble our efforts to be at the forefront of basic research and practice in 21st Century Education. This year, UCLA Ed & IS has much to celebrate, including the pivotal role of UCLA’s Jeannie Oakes as AERA’s President during this AERA’s centennial year and the selection of Professor Walter Allen for the 2016 AERA Scholar of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award. We salute our colleagues for their well-deserved recognition. They make us proud beyond words.”
In addition to Professor Allen’s award, several UCLA Ed faculty members have received honors of distinction from AERA this year. Mitchell Chang, professor of education in the Higher Education & Organizational Change Division (HEOC) has been selected as an AERA Fellow. Robert Cooper, director of the UCLA Education Minor Program, has been recognized with the AERA Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award. Finally, John Rogers will be honored with the Presidential Citation Award.
A large number of UCLA Ed faculty will be taking part in AERA Presidential Sessions. Faculty expertise in educational policy will be highlighted by Suárez- Orozco, who is a co-director of the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA (“Public Scholarship on Global Migration, Structural Inclusion” and “Democratic Civic Education Across Nations and Public Scholarship and Immigrant Students and Families: Leveraging Community and Research Partnerships”), and Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education, (“Where Might the 2016 Election Year Take Us? Exploring the Implications of Political Framing for Future Education Legislation”).
Perspectives on educational access and equity will be shared by Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, director of the Higher Education Research Institute (“Influencing Equality Before the Law: Enhancing the Use of Social Science for the Public Good”); Patricia Gándara (“The Ethnic Studies Revival: Tucson and Beyond” and “Increasing Educational Opportunities and Improving Outcomes for English Learners: Partnerships Between Public Scholars and School Leaders”); Daniel Losen (“Public Scholarship in Campaigns to Change Hearts, Minds, and Policy: Discipline Disparities and the School-to-Prison Pipeline”); Walter R. Allen (“Public Scholarship and #BlackLivesMatter: New Directions for Research and Policy, K Through College”); Daniel Solorzano (“Public Scholarship and Public Education in a Time of Civil Unrest”).and Julie Flapan and Jane Margolis (“Public Scholarship Broadening Participation in Computer Science Education”).
Issues around democracy and public scholarship will be covered by Professor Rogers, who is the faculty director of Center X and director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA). He will take part in “Privatization, Commercialization, and Disappearing Spaces for Public Scholarship”; “This Is What Democracy Looks Like,”: How John Dewey’s Democracy and Education Lives in Education Organizing, Activism, and Opting Out”; and “Going Beyond the Obvious: University Centers Leveraging Public Scholarship for K–12 Equity” (with Tyrone Howard). In addition, Mike Rose will speak on “Writing Our Way Into the Public Sphere,” and Professor Gándara will share her perspectives on “Public Scholarship on the Witness Stand: The Impact of Research and Expert Testimony in Educational Reform Litigation.”
Finally, UCLA’s expertise with the community school model will be presented by Karen Hunter Quartz, who will chair the discussion, “Living Public Scholarship: Insights From a University-School Partnership.” Hunter Quartz will also participate in “Public Scholarship as Creating and Studying Excellent and Equitable Schools for a Diverse Democracy” with Professor Oakes, Leyda Garcia, principal, UCLA Community School, and Jody Priselac, Associate Dean for Community Programs, UCLA Ed & IS.
Professor Oakes’s scholarship examines the effect of social policies on the education of low-income students of color and investigates equity-minded reform. While at UCLA, she founded the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access; UC’s All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity; and Center X’s urban teacher education program. Most recently, Oakes has served as director of the Ford Foundation’s programs in Educational Equity and Scholarship.
At the conference, Oakes will chair an AERA Distinguished Lecture by Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University and the Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture. Oakes will also co-chair the session, “Public Scholarship to Inform Equity and New Accountability: The Iterative Relationship Between Research and Policy,” and deliver the AERA Presidential Address.
Oakes, who is an AERA Fellow, holds AERA’s Early Career, Palmer O. Johnson Memorial, and Social Justice in Education Research Awards. Her book, “Becoming Good American Schools: The Struggle for Civic Virtue in Education Reform” won AERA’s Outstanding Book Award. Her previous AERA service includes Council member-at-large; Early Career Award and Professional Development Committee chair; and member of other committees and editorial boards. Oakes is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the National Education Policy Center. She earned her Ph.D. in education from UCLA.
For complete information on AERA’s Presidential Sessions, click here.
For perspectives on the conference theme of “Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies,” click here.
For the complete program of presentations at AERA, click here.
Above: Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco will share his perspectives on immigrant and global education at AERA.
Photo by Todd Cheney, UCLA