Published: March 29, 2021

AERA 2021 logoEach year, the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting represents the world's largest gathering of education researchers and is a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative research. We are looking forward to the virtual American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting held April 8-12, 2021.

Our faculty, students, and alumni will be busy presenting and learning. While we will miss the camaraderie that accompanies in-person gatherings, we look forward to supporting and exchanging ideas with colleagues and friends online. Use this guide to follow and support CU Boulder researchers and their work.

Schedule by day:

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Developing and Studying Mathematics Understandings
Thurs, April 8, 10-11:00 a.m. (MDT)
Shape Composition as a Progression of Spatial Reasoning Sophistication
Author: Sarah Wellberg

Embracing Queer Futures in a Time of Rupture: Conversatons Between Queer Studies Faculty and Graduate Students
Thurs, April 8, 10-11:30 a.m. (MDT)
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Panelist: José Lizárraga

Connections and Relationships Shaping and Redefining Queerness in Education
Thurs, April 8, 10-11:00 a.m. (MDT)
Cultivating a Queer Mind-set: How One elementary School Teachier IS “Rattling Common Sense”
Authors: Bethy Leonardi and Sara Staley

Critical Literacies: Agency, Place, Story
Thurs, April 8, 12-1:00 p.m. (MDT)
Seeking Through Lines: Storytelling With Students to Support Epistemic Agency in English Language Arts Classrooms
Author: Kristina Stamatis

Computer and Internet Applications in Education Poster Session
Thurs, April 8, 1-2:00 p.m. (MDT)
Exploring A.I. Ethics With Stories, Comics, and Chatbots in an Online Summer Camp
Authors: Benjamin Walsh and Bridget Dalton

Division K Section 7: Bilingual/Multilingual Roundtable
Thurs, April 8, 2-3:00 p.m. (MDT)
Practicing Teachers’ Perceived Pedagogical Challenges and Successes Post-Completion of a Bilingual-Bicultural Education Certification
Author: Rebecca E. Linares

Schools Working to Support Gender and Sexual Diversities
Thurs, April 8, 2-3:00 p.m. (MDT)
Race as the Starting Place: Equity Directors Addressing Gender and Sexual Diversity in K-12 Districts
Authors: Liz Meyer and Page Valentine Regan


Friday, April 9, 2021

Equity and Ableism in Preservice Teacher Education
Fri, April 9, 7:30-8:30 a.m. (MDT)
“[It] Did Not Cross My Mind”: Teacher Candidates’ Conceptualizations of Disability and Language Learning
Author: Rebecca E. Linares

Queering Concepts of Teaching and Learning
Fri, April 9, 7:30-8:30 a.m. (MDT)
“Throw the Brick”: Teaching for Social Change Within the Nonprofit Industrial Complex
Author: Page Valentine Regan

Attending to Complex Lives in Communities
Fri, April 9, 8:40-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
Can I Get a Witness? Speculative Fiction as Testimony and Counterstory
Author: Stephanie Toliver

English Learners with Disabilities and Opportunity to Learn
Fri, April 9, 8:40-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
We Value What We Experience: Translanguaging to Increase Learning Opportunities for Emergent Bilinguals With Dis/abilities
Author: Rebecca E. Linares

Identifying Supportive Conditions for Education Partnerships
Fri, April 9, 8:40-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
What District Conditions Matter for Productive Parenting?
Author: Caitlin Farrell

Student Discipline Policies and Practices
Fri, April 9, 2:10-3:10 p.m. (MDT)
Weaving Wide and Deep: School Discipline Rooms as Nets of Social Control
Author:  Kathryn Wiley

Place and Boundary-Making
Fri, April 9, 2:10-3:10 p.m. (MDT)
Chair: Trang Tran

Division K Fireside Chat. Accepting Education Responsibility in Teacher Education: Actions Toward Racial Justice and Equity
Fri, April 9, 2:10-3:40 p.m. (MDT)
Panelist: Elizabeth Bohl

Composing Just Futures
Fri, April 9, 2:10-3:40 p.m. (MDT)
Freedom Dreaming in a Broken World: The Black Radical Imagination in Black Girls’ Science-Fiction Stories
Author: Stephanie Toliver

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Ethical and Conceptual Analysis of Science, Technology, and STEAM in Education
Sat, April 10, 7:30-8:30 a.m. (MDT)
Technology and Teaching: A Moral Perspective
Author: Matthew Hastings

Self-Study, Mentoring and the Next Generation of Teacher Educators
Sat, April 10, 7:30-8:30 a.m. (MDT)
Sense-Making of the Field Coach Experience: A Collaborative Self-Study by Developing Teacher Educators
Authors: Kristen Driscoll, Elizabeth Bohl, and  Mary Beth Snow Balderas

We Are Not OK: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sat, April 10, 8:40-9:50 a.m. (MDT)
Discussant: José Lizárraga

Expanding Opportunities for Equity-Based Practice: A Collaborative Study of Implementation
Sat, April 10, 8:40-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
Sustaining Project-Based Learning Over time:What Makes a New Practice Stick?
Authors: Ashley Potvin, Alison Boardman, and Kristina Stamatis

How Grassroots Activism Can Challenge Marketization of Schools
Sat, April 10, 8:40-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
Teacher Dissent in a City of Market Reform: The Multiple Meanings of Activism
Authors: Terrenda White and Erin Kurtz

Reproduction of Educational Inequalities by Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Language
Sat, April 10, 8:40-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
The Price of Opportunity
Authors: Christopher Saldaña and Kevin Welner

The Power of Youth for Communal and Educational Change
Sat, April 10, 8:40-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
Engage for What? Interactions Between Normative and Political Forces and Democratic Youth Participation
Author: Julia Daniel
Critical Digital Pedagogies: Educators, Parents and Researchers Co-Designing Consequential Learning Through Play and Transformative Agency
Sat, April 10, 12:30-2:00 p.m. (MDT)
Chairs: Arturo Cortez and José Lizárraga
Disrupting Firewalls by Rewriting the Code: Dismantling Oppressive Social Structures Through Gaming
Authors: Arturo Cortez and José Lizárraga
Leveraging Community-Building Through Digital Game Play in Order to Foster Healing
Authors: Katilin Baca, Arturo Cortez and José Lizárraga
Race to Discourse: Organizing Digital Tools to Support Critical Conversations About Race
Authors: Arturo Cortez and José Lizárraga
Recessing School: Bridging Play, Joy, and Learning for Liberation
Authors: Beatriz Salazar-Núñez, Arturo Cortez, and José Lizárraga

District-Level Reforms for Equity: Politics and Implementation Challenges
Sat, April 10, 12:30-2:00 p.m. (MDT)
The Power of Education Regimes in Shaping (Counter)Hegemonic Policies and Politics
Author: René Espinoza Kissell

Explorations of Past and Future: Narrative Spaces of Teaching and Learning
Sat, April 10, 12:30-2:00 p.m. (MDT)
Figured Worlds of Addiction: A Content Analysis of 10 Young Adult Literature Texts
Author: Daniel Moore

Understanding Teachers as Learners Through Their Collaborative Sense-Making
Sat, April 10, 12:30-2:00 p.m. (MDT)
A Critical Collective: Lived Experiences and Teachers’ Sense-Making About Discussions of Gender, Sexuality, and Immigration
Authors: Erica Caasi, Emily Yerkes, and Elizabeth Dutro

Fostering Deeper Learning in Research-Practice Partnerships: Theoretical and Practice Perspectives
Sat, April 10,  2:10-3:40 p.m. (MDT)
Chair: Caitlin Farrell
Co-created Learning: Interest Surveys and Content Dissemination
Authors: William Penuel and Kerri Wingert

Learning with Mixed-Reality Technologies
Sat, April 10,  2:10- 3:40 p.m. (MDT)
Discussant: José Lizárraga

The Ethics of Pandemic Learning Pods
Sat, April 10, 2:10-3:40 p.m. (MDT)
Chair: Terri Wilson
Individualized Choices in Unjust Contexts
Author: Terri Wilson

Validity Evidence in Writing and Science Assessments
Sat, April 10,  2:10-3:40 p.m. (MDT)
Supporting the Interpretive Validity of Student-Level Claims in Science Assessment With Tiered Claim Structures
Author: Sanford Student

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Can Community Schools Be a Source of Democracy and Liberation? Critical Perspectives From Four Cities
Sun, April 11, 8:40-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
Saviorism or Equity? How Community Schools and Service Providers Navigate Questions of Racial Inequity
Author: Julia Daniel

Centering the Experiences and Needs of BIPOC+ Students in K-12 Teaching
Sun, April 11, 8:40-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
Relationships de Confianza: Trust and Distrust in Latinix Family-School Relationships
Authors: Emily Gleason, Leah Teeters, and Katherine Schultz

Game-Based Learning Environments
Sun, April 11, 8:40-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
Discussant: José Lizárraga

Interrogating the Social Imagination: Examining the Renegotiation of Self and Others Through Young Adult Literature
Sun, April 11, 8:40-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
Chair: Wendy J. Glenn
“Everything is in US”: Introspection, Collaboration, Continuity as Healing in #Not your Princess
Author: Wendy J. Glenn

Learnings About Queer and Trans Issues Across Educational Setting
Sun, April 11, 8:40-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
A Pretty Queer Thing: Thinking Queerly about Teachers’ Gender and Sexual Diversity- Focused Professional Learning
Authors: Sara Staley and Bethy Leonardi

Conceptualizing Teacher Noticing in Research on Teaching and Teacher Learning
Sun, April 11, 8:40-10:00 a.m. (MDT)
Reciprocal Noticing: Learning From Student Noticing to Inform Teacher Noticing
Authors: Michelle Frierson and Victoria Hand

Online Teaching During COVID-19 Pandemic
Sun, April 11, 8:40-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
Supporting Emergency Remote Teaching: Learning Assistants at the Boundary
Authors: William Lindsay, Jennifer Avena, and Betsy McIntosh

The Centrality of Access in Charter School Debates
Sun, April 11, 10:20-11:20 a.m. (MDT)
Chair: Wagma Mommandi
The Centrality of Access
Author: Kevin Welner

Exploring the (Micro)Politic Tensions Inherent in Action Research
Sun, April 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (MDT)
Disentangling the Methodological Tensions of Doing Participatory Action Research
Author: Julia Daniel

Overcoming the Digital Divide and Humanizing Virtual Learning
Sun, April 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (MDT)
Chair: José Lizárraga

Roots, Religion, and Paradoxes: Race in Education
Sun, April 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (MDT)
Whiteness as Paradox in the Education of Emergent Bilinguals in Miami
Author: Daniel Garzon

Critical Spatial: And Pedagogical Approaches to Race and Place
Sun, April 11, 12:30- 2:00 p.m. (MDT)
Losing Place to Make Space: A Critical Spatial Analysis of School Co-Location
Authors: Wagma Mommandi, Elizabeth Bohl, and Katherine Schultz

Perpetuating Inequalities: The Role of Political Distraction in Education Policy Making
Sun, April 11, 12:30-2:00 p.m. (MDT)
Transgender Youth in Schools: Bathroom Bills as a Distration from Larger Structural Issues
Author: Bethy Leonardi
Racial Misdirection: How Anti-Affirmative Action Crusaders Use Racial Resentment and Incomplete Conceptions of Merit to Perpetuate Racial Inequality
Authors: Malerie Barnes and Michele Moses

Perspectives on the Role of Authenticity in Project-Based and Active Learning Humanities Classrooms
Sun, April 11, 12:30-2:00 p.m. (MDT)
The Role of Authenticity in Enactment and Outcomes of Project-Based Learning in English Language Arts
Authors: Joseph Polman, Alison Boardman, and Kristina Stamatis

Surveillance, Disruption, and Resistance in Schools
Sun, April 11, 12:30p-2:00 p.m. (MDT)
“I Never Wanted to Be ‘That Teacher’”: Surveillance and Identity in an Elementary School
Authors: Emily Yerkes and Elizabeth Dutro

Volcanic Disruptions: On the Intersectional Synergy of Theater of the Oppressed and Teacher Education
Sun, April 11, 12:30-2:00 p.m. (MDT)
On Cocoons, Consciousness, and Courage: Preparing Justice-Oriented Teacher Educators Through Critical Pedagogies
Author: Jamy Stillman

Considering Classroom Assessment in K-12 Math and Science Classes: Four Perspectives
Sun, April 11, 2:10-3:40 p.m. (MDT)
Two Paradigms for Formative Assessment and Their Consequences for Opportunity to Participate in Science Learning
Authors: Erin Furtak and Clarissa Deverel-Rico
Learning From Learners’ Voices: Resistance and Transformative Activism Through Liberatory Education 
Sun, April 11, 2:10-3:40 p.m. (MDT)
Chair: Kalonji  Nzinga
Interrogating the Notion of Giving Voice: Designing for Transformative Agency Across Learning Ecologies
Authors: Arturo Cortez and José Lizárraga
Cultivating Zones of Resistance: Designing Environments Where “Calling Out” is the Learning Goal
Author: Kalonji Nzinga

Teacher Knowledge and Sense-Making in Mathematics and Integrated STEM
Sun, April 11, 2:10-3:40 p.m. (MDT)
Translanguaging in Mathematics Learning: Teacher Instructional and Attentional Supports
Author: Monica Gilmore

Monday, April 12, 2021

What Should We Do? Diverse Case Studies in Intergenerational Community Building
Mon, April 12, 7:30-8:30 a.m. (MDT)
“¿Qué Hacemos Ahora?” Pausing, Power, and the Changing Context in Community-Based Research
Author: Ana Contreras

Perceptions, Proctored, and Prospective Teachers: STEM Teacher Education
Mon, April 12, 7:30-9:00 a.m. (MDT)
Chair: José Lizárraga

Student Sociopolitical Learning, Activism, and Voice During Times of Turmoil
Mon, April 12, 7:30-9:00 a.m. (MDT)
Student Ingenuity and Learning During the Pandemic
Author: Ben Kirshner, Beatriz Salazar-Nuñez, Arturo Cortez

Writing Instruction Across Bilingual Education Contexts: Mapping the Landscape and Illuminating Promising Practices
Mon, April 12, 9:10-10:40 a.m. (MDT)
Chairs: Vanessa Santiago Schwarz and Laura Hamman-Ortiz
Teacher Agency in Reimagining Writing Instruction in the Era of Accountability: The Challenges and Possibilities of Genre-Based Pedagogy
Authors: Vanessa Santiago Schwarz, Laura Hamman-Ortiz, Molly Hamm-Rodriguez, and Mileidis Gort

Education Reform and the Reproduction of Inequalities
Mon, April 12, 9:10-10:10 a.m. (MDT)
Rhetoric Versus Reality: A critical Policy Analysis of School Co-Location in Denver Colorado
Authors: Elizabeth Bohl, Katherine Schultz, and Wagma Mommandi

The Promise of a Long-Term Commitment to Research Practice Partnerships in Education
Mon, April 12, 12:30-2:00 p.m. (MDT)
Discussant: Caitlin Farrell

Division K Section 7 Poster
Mon, April 12, 12:50-1:50 p.m. (MDT)
Social Media and Social Constructions of Teachers: A Close Reading of K-State’s YouTube Recruitment Documentary
Author: Daniel Moore

Computer and Internet Applications in Education Poster Session
Mon, April 12, 12:50-2:20 p.m. (MDT)
Exploring A.I. Ethics With Stories, Comics, and Chatbots in an Online Summer Camp
Authors: Benjamin Walsh and Bridget Dalton

Reassessing the Long-Term English Learner: Theorizing and Conceptualizing Multilingual Learners in Research, Policy and Practice
Mon, April 12, 12:50-2:20 p.m. (MDT)
A QuantCrit Analysis of Accountability and Long-Term English Learners: Patterned Disparities of Opportunities and Outcomes
Authors: Kimberly Strong and Kathy Escamilla

Understanding and Supporting Collaborative Research: Frameworks and Measures to Support Learning for Research and Practice
Mon, April 12, 12:50- 2:20 p.m. (MDT)
Assessing the Effectiveness of Research-Practice Partnerships: An Evidence-Centered Design Approach
Authors: Caitlin Farrell, William Penuel, and Kristen Davidson

Innovative Instruction in Dual-Language Bilingual Education Contexts
Mon, April 12, 12:50-2:20 p.m. (MDT)
Morning Circle as a Community of Practice: Co-Teachers’ Transmodality in a Dual-Language Preschool
Author: Mileidis Gort

Scholar Collectives Working for Social Justice in Education
Mon, April 12, 12:50- 2:20 p.m. (MDT)
Education Deans for Justice and Equity (EDJE)
Author: Katherine Schultz

Taking Collective Action and Responsibility to Address Inequity: The Case of Partnerships for Community Schools
Mon, April 12, 12:50-2:20 p.m. (MDT)
Collaborating Across the Table: How Organizations and a School District Work Together for Community Schools
Author: Julia Daniel

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