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A preschooler’s passion

By Zoe B. Corwin

by Zoe Corwin My 5 year old son came home from school a few weeks ago chattering away about volcanoes.  I was floored by the details he remembered and his ability to field my questions.  Volcanoes are not the only topic he has been enthusiastic about this year -currently he’s super into mummies, before it […]

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Thursday is TechDay: New Kids on the PowerPoint Block

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles My colleague, Randy Clemens, points out that AERA needs a digital makeover, and he’s right. This post doesn’t necessarily advance the argument for substantive change, but in the spirit of “ya gotta start somewhere,” I thought I’d take a look at the ways current technology can help give presenters some admittedly cosmetic […]

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Surviving and Thriving at AERA – II

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Much to my considerable surprise I was elected President of AERA a month or so ago.  The honor was in the nomination, and when Kris Gutierrez called me I thought it was to offer condolences informing me that one of the two other candidates had won.   Instead, I learned that after our […]

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Innovating conferences

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Last year, after attending AERA’s conference in Denver, I wrote about the need for a digital makeover. I made several suggestions for the meeting: (1), provide free wifi, (2), embrace microblogging, and (3), stream symposiums online. My blog was mainly focused on uses of technology to not just improve the experience but […]

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Surviving and Thriving at AERA – I

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney AERA is the conference people love to hate:  It’s too large.  It’s too ideological.  It’s too non-ideological.  They privilege goofy qualitative research; they exclude experimental forms of qualitative research.  It’s too white.  It’s too pc.  It excludes younger scholars.  It bends over backwards to include younger scholars who aren’t ready to present […]

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First Friday with Dr. Mark DeFusco

By Mark DeFusco

 March Madness?  – And Now for Something Completely Different With apologies to the famous scholars, Monty Python, this month’s First Friday blog will focus on perceptions of America’s Higher Education industry.  I know that I risk ridicule when I speak of a higher education industry, but understanding that education in general is the second largest […]

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The Thursday Pop by Kristan Venegas

By Kristan Venegas

Class jumping & financial aid: Income vs. Wealth  So, I’m a class jumper, I’ve gone from extremely low income to being at least middle income. But I’m in no means wealthy. Every now and then, something happens that smacks me in the face to remind me. My Aunt Nancy died two weeks ago today.  It […]

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April Fool’s Edition

By Bill Tierney

UC and USC Involved in Major Trade The Presidents of the University of California – Berkeley and the University of Southern California (USC) were involved in a major trade this morning.  Apparently, both universities had the deal in the works for a few months but it almost fell apart at the last minute.  USC bought […]

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Leaders need to get their priorities straight

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Failure is an option and students don’t matter in the Los Angeles Unified School District. That’s the message Los Angeles’ city leaders are sending. Consider some numbers: LAUSD officials sent over 5,000 Reduction in Force (RIF) notices to teachers and staff. The district faces a $400 million deficit. John Deasy, the future […]

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Globalization and Study Tours for Graduate Students

By Bill Tierney

 by Bill Tierney I have now gone on two trips with PhD students ostensibly so that they might learn more about globalization and education.  The first trip was two years ago with Darnell Cole to Beijing and Shanghai; the most recent adventure with Gib Hentschke took us to Hong Kong and Singapore. We were more […]

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