What role can researchers play in closing achievement gaps and expanding equitable outcomes for students?
We posed that question to Caitlin Scott, one of six Education Northwest researchers heading to San Antonio, Texas, this week for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting.
“It’s easy for policymakers and other education leaders to say they are working for equitable outcomes for students,” said Scott, a nationally recognized school improvement expert and evaluator, “but they need researchers to help identify inequities and track progress toward overcoming them.”
According to Scott, for researchers to be successful they need to collaborate with their peers, which is an opportunity that the AERA Annual Meeting provides. “AERA is a great place to connect with colleagues at other organizations and refresh my professional skills, so that I can bring best research practices to practitioners in the field,” she said.
The theme of the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting is Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity. Education Northwest researchers will present on a variety of topics related to equity, including support for English language learners, college and career readiness, and school improvement.
The AERA Annual Meeting takes place April 27–May 1 in San Antonio, Texas. You can see the full listing of Education Northwest sessions, including dates and times and slide presentations, on our event page.
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