Penn GSE faculty, students in San Diego for leading international conference on education research

April 22, 2022

The American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting kicked off yesterday in San Diego, CA. The world’s largest gathering of education researchers, AERA 22 is a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative studies across an array of topics. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century.”

Eighty-seven Penn GSE faculty, staff and students are scheduled to present on topics such as innovations in coaching and mentoring, bilingual education and identity, and DEI and project-based learning.

Among the highlights:

  • Dean Pam Grossman is speaking in four sessions, including a symposium on teacher recruitment and diversity. On Saturday, she is a presenting author in “Practice-Based Coaching for Inquiry-Based Teaching: Understanding Relationships Between Coaching Practice and Teaching Practice,” along with Sarah Schneider Kavanagh, Elizabeth Gotwalt, JeanMarie Farrow, Christopher George Pupik Dean and Zachary Herrmann. The dean is also hosting a reception for Penn GSE alumni on Friday evening.
  • Nelson Flores is speaking at the 2022 Awards Celebration on Sunday. Flores is the recipient of AERA’s 2022 Early Career Award. An associate professor in GSE’s renowned Educational Linguistics Division, he studies how language and race intersect in education policies and practices in ways that are harmful to bilingual students of color.
  • Ed Brockenbrough will participate in several sessions, including “Illusions of Queer Inclusion: On the Promise, Paradox, and Precarity of Pre-K–12 LGBTQ+ Inclusive Education Policy.” His work focuses on negotiations of identity, pedagogy and power in urban educational contexts, particularly through the lenses of Black masculinity studies and queer of color critique. He is an associate professor and the Calvin Bland Fellow in GSE’s Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division.
  • Sharon M. Ravitch and Manuel S. González Canché were among the experts and scholars who taught during a full day of professional development courses prior to the official start of the conference. Their courses were “Developing Actionable Research Questions and Moving Into Study Design” and “Latent Code Identification (LACOID): Cultivating Programming-Free, Equitable Access to Data Science Tools in Education Research,” respectively.

These are just a few of the many noteworthy presentations happening over the six-day conference.

AERA 22 is being held in collaboration with the World Education Research Association 2022 Focal Meeting. To learn more about the conference, visit or follow the hashtag #AERA22 on social media.