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AERA. Dismantling Racial Injustice and Constructing Educational Possibilities: A Call to Action. Philadelphia, Penn., April 11-14, 2024.

Published April 2, 2024


Graduate School of Education scholars to share research at AERA conference

More than 70 faculty, staff, alumni and student scholars from across the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education will present 89 unique sessions at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), being held in person in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from April 11–14.

Dismantling Racial Injustice and Constructing Educational Possibilities: A Call to Action,” is the theme of this year’s conference.

“I look forward to participating in the upcoming conference. AERA is the preeminent gathering of education researchers and a wonderful place to showcase scholarly research,” said Suzanne Rosenblith, PhD, Graduate School of Education dean.

Rosenblith will be the chair of a presentation titled, “Answerability, Urgency, and Joy: Revitalizing and Reinvigorating Teacher Education Through Residency,” which explores various facets of teacher residency, making the case that is possible to create a university-based, student, school and community-focused teacher preparation program that is clinically intensive, academically rigorous, responsive to the economic concerns of students and justice and equity-oriented.

Other GSE scholars participating in the conference include:

  • Jasmine Alvarado, PhD, will present a symposium called “Imagining Futurities in Bi/multilingual Education through Counterstories from Racialized and Minoritized Parents.”
  • Stephen Santa-Ramirez, PhD, will bring his expertise to a paper session titled “College Journeys of Unique Student Populations” with his work, “What Happens Post-College? Narratives of Recently Graduated Undocumented Student.”
  • Paris Wicker, PhD, will be a panelist during the fireside chat session titled, “Let No Job Market Put Asunder: The Inter/Intrapersonal Journeys of Scholars Navigating the Academy.”
  • During the paper session titled “Responding to Crises: Education in the Wake of COVID-19,” GSE professors Jaekyung Lee, PhD, Young S. Seo, PhD and Myles Faith, PhD, will bring their research “Whole-Child Development Losses and Inequalities during the Pandemic: Cross-state Analyses of Achievement and Well-being Trends.”

In addition to giving presentations, participating in poster sessions and contributing to roundtable discussions, GSE scholar Jasmine Alvarado was also be honored for her contributions to the field of education.

Alvarado was awarded second place for the AERA Bilingual Research Issues Outstanding Dissertation Award. This is her third AERA award, along with 2023’s AERA dissertation awards from the Family, School and Community Partnerships SIG and from the Latinx Research Issues SIG. 

A host of GSE students are also scheduled to participate. Among them are:

  • Leah Bartlo who will co-present research titled, “Using Teacher Performance Assessment to Dismantle Injustice and Construct Possibilities in Teacher Education.”
  • Samantha R. Didrichsen will co-present a poster “The Role of Racial Congruence in Early Educator-Child Linguistic Interactions: Implications for African American Learners.”
  • Nicholas A. Emmanuele will co-present, “Reader and Disability Perceptions of Adolescents with Specific Learning Disabilities in Reading: A Mixed Study.”

AERA, a national research society founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.

The annual conference is one of the largest nationwide for education researchers. See a complete list of GSE presenters and presentations at

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