Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Division Happenings in San Francisco - a letter from our Vice President

Dear Div C Members:

AERA is set to begin in just a few days. As you make final preparations, please be sure to pencil the following Division C happenings in your calendar. Of particular note this year are several special events on the opening day of the conference including two sessions open to all Division C graduate students and new faculty on the job search and getting published. Also, new this year is the VP’s Conference Klatch, which is meant to be a way for Division C graduate students and new faculty to meet-and-greet Division C scholars.  If you are in San Francisco on Saturday, please make plans to attend!!

Safe Travels,
P. Karen Murphy
Div C Vice President

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We are very excited about the Annual Meeting in San Francisco and wanted to share some Division C highlights! As we planned the annual meeting our goal was to build on the successful formats of previous years, while adding a few new sessions to keep the meeting interesting. Please take note of the following as you create your personal calendars.

Open Professional Development Pre-Conference Sessions for Division C Graduate Students and New Faculty
(Saturday, April 27, see times below, Parc 55, Second Level, Divisadero)
As you are aware, Division C is extremely dedicated to providing mentoring for its graduate students and new faculty. One of our goals this year was to find a way to provide professional development sessions that would be open to all Division C students and new faculty. These sessions will take place in conjunction with the New Faculty Mentoring Seminar and the Graduate Student Research Seminar.  While many of the activities for these groups are by invitation, this year’s seminar will include an open session on the Job Search for all interested Division C graduate students from 8:45-9:45am. This session will be followed by an Editor Panel for interested Division C graduate students and new faculty from 10-11am
Vice-President’s Conference Klatch: Coffee and Conversation Among Division C Scholars and Graduate Students
(Saturday, April 27, 11:00am-12:00pm, Parc 55, Second Level, Divisadero)
Please make plans to attend the first annual Vice-President’s Conference Klatch. The idea is to provide an opportunity for Division C graduate students to have coffee and conversation with scholars from our Division. The session will be informal and we will provide nametags to facilitate meeting-and-greeting new folks. All Division C members are encouraged to attend!!

Division C Business Meeting (#191941)
(Monday, April 29, 6:30-8:00pm, Westin St. Francis, Second Level, California East)
The Division C Business Meeting will be held midway through the conference. In addition to briefing the membership on the work of the Division during the past year, we have a few new events in store. Following the updates from the various committees, the Division will host a reception with refreshments and local music.

“Soaps-for-Suds” Exchange: Starting this year, we would like to find at least one way that our Division can give back to the community where the annual meeting is taking place. This year we will be working in collaboration with the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. Our goal will be to collect and donate as many “unopened hotel soaps” as possible at the Business meeting, and the individuals at Glide Memorial Church will make sure that they are distributed to individuals in poverty. As a way of encouraging members to bring their “unopened hotel soaps” we are going to exchange “suds (a drink ticket) for soaps” during the Division reception. Be sure to bring your soaps!!
Highlighted Division Posters: As a way of highlighting the scientific research being conducted by Division members in poster sessions, Section Chairs/Co-Chairs selected outstanding posters. The selected posters will be displayed at the Division reception by their authors. We encourage members to take the time to view the highlighted posters.

Session Highlights
Vice-Presidential Session (# 185034)
(Monday, April 29, 10:35am-12:05pm, Hilton Union Square/Yosemite B)
Many scholars of the Division lead the country in ground-breaking intervention research.  Such research, while rewarding and critical to the education of our Nation’s students, is challenging.  The Vice President’s Session this year, Examining Innovations-Navigating the Dynamic Complexities of School-Based Intervention Research, brings together scholars who have demonstrated success in such intervention research. These scholars will share their interventions and experiences including the many rewards and challenges of conducting such research. P. Karen Murphy will serve as chair for this dynamic session, which will include Clark Chinn, Jennifer Cromley, Dorothy Espelage, Susan Goldman, Krista Muis, Linda Mason, Margaret McKeown, and John Star as participants with P. David Pearson as Reactant. This not-to-be missed session is designed with an innovative format such that each participant and the reactant will have exactly 10 minutes to address a series of questions, with the slides advancing automatically.

Conference-Themed Session (# 185035)
(Sunday, April 28, 4:05-6:05pm, Westin St. Francis, Second level, California East)
Building on the conference theme, Tim Urdan and Avi Kaplan have prepared an innovative session scheduled for Sunday evening titled, Harnessing Educational Research to Address the Main Concerns of Educators of Students in Poverty: Setting a User-Inspired Research Agenda Through Educators-Researchers Collaboration. In this highlighted session, educators working in poverty will come together with Division C members to identify and discuss critical areas of research that Division members can tackle in direct response to the many challenges faced in schools with children in poverty.

Award Sessions
Peter Smagorinsky, of the University of Georgia, will give the Sylvia Scribner Award Address (# 185037) on Tuesday, April 30, at 2:00-3:30pm in the Westin St. Francis, Second Level, California East. His thought provoking talk is titled Constructing Positive Social Updrafts for Extranormative Personalities.

This year’s Jan Hawkins Award Address (# 185038) will be presented by Tobin White, from the University of California-Davis. His session titled, Tensions and Dilemmas in Design-Based Research, will be held on Sunday April 28 from 12:25-1:55pm in the Westin St. Francis, California East.

Graduate Student Committee Session (# 185036)
(Monday, April 29, 2:45-4:15pm, Westin St. Francis, Second Level, California East)
The Division C Graduate Student Committee is hosting a compelling session featuring eminent scholars.  Dr. Andrew Martin from the University of Sydney will present Academic Buoyancy, Academic Resilience, and Adaptability: Exploring Young People’s Responses to Adversity and Uncertainty and Dr. Jelena Obradovi─ç from Stanford University will present, The Importance of Biological Sensitivity and Executive Functioning in the Context of Risk and Resilience.

Co-sponsored Presidential Sessions
Enhancing Well-Being of Children and Youth Living in Poverty, Sun, Apr 28 - 10:35am - 12:05pm in the Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level - Continental 6
Inspired! Neuroscientific, Psychological, and Educational Research Perspectives on Promoting Optimal Learning States in Urban Schools, Tuesday, April 30 - 8:00am - 9:30am in the Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level - Continental 6 

Be sure to look for more Division C papers, roundtables, and posters in the searchable online program (aera.net) and download the program app, which will be available in mid-April. See everyone in San Francisco.

P. Karen Murphy, Division C Vice President
Rayne Sperling, Division C Program Chair

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