Deadline: May 15, 2019

The AERA Grants Program emphasizes the advanced statistical analysis of data sets from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, NSF, and other federal agencies. The program also supports studies using large-scale international data systems (e.g., PISA, PIRLS, or TIMMS) that benefit from U.S. federal government support. In addition, statewide longitudinal administrative data systems enhanced through federal grants are also eligible for consideration.

One-stop shopping for the latest education policy research findings, from early childhood through higher education. The 400+ papers presented at the conference will bear on key policy issues such as improving teacher quality, strengthening accountability systems throughout the education sector, turning around the lowest performing schools and districts, reducing disparities in school discipline, improving the quality of preschool education, and reducing summer melt in college enrollment.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) announces its 2019–2020 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research competition for graduate students. This fellowship is targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). This program provides mentoring and funding support to develop research skills and conduct studies in education related fields and topics. The deadline for submitting an application is November 1, 2018.

An informational webinar will be offered on Thursday, September 20, 2018 (3:00pm – 4:00pm EST) in order to discuss the Minority Fellowship in Education Research program’s goals, the application process, and details about the competition. This webinar will be recorded and will become available through AERA’s Virtual Research Learning Center (AERA-VRLC).

Nanci Babigian, wife of George, the long-time executive director of the association and emeritus executive director, passed away in late January ( She devoted many hours to keeping the organization going, especially during annual conferences when she ran the registration desk and ensured that sessions ran smoothly. She also served as the unofficial hostess at countless meetings, both formal and informal, of the association's board.

In this Issue:

  • AEFP 43rd Annual Conference
  • AEFP 43rd Annual Conference - Call for Proposals
  • Travel stipends for policymakers and practitioners
  • Upcoming Award Opportunities
  • Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • Current AEFP President Selected for Spencer Foundation Award
  • Institutional Members
  • Membership Applications
  • AEFP Officers and EF&P

By Keri Hunter, ISCRC Planning Committee,

Save the date!

We are pleased to announce that the International School Choice and Reform Conference (ISCRC) will be returning to its original home in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The sixth annual event will take place January 12-15, 2018, at the Sonesta Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.

The State of Wyoming, Wyoming Legislative Service Office, acting on behalf of the Wyoming Legislature's Management Council has released an RFP that may be of interest to you. I have attached the opportunity for your convenience. Please register with Public Purchase if you are interested. The Procurement Office posts bid and RFP opportunities through the Public Purchase website at You must be registered to submit questions and ultimately upload your response to this opportunity.



Issue and Conference on Using Administrative Data for Social Science and Policy

Andrew M. Penner
University of California, Irvine


Kenneth A. Dodge
Duke University

Is college always worth it? What factors have the biggest influence on whether college pays off for students in the labor market? What can institutions do to make college a better investment? And given the high cost of attending college, what should the government be doing to help Americans get a degree?

The conference wraps up five years of research into the relationship between higher education, especially sub-baccalaureate programs, and employment outcomes, much of it based on analysis of student data from five states—California, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia. This is the final conference hosted by CAPSEE, a research center funded by the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences and led by the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University.