Forty-seven WestEd researchers and presenters will speak in 31 different sessions during the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, taking place from April 16-20 in Chicago. The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research.

Attend our many WestEd sessions on a variety of education research topics that include literacy, school climate, formative assessment for English learners, and redesigning your math curriculum for improved learning. And please visit booth #513 to learn more about our resources, research, services, and career opportunities.

Don’t miss the WestEd AERA Reception, Friday, April 17, 7-9pm, at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Meet the Authors!
Saturday, April 18, 1-2pm, Booth #513

Meet WestEd’s Margaret HeritageAída Walqui, and Robert Linquanti, authors of English Language Learners and the New Standards: Developing Language, Content Knowledge, and Analytical Practices in the Classroom.



Here’s a listing of all of the WestEd sessions:

Thursday, April 16

Roundtable Session: Developing Data and Assessment Literacy in Preservice Education
Time & Location: 12-1:30pm, Hyatt, East Tower-Purple Level, Riverside East
WestEd Presenter: Ellen Mandinach
Presentation: Case Studies of Schools of Education—What We Can Learn About Improving Data Literacy Among Educators

Roundtable Session: Instructional Technology Application in STEM Contexts
Time & Location: 2:15-3:45pm, Hyatt, East Tower-Purple Level, Riverside West
WestEd Presenters: Cathy Ringstaff, Danielle Brown
Presentation: Cyber Professional Development in Inquiry Science—An Iterative Evaluation Strategy

Friday, April 17

Poster Session: Creating Science and Literacy Connections
Time & Location: 8:15-9:45am, Sheraton, Fourth Level, Chicago VI&VII
WestEd Presenters: Cynthia Greenleaf, Willard Brown
Presentation: Repositioning Texts as Objects of Inquiry and Tools for Science Practice

Invited Speaker Session: Professional Development Interventions in Data Use and Their Effects—An International Perspective
Time & Location: 8:15-10:15am, Marriott, Fifth Level, Chicago ABC
WestEd Participant: Ellen Mandinach (Discussant)

Symposium Session: Using Public Media to Reach and Teach Underserved Children—The Ready To Learn Initiative
Time & Location: 10:35am-12:05pm, Hyatt, West Tower-Green Level, Crystal C
WestEd Presenter: Betsy McCarthy
Presentation: PBS KIDS Digital Games Support Parent Engagement in Young Children’s Math Learning in Low-Income Communities

Symposium Session: Preparing Linguistically Responsive Teachers Across the Professional Continuum
Time & Location: 10:35am-12:05pm, Marriott, Sixth Level, Minnesota
WestEd Presenters: Kathryn Strom, Aída Walqui, Leslie Hamburger
Presentation: Connecting Theory and Practice Through Coaching Cycles— In-Service Professional Development for Teachers of English Language Learners

Invited Speaker Session: So You Want to Be a Peer Reviewer—An Interactive Session on Learning to Review Annual Meeting Papers
Time & Location: 10:35am-12:05pm, Hyatt, West Tower-Gold Level, Acapulco
WestEd Participant: Neal Finkelstein (Chair)

Paper Session: Disciplinary Literacy Instruction
Time & Location: 10:35am-12:05pm, Marriott, Fifth Level, Los Angeles/Miami
WestEd Presenters: Cindy Litman, Stacy Marple, Cynthia Greenleaf
Presentation: Challenging Inequities Through Professional Development Focused on Engaging All Students in Advanced Literacies

Symposium Session: Variation in Program Implementation in Large-Scale Randomized Controlled Trials—Analyzing and Addressing Implementation Challenges in Educational Settings
Time & Location: 2:15-3:45pm, Marriott, Fifth Level, Denver/Houston
WestEd Presenters: Cynthia Greenleaf, Stacy Marple, Willard Brown, Gayle Cribb
Presentation: Challenges of Adaptations in Randomized Controlled Trials of a Reading for Understanding Intervention

Roundtable Session: Innovative Approaches for English Language Learners in High School
Time & Location: 2:15-3:45pm, Hyatt, East Tower-Purple Level, Riverside West
WestEd Presenters: Andrew Haiwen ChuLeslie Hamburger
Presentation: English Language Proficiency Growth and Graduation Outcomes Among Secondary Immigrant Newcomers—Variation Across Language Groups

Roundtable Session: Understanding Teacher Stress and Student Welfare
Time & Location: 2:15-3:45pm, Hyatt, East Tower-Purple Level, Riverside East
WestEd Presenter: Leora Wolf-Prusan
Presentation: The Impact of Student Homicide on Teachers: Stress and Coping While Teaching in Communities Experiencing Ongoing Violence

Symposium Session: Teachers’ Use of Learning Progressions for Formative Assessment—Implications for Professional Development and Further Research
Time & Location: 4:05-6:05pm, Marriott, Fifth Level, Scottsdale
WestEd Presenter: Margaret Heritage
Presentation: Scaling Up Language Learning Progressions to Support Formative Assessment: Lessons Learned From a Case Study Implementation

Saturday, April 18

Paper Session: Future Directions of Professional Development
Time & Location: 8:15-9:45am, Marriott, Sixth Level, Great America
WestEd Presenter: Cathy Ringstaff
Presentation: The Influence of Contextual Factors on the Sustainability of Professional Development Outcomes

Symposium Session: The Intersecting Roles of Policy, Practice, and Research in Adopting a Statewide Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
Time & Location: 8:15-10:15am, Marriott, Fifth Level, Denver/Houston

WestEd Presenter: Peter Mangione
Presentation: The Role of a Statewide Kindergarten Assessment for Teachers, Administrators, and a State Education Agency

WestEd Presenters: Kerry Kriener-AlthenPeter Mangione
Presentation: Bridging Early Learning, Kindergarten, and First-Grade Content Standards Through Assessment

WestEd Presenters: Ann-Marie WieseKerry Kriener-Althen
Presentation: Assessing Language and Literacy for Spanish–English Dual Language Learners in Kindergarten

WestEd Presenter: Kerry Kriener-Althen
Presentation: A Process for Determining Criterion Zone Boundaries for Kindergarten Readiness Assessments

WestEd Presenter: Kerry Kriener-Althen
Presentation: Measuring School Readiness as the Intersection of Policy, Practice, and Research

Structured Poster Session: Indigenous Issues in Education and Research
Time & Location: 10:35am-12:05pm, Sheraton, Ballroom Level, Sheraton V
WestEd Presenter: Sharon Nelson-Barber
Presentation: Connecting American Indian/Alaska Native Students’ Heritage Mathematics and Science Knowledge With Mathematics and Science Instruction

Symposium Session: Building Expertise for Teachers of English Language Learners in the 21st Century
Time & Location: 10:35am-12:05pm, Marriott, Third Level, Kane/McHenry

WestEd Presenter: Aída Walqui
Presentation: A Vision for Building Expertise for Teachers of English Language Learners in the 21st Century

WestEd Presenter: Andrew Haiwen Chu
Presentation: Learning From Lessons: Collaborative Inquiry in Practice

WestEd Presenters: Kathryn Strom, Leslie Hamburger
Presentation: Formatively Assessing Students and Teachers to Drive Development

Paper Session: School Turnaround and Reform SIG School Turnaround Policy Implementation: Implications From the State to School Levels
Time & Location: 10:35am-12:05pm, Sheraton, Lobby Level, Columbus AB
WestEd Presenter: Lenay Dunn
Presentation: School Improvement Grant Strategies and Approaches—An Analysis of Higher- and Lower-Performing Cohort 1 K–8 California Schools

Invited Speaker Session: Has the Next Generation of State Assessment Programs and Assessment Platforms Considered Linguistic, Social, and Cultural Inclusivity?
Time & Location: 2:45-4:15pm, Marriott, Fifth Level, Chicago ABC

WestEd Presenter: Margaret Heritage
Presentation: Adopting a Children’s Rights Perspective

WestEd Presenter: Aída Walqui
Presentation: Assessing the Development of Teacher Expertise to Work With English Language Learners in Ambitious Ways

Roundtable Session: Teaching and Learning in STEAM Fields—Bridging STEM and Art in the Borderlands
Time & Location: 2:45-4:15pm, Hyatt, East Tower-Purple Level, Riverside West
WestEd Presenters: Sharon Nelson-Barber, Ursula Sexton, Chun-Wei (Kevin) Huang
Presentation: Student, Teacher, and School Factors Associated With NAEP Mathematics Test Performance by American Indian and Alaska Native Students: Phase II

Sunday, April 19

Symposium Session: The Evaluation of Reading Apprenticeship for Improving Secondary Education
Time & Location: 10:35am-12:05pm, Marriott, Fifth Level, Denver/Houston
WestEd Presenters: Cynthia Greenleaf (Chair), Ruth Schoenbach
Presentation: Challenges of Scaling Up a Complex Set of Changes in Teaching Practice Across 300 High Schools

Roundtable Session: Validity and Construction in Assessment of Student Learning
Time & Location: 12:25-1:55pm, Hyatt, East Tower-Purple Level, Riverside West
WestEd Presenters: Matt Silberglitt, Daniel Brenner, Jonathan Boxerman, Barbara Buckley, Kevin Jordan, Mark Loveland, Anita Moorjani, Jacklyn Powers, Edys Quellmalz
Presentation: Three-Dimensional Learning and Assessment in Middle School Science

Symposium Session: Theory-Driven Design of Online Learning Systems, Data Structures, and Analytic Techniques
Time & Location: 2:15-3:45pm, Marriott, Fourth Level, Sheffield
WestEd Presenter: Jodi Davenport (Chair)
Presentation: Investigating Chemistry Learning Using Virtual Lab Activities in Real Classrooms

Paper Session: Using Data to Inform Practice and Improve Decision Making
Time & Location: 2:15-3:45pm, Marriott, Fourth Level, Clark
WestEd Presenters: Carole Gallagher, Chun-Wei (Kevin) Huang
Presentation: Interpreting Study Findings Through the Lens of Implementation Fidelity—Findings From a Federally Funded Evaluation

Roundtable Session: Issues in Value-Added Modeling
Time & Location: 2:15-3:45pm, Hyatt, East Tower-Purple Level, Riverside East
WestEd Presenter: Catherine Trapani
Presentation: An Investigation of the Sensitivity of Value-Added Estimates to Choice of Scale and Model

Symposium Session: Scaling Up Cognitive Learning Principles to Redesign a Mathematics Curriculum for Improved Learning
Time & Location: 4:05-5:35pm, Sheraton, Ballroom Level, Sheraton II
WestEd Presenters: Steve Schneider (Chair), Yvonne Kao, Jodi Davenport, Sarah Cremer, Shandy Hauk, Aleata Hubbard
Presentation: Evaluating the Fidelity of Implementation of Cognitive-Based Principles in the Classroom

NCME Session: Exploiting Technology in the Service of Assessment for Learning
Time & Location: 4:05-6:05pm, Seville Ballroom West, Lobby Level, Coordinated Session, N8
WestEd Presenter: Margaret Heritage
Presentation: Supporting Formative Assessment with Technology

Monday, April 20

Paper Session: When and Where I Enter—Students Voice Their Perceptions on School and Where They Belong
Time & Location: 8:15-10:15am, Swissotel, Lucerne Level, Alpine II
WestEd Presenter: Thomas Hanson
Presentation: The Relationship of Middle School Climate and Academic Performance

Symposium Session: Teacher–Researcher Partnerships: Advancing Research, Practice, Ownership, and Agency in Disciplinary Literacy Teaching and Learning
Time & Location: 10:35am-12:05pm, Hyatt, East Tower-Gold Level, Columbus CD
Chair: Cynthia Greenleaf

WestEd Presenters: Gayle Cribb, Stacy Marple
Presentation: Sharing the Work—A Teacher–Researcher Collaboration to Develop Resources and Practices That Promote Historical Reasoning

WestEd Presenter: Stacy Marple
Presentation: Unreliable Narrator Three Ways—Designing for Literary Reasoning for Multiple Levels Through Teacher–Researcher Collaboration

Symposium Session: Systematizing Formative Assessment for English Learners: Teacher Change and Student Academic Language Outcomes
Time & Location: 12:25-1:55pm, Marriott, Fifth Level, Denver/Houston
WestEd Presenter: Margaret Heritage
Presentation: Teacher Adoption of Language Learning Progressions—First Signs of Impact on Language Development in Students With Diverse English Language Experiences

Symposium Session: Teaching Academic Content to English Language Learners in the Context of New Common Standards
Time & Location: 2:15-3:45pm, Swissotel, Event Centre Second Level, Montreux 3
WestEd Presenter: Aída Walqui
Presentation: Teacher Expertise and English Learners—Theoretical and Practical Considerations

Paper Session: Organizational Improvement, School Climate, and Educational Reform—Inspiring Hope, Massaging Tensions, and Encouraging Reflection
Time & Location: 2:15-3:45pm, Swissotel, Lucerne Level, Alpine II
WestEd Presenter: Candice Bocala
Presentation: Creating Coherence, Negotiating Fit—The Competing Demands of Two Professional Learning Initiatives

Roundtable Session: Examining Student Achievement—Impact of Magnet Programs, Extracurricular Activities, and Incentives
Time & Location: 2:15-3:45pm, Hyatt, East Tower-Gold Level, Crystal BC
WestEd Presenters: John Rice, Min Huang, Andrea Lash, Loan Tran
Presentation: Advanced Course Completion in Comprehensive and Magnet High Schools—A Study in Clark County School District

Invited Speaker Session: Building a Bridge Between Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Culturally Responsive Assessment to Educate Racial-Minority Students—Revisiting the Conversation Nearly Two Decades Later
Time & Location: 2:15-3:45pm, Hyatt, West Tower-Gold Level, Regency C
WestEd Presenter: Sharon Nelson-Barber
Presentation: Community Knowledge, Culture, and Assessment