James A. Banks is the editor of “Citizenship Education and Global Migration: Implications for Theory, Research, and Teaching”, which are published by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and released at its 2017 annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The book resulted from an international conference that was held in Seattle and supported by grants from the Spencer Foundation and AERA.

Miriam Ben-Peretz currently has two books in print, “An Arena for Educational Ideologies: Current Practices in Teacher Education Programs”, edited by Miriam Ben-Peretz and Sharon Feiman-Nemser, published by Rowman & Littlefield, and “Getting the Teachers We Need: International Perspectives on Teacher Education”, edited by Sharon Feiman-Nemser and Miriam Ben-Peretz, published by Rowman & Littlefield. She published an Autobiographical notes: A Personal Journey (in Hebrew), edited by Ofer Aderet (Tel-Aviv, March 2017). She also published an article, Coaching Between Experts – Opportunities for Teachers’ Professional Development, Miriam Ben-Peretz, Eli Gottlieb and Ido Gideon in Teacher Development (in press).

Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Cawthorne Professor at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, was appointed Chair of the International Advisory Panel on Norwegian Teacher Education by NOKUT, the government agency responsible for higher education quality; she gave a keynote at the opening meeting of the panel with representatives from all of Norway’s teacher education institutions on February 14, 2017, “Global Trends and Challenges in Teacher Education.” Cochran-Smith also gave the 2017 Annual June Fox Lecture at Lesley University, April 13, “Teacher Education and Education Reform: The Policy Paradigm that is Reshaping Teacher Education.” In March, 2017, Cochran-Smith and her research team, Project TEER, published 2 think tank reviews through NEPC: a critique of Bellwether Education Partner’s research agenda for teacher education, “Research to Build a Better Teacher Preparation Program” and a critique of the National Council for Teacher Quality’s call for higher academic entry standards for teacher education, “Within Our Grasp: Achieving Higher Admissions Standards in Teacher Preparation.”

Allan Collins published a book in May 2017 with Teachers College Press entitled “What’s Worth Teaching: Rethinking Curriculum in the Age of Technology”. Taking a close look at how advances in technology, communication, and the dissemination of information are reshaping the world, the book examines how schools can foster flexible, self-directed learners who will thrive in the modern workplace. The concluding chapter presents a broad, new vision for how schools can be redesigned to teach the kinds of knowledge, skills, and dispositions students will need in an increasingly complex society and global world.

Kieran Egan has given talks and workshops about his “Learning in Depth” program and about “Imaginative Education” in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Italy, where he also helped launch the Italian translation of his “The Educated Mind: How cognitive tools shape our understanding” (originally published by the University of Chicago Press). He co-authored with Dr. Gillian Judson “Imagination and the Engaged Learner: Cognitive Tools for the Classroom”, (NY: Teachers College Press). His “Learning in depth: A simple innovation that can transform schooling” was translated into Japanese, published by Kitaohji Shobo, Tokyo and into Turkish by Istanbul Kultur Universitesi (originally published by University of Chicago Press), and his “Getting it wrong from the beginning: Our progressivist inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget” was translated into Turkish by Pegem Akademi, Ankara (originally published by Yale University Press). He was also the winner of the Cmolik Prize awarded in British Columbia for educational innovation.

Frederick Erickson has had an especially busy year. His recent publications include a review essay “A history of qualitative inquiry in social and educational research” in Denzin, N. and Lincoln, Y. (Eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research. pp. 36-55. He was the junior author (with Rogoff, Barbara, Maureen Callanan, Kris. D. Gutiérrez) of the review essay “The organization of informal learning” in the centennial anniversary issue of the Review of Educational Research, 40, pp. 356-491. With Alfredo Artiles and Sherman Dorn he was the convenor of an invitational conference funded by the Spencer Foundation, held at Arizona State University November 4-6, titled “Learning how to look as well as listen: Building capacity for video-based transcription and analysis in social and educational research.” (The intention is to prepare a website showing video footage from the conference, for archival and teaching purposes.) At the 2017 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Erickson received the John J. Gumperz Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Scholarship from the AERA SIG on Language and Social Processes.

Tom Good has been invited to provide a presentation entitled, “Education in Times of Increasing Cultural and Linguistic Heterogeneity.” The conference, sponsored by the Jacobs Foundation, will take place in Marbach Castle (Germany), May 17-19th, 2017. The conference is focused upon the present growing immigrant populations in many western countries and how to integrate immigrants and their children into the educational system. Tom Good (with Alyson Lavigne) has the 11th edition of the book Looking in Classrooms (in press) at Routledge.

Kris Gutiérrez received the Oscar S. Causey Award for outstanding contribution to reading/literacy research from the Literacy Research Association, December 2016. In the past year, she was appointed as the Carol Liu Professor in Educational Policy at UC, Berkeley. She co-authored (with Rogoff, Barbara, Maureen Callanan, Kris. D. Gutiérrez, & Frederick Erickson) the review essay “The organization of informal learning” in the centennial anniversary issue of the Review of Educational Research, 40, pp. 356-491. Gutiérrez participated in an invitational conference funded by the Spencer Foundation, “Learning how to look as well as listen: Building capacity for video-based transcription and analysis in social and educational research” (convenor Frederick Erickson), and a second invitational conference funded by NSF on “Building Capacity for Political and Cultural Perspectives to Strengthen the Learning Sciences” (convened by Shirin Vossoughi, Megan Bang, and Angela Booker). Recent publications include Gutiérrez, K., Cortes, K., Cortez, A., DiGiacomo, D., Higgs, J., Johnson, P., Lizárraga, J., Mendoza, E., Tien, J., & Vakil, S. (2017). Replacing representation with imagination: Finding ingenuity in everyday practices. Review of Research in Education, 1-17; Gutiérrez, K., & Jurow, S. (2016). Social design experiments: Toward equity by design. Journal of Learning Sciences; Gutiérrez, K. (2016). Designing resilient ecologies: Social design experiments and a new social imagination. Educational Researcher. 45(3), 187-196.Gutiérrez, K., Engeström, Y., & Sannino, A. (2016). Expanding Educational Research and Interventionist Methodologies. Cognition and Instruction, 34(3), 275-284. Vossoughi, S. & Gutiérrez, K. (2016). Critical pedagogy and socio-cultural theories of learning. In Esmonde, I. & Booker, A. (Eds.). Power and Privilege in the Learning Sciences: Critical and Socio-Cultural Theories of Learning. (pp. 139-161). New York: Routledge.

Joan Herman chaired a National Academies committee, which has recently released its report, “Supporting Students’ College Success: The Role of Assessment of Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies”. The report identifies 8 intrapersonal competencies that can be developed through interventions and appear to be related to persistence and success in undergraduate education. The report calls for further research on the importance of these competencies for college success, reviews current assessments of them, establishes priorities for the use of current assessments, and outlines promising new approaches for improved assessments. Greg Duncan also was on the committee. Full report is available here:

Jack Jennings presented in Washington, D.C. at the federal issues conference of the National School Boards Association in January 2017. On March 2 in Alexandria, Virginia, and on April 29 in San Antonio at AERA, he presented a paper reacting to Ed Haertel’s analysis of the Long Term Trend of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The papers and meetings were sponsored by the National Assessment Governing Board. On March 15th, he did a podcast/interview for the Washington Post on Secretary DeVos and the federal role in education. So far this year, Jennings has published seven blogs in the Huffington Post, including Trump’s Wrong About the Schools. These blogs also appeared in other social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

David Kaplan along with colleagues Susanne Kuger, Eckhard Klieme, and Nina Jude of the German Institute for International Educational Research recently published an edited volume entitled “Assessing Contexts of Learning: An International Perspective”. Heidelberg, Springer, 2016.

Jeremy Kilpatrick, Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia, is the recipient of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education from Texas A & M University in recognition of his scholarship, contributions to new knowledge, vision and leadership in promoting interdisciplinary collaboration.

Carol Lee has been awarded Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research on the Social Contexts of Education by Division G, Social Contexts of Education, American Educational Research Association.

Henry Levin is an Honorary Fellow of the Comparative and International Education Society. He received the Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in April 2017. His recent publications include: (1) “Accelerating Community College Graduation Rates: A Benefit-Cost Analysis,” with Emma Garcia, Journal of Higher Education (2017), pp. 1-27; and (2) Economic Evaluation in Education Cost-Effectiveness and Benefit-Cost Analysis (3rd ed.) Levin, H., McEwan, P., Belfield, C., Bowden, B., & Shand, R. (Sage Publications, 2017).

Sonia Nieto will deliver three commencement addresses this spring: one at Rhode Island College in May, where she will also receive an Honorary Doctorate; another also in May at the School of Education Graduate Commencement at St. John’s University, New York City, her alma mater; and the third in June at Ottawa University in Canada where she will also receive an Honorary Doctorate.

In addition, the third edition of her book, Language, Culture, and Teaching: Critical Perspectives (Routledge) will be released in August. In the spring 2017, she has published two articles, “Becoming Sociocultural Mediators: What All Educators Can Learn From Bilingual and ESL Teachers,” in Issues in Teacher Education (26), 2; and “Re-imagining Multicultural Education: New Visions, New Possibilities,” in Multicultural Education Review, 2017. Her book chapter, “Working With Families of Diverse Backgrounds: Learning From Teachers Who ‘Read’ Their Students” will be published this summer in the forthcoming volume What Teachers Need to Know About Language, edited by Carolyn T. Adger, Catherine E. Snow, and Donna Christian, Eds, 2nd ed.

Nel Noddings had two books published— “Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education” (co-edited with Helen Lees) and “Teaching Controversial Issues” (co-authored with Laurie Brooks) and ten or so articles and chapters. She has also lectured for Seton Hall (NJ) and the Academy for Educational Studies (New Orleans). On April 24, she will give the Inaugural Distinguished Lecture at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Michael A. Olivas has completed his service as Interim President of UH-Downtown, and after a research leave, will resume his teaching duties at UH Law Center. Carolina Academic Press had just published “Law Professor and Accidental Historian: The Scholarship of Michael A. Olivas” (Ediberto Román ed., 2017): It is available in fine bookstores everywhere, featuring Jimmy Smits as me in the sure-to-follow film, due to the eerie resemblance. Michael’s next book is forthcoming from NYU Press: “Perchance to DREAM, A Political and Legal History of the DREAM Act”.

David Olson recently published a book: Olson, D. R. (2016). The mind on paper: Reading, consciousness and rationality. Cambridge University Press.

Roy Pea was designated as Inaugural Fellow of The International Society of the Learning Sciences in 2017. The 50th book will appear this year in his Cambridge University Press series on ‘Learning in Doing: Social, cognitive, and computational perspectives’ which he co-founded with John Seely Brown in 1987. A number of recent publications document new work on these topics: (1) Computer science learning in middle school: Grover, S., & Pea, R. (2016, June). Designing a blended, middle school computer science course for deeper learning: A design-based research approach. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), Vol. 1, pp. 695-702, Singapore; Grover, S., Pea, R., & Cooper, S. (2016). Factors influencing computer science learning in middle school. Proceedings of ACM-SIGCSE ’16, March 02-05, 2016, Memphis, TN, USA (DOI:; (2) Enhancing collaborative learning using real-time mutual gaze tracking [Schneider, B., & Pea, R. (2017). Real-time mutual gaze perception enhances collaborative learning and collaboration quality. In M. Orey & R.M. Branch (Eds.), Educational media and technology yearbook, Volume 40, pp. 99-125. New York: Springer; Schneider, B., Sharma, K., Cuendet, S., Zufferey, G., Dillenbourg, P., & Pea, R. (2016, December). Using mobile eye-trackers to unpack the perceptual benefits of a tangible user interface, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 23(6), pp. 39:1-23; Schneider, B., Sharma, K., Cuendet, S., Zufferey, G., Dillenbourg, P., & Pea, R. D. (2016, June). Detecting Collaborative Dynamics Using Mobile Eye-Trackers. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Singapore (No. EPFL-CONF-223610, pp. 522-529); and (3) The history of the Learning Sciences field: Pea, R. (2016). The prehistory of the learning sciences. In M.A. Evans, M.J. Packer, & R.K. Sawyers (Eds.), The Learning Sciences: Past, Present, and Future (pp. 32-58). New York: Cambridge University Press. Finally, on 1/26/2016, I was awarded my 6th patent, US Patent #9,246,586., as Patton, C., Roschelle, J., Pea, R.D., & Vahey, P. “Method and system for enabling and controlling communication typology, access to resources, and document flow in a distributed networking environment”.

Sean Reardon was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was also awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Barbara Schneider, John A. Hannah Chair and University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University is being honored with an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. The insignia of the Doctor’s degree will be presented to Professor Schneider at a solemn conferment ceremony on the 26th of May 2017. This is the highest honor the University can grant. She has also been elected as a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.

Richard Shavelson received AERA’s Division D Robert L. Linn Distinguished Address Award. This award recognizes the important contributions of Robert L. Linn to educational measurement and assessment policy. This annual award honors a scholar whose work bridges educational measurement and some other significant area of research (e.g., assessment policy, learning theory, curriculum and instruction) and has resulted in a widespread positive impact on the field of educational measurement. These contributions may include theoretical or technical developments, conceptualizations of educational measurement issues that have enhanced public understanding of these issues, or innovative ideas that improve the validity and effectiveness of educational assessments. Rich’s address was entitled: “On Assumptions and Applications of Measurement Models: Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?”

James Spillane, Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University published a paper in Sociology of Education, “The elephant in the schoolhouse: The role of propinquity in school staff interactions about teaching”, with Matthew Shirrell and Tracy Sweet. Dr. Spillane also published a paper in Educational Administration Quarterly titled: “Breaking up isn’t hard to do: Exploring the dissolution of teachers’ and school leaders’ work-related ties”, with Matthew Shirrell.

William F. Tate delivered the opening keynote address at the Research Conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics titled, STEM education: Is geography destiny? Tate co-edited with Patricia Alexander and Felice Levine “Education Research: A Century of Discovery” in Review of Research in Education as part of the centennial celebration of the American Educational Research Association. The volume is accessible at With Nancy Staudt and Ashley Macrander, Tate co-edited the volume The crisis of race in higher education: A day of dialogue and discovery.

Amy Stuart Wells, Professor of Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, has been voted president-elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her term as president begins on April 17, 2018, at the conclusion of AERA’s 2018 Annual Meeting.

Clifton Wharton is honored with the Lifetime Legacy Award by the Executive Leadership Council in November 2016.

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