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Join Us at AERA 2024

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Join the National Disability Center for Student Success at the world’s largest gathering of education researchers — the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting — on April 11-14, 2024, in Philadelphia. 

The AERA contingent includes a variety of people from the National Disability Center’s teams, including: 

  • Dr. Stephanie Cawthon, Executive Director 
  • Ryan Mata, Leadership Team
  • Lily Alvarez, Student Fellow 
  • Desirée Lama, Student Fellow
  • Dr. North Cooc, Faculty Cadre 
  • Dr. Earl Huff, Jr., Faculty Cadre 

At AERA 2024, they will: 

  • Host an AERA Meet-Up on April 12 
  • Present research selected for a wide range of sessions
  • Connect with postsecondary education researchers and colleagues 
You’re Invited: AERA 2024 Meet-Up

The National Disability Center will host an informal AERA 2024 Meet-Up on Friday, April 12, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., in conjunction with a reception held by the University of Texas at Austin College of Education at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Level 400—Terrace Ballroom II. 

Drop by the meet-up to connect personally, meet team members, and learn more about the center and its research. When arriving at the reception, look for the National Disability Center banner for the meet-up location. 

Research Presentations Address Timely Topics

Research by National Disability Center faculty members and students — much of which addresses postsecondary education, disability issues, accessibility, and race and other intersectional identities  — was selected for presentation at AERA 2024. Topics include AI, homeless disabled students, first generation transitions, bullying, and belonging. 

Below is the schedule of their presentations. Check the AERA 2024 program for complete details, times, and locations. 

Thursday, April 11

AI-Based Applications in Higher Education: A Literature Review | Poster co-presented by Dr. Earl Huff, Jr., in the session “Moving Toward Just and Equitable Access to Computing Education”

The CORE+ Mentoring Model: Cultivating Community Cultural Wealth for First-Gen Graduate Students | Roundtable co-presented by Ryan Mata and Dr. Stephanie Cawthon in the session “Engaging Students’ Strengths and Assets to Foster Postsecondary Success” 

Can You Hear Us Now?: First-Gen Student Voices and Transitions During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Symposium co-presented by Ryan Mata in the session “Disrupting the Narrative: Diverse Perspectives on First-Generation College Student Transitions across the P-20 Pipeline” 

Friday, April 12 

Sharing Stories and Imparting Values: An Observational Study of Father-Adolescent Conversations about School | Paper co-presented by Desirée Lama and Ryan Mata in the session “Family Ecosystem and Its Relationship to Positive Adolescent Functioning” 

Barriers and Solutions to Accessible K–12 Computer Science Education for Students With Visual Impairments | Poster co-presented by Dr. Earl Huff, Jr., in the session “Moving toward Just and Equitable Access to Computing Education”

Saturday, April 13 

Climate Justice With Youth: Co-Designing and Researching Arts-Integrated Climate Change Resiliency Curriculum in K–12 Education | Roundtable co-presented by Ryan Mata and Dr. Stephanie Cawthon in the session “Future of learning: Exploring Technological Interventions and YPAR Initiatives for Inclusive EducationClimate Justice, Youth, and Drama in Education”

Bias-Based Bullying of Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth in California’s Schools: 2015–2021 | Paper co-presented by Dr. North Cooc in the session “Promoting Safety and Resiliency in Schools”

A Collective Counterstory of Faculty Experiences to Humanize Asian Americans in Academe | Roundtable co-presented by Dr. North Cooc in the session “Faculty Issues 3” 

Sunday, April 14 

National Trends in Homeless Students With Disabilities | Poster co-presented by Dr. North Cooc in the session “Special and Inclusive Education Research SIG”

The Power of Names: Exploring Student Perceptions of Professor Name Learning in the College Classroom | Paper co-presented by Desirée Lama in the session “Broadening Perspectives on Belonging” 

About AERA 2024

Taking place this year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, AERA 2024 is a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative education research in an array of areas, including postsecondary settings, disability, and accessibility. The year’s theme, Dismantling Racial Injustice and Constructing Educational Possibilities: A Call to Action, asks researchers, practitioners, and policymakers “to imagine boldly what education spaces free of racial injustice can look like.” The conference hashtag is #AERA24. 

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