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The University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education is home to a distinguished faculty of education researchers, scholars and practitioners. These individuals, renowned for their expertise and innovation in the field of education, are shaping the future of learning. Their groundbreaking research, alongside the contributions of talented faculty and students, took center stage as the Warner School participated in the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 

Dismantling Racial Injustice and Constructing Educational Possibilities: A Call to Action,” was the theme of this year’s AERA conference held from April 11-15 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Centered in one of the world’s leading research universities, the Warner School opens opportunities to advance inquiry, innovation and impact at the highest levels. From shaping new learning formats to advancing educational reform, Warner School faculty, staff and students tackle society’s most pressing challenges and lead the future of education. 

Below are highlights of the Warner School’s notable contributions at AERA. For a comprehensive and searchable schedule of events, visit the 2024 AERA Annual Meeting website.

Thursday, April 11

PhD student Adma Emanuelle Gama-Krummel chaired the "Navigating Unjust Institutions: Visions of Educational Justice" paper session. 

Nestor Tulagan, assistant professor of counseling & human development, co-presented “Educational Differences in Parents’ Math Support Self-Efficacy and Relations to Adolescents’ Math Motivation: Conceptual Replications” (Poster 20).

Jeffrey Choppin, professor of teaching & curriculum, and Cynthia Carson, academic program coordinator for the Warner School’s Center for Professional Development & Education Reform, co-presented “Pedagogical Dilemmas in Content-Focused Coaching Conversations.”

Warner alumna Jihan Ayesh '23W (PhD) presented "Social and Agentic Literacy Engagement of English Language Learners in Middle School" at a roundtable session. 

Friday, April 12

Nicole King, assistant professor, was a presenting author for the paper “Co-constructing Translanguaging Spaces for Equity and Justice Through Multilingual Family Storytelling.” 

Nestor Tulagan, assistant professor of counseling & human development, chaired the SIG-Adolescence and Youth Development roundtable session on the family ecosystem and its relationship to positive adolescent functioning. 

Postdoctoral fellow Rebecca Rosen discussed her paper “Addressing Uncomfortable Discourse in the History Classroom: Teachers’ Risk Calculation Heuristics and Emotional Disclosure Considerations.”

Nancy Ares, associate professor of teaching & curriculum, and Warner alumna Keirah Comstock ’23W (PhD) discussed their paper Qualitative Researcher’s Emotional Journey of Reflexive Thematic Analysis” at a Friday roundtable session.

April Luehmann, associate professor of teaching & curriculum, and doctoral students Elizabeth Wilson and Emma Yatteau co-presented the poster session “Looking at Novice Teacher Practice Following a Justice-Centered Ambitious Science Preparation Program” (Poster 8). 

Luehmann also co-presented “Teachers’ Understandings of Justice-Centered Ambitious Science Teaching Practices” (Poster 10).

Lastly, Luehmann co-presented ”A Justice-Centered Ambitious Teaching Framework as a Sacrificial Model for Collaborative Conversations” (Poster 11).

Saturday, April 13

Samantha Daley, associate dean for research and associate professor of counseling and human development, participated in the AERA Open: Closed Editorial meeting.  

Additionally, Daley presented “Motivation in Science Among Students With Learning Disabilities: Investigating STEM Trajectory Choices.”

Assistant Professors Kristen Love and Nicole King, and Academic Program Coordinator for the Warner School's Center for Professional Development & Education Reform Cynthia Carson, were presenting authors for the paper “Imagining Possibility With Bimodal High-Touch Strategies in Hy-Flex Courses” in the SIG-Advanced Technologies for Learning roundtable session. 

Additionally, Love, King and Carson presented “Imagining Possibility With Bimodal High-Touch Strategies in Hy-Flex Courses” (Poster 39).

Doctoral student Christina Leal presented her co-authored paper “Sensemaking as a Racialized Implementation Process.”

Sunday, April 14

Nicole King, assistant professor of teaching & curriculum, and Hairong Shang-Butler, associate professor of teaching & curriculum, discussed their paper “Community Engagement to Multilingual Student Advocacy: Language Teacher Candidates Becoming Language Teachers and Student Advocates.”

Amanda McLeroy, assistant professor of counseling & human development, and doctoral student Ye Ding co-presented “We All Have PTSD: Examining Mental Health Impacts of Viral Police Killings on Black Students in High School and College.”

Additionally, McLeroy presented “Where’s the Video?” The Pervasive Presence of Black Death on Social Media” at the Technology-Facilitated Youth Development paper session. 

Warner alumna Keirah Comstock ’23W (PhD) chaired a Sunday roundtable session on “Instructional Technology in Diverse Environments.

PhD candidate Saliha Al presented his paper “Diversity and Inclusion in the Next Generation Science Standards” at a roundtable session.

Nestor Tulagan, assistant professor of counseling & human development, chaired the roundtable session “The Role of Caregivers in Fostering Student Learning and Development.”

Doctoral student Simao Ellias Luis chaired the “Amplifying Multilingual and Transactional Student Voices” roundtable session.