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Educational conference showcases DU’s research

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) holds its 91st annual meeting in Denver this week, and DU has a strong presence. With some 12,000 attendees, the conference will host education researchers from around the U.S. and the globe to share research findings.

“We are fortunate to have the AERA conference in Denver this year. It is a great opportunity for both the University and the Morgridge College of Education to showcase the depth and richness of our collaborative research and increase awareness of the high level of educational research that is taking place at DU,” says Kent Seidel, chair of DU’s P20 Education Programs.

The conference began April 29 and runs through May 4 in the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver.

DU is hosting two big events beginning with a speech by internationally renowned scholar Sonia Nieto and AERA President Carol Lee in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum. DU and Aurora Public Schools are collaborating to offer an off-site visit to North Middle School, where participants will learn about the work that university, district and industry partners are doing around “P20 Pathways,” a program that aims to improve postsecondary options for Aurora students and make science and mathematics education more exciting.

A number of faculty and students also are presenting research at the conference. Some include:

• Seidel and Morgridge College of Education Dean Gregory Anderson are participating in mentoring sessions for new faculty researchers, as well as presenting their research on education access and success in the 21st century with Maria del Carmen Salazar, an assistant professor in curriculum and instruction.
• Curriculum and instruction Professor Paul Michalec and doctoral student Hilary Burg will present their paper on educational reform.
• Franklin Tuitt, an assistant professor in the higher education program, will discuss creating inclusive and diverse learning environments.
• Fernando Guzman, assistant provost in the Center for Multicultural Excellence, will host a session discussing faculty diversity.


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