The Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) extends a call for teacher-researchers to present their work at the 48th Annual Conference in October 2017. We encourage teachers, professional learning teams, coaches, school administrators, and other stakeholders to submit a proposal. Proposals can focus on completed research projects or works in progress. [See call for proposals for more information.] Consider submitting proposals based on students’ learning goals, growth targets, and teacher artifacts that show evidence of practice. Other hot topics include:

  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Supporting diverse learners
  • Project-based learning
  • Inclusive classrooms
  • Co-teaching/collaborative teaching
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Literacy across the curriculum
  • Technology integration
  • Assessment
  • Interdisciplinary planning and teaching
  • Building classroom community
  • Home-school nexus
  • Reading intervention and remediation
  • Multi-purpose writing
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Coaching 

This conference is an ideal forum for teachers enrolled in graduate programs to disseminate their research. Teacher-researchers should also apply for the Teacher-as-Researcher (TAR) Award. The TAR recipient is a teacher (P-12; i.e., preschool through high school) who has conducted classroom research to modify and improve his or her teaching efforts and instructional effectiveness. The purpose of the award is to encourage teachers to conduct research and to use the findings of that research to inform their own teaching. Applications are due June 30, 2017.

All attendees must register for the conference. Check the NERA website in May for information about how to register. Professional development credits for conference attendance are available. Please feel free to contact Darlene Russell at with any questions.


The Thomas F. Donlon Memorial Award for Distinguished Mentoring was established in 2000 in recognition of Tom’s long and valued contributions to NERA, particularly as a mentor to so many colleagues. Since then the award has been presented annually to NERA members who have demonstrated distinction as mentors of colleagues by guiding them and helping them find productive paths toward developing their careers as educational researchers.

The practice of mentoring in education has been going on for centuries and most of us can name a person who helped us move our careers along by being more than just a friend or colleague. That person may have been an advisor in developing your research agenda or perhaps brought you to NERA for the first time after suggesting that you might be ready for a conference presentation.

At this time nominations are again being sought for this annual award. Nominees must be NERA members and may be nominated by any member(s) of NERA to whom they served as mentors. If you would like to see a member of NERA who was your mentor be recognized for his/her contributions to your success, send your nomination to Deborah Bandalos via email at by June 30, 2017. In addition to the nomination letter, all nominations must be accompanied by at least three letters of support indicating the ways in which the nominee distinguished him/herself as a mentor. Up to five separate letters of support can be sent for each nominee. The award will be presented at the 2017 NERA conference. Please contact Deborah if you have any questions about the Donlon Award or the nomination process.



The Leo D. Doherty Memorial Award is given to a longstanding NERA member who exemplifies the qualities that Leo Doherty brought to NERA members, his colleagues, and students over his career. The award, instituted by the NERA Board of Directors in 1981, honors the memory of Leo Doherty. He was instrumental in the development and growth of NERA as a professional association for educational research. His leadership qualities, which were both ethical and humane, encouraged others to pursue and achieve their goals. Thus, this award is presented to NERA members who have exhibited outstanding leadership and service to our organization.

The Leo D. Doherty Award Committee for 2017 strongly encourage nominations for this award. Nomination letters should be sent as an email attachment to Barbara Helms at no later than June 30, 2017. Nomination letters should explicitly name the nominee and offer a concise and compel-ling case for the candidate in terms of their leadership and service to NERA. Inquiries regarding this award may also be sent to Barbara.


Presenters at the 2016 NERA conference are strongly encouraged to submit a 15-20 page original research paper into the competition for the Lorne H. Woollatt Distinguished Paper Award.  This award is named in honor of Lorne Woollatt, a distinguished New York state educator who published The evolution of state-local governmental relationships in New York State in 1948 and was an active member of NERA.  The winner of the award receives a $500 stipend to present their work at an invited Distinguished Paper session of SRERA at the 2017 American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference.

The award will be given to the best paper presented by one or more authors at the 2016 NERA conference.  Each paper goes through a blind review by the award committee to achieve a maximum number of points within specific categories evaluating the importance of the topic, the quality of the research study, and the quality of the paper.

The Lorne Woollatt Distinguished Paper Award committee invites presenters at the 2016 NERA conference to enter presented papers meeting the research paper requirements cited above into the competition.  Please e-mail two copies of your paper by November 15 to the committee Chair, Abigail Lau.  One copy must be a blind copy and one copy must contain your name, affiliation, email address, and phone number. The committee looks forward to receiving your papers.

Submit papers by November 15, 2016 to

Abigail Lau, Committee Chair

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