2023 NERA Conference Announcement

October 18–20, 2023
Trumbull Marriott Shelton, Trumbull, CT

Francis O’Donnell, Maura O’Riordan, Mina Lee,
and Sarah Ferguson
2023 NERA Conference Co-Chairs


Dear NERA Members,
Happy new year to everyone, and we hope you are all well and that your year is off to a good start. We are so excited to share with you our plans for the upcoming conference! Seeing everyone at the NERA 2022 conference motivated our work and our team has been working diligently on our conference planning.  So we are particularly excited to share our conference theme for 2023:
Where Do We Go From Here? Shaping the Future of Education Together
The 2023 conference theme starts with a question: Where Do We Go from Here? How do we find a path forward in the aftermath of a pandemic and the face of learning disruptions, teacher shortages, and persistent areas of inequality? Today’s challenges are complex and interconnected, calling for both reflection and action. Still, as a community of educators and researchers, we are uniquely positioned to find solutions. Our hope is that NERA members, current and new, will embrace this challenge and bring fresh observations, ideas, and perspectives to help advance our collective knowledge and expertise in areas such as: 

  • learning loss remediation, especially among marginalized groups;
  • socio-emotional learning and reconciling pre-COVID expectations for learning and performance with a post-COVID reality;
  • remote learning and assessment;
  • academic and professional turnover and ways to attract and retain talent;
  • leveraging technology and advanced analytics. 

For this year’s conference, we will encourage proposals that answer the question Where do we go from here? and address how educational researchers can help shape the future of education together. Additionally, we encourage proposals that critically reflect on what “together” means, evaluating who is involved in educational research and practice decisions, who is invited and who is responsible for these decisions, and who is not at the table when these conversations happen. Finally, we especially encourage researchers to examine these issues through a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) lens related to education and educational research. Our keynote speakers are intentionally aligned with this theme, and we cannot wait to hear from these two amazing scholars!
Keynote Speakers
Keynote: Dr. Jamila Lyiscott (Dr. J), Co-Director of the Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research, Associate Professor of Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Keynote: Dr. Fabienne Doucet, Executive Director of the NYU Metropolitan Center For Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Urban Education, New York University
The Call for Proposals is available now! We hope you submit your individual presentation and theme-based session proposals in alignment with the 2023 conference theme and/or the content strands below by Friday, June 9th.

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
  • Educational Research Methods
  • Educational Systems and Policies
  • Higher Education Research and Practice
  • Measurement and Psychometrics
  • PK-12 Education Research and Practice
  • Post-COVID Innovations and Solutions
  • Miscellaneous
We are also accepting proposals for workshops. To submit a workshop proposal, please use the submission link in the Call for Workshop Proposals. Workshop proposals are due by Tuesday, May 16th.

NERA is a volunteer-based organization. We need your help to ensure a high-quality conference in October. Please sign up to be a proposal reviewer, chair, or discussant!

We look forward to sharing more details regarding the 2023 NERA conference as we continue our planning for October, so keep an eye out for updates!
Your 2023 NERA Conference Co-Chairs,
Francis O’Donnell, Maura O’Riordan, Mina Lee, and Sarah Ferguson


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