NERA 2023 Conference

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

Where Do We Go From Here? Shaping the Future of Education Together

Dear NERA Members,
We are so excited to share with you our plans for the upcoming conference! 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.
Additionally, we encourage NERA attendees to 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!
Jamila Lyiscott a.k.a ‘Dr. J’ is an Associate Professor of Social Justice Education. Her community-engaged research focuses on racial equity, youth activism, and the power of hip-hop and spoken word in education. Jamila is a community-engaged scholar, nationally renowned speaker, and the author of Black Appetite. White Food: Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom. She serves as an Associate Professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is the founding co-director of the Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research. Learn more about her at