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October 18-20, 2017
Trumbull Marriott Parkway, Trumbull CT

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Hello NERA Members,

We are in the midst of planning what should be an exciting and engaging 2017 conference! First, we want to thank everyone for responding to the 2016 conference evaluation survey, as it has been useful in helping us plan the next conference. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the 2016 Conference Chairs, Molly Faulkner-Bond, Joshua Marland, and Scott Monroe, as well as Past President Charles DePascale for their great work in making the 2016 conference a resounding success.

This year’s conference will return to the Marriott Hotel in Trumbull, CT for the fourth time. The dates of the Conference are October 18-20, 2017. Membership and conference registration forms will be available on the NERA website ( this summer. This year’s conference theme is “Using Technology to Advance Education: Challenges and Opportunities”. Continuing from last year, we want to provide the opportunity for you to connect your research to the conference theme. As you submit your proposals, we invite you to indicate whether your paper directly relates to the theme for possible inclusion in a Spotlight session.
Additionally, we have a number of other great sessions and activities planned:
Professional Development Workshops: There will be both pre- and in-conference workshops at this year’s conference. For the first time we have solicited proposals for workshops. We received many excellent submissions and look forward to announcing the accepted workshops in the near future.

Mentoring: The mentoring program will provide graduate students with the opportunity to meet with professionals in the field. Mentors can provide individualized feedback on research projects and/or dissertations, as well as provide guidance during the conference.

Conference App: Following our theme of technology, we will continue using the conference app to provide conference information, facilitate interactions among NERA members at the conference, as well as allow researchers to easily share their slides and papers with their colleagues.

Technology Demonstrations: To further highlight our theme, we will be working with organizations to demo new educational technologies at NERA.
We are excited to announce our keynote and invited speakers, who have expertise in a number of different areas:
Keynote Speaker: Our keynote this year will be given by Virginia Edwards who served as editor of the esteemed newspaper Education Week ( from 1989 to 2016 and who led the establishment of Education Week’s digital presence.

Keynote Panel: We will be hosting a panel discussing various aspects of the school choice movement given the new administration’s policy platform. Currently, this panel will feature Preston Green, Professor of Educational Leadership and Law at the University of Connecticut, Kathryn McDermott, Professor of Educational Policy at the University of Massachusetts, and Casey Cobb, Professor of Educational Policy at the University of Connecticut.

Invited Panel: Former NERA President John Young has assembled a panel of past NERA presidents including April ZeniskyDarlene PernerLynn ShelleyKristen Huff, and Thanos Patelis to discuss previous and potential future trends in educational research based on their abundant and diverse experience.

Invited Interactive Conversation: We are excited to announce an interactive conversation focused on changes in educational technology with Dr. Kurt Geisinger, Director of Buros Center for Testing and Professor at University of Nebraska. We will be soliciting audience questions through social media that will be presented to Dr. Geisinger at the session allowing for both pre-submitted questions and real-time discussion. Details on how to submit questions will be provided soon.
We hope that you are planning to attend the conference, and that you will also encourage friends and colleagues to attend. This year, we will continue using the online proposal submission process. Please see the Call for Proposals and FAQ for more information. We also encourage you to distribute the Call for Proposals to other educational researchers who may not have access to this publication. The proposal system will open in early May and you will have until June 2nd to submit your proposals.

We are looking forward to another successful and exciting NERA conference! Email us if you have any questions:

Thank you!


Whitney Smiley
American Board of Internal Medicine

Daniel Jurich
National Board of Medical Examiners 

Jason Kopp
American Board of Surgery


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