"Good, Better, Best. Never Let It Rest.
‘Til Your Good Is Better, And Your Better Is Best."
St. Jerome

 The theme for the 2019 Annual Conference is “Transformation by Design.” In order to enact meaningful change, we need to be intentional in our actions. As educational researchers, no matter our area of specialization, one of our greatest challenges is communicating our research results and their importance to individuals outside of our specialization, including the general public.

Other organizations and universities have identified this as a need. For example, University of Queensland developed the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), a research communication competition that develops academic, presentation and research communication skills and supports the development of students’ capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non specialist audience. The 3MT® program is used by over 600 institutions and in over 60 different countries. In addition, the theme of the 2019 National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) conference, “Communicating with the Public about Educational Measurement” is another example. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) annually awards a Public Communication of Educational Research Award to highlight those educational researchers amongst us who have excelled at breaking down their research and communicating its importance to the public. And we can’t forget our very own 2016 Conference theme. Under the leadership of NERA Past-President, Charlie DePascale our conference theme was, “Making an Impact – Effectively Communicating the Results of Educational Research.”

Over the course of this year, we will host webinars to further support our goal to improve the communication of our results. We will draw on resources from a variety of organizations and individuals who share in our challenge and understand the importance of our goal to improve the communication of educational research.

Join us on this journey to engage in “Transformation by Design” and increase our communication skills as we share the importance of our work with the public.

I look forward to engaging with you over the year and seeing you in Trumbull, CT in October 2019 for NERA’s 50th Annual Conference (Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Friday, October 18, 2019).


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