Thousands of education scholars recently gathered in Chicago for the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting. Here’s what you may have missed from the TC faculty, doctoral students and centers who took center stage:

Honors for TC Faculty and Students 

Recognitions for members of the TC community included:

  • Tran Templeton - 2023 Emerging Scholar Award from the AERA Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood Education Special Interest Group (SIG). She was honored for her “many contributions to critical conversations in early childhood and forward[ing] the collective work of the SIG,” in a letter from the special interest group’s chair.

AERA 2023 winners included: Tran Templeton, María Paula Ghiso, and Renato Russo. (Photos: TC Archives, Stanford University) 

  • María Paula Ghiso - Henry T. Trueba Award for Research Leading to the Transformation of the Social Contexts of Education. Associate Professor Ghiso, her colleague Dr. Gerald Campano and members of the Communities Advancing Research in Education (CARE) Initiative received this award for their work in the Philadelphia where they “research schooling injustices…to create alternative spaces for students to engage in culturally responsive and critical inquiries, and to advocate for educational change in local contexts and beyond.”
  • Renato Russo - Best Student Paper Award from the Learning Sciences SIG for his co-authored paper, “Emancipatory Maker Practices in the Global South.” The paper explored how the repurposing of materials is connected to emancipatory practices among makers in Lucknow, India and Nairobi, Kenya.

[Did you receive an award at AERA 2023? Let us know here.] 

Key Panels Featuring TC Faculty and Centers 

Presenting groundbreaking research and discussing a wide-range of issues across education, numerous faculty and researchers led AERA panels, including: 

  • AERA Honorary President Edmund W. Gordon Series - Edmund W. Gordon,  John M. Musser Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Yale University, Richard March Hoe Professor, Emeritus of Psychology and Education and Founding Director of the Institute of Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College
  • “Leading Thinkers in Education Advancing Consequential Research in Pursuit of Truth” - Christopher Emdin, Robert A. Naslund Endowed Chair in Curriculum Theory and Professor of Education at the University of Southern California and Professor of Science Education at Teachers College; Bettina Love, William F. Russell Professor; Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Associate Professor of English Education.
  • “Media, Culture, and Learning SIG Business Meeting, Featuring Pop and Play Podcast Panel” - Nathan Holbert, Associate Professor of Communication, Media and Learning Technology Design; Haeny Yoon, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, Director, Early Childhood Programs, Faculty Co-Director, Rita Gold Early Childhood Center; Lalitha Vasudevan, Professor of Technology and Education, Vice Dean for Digital Innovation and Managing Director, Teachers College Digital Futures Institute (DFI); Joseph Riina-Ferrie, Associate Director of Educational Media, DFI; Lucius Von Joo, Research Assistant, DFI. 

TC colleagues discussed “Pop and Play,” a podcast that explores play-based learning and is part of the public scholarship work of the Digital Futures Institute. (Photo: Cassie Brownell) 

  • “The ‘Truths’ and Politics of School District Governance, Leadership, and Social Justice in a Time of Increasing Controversy” - Sonya Douglass, Professor of Education Leadership, Founding Director of Black Education Research Center (BERC); doctoral student Ann LoBue, Executive Director of Strategy and Operations at the BERC
  • “Black Studies as the Study of the World: Taking Antiblackness to SCALE in New York City Public Schools” - Sonya Douglass, Professor of Education Leadership, Founding Director of BERC
  • “AERA Youth Teams in Education Research Poster Session” - Limarys Caraballo, Associate Professor of English Education
  • “Moving From Racial Violence and Trauma to Solidarity and Healing” - Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Associate Professor of English Education
  • “When You See Her, You See Me: Authentic and Consequential Mentoring for Black Women” - Bettina Love, William F. Russell Professor; doctoral student Yaribel Mercedes
  • “Investigations into the Working Conditions of Leaders of Color: Illuminating the Truth About Recruitment, Retention, and Turnover” and “Living Within and Beyond the Algorithm in the Pursuit of Truth” - Mark Anthony Gooden, Christian Johnson Endeavor Professor of Education Leadership

Building Connections Across the Field 

Isn’t meeting remarkable new people one of the best things about a conference? TC alumni, colleagues and friends mixed and mingled at the College’s annual reception — while the conference itself of course offered opportunities for inspiration and connection. 



Sharing More Scholarship 

Teachers College Press hosted numerous book signings and offered special offers on their publications in honor of the conference. But don’t worry, even if you missed it, you can still check out their display and specials here