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Call for Nominations-2020 Hedges Lecture

The Hedges Lecture is a much-anticipated highlight of the annual SREE Spring conference. Offered by an individual who has made notable contributions to methods in education research, the lecture challenges the audience to think more critically, deeply, and expansively about the methods we use. The lecture bears the name of Larry Hedges to honor his work in advancing research methods in education and social science and his part in founding the Society, which supports continuous improvement in the field.

The SREE board of directors is requesting nominations for the 2020 Hedges Lecturer. In making your nomination, please consider the individual's:

  • Contributions to advancing research methods in education;
  • Potential for offering an engaging, thought-provoking lecture; and
  • Involvement with SREE.

Please send us the name of your nominee, why they deserve this honor, and why you think they would give an engaging lecture. Please send nominations to [email protected] The deadline is August 1, 2019.

SREE Summer Fellows Underway

SREE, in collaboration with Grantmakers for Education, has launched its Summer Research Fellows Program, connecting GFE members with SREE student members to advance high-quality education research. Response to the program was incredibly strong. Four fellows have been selected and are spending the summer conducting research for their philanthropic "client," answering a real-world research question that will inform the work of these organizations.

The four fellows, with their projects and clients, are:

Kate Caton, Georgia State University, investigating rural student summer melt for Ascendium;
Amanda Danks, North Carolina State University, investigating competency-based standards/workforce development for the Siegel Family Foundation;
Heather McCambly, Northwestern University, researching education policy advocacy for the Data Impact Group of Grantmakers for Education; and
Cyrell Roberson, University of California, Berkeley, looking into bias and inequity in school systems for the Oak Foundation.

The Fellows' research will be shared with their clients as well as the larger education research and education philanthropy communities.

Michael Weiss Named Next Editor-in-Chief of JREE

The SREE Board of Directors has appointed Michael Weiss, MDRC, as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness (JREE), beginning with Volume 13, to be published January 2020. The editorial team also includes Beth Boulay, Abt Associates; Julie Edmunds, SERVE Center at University of North Carolina - Greensboro; Stephanie Jones, Harvard University; Luke Miratrix, Harvard University; and Fatih Unlu, RAND.

On the appointment, Weiss notes:

"It is an honor for our team to be selected as the next editors for the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness (JREE). JREE is the premier journal for research that evaluates education programs, policies, and practices and/or develops and refines applied quantitative research methods. In large part, this is thanks to the terrific leadership of the editors who have overseen the journal over the last decade. Having benefited greatly from JREE and SREE, we're thrilled to continue to uphold the high standards set by our predecessors to help disseminate exceptionally high quality research geared toward improving education. We're also excited to continue the journal's push towards greater transparency and reporting standards. Finally, we look forward to resolving important debates in the field - like is it pronounced 'jay-ree' or 'jree'? (it's obviously the latter)."

The new team will be working closely with the outgoing editorial team, led by Sean Reardon, Stanford University, to learn the ropes of running the Journal.

SREE 2020 Spring Conference, Practical Significance and Meaningful Effects: Learning and Communicating What Matters
March 11-14, 2020, Arlington, Virginia

Planning for the Spring 2020 Conference is underway with Program Chairs Jessaca Spybrook, Western Michigan University, and Norma Ming, San Francisco Unified School District, leading the charge. They are currently putting the finishing touches on the call for abstracts, which will be posted in August.

Putting together a successful meeting requires great submissions from you, the SREE members, as well as the expertise of reviewers knowledgeable in specific areas of education research. Reviewers will be tasked with reviewing around 10 abstracts and/or session submissions, and making recommendations for inclusion in the conference. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for the 2020 conference, please email [email protected] and include your name, affiliation, and areas of expertise. Your information will be shared with the Program Committee.