Philly Node Launch and Symposia at AERA 2014

The URBAN Philadelphia Node will officially launch at the  2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia!  Descriptions of the sessions that the Philadelphia Node will host are offered below.  Check the conference website for complete and up-to-date information on these and all other conference sessions and events.  Click here for a list of other URBAN hosted events at this year’s AERA meeting.

Imagine a School: How Researchers Can Support Community-based Groups’ Visions for Philadelphia Public Schools”

Sunday, April 6th 2:15-3:45 Convention Center, Room 124

Featuring Kira Baker-Doyle, Donna Cooper, Pat De Carlo, Michael Johnanek, Rand Quinn, Sam Reed III, & Pauline Lipman

Followed by the URBAN AERA Business Meeting from 4:00-6:00, CC Room 121A

Offered through the Action Research Special Interest Group, this interactive symposium will consist of researchers and representatives from educational non-profits and grassroots community organizations, all working to address the current crisis in the Philadelphia School District. This panel will consider the role of action research in uniting disparate stakeholders around a shared vision for public schools, creating creative solutions to the complex problems facing the Philadelphia educational system, and facilitating a public learning process. Specifically, the symposium contributions highlight the opportunities and challenges of initiating and enacting research partnerships, and the role of research in policy reform. It will also present a unique opportunity for AERA attendees to learn about the promising, pioneering work that is happening in the city hosting the conference.

Session Organizer: Jerusha Osberg Conner, Villanova University

Reforming Philadelphia’s Schools from the Outside In: Lessons from a Research Practicum on Civic Capacity
Rand Quinn, University of Pennsylvania

Using Research to Create Champions and Drive Action
Candace E. Bell, Pathway Strategies, LLC

The Challenges of Prioritizing Philadelphia’s Children in a Contentious Landscape
Donna Cooper, Public Citizens for Children and Youth

Partnering to Strengthen Community: A University-Community Research Collaboration
Michael C. Johanek, University of Pennsylvania; Pat De Carlo, Norris Square Civic Association

Teachers at the Frontlines: Fighting for Justice
Sam Reed, Teacher Action Group; Kira J. Baker-Doyle, Arcadia University

DiscussantPauline Lipman, University of Illinois at Chicago


Together in Struggle: Supporting Youth and Community Organizing through Engaged Scholarship

Friday, April 4, 4:00-6:00 South Philadelphia High School (2102 S. Broad Street)

Featuring presenters from PSU, YUC, TAG, Juntos, MMP, and PCAPs

In this off-site visit, conference participants will have the chance to dialogue with youth and community organizers about their campaign to attain adequate funding and preserve public control over the majority of the city’s schools. The event aims to engage several key groups in a discussion with educational researchers to explore the goals and strategies of these organizers, as well as to consider how educational researchers can support the work that such stakeholder groups are doing to win the fight for educational equity in Philadelphia.

Session Organizer: Sonia M Rosen, University of

Image by It’s Our City

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