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NEERO 2024 General Information

Wednesday, April 24 - 26th, 2024,

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth, NH

NEERO 2024 Conference Registration Fees

NEERO 2024 Conference registration fees include access to all days of the NEERO 2024 Conference, some meals and light refreshments during the conference, and one year NEERO membership (Jan. 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024). NEERO uses the conference fees to host the conference/annual meeting and fulfill the educational mission of the organization. 

* Professional Regular Registration (beginning March 24, 2024): $295

* Student & Retired/Emeritus Regular Registration (beginning March 24, 2024): $100

* Membership Only (no conference attendance): $25

NEERO 2024 Hotel Room Reservations

The NEERO 2024 Conference will be held at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The NEERO hotel room block is full. Please contact the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel for availability.

For general questions regarding the NEERO 2024 conference, please contact Vice President & Conference Chair, Dr. Jessica York at 

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The NEERO 2024 Conference Program/Schedule is now available! Click here for more information about the NEERO 2024 conference program

NEERO 2024 will consist of keynote speakers, symposium, paper, roundtable, and poster presentations, and opportunities for networking and engaging with members of the educational research community.

First time presenting? Interested in serving as a discussant? Attend one of NEERO's upcoming 2024 Conference Preparation Circles!

Find out more information here about the upcoming circles.

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NEERO 2024 Keynote Speakers

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Dr. K. Kayon Morgan

University of Hartford

Radical re/imagination of justice through untold and unbridled narratives

A radical reimagination of justice demands that we co/construct and disseminate knowledge that promulgates social equity through advocating for and actively working towards achieving fair and just results for all individuals, irrespective of their background, characteristics, or circumstances. Such shifts activate by embracing the unbridled narratives of self, others, and organizations.

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Dr. Michael Russell

Boston College

Systemic Racism and Educational Measurement: Why the Silence?

This session examines the theory of systemic racism and explores the roles educational measurement may play within that theory. The session also considers why the field of educational measurement has been silent on this topic and implores the field to reverse course. 

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NEERO 2024 Pre-Conference Workshops

Announcing the NEERO 2024 Pre-Conference Workshops! Workshops will be on Wednesday, April 24th from 12:00 - 1:30pm.

To register, use this link to get a ticket.

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Workshop #1:
Writing and Submitting a Journal Article in 12 Weeks!

Presenter: Mary Grassetti
Cost: $25

In this workshop participants will examine the process of academic publishing. from getting started to responding to journal decisions. Topics include examining attitudes and beliefs about writing, planning for writing, finding and selecting an appropriate journal for your work, and responding to an editor’s decision. Participants are asked to bring in a sample piece of writing (no matter what stage it is in) so that they may begin to examine the piece as a potential future journal article.

Workshop #2:
Understanding Interviewing for Rich Qualitative Data Collection

Presenter: Tricia Stewart
Cost: $25

Through active engagement in this workshop, participants will gain a foundational understanding of Qualitative Interviewing including developing overarching research questions, writing interview level questions, developing an interview protocol, and utilizing a data matrix for alignment of the interview process. Participants should come to the workshop with a topic of interest that they know a fair amount about without requiring outside research to complete activities.

Workshop #3:
Grappling with current events, trends,and changing policies related to educational research?

Presenter: Deb Patterson
Cost: FREE

Join NEERO colleagues for a facilitated dialogue exploring how you and your institutions are responding to topics such as: 'Science of Reading' impacting curriculum policy, articulating fair uses of AI in research and publishing, definitions of data and safe data storage,or interaction between professional language and law. 
Come and share a conundrum you are curious to know how others are managing or responding to.  Or join us to offer resources and practices that you have found effective for maintaining the integrity of educational changes grounded in research.

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NEERO 2024 Call For Submissions

Submissions for the NEERO 2024 Conference are closed. 

For more information, please contact NEERO Vice President and Conference Chair, Dr. Jessica York at

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Charlie Depascale Graduate Student Conference Award

Graduate Student Conference Award

Established in 2020 to celebrate Dr. Charlie DePascale's contributions to NEERO and lifelong commitment to supporting emerging researchers, the Charlie DePascale Graduate Student Conference Award will be awarded to two graduate students who actively attend the NEERO Annual Meeting. Selected individuals will be granted a non-cash award for the conference fee to attend the subsequent Annual Meeting.

Best Paper

The James J. Rubovits award honors the best paper presented during the NEERO annual conference.  All attendees can nominate a paper during the conference, and winners are notified before the following year's conference.

John Schmitt Award

Outstanding Research at the Graduate Level

This award is presented for outstanding research at the graduate level. To be eligible the candidate must be an individual presenting at the NEERO Annual Conference who is currently enrolled in an advanced degree program, OR who is presenting a paper-based upon a thesis or dissertation that was completed during his or her graduate study in the past year.

Nomination deadline has passed. 

Early Career Achievement

The purpose of the award, established in 2012 in memory of Dr. Kim Fries, is to recognize the work of NEERO members who have demonstrated distinction in the early part of their professional careers.

Nomination deadline has passed. 

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Contact NEERO

If you have questions about NEERO or the upcoming NEERO Conference, please email

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Conference Strands

For each annual meeting, NEERO welcomes submissions for papers, posters, symposia, and research-in-progress roundtable presentations. When you submit your proposal, you will be asked to identify the content as relevant to one of the following eight topic areas.

Curriculum & Instruction

The Curriculum and Instruction strand targets research-based practices that consider equity and inclusivity as central tenets to the development and implementation of innovative curriculum and pedagogical practices across the lifespan. Global competencies, experiential and place-based learning, curriculum design/revision, technology as curriculum and pedagogy as well as policy studies at the school, district and regional level are pivotal in the exploration of this strand.

Diversity & Sociocultural Perspectives

The Diversity & Sociocultural Perspectives strand accepts conference proposals that explore the social, cultural, personal, structural, and systemic aspects of diverse communities in America, with the objective of developing a critical understanding of the issues that arise in the schooling of emergent bilingual, immigrant, special education,  first-generation communities, etc. Topics addressed include the socio-political, economic, legal, philosophical, and pedagogical perspectives. Specifically, it reviews issues in the following broad categories: program design, curriculum and instruction, non-school factors affecting achievement, de-culturation, assimilation and acculturation, assessment, the appropriate education of special populations (migrants, refugees, and students with special education needs or limited formal schooling), and the relation to the above topics (e.g. access to appropriate assessment, access to technology, access to high-quality instruction, access to graduation, etc.).

Higher Education

The Higher Education strand accepts conference proposals that explore the social, cultural, personal, structural, and systemic aspects of higher education. Topics addressed within this strand include, for example: issues of access, equity and diversity;  trends in early college, undergraduate and graduate programming; curricular and pedagogical assessment; administration; institutional reform; leadership; professional development; international studies programs; study abroad; and student learning. The strand seeks proposals that present rigorous qualitative, quantitative, conceptual, and mixed methods designs from a variety of theoretical frameworks that explore all levels of postsecondary education and programming as well as institutional types (e.g. community colleges, land grant, tribal, virtual, public, private, etc.).

Human Development & Learning

The Human Development and Learning strand seeks proposals that examine learning and human development in community-based, PreK-12 and postsecondary contexts. Proposals in this strand should address topics related to cognition, emotion, and motivation across the lifespan, and examine the interaction between human development and learning processes, and their ecological, cultural, and social influences. The strand welcomes proposals that are empirical or conceptual in nature, and that utilize clearly presented theoretical frameworks, and rigorous methodological design (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches).

Leadership, Policy & Educational Reform

The Leadership, Policy and Educational Reform strand accepts proposals that investigate or explore concepts and ideas that relate to leadership practices, policies effecting education, or research pertaining to reform initiatives with an emphasis on Pre-K-12 education.  Examples of concepts proposed in the past include, leadership actions designed for specific demographics or populations, leadership initiatives targeted to increase performance, reviews of the effect policy has on specific groups or organizations, recommendations for policy revision, as well as the effects of reform initiatives on the institution, groups or individuals. Proposals have included international studies as well as local and national investigations. The strand seeks proposals that present rigorous qualitative, quantitative, conceptual, and mixed methods designs from a variety of theoretical frameworks that explore all levels of education and programming as well as institutional types (e.g. virtual, public, private, etc.).

Measurement, Assessment, Evaluation, & Research Methods

The Measurement, Assessment, Evaluation & Research Methods strand encourages submissions that present innovative research on any of these areas. Examples of topics related to measurement and assessment include but are not limited to item and test development, current uses of assessment data, scale development, and application of psychometric models. This strand also encourages proposals that showcase results of evaluation studies including, for example, evaluation of educational policies or programs (at any scale). Issues explored by educational researchers are often complex and ever-evolving, thus requiring innovative and nuanced research methods. This strand also welcomes submissions that propose and discuss innovative research approaches (both qualitative and quantitative) or innovative applications of common methodologies.

Professional Development

Professional development (PD) is central to the career of researchers and educators. As such, PD strand serves as means for the sharing of tools, resources, and information aimed at continuous improvement of one’s career, research, and education. Examples of PD include but are not limited to ongoing informal and formal training, participation in professional organizations, enrollment in graduate programs, and conducting research. The PD Strand welcomes research that utilizes a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods as well as direct and indirect measures to analyze professional development experiences. In addition, this PD strand values the role of technology in such experiences as well as the new developments in the field and ways to improve existing skills.

Teaching and Teacher Education

The Teaching and Teacher Education strand is oriented toward research on the development and preparation of preservice and inservice teachers at all levels, and in a variety of settings. Topics that are a good fit for the TTE strand include research on: impacts of methods course strategies/assignments, discerning and developing teacher dispositions, candidate growth through field-based experiences, faculty examination of educator preparation practices, implementation of culturally sustaining practices or other frameworks (e.g. UDL, SEL as explicated by CASEL) in teacher education and professional development, and understanding the impact of education initiatives or policy on the contexts of teaching and teacher education

Technology in Education

The Technology in Education strand seeks proposals focused on technology in learning environments and assessment. Research proposals can include, but are not limited to, technology’s role in curriculum, instruction, and assessments; how educational environments are leveraging technology to improve student engagement, motivation, and learning; and individual technology pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK). Additionally, proposals can address the application, analysis, and effectiveness of pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and how equitable access to educational technology, digital content, and technology can enhance learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Other suggested proposals can include research on innovations related to digital assessments as well as the research and application of instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning. The strand welcomes empirical or conceptual proposals that clearly represent theoretical frameworks and rigorous methodological design, such as qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method approaches, and conceptual analysis.

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