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2021 New England Educational Organization Annual Meeting

Leveraging Educational Research for the Collective Good in Challenging Times

Virtual Conference

Wednesday, April 28 — Friday, April 30, 2021

Emilie Mitescu Reagan, President

Sarah Enterline Roch, Vice President/ Conference Chair

This year has been marked by the global pandemic that has affected health, public policy, employment, childcare, education, and many other aspects of our lives. In education, the pandemic has closed schools, shifted schooling remote environments, and exacerbated disparities in access, opportunity, and resources that support learning. Additionally, the recent killings of Black women, men, and trans people have once again reminded us of longstanding injustices facing people of color in the United States. These overlapping crises have raised to the fore systemic racism that permeates American schooling and society. Together, these crises have been met with frustration, hurt, and widespread calls for racial justice, solidarity, and equity. In this context, we call on educational researchers, practitioners, activists, and policy makers, to rise up and leverage their expertise as part of the collective good during these challenging times. As part of our conference theme, we look for research and presentations that addresses the following questions: How have these crises affected schooling and society? In what ways has curriculum, instruction, teaching and learning changed in PK-12 and higher education contexts? What have been the effects of these crises on youth, educational practitioners, communities, and educational researchers?

The NEERO 2021 Virtual Conference will include: invited keynote speakers and panels; accepted paper, poster, research-in-progress roundtable and symposium presentations; awards presentation; business meeting; and informal gatherings and opportunities to connect with fellow conference participants.

Leveraging Educational Research for the Collective Good in Challenging Times

NEERO 2021Keynote Speaker Series

NEERO is pleased to announce four keynote speakers who will share insights from scholarship and practice at the NEERO 2021 Virtual Conference. 

Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District in Itaca, New York

Editor and Producer at CAST

Associate Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University

Professor and Director of Secondary Teacher Education at the University of Kentucky



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 due by March 1, 2021

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 due by March 1, 2021

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.

James J. Rubovits Award from the 2019 Conference

Lakshmi Frechette was awarded the Rubovits Award for Best Paper (from the NEERO 2019 Conference) for her paper, "Teacher Candidate Disposition: A Framework for Unpacking and Supporting Intellectual, Cultural, and Moral Dispositions."In addition to being the mother of 5 young children, Lakshmi writes for Lexington Books, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. She also designs and presents professional development workshops for teacher candidates and novice educators including K-12 Family Partnerships: Advancing Dispositional  Attributes, LEAN-In Training, and Stop-Action Coaching via Neural Pathway Reinforcement

Charlie Depascale Scholarship for Graduate Students

NEW! Charlie DePascale Scholarship for Graduate Students: Established in 2020 to celebrate Dr. Charlie DePascale's contributions to NEERO and lifelong commitment to supporting emerging researchers, the Charlie DePascale scholarship will be awarded to two graduate students who actively attend the NEERO 2021 Annual Meeting. Selected individuals will be granted a non-cash award for the conference fee to attend the subsequent Annual Meeting.