Austin received the award Saturday at the AERA annual meeting, being held in Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining AIR, she helped manage a large research study on school choice in Indiana and has authored several journal articles and book chapters on the study findings.
Austin, a researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), is the recipient of the 2019 Dissertation Award from Division L of the American Educational Research Association(AERA). She also leads research and evaluation efforts related to school choice at AIR and contributes content and methodological expertise to two IES-funded meta-analysis studies.
“I’m honored to have won this award in a SIG that has felt like home while at AERA,” says Valdez, who co-founded the People’s Education Movement with Cariaga. She modeled teacher activism for me growing up when she organized parents at her school around language waivers when Prop 227 dismantled bilingual education in California.
I have continued her work around educational activism and hope that my daughter Naiara will continue our family [tradition of] activism around issues she is passionate about.” Valdez, who taught at the elementary level in LAUSD for eight years, has been involved in a number of community organizations such as the Association of Chicana Activists, Los Angeles Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant, Association of Filipinas Fighting Imperialism, Refeudalization and Marginalization, the Graduate Student Association of Education at UCLA, and the Teacher Activist Group National.
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Responding to a Paucity of Educational Policy and Leadership Research on Human Trafficking, Melinda Lemke. Graduate Student Policy Brief: Federal Policy to Promote Teacher Equity: An Examination of State Plans. They will be honored for their respective projects in their communities, research on students of color, and their dissertations by AERA’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs).Valdez, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at CSU Fullerton, will be recognized with the 2019 Scholar-Activist & Community Advocacy Award from the Critical Educators for Social Justice SIG.Her dissertation explores how Cariaga, who has served as a high school English teacher in Los Angeles and a healing/wellness facilitator came to understand the impact of trauma on her students, developed healing pedagogies to help them make meaning of their experiences, and exercised self-care while facilitating such demanding work.She notes that much of her work is informed by learning from her, “best teachers, daughter Laila and son Catalino.” “I’m honored and proud that my work is being recognized at an institutional level through the Critical Educators for Social Justice at AERA,” says Cariaga.His dissertation draws from critical race theory and portraiture in documenting how Filipino American teachers understand and apply Ethnic Studies pedagogies to address the unique needs and contexts of their students.Curammeng’s work contributes to research on the connection between Ethnic Studies and teacher education.AERA’s Division L covers research focused on education policy, including political, economic, legal and fiscal issues. Austin received the award for her dissertation, , which includes three papers that develop a new measure of the quantity and quality of students’ academic course taking in high school and use that measure to examine changes in course taking for three nationally representative cohorts of students. About AIR Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D. Austin joined AIR in September 2017 and, among her work, directs research studies for Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Midwest and leads applied research for REL Southeast. The Rise of Privatization in School District Facilities Programs, Marialena Rivera. Graduate Student Policy Brief: Examining State Governments’ Decisions to Devolve or Retain Teacher Evaluation Policymaking – Rachel S.