AEFP 46th Annual Conference

Promoting Equity and Opportunity Through Education Policy Research

Held Virtually from March 17-20, 2021

Conference Updates

We are getting closer to AEFP's 46th Annual Conference (March 17-19th, 2021)! In this email, we have information about our conference keynote panel, AEFP game nights, and AEFP challenges.

Keynote Announcement

We are pleased to announce the keynote panel for the 46th annual conference. The keynote will take place from 5-6pm EST on Thursday, March 18, as part of AEFP's general session. In line with the conference theme, Promoting Equity and Opportunity Through Education Policy Research, we are pleased to present:

The Gary B. Right to Literacy Case and the role of Impact Litigation in Education Policy and Advocacy


Jamarria Hall
Student plaintiff in the lawsuit

Dr. Elizabeth Moje
George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Dean, School of Education, University of Michigan College of Education

Mark Rosenbaum
Lead Legal Counsel

Dr. Nikkolai Vitti
Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Moderated by: 
Kristine Bowman, Professor of Law and Education Policy, Michigan State University

Conference Challenges

Even though we aren't seeing everyone in person this year, it doesn't mean we can't have fun. This year we have challenges to keep up the fun outside of the formal conference - and there are prizes! We will have 6 challenges for AEFP this year:

#AEFPeats - post a photo of your new baking, cooking, or meal prep skills by showing us what you are eating during the conference. Extra points for an AEFP-themed entry. Bon appetit! This challenge will be judged by AEFP recent past-president Sue Dynarski!

#petsofAEFP - we are bringing back this favorite from last year. Post a photo of your pet(s) during the conference. No pets? You can get creative! This challenge will be judged by AEFP recent past-president Dan Goldhaber!

#AEFPbingo - classic conference game, with a virtual twist. You can get a custom bingo at the start of the conference. The more you play, the better chance you have to win.

#AEFPoems - this one is in honor of Past President Carrie Conaway's impressive poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at AEFP from a few years ago. Show us your rhyming (or not) skills for a chance to win. All poems welcome. This challenge will be judged by AEFP recent past-president David Figlio!

#socksofAEFP - wacky socks at AEFP will continue to be a tradition, even if we cannot see them in person. Post a photo of your best socks during the conference for a chance to win. This challenge will be judged by AEFP recent past-president Dominic Brewer!

#AEFPzooms - We've all gotten really good at finding zoom backgrounds to reflect our virtual personalities. Show us what you've got by posting a photo/screen shot of your zoom background during the conference. This challenge will be judged by AEFP recent past-president Carrie Conaway!

Challenges will be hosted on Twitter, with options to submit your photos via email too. More details soon.

Looking for More Conference Fun?

Know a bunch of random facts? This one is for you - join us for #AEFPTrivia, called by our former Executive Director, Angie Hull.  We'll put you into teams and let you get to know other AEFP members while showing off your trivia knowledge! This event will take place at 5:30pm EST on Wednesday March 17th.

Past-president Carrie Conaway will host a virtual Charty Party - think Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, but with charts (we know, perfect for #AEFPers, right?). This event will take place at 6:30 pm EST on Thursday, March 18th following the general session.

Let us know if you are coming to either of these two events here (this is not required, but is helpful planning purposes).

AEFP 5K Run/Walk/Roll Reminder

Final call for registrations! Want to run/walk/roll (or some other creative form of movement) with us virtually during the conference. Sign up for our inaugural AEFP 5K #AEFPruns here. Once you sign up, post your training run/walk/roll/xc ski/snowshoe/rollerblade/skateboarding/whatever pics on social media using the tag #AEFPruns!

Registration Reminder

Be sure to register to access the full program and attend all sessions during the conference. Registration details can be found here. Note: on March 1, the Oxford Abstracts system will only be accessible for those who have completed registration. An abridged version of the program will be fully accessible on the AEFP website.