AERA Success: Christie-Belle Garcia

At this year’s AERA, Dr. Margo Jackson reported that Christie-Belle Garcia gave an apt and engaging presentation, titled “Underrepresented Undergraduate Minority Students in STEM Negotiating Racial and Ethnic Microaggressions.” This presentation was based on her capstone project that she and Dr. Jackson will soon submit for publication review.


AERA Travel Scholarships

Division K will award ten $300 travel scholarships to early career scholars and advanced doctoral students in financial need who will be presenting a paper at the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX in April.

Applicants must be members of Division K.

Requests should include the following information:

  1. Name, title, and institutional affiliation.
  2. Contact information, including mailing address, phone and email address.
  3. An abbreviated CV (no more than 3 pages).
  4. Copy of AERA acceptance note for paper proposal.
  5. Title of your paper presentation and a short abstract of your paper.
  6. A brief description of your need for travel assistance.

Send materials as ONE PDF document to :Dr. Gholnecsar Muhammad, Division K Affirmative Action Chair.

Deadline for submission: March 3 at 5:00PM EST.  Notifications will be made by March 15.

Media Literacy Conference Proposal Opportunity

Brooklyn College is hosting their first annual Digital EngAGEment conference entitled “Media Literacy in the 21st Century” on May 5, 2017.

They are seeking proposals for the conference discussing media literacy, activism and participation in the digital environment.

Deadline for submission is February 21st.

For more information and for submission portal, click here.

New Article – Dr. Ness and Susan Chambre

Congratulations to Dr. Molly Ness and CLAIR student Susan Chambre!

Their article, “Orthographic Facilitation of First Graders’ Vocabulary Learning with and without Print Referencing” has been accepted into Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

This article is the outcome of Susan Chambre’s Capstone research compiled during her coursework in the CLAIR program.  It began with a pilot project for a course, became the basis of her Capstone project and eventually became the focus of her dissertation.


Chambre, S., Ehri, L., & Ness, M. (2017). Orthographic facilitation of first graders’ vocabulary learning with and without print referencing. Reading & Writing: An interdisciplinary journal, 30(1), 1-20, doi:10.1007/s11145-016-9715-z

Spotlight: Natalie Madison


Natalie Madison, a current CLAIR student, presented at the 2015 New York State Association for Bilingual Education conference about teaching strategies for teachers of English Language Learners with disabilities.  She developed and presented a session entitled Building Independence and Confidence in Reading: Engaging Stations for Elementary Bilingual Special Education Students.

In addition, Natalie’s response piece was accepted for publication in the NYS TESOL journal.  Natalie’s current research focuses on issues of teacher retention and how they are related to burnout, efficacy, educational equity, and student achievement. She hopes to investigate the unique challenges that special education and bilingual teachers face in the classroom in her future research projects.

Congratulations Natalie!

CLAIR Research Teams Present at AERA

IMG_7580Congratulations are in order to the CLAIR research teams who presented at the AERA conference from April 10-12, 2016. This multiple-cohort effort illustrates the commitment students and faculty have to conducting timely, relevant research in contemporary learning issues, and sharing it with a national audience.

Two separate sessions addressed the use of digital tools in elementary classrooms and their impact on student engagement and learning. The first session titled The Impact of Mobile Technology Integration on Elementary School Students’ Academic Engagement featured CLAIR students Susan Chambre, Jaymie Green, and Carmina Marcial on behalf of a multi-cohort team.  Sara Skluzacek and Jaymie Green presented a paper at the second session titled Integrating Mobile Technology Into Instruction in Elementary Classrooms: Impact on Student Engagement and Learning.  The team was lead by CLAIR faculty Dr. Kristen Turner and Dr. Akane Zusho.

These sessions were the product of ongoing CLAIR faculty and cohort collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research courses and research modules. Cohort 2 students collected the data while enrolled in Interdisciplinary Research in 2013-2014. While enrolled in research module courses in Spring and Summer 2015, students from cohorts 1, 2, and 3 collaborated to analyze the data.

In addition, Dr. Jane Bolgatz and CLAIR students Tamar Brown, Susan Chambre, and Enrique Figueroa led a roundtable discussion titled Institutional Factors Impacting Black Students’ Success at an Elite Private Elementary School. This collaborative work showcases a workgroup for faculty research.

Congratulations to these CLAIR students and faculty presenters!


Faculty & Students to Present at AERA

Will you be attending the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference? Fordham University faculty and students will be well-represented this year with 20 distinct sessions from April 9-12. CLAIR faculty and students will facilitate the following presentations:

Session Name Presenters Date and Time
The Impact of Mobile Technology Integration on Elementary School Students’ Academic Engagement Sean Adcroft; Susan Chambre; Tomasita Ortiz; Staci Tedrow; Jaymie Greene; Sara Skluzacek; Carmina Marcial; Dr. Kristen Turner; Dr. Akane Zusho Sunday, April 10, 8:15-9:45 am
Integrating Mobile Technology Into Instruction in Elementary Classrooms: Impact on Student Engagement and Learning Jaymie Greene; Sara Skluzacek; Susan Chambre; Tomasita Ortiz; Staci Tedrow; Carmina Marcial; Dr. Kristen Turner; Dr. Akane Zusho Monday, April 11, 7:45-9:15 am
Do-It-Yourself Science: An Urban High School Teacher Develops Student Self-Regulation Dr. Rhonda Bondie; Dr. Akane Zusho Monday, April 11, 2:15-3:45 pm
Assessing Adolescents’ Motivation to Read (Poster Session 13, Motivation in Education, Poster #36) Lauren Zucker Monday, April 11, 4:30-6:00 pm
Institutional Factors Impacting Black Students’ Success at an Elite Private Elementary School (Roundtable #57) Dr. Jane Bolgatz; Tamar Brown; Susan Chambre; Enrique Figueroa Tuesday, April 12, 2:15-3:45 pm

For additional information about these sessions and other presentations, please visit AERA.