Virtual Forum of the Florida Educational Research Association (FERA)

Educational Research in Urgent Times 

November 19-20, 2020; 11:45 to 4:00

Conference Description:

For the first time in its over 50-year history, the Florida Educational Research Association will offer a two-day virtual forum on Educational Research in Urgent Times in lieu of a face-to-face conference. In the middle of a global pandemic that has laid bare so may racial, social, health, and environmental injustices, we seek a forum that provokes thought, dialogue, and action on these urgent issues. The conference will feature speakers and panels on the challenges of conducting research and teaching during the pandemic, addressing and opposing racism in education and educational research, and the status of the Florida state-wide school assessment for the 2020/21 school year.


Also Featuring…

*K-12 Teacher Panel on Teaching in COVID times!
*Graduate Student Paper Sessions!
*Graduate Student Business Meeting!
*FERA Business Meeting!


Register for the Virtual Forum

FERA Membership dues cover the cost of registration. Dues are $15 for graduate students and $40 for non-student, regular members. Registration is free for all Virtual Forum participants.


DAY 1: November 19, 2020

Keynote Address, 12:00-1:00 EST
Title: “Write About…”
Presenters: Johnny Saldaña (Arizona State University)

Invited Panel, 1:00-2:00 EST
Title: Educational Research under COVID: Now and Beyond
Presenters: Mandy Clark (Impact FL), Cassandra Coddington (The New Teacher Project), Chris Curran (University of Florida), David Hersh (Proving Ground, Harvard University), Mirka Koro (Arizona State University), Craig Mertler (Arizona State University)

Keynote Address, 3:00-4:00 EST
Title: Florida Statewide Assessment Updates
Presenters: Susie Lee (Florida Department of Education)

DAY 2: November 20, 2020

Invited Panel, 1:00-2:00 EST
Title: Education and Activist against Racism in Florida
Presenters: Camille Lewis (Florida State University), James Hernandez (Florida State University), Erik Rawls (Florida State University, Tamara Bertrand Jones (Florida State University), Alysia Roehrig (Florida State University), Cheron H. Davis (Florida A&M University), Krystal Bush (Florida A&M University)

Keynote Address, 2:00-3:00 EST
Title: “Even the Concept Paper was White:” Addressing Systemic Racism in Educational Research
Presenters: Brenda Walker (University of South Florida)


Previous Announcements:

65th Annual Meeting of the Florida Educational Research Association (FERA)
at The Westshore Grand in Tampa, FL
November 17-19, 2021

In an abundance of caution and in these uncertain times, the Board has made the difficult decision to move the annual conference to November 17-19, 2021 at The Westshore Grand, Tampa.  We are in the process of exploring virtual alternatives.

Join us for the 65th annual meeting of the Florida Educational Research Association (FERA) at the The Westshore Grand in Tampa, FL. The annual conference includes a professional development session for educational researchers, several concurrent presentation sessions on a wide variety of educational research topics, a graduate student poster session, receptions, coffee breaks, and the annual business meeting and awards luncheon. FERA is one of the oldest state-level educational research professional associations in the United States.  Meet university professors, K-12 district assessment and evaluation directors, educational administrators, state educational representatives, teachers, and graduate students from across the state of Florida.