CERA/ACCÉ 2017 Conference Sessions and Highlights

Dear CERA Members:

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming conferencing in Toronto from May 27-30, 2017. CERA has prepared a wonderful program of diverse sessions including a pre-conference workshop, keynote presentation by Dr. Richard Wolfe (OISE/UT), symposium panels, paper presentations, and a graduate student social! Please find attached a short program highlighting CERA’s conference sessions. I’d especially like to draw your attention to the following main events:
CERA/ACCÉ Pre-Conference Workshop Saturday, May 27 @ 1:30-4:30 pm HE- Kerr East 119
Qualitative Data Analysis on a Budget
CERA/ACCÉ Graduate Student Social Saturday, May 27 @ 5:00-6:30 pm
Hair of the Dog Pub, 425 Church St.
CERA/ACCÉ Presidential Address: Dr. Richard Wolfe (OISE-UT) Timeslot 17: May 30 @ 11:15 in ENG LG 06
CERA/ACCÉ AGM, Awards Reception, & Lunch Timeslot 18: May 30 @ 12:15 in ENG LG 06 
Safe travels to Toronto! See you all soon!
Chris DeLuca
President: Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association

Preconference Workshop at CES: Social Innovation meets Public Sector – Developmental Evaluation Guides Transformation

What: Learning Processes and Tools for Use in DE
When:  April 30, 2017, Canadian Evaluation Society
For more information, visit:


What does it mean to conduct evaluation processes and practices in the public sector in the 21st century? It means measuring and monitoring a moving target when complexity, adaptation, and innovation are the norm in providing programs and services to the changing realities of society. Processes of learning are foundational to developmental evaluation (DE) to support social innovation and program development.

The half-day workshop just before the conference begins, Learning Processes and Tools for Use in DE, April 30th, will provide an overview of the principles of developmental evaluation and introduce process learning tools that have been used by seasoned evaluators to guide the development, sustainability, and effectiveness of program intervention.

Learn more about how the principles of developmental evaluation facilitates social innovation in the public sector in Kuji-Shikatani, K., Gallagher, M. J., Franz, R., & Börner, M. (2016) “Leadership support for developmental evaluative thinking: The example of the Ontario Ministry of Education” in Patton, M. Q., McKegg, K., & Wehipeihana, N., Developmental evaluation exemplars: Principles in practice (pp. 252-270). New York, N.Y.: Guilford


Dr. Keiko Kuji-Shikatani (CE) and Ms Megan Börner are both internal evaluators in the Ontario Ministry of Education. 

Pre-Conference Workshop

Consider attending this year’s pre-conference CERA workshop: “Qualitative Data Analysis on a Budget”
Can’t decide between NVivo, Atlas and MaxQDA? You may not need specialized software to analyze documents or transcripts for research purposes. In this workshop, we will discuss the decisions that researchers need to make when analyzing qualitative data and will demonstrate a variety of effective, but low cost approaches. This workshop is open to all CSSE members and valuable for graduate students and faculty members alike!
Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Room: KHE – Kerr East 119
Time: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Cost: Students – $20; Faculty -$30
To Register Click: (English) or (French). Then log into your Member Services and select the CERA workshop from the “Registrations” dropdown menu.
This half-day workshop will be presented by Olesya Falenchuk (OISE-UT), Susan Elgie (Independent Researcher) and Ruth Childs (OISE-UT).

CREATE Conference: Call for Proposals

As the president of the Consortium for Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) I would like to take this opportunity to invite you and members of your Faculty to present at the 26th Annual CREATE conference. This year the conference will be held in Virginia Beach from October 5-7. This conference attracts leading National and International researchers, and it is a great opportunity for researchers and educational professionals within the region to meet and discuss important issues related to educational evaluation and teacher effectiveness.

As you can see below, this year’s theme is one of growing importance in public education. WIth participation from members of your faculty, the conversations will be even richer and have a greater impact on future research, practices, and policies.

CREATE Conference 2017
October 5-7, 2017
Virginia Beach, VA
Effective Teaching, Assessment, and School Leadership for the 21st Century:
Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Character, and Citizenship

We are pleased to announce that the CREATE Conference 2017 Call for Proposals is now open. The Conference will take place in Virginia Beach, VA, at the DoubleTree Hotel from October 5 – October 7, 2017. Internationally renowned speakers in the field, the Jason Millman Award, the Achilles-Harper-Swenson Emerging Researcher Award, and the doctoral poster session will be featured highlights, along with presentations by educational researchers and practitioners.

To access the Call for Proposals, please use the following link: Be sure to share this information with your colleagues. Please submit your proposal on or before April 30, 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Don Klinger, CREATE President,
Doug Wren CREATE President Elect,

Nominations for Elections

In advance of our CERA Annual Business Meeting in Toronto we would like to hold an election for three upcoming vacancies on the CERA Executive. Please consider putting forward your name for one of these three positions:

1. President Elect
Description: to assist the President and act in place of the President should the President resign or be unavailable. Term: 2 years

2. Executive Officer

Description: involves custody and maintenance of the records of the Association, preparation of financial reports and reporting of financial records at the Annual Business Meeting, and other duties as are assigned by the President or Executive from time to time. Term: 2 years.

3. Communications Officer: 

Description: to maintain communication via website and email of Association news and events to the membership. Term: 2 years.

Should you be interested in any of these positions, please submit your name and a brief bio (150 words) to the CERA President, Christopher DeLuca (, by March 30th. Please visit the following website for additional information on these positions and the association:  Once nominations are received, an electronic ballot will be sent to all CERA members for a vote by May 1st. Announcement of successful candidates will be made at the CERA Annual Business Meeting.

En prévision de notre assemblée générale annuelle de l’ACCÉ à Toronto, nous aimerions solliciter des candidatures pour trois postes vacants sur l’exécutif de l’ACCÉ. Ces positions sont les suivantes:

1. Président désigné ou présidente désignée

Description: assister le président ou la présidente et assumer la présidence si le président ou la présidente remet sa démission ou n’est pas disponible. Durée du mandat: 2 ans.

  1. Agent administratif ou agente administrative

Description: assurer la garde et la tenue des dossiers de l’Association; préparer les rapports financiers; exécuter les autres tâches que lui confie le président ou la présidente ou le bureau de direction selon les besoins. Durée du mandat : 2 ans.

  1. Responsable des communications

Description: assurer la diffusion des nouvelles de l’Association, dont la tenue de divers événements, par le biais du site Web de l’Association et de courriels. Durée du mandat: 2 ans.

Si vous êtes intéressé par l’une de ces positions, s’il vous plaît soumettre votre nom et une brève biographie (150 mots) au Président de l’ACCÉ, Christopher DeLuca (, d’ici le 30 mars. Une fois que les candidatures seront reçues, un ballot électronique sera envoyé à tous les membres de l’ACCÉ pour un vote par le 1 mai. L’annonce des gagnants sera faite à la l’assemblée générale annuelle.

Conference: Call for Proposals

On behalf of the CSSE Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to invite faculty, staff and graduate students from your institution to submit a presentation proposal for the 2017 CSSE Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario on 27 – 31 May 2017 (pre-conferences on 27 May 2017). Held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, this bilingual conference provides an opportunity for discussion of educational issues among practitioners and educational scholars from across the nation. We encourage participative sessions in various formats including themed, symposium/panel, small round table, multiple paper, single paper, and poster (featuring the use of graphic or other multimedia material). Presentation proposals can be submitted 26 August 2016 – 1 October 2016 by going to our website:
Au nom du conseil d’administration de la SCÉÉ, je tiens à profiter de cette occasion pour inviter les membres du corps professoral, le personnel et les étudiants de votre établissement à soumettre une proposition de communication pour le congrès annuel 2017 de la SCÉÉ, qui aura lieu à Toronto, en Ontario du 27 au 31 mai 2017 (précongrès au 27 mai 2017). Tenu dans le cadre du Congrès des sciences humaines, notre congrès bilingue fournit, aux praticiens et aux chercheurs à l’œuvre un peu partout au pays, l’occasion de se réunir afin de débattre de questions touchant à l’éducation. Nous encourageons le recours à des séances participatives de divers types : séances thématiques, colloques/discussions en groupe, groupement de plusieures communications libres, et présentations visuelles (à l’aide de matériel graphique ou multimédia, par exemple). Les propositions de communication peuvent être soumises entre le 26 août et le 1er octobre 2016 par le biais de notre site Web au

CERA 2016 Program

We look forward to seeing many of you in a couple of weeks at CSSE in Calgary. In addition to a variety of paper presentations, we wanted to share with you some highlights from the CERA program. Please check the next version of the CSSE program for event locations.

Saturday May 28th

CERA Preconference Workshops
We are pleased to announce two pre-conference workshops. All are welcome to register and attend! Register at:

Workshop 1: Using the Pan-Canadian Assessment (PCAP) Databases for Large-scale Education Studies. Offered by Dr. Kathryn O’Grady at 8:15am
Workshop 2: From SPSS to R: An emerging migration! Offered by Dr. Amin Mousavi at 1:30pm

Sunday May 29th

12:15-1:15 – CERA Special Panel Session: View from the Top: Research Perspectives of Established Scholars
This session brings well-respected scholars from across Canada to share their insights on the advancement of educational research. This year we are honoured to be joined by Drs. Nancy Arthur (University of Calgary), Ruth Childs (University of Toronto), Don Klinger (Queen’s University), and Todd Rogers (University of Alberta) to discuss their views of research in educational assessment, program evaluation, and research methodology. This session will be led by a group of emerging scholars and graduate students to help create rich learning experiences that help direct our field towards new areas of research.

Monday May 30th

11:15-12:00 – CERA Presidential Address by Dr. Jacqueline Leighton: Growing the Assessment Triangle to Include Explanation
The field of educational measurement has and continues to make significant advances in the precision of its tools. However, the field lags behind in advancing solid explanations for test scores that reflect the complexity of learning, including cognitive and socio-emotional variables. While some focus on advances at the margins of accuracy of estimation, we fail stakeholders with vague accounts of the underlying causes of test scores and procedures to predict their change.

12:15-2:45 – CERA Lunch & Annual General Meeting (AGM)(double time slot)


Tuesday May 31st

4:30-5:45 – CERA Graduate Student Session: Getting Your Research Published: A Panel on Academic and Alternative Publishing Venues and How to Leverage them Effectively
If you think getting published in a journal is difficult – try submitting to the Huffington Post! Publishing across a range of media is vital for ensuring that your research has maximum impact.  Clearly, publishing in the Canadian Journal of Education requires different writing than an editorial in the Globe and Mail, but how is it different? And how can you maximize your chances of being published in both academic and popular media?  This session will feature a panel of academics, writers, and journalists who will explore different publication venues and how they can be used effectively to promote and mobilize your research.

Safe Travels to Calgary!
Eugene Kowch, CERA Program Chair and
Christopher DeLuca, CERA President


Job Announcement: Coordinator – Quality Assurance

Dubai – Higher Colleges of Technology: The Quality Assurance Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Head of Quality Assurance to lead the Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation quality management systems for the HCT. The incumbent collaborates with Faculty Academic Teams to plan, capture and record the information requirements for accreditation and benchmarking activities. He / She develops and maintains institution wide quality assurance data that aligns with the HCT institutional effectiveness framework and strategic initiatives. For more information on this position contact: HERVEEN SINGH –

CERA Workshops

Dear CERA Members:

We are excited to announce this year’s CERA Pre-conference Workshops. We are offering two workshops on Saturday May 28th:

1. From SPSS to R: An emerging migration! Offered by Dr. Amin Mousavi

2. Using the Pan-Canadian Assessment (PCAP) Databases for Large-scale Eduction Studies. Offered by Dr. Kathryn O’Grady

Workshops cost $30 each. You can register for the workshops at:
For additional details, contact the CERA Program Chair Dr. Eugene Kowch:

Graduate Student Travel Awards

Dear CERA Student Members:

The Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association (CERA) is pleased to offer a limited number of $200 travel grants to support graduate students presenting their original research findings in a CERA session at the 2016 Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Conference. If you are a student member of CERA and will be presenting your research at the annual CSSE conference, you are invited to complete the application for consideration of a CERA travel grant – please email for the application form. Please submit your application electronically to the CERA President, Christopher DeLuca (, by May 6th, 2016. Travel grant recipients will be notified in early May and will be presented their grants at the CERA AGM at the annual CSSE Conference.