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Two GSE professors win national education research awards

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Two GSE professors win national education research awards

The AERA honored Thomas S. Dee and Guillermo Solano-Flores at its annual conference.

Two Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) professors, Thomas S. Dee and Guillermo Solano-Flores, have been recognized by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for their contributions to the field.

The AERA honored Dee and Solano-Flores, along with other award recipients, during its 2024 annual meeting April 11-14 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. 

“We are pleased to present the 2024 awards to this commendable and exemplary group of education scholars and champions,” AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine said in a statement. “They each have contributed tremendously to education research, across all career stages and fields, that have made and continue to make a difference in the lives of students and educators.”

GSE Professor Thomas Dee

GSE Professor Thomas Dee

Dee received the AERA's Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award, which honors scholars who excel at conveying findings to wide audiences and demonstrate the capacity to communicate the importance of education research to the larger populace.

"I'm deeply grateful for this award and, more generally, for the AERA's recognition that the public communication of education research matters," Dee said. "I believe one of the most important challenges — and greatest opportunities — in education involves closing the often substantial gaps between what researchers have learned and what practitioners know and do. Broader communication and public engagement by researchers is a critical component of closing these research-practice gaps." 

Dee's research focuses largely on the use of quantitative methods to inform contemporary issues of public policy and practice. 

GSE Professor Guillermo Solano-Flores received AERA's Robert L. Linn Distinguished Address Award.

GSE Professor Guillermo Solano-Flores

Solano-Flores received the Robert L. Linn Distinguished Address Award, which honors a scholar whose work bridges educational measurement and other areas of research, creating widespread positive impact in the field of education measurement. His research focuses on the intersection of assessment, cultural and linguistic diversity, and fairness, especially as it relates to the testing of U.S. students who are not proficient in English, students from different countries in the context of international comparisons, and students with disabilities.

"I am happy to receive an award that honors Bob Linn, a great scholar who modeled for us how measurement specialists should pay attention to social issues and policy," Solano-Flores said.

Faculty mentioned in this article: Thomas S. Dee, Guillermo Solano-Flores

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