Annual Conference

CERA connects individuals across the state and nation through its annual conference in order to improve education. The 2018 CERA annual conference will be held in Anaheim, California from November 12th-14th at the Disneyland Hotel.

Educational researchers may submit for consideration original proposals that have not been published or presented at another professional meeting. If the proposal is accepted, the lead author must join CERA, all presenters must pay the conference fees, and present at the conference.

Proposals for the upcoming 2018 meeting will be accepted early Spring.  The program will consist of papers and other formats for educational research presentations that have been accepted by the review committee. All submissions will be reviewed by at least two board members, who represent scholars or practitioners in the field of education.

Session Formats

General Session

Description: General sessions include presentations highlighting research in progress in the field of education, results of a research study already completed, or practices that are improving instruction for students in California. These presentations will be 45-minutes in length.

Evaluation Criteria: All submissions will be reviewed by at least two CERA members.  General session proposals will be evaluated according to: (a) the significance of the problem or issue to the field; (b) appropriateness of the application or the findings or the practices; (c) the originality of the work.

Partnership Session

Description: Partnership sessions will include presentations highlighting partnerships that are positively affecting educational practice. For example, a university with a school district, a school district with another school district, a school district with a private vendor/non-profit organization, or regional collaboration/consortium. Representatives from both partnerships should be a part of the presentation.  These presentations will be 90-minutes in length.

Evaluation Criteria: All submissions will be reviewed by at least two CERA members.  Partnership session proposals will be evaluated according to: (a) the significance of the problem or issue to the field; (b) appropriateness of the application or the findings or the practices; (c) the originality of the work; (d) the level of collaboration in the work.


Past Keynotes and Conference Program Materials

November 29-December 1, 2017
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA

96th Annual Conference
Improving Education through Partnership:
Sharing Ideas, Connecting Systems, and Creating Solutions

Conference Program


Fostering Systemic Capacity and Coherence for Deeper Learning: English Learners as a Leading Indicator with Robert Linquanti
Lead your School to a Championship like the Warriors! with Golden State Warriors manager of basketball analytics, Sammy Gelfand
Formative Assessment, Continuous Improvement & Beyond, Formative Assessment Panel with Brent Duckor


November 30-December 2, 2016
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento, CA

95th Annual Conference
A New Era of Accountability in California: “CAPITOLizing” on Lessons from the Past to Inform the Future 

Conference Program


December 2-4, 2015
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA

94th Annual Conference
Creating Magic in the Classroom:  Inspiring Innovation, Igniting Imagination and Instilling Leadership

Conference Program

“#FutureReady Leaders Prepare the Next Generation” with Dr. Lisa Gonzales and Dr. Devin Vodicka
Edges of Innovation in our Schools” by Milton Chen
“InspirEd Leaders as Designers” by Lisa Kay Solomon and Erik Burmeister – Part 1, Part 2
“Future of Education in California’ with Deb Sigman, Scott Hill, Robert Sheffield and Ilene Straus


December 3-5, 2014
Paradise Point Hotel, San Diego, CA

93rd Annual Conference
Building California’s Future:  Strategies for Achieving Coherence Among Standards, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation

Conference Program

Keynote Speakers:
Rebecca Mieliwocki
Rich Mayer
Stewart Donaldson


December 5-6, 2013
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA

92nd Annual Conference
Implementing the Common Core: Opportunities, Challenges and Innovation!

Keynote Speakers:
Stanley Rabinowitz, Director of the Assessment & Standards Development Services program at WestEd

Dr. Joseph Johnson, Executive Director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) and the QUALCOMM Professor of Urban Education at San Diego State University (SDSU)

Margaret Heritage, Assistant Director for Professional Development at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing at UCLA

Deborah (Deb) Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of the District, School & Innovation Branch for the California Department of Education (CDE)

Conference Program


November 29-30, 2012
Portola Hotel and Spa, Monterey, CA

91st Annual Conference
Innovation and Expectation: New Standards, Technologies, and Approaches That Propel Learning

Conference Program

Keynote Speakers:
Deb Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction: Imagine …
Stanley Rabinowitz, WestEd: Assessment and Instructional Implications of the Common Core State Standards (Resources and events from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium are available from this link)
Kathleen Scalise, Associate Professor, University of Oregon: Innovative Item Types: Why Educators Care About the Future of Technology Enhanced Assessments
Lifetime Achievement Award: Brian Stecher, RAND: Be True to Your School


December 1 – 2, 2011
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim CA

90th Annual Conference
Bridging Research, Policy, and Practice: Opportunities and Obstacles

Conference Program

Keynote Speakers:

Deb Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction: Past, Present, and Future: Common Core State Standards, Assessments and ESEA Reauthorization

Ed Haertel, School of Education, Stanford University: Problems with the Use of Students Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers

David T. Conley, PhD, Professor, University of Oregon; CEO, EPIC: What Is College and Career Readiness?

Outstanding Paper: The Impact of Kindergarten
Entrance Age on Academic Achievement: A Longitudinal Study
, Sara Najarro, Principal
Stanton Elementary School, Glendora Unified School District

Lifetime Achievement Award: Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor, Stanford University

Additional Conference presentations and materials

Proposal Abstracts

Special thanks to our Sponsors!


Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, California
November 18-19, 2010

Deb Sigman
Laura Goe
Rick Miller


Outstanding Paper
“Factors Associated with Academic Achievement ofAcademically Talented Students: A Comparison of Four Ethnic Groups”
by: Hae Seong Park, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Doctoral Studies in Education, Azusa Pacific University

2010 Lifetime Achievement Winner, Pat McCabe, retired, California Department of Education


Sir Frances Drake Hotel
San Francisco, California
November 18-19, 2009

Conference Program

Presentation Abstracts

Conference Evaluation Summary and Comments

Keynote Speakers:
James Popham presents Assessment Literacy: A Bona Fide Magic Bullet for Education
Dylan Wiliam presents Why Is Improving Schools So Hard?

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Wendy Yen, Educational Testing Service, presents Observations from a Lifetime in Accountability

Outstanding Paper:
The Effectiveness of a Standards-Based Integrated Chemistry and Mathematics Curriculum on Improving the Academic Achievement in Chemistry for High School Students in Southern California” by Blessing Tendai Mupanduki

Special thanks to our 2009 conference sponsors!




Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Rancho Mirage, California
December 4 – 5, 2008

Conference Program

Presentation Abstracts

Keynote Speakers:
David Berliner Photo David Berliner presents The Conflict Between NCLB and Best Practices of Educators and Best Practices for Our Nation

Russell Rumberger Photo Russell Rumberger presents Resources, Policies, and Practices Needed to Improve Educational Outcomes for English Learners

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Jamal Abedi Photo Jamal Abedi, University of California, Davis

Outstanding Paper:
An Outstanding Paper was not awarded for 2008.

Special thanks to our 2008 conference sponsors!


Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa

Dana Point, California
November 29-30, 2007

A word from the CERA 2007 President

Conference Program


Ellen Forte Presented Keynote Address on: “Assessment and Accountability, Post-NCLB: the Next Generation”

Susanna Loeb Presented Keynote on: “Getting Down to Facts”

2007 CERA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: The California Educational Research Association is pleased to announce the winner of the 2007 CERA Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award is presented annually in recognition of an individual who has made innovative and lasting contributions to the field of educational research in California during a career spanning at least 20 years.

Edward H. Haertel is Professor of Education and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Stanford University

Outstanding Paper:
Effects of Principal’s Pay and Pay Satisfaction for Student Achievement at the Elementary School Level

The CERA Executive Board wishes to thank our corporate sponsors for their support and dedication to this conference. With the help of these friends of education, the CERA 2007 Conference is bound for success! Thank you!


EDS KDS RS Harcourt Assessment

Equity in Schools
Monterey, CA

Featured Speakers

Outstanding Paper:
“Color of Money Compared to Color of Principals: An Assessment of Pay for Male Elementary School Principals Varying in Surname (Hispanic vs. Non-Hispanic)”
By I. Phillip Young
University of California, Davis

Harcourt AssessmentETSCTB McGraw-Hill
Special thanks to our 2006 conference sponsors!


CERA thanks everyone for attending The 84th Annual CERA Conference
High School and Beyond
Long Beach, CA

2005 CERA Conference Program
2005 CERA Conference Poster

Outstanding Paper:
A Collective Inquiry Response to High-Stakes Accountability
By Nazanin Zargarpour
Claremont Graduate University

Special thanks to our 2005 conference sponsors!

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