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2024 President's Letter

Happy New Year from CERA!


For many of us, the first few weeks of the new year are full of reflection and new intentions. As I personally reflect on 2023, I feel tremendous gratitude for time with family, the opportunity to travel, a few completed house projects, several publications, and the connections I made through CERA. Looking ahead, I am setting intentions for 2024 to be fully present for my son as he navigates the college application process, spend more time outdoors with my partner, grow professionally, and to serve the CERA community as President of the Board.  


The CERA Board has also been reflecting on the history of the organization, the successful launch of our webinars under the leadership of Corey Greenlaw, and a sold-out conference in November 2023 at the Disneyland Resort! Kudos to Allison Hernandez and the entire Board for delivering a meaningful and inspiring convening! We are also excited about shaping the future of our organization, serving our members with opportunities for professional growth, and exploring some new conference locations!


Uplifting Research through People, Purpose, & Practice

CERA members will come together November 6-8, 2024 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, California to uplift research and celebrate the people who deeply engage in research and purposeful practice to serve the youth of California. We have only just begun conference planning, but we intend to ground the convening in our historical purpose as a research organization; to focus on sessions that are applicable to our work in assessment, accountability, and data; and to engage in the local context of South San Francisco.


We would love to hear about your reflections on CERA and your intentions for 2024. Please feel free to reach out to Members of the Board and share your thoughts. We believe in the power of data collected informally and welcome input that informs our planning!


Stay tuned to our monthly newsletters and visit our website for details about upcoming webinars, professional learning opportunities, and of course, CERA 2024!


Looking forward to an uplifting year!


Sherrie Reed, PhD

President, California Educational Research Association

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