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Distinguished Paper Award

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The Georgia Educational Research Association (GERA) participates in the Distinguished Paper Session sponsored by the State and Regional Educational Research Associations (SRERA), an affiliate of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Participation requires state and regional associations to select a distinguished paper that reflects the high quality of research presented at state and regional conferences. The winner of the GERA Distinguished Paper Award this year is guaranteed a slot at a SRERA session at next year’s AERA annual meeting.

2021 Winner

Lisa D. Thompson, Ed.D.
Georgia State University

“Literacy Leadership: How One Principal Promoted Literacy Scholarship in an Urban School”

Lisa D. Thompson has been an educator for over twenty-two years, spending fifteen years in the classroom, four years as an Instructional Coach, and five years as an Assistant Principal of Instruction. She graduated from Georgia State University in May 2021, earning an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

You are required to check the option of the Distinguished Paper Award during the proposal submission process if you want to be considered for this award. Selecting this option will generate an e-mail containing the link for submitting your paper. You will then submit your paper (maximum 2500 words, excluding title page, references, and appendices) via Digital Commons by the stated due date. Papers that exceed the maximum word count will not be reviewed for the award.

Registration for the GERA Conference is required. The author must present the winning paper at the GERA Conference and at next year’s AERA Meeting. Papers may have more than one author. Individuals may be the first author on only one paper being considered for this award. In addition, the same paper can only be submitted for one GERA award, i.e., the same paper cannot be considered for both the Distinguished Paper Award and the Outstanding Student Research Award. Recipients of this award become ineligible for this award for a period of three years.

Note: AERA registration will only be paid for the first author and only one certificate will be given.

Criteria for selecting a winning paper will be the same as used by reviewers of various scholarly journals publishing articles related to educational research. A wide variety of topics and research methods pertaining to educational research are appropriate for this competition.

Last updated: 10/7/2021