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Pre-Conference Registration Deadline: September 27, 2012

Pre-conference workshops will be offered on Wednesday, October 24.  All participants who would like to attend a workshop must pre-register for the session by September 27, 2012.  You can pick up your pre-conference workshop tickets at conference registration. All pre-conference workshops have a registration fee of $50.00. 

Workshop Registration: You may register for the pre-conference workshops online by going to the Conference Registration page or you can download and return the Conference Registration Form provided below.

Pre-Conference Workshop Descriptions for Wednesday, October 24

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Workshop A: Getting Started (Recommended for New Grantees or New Project Personnel)

Advance Registration and Ticket Required: Fee - $50.00

This workshop is recommended for all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and other team members involved in newly awarded projects and centers in FY12. Others who may find the workshop useful include new awardees in FY11 and other project personnel from prior years who have recently become involved in ATE projects and centers. The workshop will be divided into three parts: (1) ATE Program Issues. Topics to be covered include reporting requirements such as annual and final reports, working with NSF program officers, changes in project personnel or scope, data collection, FastLane and other reporting systems, use of Advisory Boards and National Visiting Committees, preparing project highlights for NSF and others, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), and many other relevant topics. (2) Financial Management and Grant Management Issues. This section will focus on financial accounting issues and discuss in detail problems often seen in monitoring visits such as participant support, time and effort accounting, subawardees, record keeping, changes in scope, overload, and use of consultants. (3) Evaluation. This segment will address building in evaluation from the start of your project or center. The ATE program has an annual survey of all projects and centers that have been active for more than one year. Additional evaluation topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to, evaluation design, methods and instrumentation, resources for learning about productive evaluation, the roles of internal and external evaluators, and evaluation challenges. 

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Workshop B: Industry Partnerships - An Essential Ingredient to Ensure Technicians Are
Workforce Ready
Advance Registration and Ticket Required: Fee - $50.00 

The ultimate goal of technican education is to ensure that graduates have the right skills to be workforce-ready for high-wage positions.  This goal requires Business and Industry to lead, not just advise.  This workshop features "best-in-class" unique approaches to industry leadership of educational programs as used by four ATE centers:  Convergence Technology Center (CTC), Boston-area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC), Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), and the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education National Resource Cener (SCATE).  The session will also feature guidance and commentary from Brian Kelly, editor and organizer of the U. S. News and World Reports recent STEM Summit.  Attendees will leave with a customized plan for incorporating at least one new approach for more effectively working with industry. 


1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Workshop C: To Be Continued - A Hands-On Approach to Sustaining Grant-Funded Projects
Advance Registration and Ticket Required: Fee - $50.00

In this interactive workshop, participants will get a chance to discuss the all too common challenges associated with sustaining the valuable efforts and deliverables of their ATE projects and centers throughout the life cycle of their grant.  Facilitated brainstorming and conversation will take place in a roundtable format, with participants selecting the topics of most interest to them--whether it's writing a solid sustainability plan for a proposal, defining sustainability, or examining strategies for integrating the work being done into your home institution. ATE PIs, along with experts from outside the ATE community, will share their expertise, proven practices, and lessons learned as a means to stimulate discussion and practical, yet creative approaches to sustainability issues.

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Workshop D: Leveraging Online Video to Bring Your Information to the World
Advance Registration and Ticket Required:  Fee - $50.00

Online video is changing the way people learn and process information. This workshop will look at the current state of online video, offer practical advice from a panel of experts on how to incorporate online video into your day-to-day operations, and provide hands-on instruction in basic video production using tools that are easily at your disposal. The session will include production of a brief video. Attendees need to bring their own laptops.

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  
Workshop E: ATE Evaluation - Measuring Reaction, Learning, Behavior, and Results*
Advance Registration and Ticket Required:  Fee - $50.00

In this workshop, participants will receive hands-on guidance on evaluating their ATE initiatives in practical, yet meaningful ways.  The Kirkpatrick “Levels” model for evaluation is a systematic approach for assessing a project’s quality and effectiveness in terms of participants’ satisfaction, learning of the material, application of new skills or content, and the resulting impact on performance.  Workshop attendees will learn what questions should drive data collection at each level, steps to take to obtain data of sufficient quantity and quality, and how to interpret and use evaluation results. The last hour of the session will focus on strategies for tracking program graduates to determine their employment and education outcomes.  This segment will be conducted as a panel session featuring ATE PIs who have been successful in tracking their graduates.

*EvaluATE is offering funding for evaluators to attend the ATE Conference and the ATE Evaluation Pre-Conference Workshop.  Please download the application form for further information.

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