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 Pre-Conference Workshops 

Pre-Conference Registration Deadline: September 26, 2017

Pre-conference workshops will be offered on Monday, October 23. All participants who would like to attend a workshop must pre-register for the session by September 26, 2017. 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 Monday, October 23:

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 FY17. Others who may find the workshop useful include new awardees in FY16 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 – 5:00 p.m.
Workshop B: Moving It On Up
Advance Registration Required:  Fee - $50

This workshop will focus on strategies that projects relatively new to ATE might use to "move it on up" to larger ATE-supported efforts or S-STEM projects.  It will use materials initially created from a roundtable discussion at the 2016 ATE Conference and further developed by ATE program officers and PIs. A wide variety of examples will be used to demonstrate the many ways that PIs have graduated from small grants to more comprehensive efforts. One or more specific proposals that have been funded will be "mock reviewed" and discussed. The workshop will be facilitated by ATE program officers and grantees who have moved from initial small grants to larger efforts.

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Workshop C: Integrating Research and Professional Skills in the Community College Curriculum
Advance Registration and Ticket Required: Fee - $50.00

Industry is no longer hiring employees solely based on technical skills. Industry is looking for employees that also have 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity as well as the ability to communicate effectively and work in teams. It is the challenge of community colleges to not only prepare students from a technical perspective but to also equip them with a library of nontechnical skills that will propel their career. Integration of these nontechnical skills into standard courses or programs is one approach for providing students with these skills as well as providing opportunities that are outside of the formal classroom and laboratory. Use of industry or academic-based research projects allow students to plan, organize, and execute tasks; work as a team; and learn project management and communication skills. This workshop will discuss various approaches, lessons learned, and share the pros and cons from programs implementing these activities. Participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for implementation into specific classes or programs of interest to them.

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Workshop D: Tools to Recruit and Retain - Spatial Representation of Student and Community Demographics
Advance Registration and Ticket Required:  Fee - $50.00

Demographics play a major role in the understanding of people based upon where they live. Demographics influence the very fabric of everyday lives, including how well students do in an educational environment.  Unlike four-year higher education institutions, in which the students move to the institutional location, two-year college students are residential to their communities. This hands-on workshop will explore the concepts of student demographics and how to determine the demographical characteristics of students for the institution or program. The concepts to be covered include: (1) geocoding (linking addresses to locations),
(2) tabular joining (combing a table with a polygon shape), (3) spatial joining (counting the number of students in an area), and (4) data selection (query).
The workshop will utilize free open source software, data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and address-based information. Participants will need to have a laptop with the ability to connect to Wi Fi and a free geospatial software package, which will be provided prior to the workshop. Helpful hints will also be provided to assist in cleaning up data prior to using it in a demographical analysis.  

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  
Workshop E:  Effective Strategies for Evaluation Reporting*
Advance Registration and Ticket Required:  Fee - $50.00 

All ATE projects and centers must be evaluated and the results of these evaluations must be reported to NSF and other key stakeholders. ATE principal investigators, project and center staff, and evaluators who attend this workshop will learn: (1) what information should be included in evaluation reports (and what to leave out!), (2) simple strategies to enhance the utility and impact of reports through visual design, and (3) how to turn reporting requirements into opportunities to enhance dissemination and demonstrate intellectual merit. Participants will receive practical tools they can use in their projects to maximize the impact of their evaluations and evaluation reports.

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

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