2013 ATE Principal Investigators Conference

ATE@20: Sustaining Success and Advancing Innovation

October 23 - 25, 2013
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC

Call for Sessions

The agenda for the 2013 ATE Principal Investigators Conference offers opportunities for leaders from ATE projects and centers to conduct panel presentations and facilitate discussion sessions. Please read the session guidelines below. The submission deadline is Friday, August 23, 2013.

Session Criteria

Sessions will be selected based on their strong alignment with the conference theme, ATE@20: Sustaining Success and Advancing Innovation, and the ability of session leaders to:

  • Share case studies, experiences, promising strategies, and lessons learned that demonstrate project impact in relation to program development, leadership, dissemination, innovation, and/or sustainability.
  • Focus on learning experiences and promising strategies that are common or relevant across disciplines and different project areas.
  • Engage participants in interactive, hands-on learning activities and provide take-away resources that participants can use in their own programs.
  • Emphasize collaboration among ATE centers or projects.

Session Tracks

In keeping with the conference theme, session submissions for the 2013 ATE Conference are encouraged in the following seven tracks.

  • Track 1: ATE@20 – Sustainability, Connectivity, and “Spreading the Word”
    Examples of content in this category may include: strategies for sustaining and scaling programs; engaging partners; increasing the number of students entering and graduating from a program; developing career pathways; and marketing technical programs to external constituents such as students, secondary schools, guidance counselors, parents, funders, and/or the community.
  • Track 2: Developing STEM Leaders in Innovation
    Examples of content in this category may include: faculty development for secondary school teachers and community college faculty; methods and models for professional development; faculty externships; leadership development; and mentoring programs.
  • Track 3: Access to Success – Strategies for Teaching, Learning, and Student Support
    Examples of content in this category may include: problem or case-based learning; internships; bridge programs; dual-enrollment; online learning and its impact on physical space and classroom design; virtualization; MOOCs; assessment strategies and resources; and addressing the needs of 21st century learners.
  • Track 4: Best Practices in Administration of Programs
    Examples of content in this category may include: project and fiscal management; meeting evaluation and accountability challenges; assessment strategies, and establishing IRBs.
  • Track 5: Advancing Innovation through STEM Research
    Examples of content in this category may include: strategies for conducting institutional and educational research; partnering with four-year colleges on student learning outcomes; and integrating undergraduate research into the classroom.
  • Track 6: Business and Industry Connections - The Community College Role in Workforce and Economic Development
    Examples of content in this category may include: developing and supporting industry partnerships; responding to industry trends; addressing emerging career fields and workforce development needs; and implementing entrepreneurship and innovation strategies.
  • Track 7: Worldwide Perspectives and Practices – ATE Goes Global
    Examples of content in this category may include: international programs and practices; how to develop international partnerships; incorporating global competencies into STEM curriculum; and faculty and student exchange.

Session Formats:

Proposals will be accepted as either a: workshop session, discussion session, or breakfast roundtable as described below.

Workshop Sessions
A workshop session should involve two, but no more than three, presenters and an optional moderator. Preference will be given to sessions that involve presenters that represent different projects and centers. Session proposals that focus solely on a general report out of a project’s or center’s activities will not be accepted. The session must allow for audience participation and interaction, and share promising strategies and lessons learned in accordance with the session criteria.

Session Length: 75 minutes
Time Slots: Thursday, October 24 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. or 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Session Capacity: Varies, up to 50 people
Maximum Number of Presenters: 3 presenters/ 1 moderator (optional)
AV Provided: Presenters may request the use of a laptop computer, LCD projector and screen, and/or a flip chart with markers prior to the conference.

Discussion Sessions
The discussion session format offers an interactive venue for ATE grantees to share promising practices and lessons learned with other members of the ATE community, to network, share insights, and explore ways to collaborate. Discussion moderators serve as facilitators of interactive, substantive discussions and small group activities. In order to provide maximum opportunity for small group discussion, moderators must keep any introductory remarks to no more than 15 minutes and use those remarks to frame the discussion.

Session Length: 75 minutes
Time Slots: Thursday, October 24 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. or 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Session Capacity: Varies, up to 30 people
Maximum Number of Moderators: 2 people
AV Provided: There is no AV provided for discussion sessions. Flip charts and markers are available if requested prior to the conference.

Breakfast Roundtables
Breakfast roundtables provide a forum for informal discussion of a topic among a small group. Attendance is first-come, first-served and limited to a maximum of 10 people including the moderator seated around one round table.

Session Length: 60 minutes
Time Slots: Thursday, October 24 or Friday, October 25 from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Session Capacity: 10 people including the moderator seated around one table
Maximum Number of Moderators: 1 person
AV Provided: There is no AV provided for breakfast roundtables.

Leader and Facilitator Responsibilities for Reporting

Session leaders must capture the notes or key ideas shared at their sessions and submit a brief report to AACC following the conference along with copies of any presentations or handouts. A sample format for reporting will be provided prior to the ATE PI Conference. The materials will be included in the conference proceedings and posted to the website.

How to Submit a Session Proposal

All proposals must be entered online using the links below. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 23, 2013.

Required information for all session proposals includes:

A. Submitting center(s) or project(s)
B. Contact information for all presenters/moderators
C. Session Title
D. Session Description/Program Abstract – 100-word session description including a statement on how this session will engage participants
E. Discussion Questions – 2-3 discussion questions that the session will address
F. Session Outline - An outline can include a session agenda, participant learning outcomes, list of activities, and any handouts or materials to be distributed

Participants will be notified about the proposals that have been accepted for the conference and the session schedule by Monday, September 23.

To Begin Your Submissions

Click on the corresponding program below

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Enter your ID and Password in the boxes below. Your ID and password were emailed to you when you initiated your proposal. If you can’t find your ID and password and password, a reminder can be sent to you.

Session ID#

Online Technical Support

If you run into any problems, utilizing the online submission system, please email your questions or comments using the hyperlink to "Report a Technical Problem" that appears in the Session Control Panel or e-mail it to aacc@confex.com. Technical support may also be obtained by calling (401) 334-0220 between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm EDT, Monday-Friday. Please have your session ID and password available so we can better assist you.
Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Ellen Hause
Director for Innovative Learning and Student Success
Ph: 202.728.0200 x217

Linda Pierre
ATE Project Coordinator
Ph: 202.728.0200 x257

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