2014 ATE Principal Investigators Conference

Call for Sessions is now closed

Navigating the Future of Advanced Technological Education:
Developing Leaders, Broadening Impact

October 22 - 24, 2014
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Call for Sessions

The agenda for the 2014 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 Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Session Criteria

Sessions will be selected based on their strong alignment with the conference theme, Navigating the Future of Advanced Technological Education: Developing Leaders, Broadening Impact, 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, accountability, 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 2014 ATE Conference are encouraged in the following seven tracks.

  • Track 1: Broadening the Impact and Reach of ATE
    Examples of content in this category may include: strategies for sustaining and scaling programs; creating and leveraging partnerships; determining regional and national impact; outreach and marketing 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 community college faculty; methods and models for professional development; faculty externships; leadership development; new PI succession planning; and mentoring programs.
  • Track 3: Recruiting Students in STEM
    Examples of content in this category may include: interactions with secondary school CTE programs; dual enrollment; professional development for secondary school teachers; career pathways; career coaches; and strategies for recruiting underrepresented students.
  • Track 4: Educating Technicians – Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
    Examples of content in this category may include: competency-based learning; work-based learning; stackable credentials; credit for prior work experience; registered apprenticeships; problem or case-based learning; internships; bridge programs; online learning; and assessment strategies and resources.
  • Track 5: Sharing Best Practices in Administration of Programs
    Examples of content in this category may include: project and fiscal management; meeting evaluation and accountability challenges; working with college administration; and establishing IRBs.
  • Track 6: Advancing Innovation through STEM Research and Evaluation
    Examples of content in this category may include: strategies for conducting institutional and educational research; partnering with four-year colleges on student learning outcomes; integrating undergraduate research into the classroom; and evaluation.
  • Track 7: Engaging Business and Industry – 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, emerging technologies, and workforce development needs; and implementing entrepreneurship and innovation strategies.

Session Formats

Proposals will be accepted as either a workshop session, discussion session, lightning round 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. Strong 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 23 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 23 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.

Lightning Round
The Lightning Round session format offers ATE grantees an opportunity to share a highlight or innovation from their work through a brief presentation. Proposals for Lightning Rounds can be submitted in one of the following two areas: (1) Emerging Technologies – provide an overview of recent changes and innovations in a technological field; or (2) Student Success – provide an overview of a proven practice in recruiting and retaining students. Note: presentations are limited to no more than 6 minutes in length with the optional use of 3-4 PowerPoint slides. A brief question and answer period will follow the presentations.

Session Length: 6 minutes
Time Slots: Two Lightning Round sessions will be offered on Thursday, October 23; one from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. and the other from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Session Capacity: Varies, up to 50 people
Maximum Number of Presenters: Up to 10 presenters will be selected to participate in each of the Lightning Round sessions.
AV Provided:Presenters may request the use of a laptop computer, LCD projector and screen and are limited to 3-4 slides for their presentation.

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 23 or Friday, October 24 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.

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 – 75 to 100 words
E. Discussion Questions – 2-3 discussion questions that the session will address (Workshop and Discussion Session Submissions)
F. Session Outline – An outline can include a session agenda, participant learning outcomes, list of activites, and any handouts or materials to be distributed (Workshop and Discussion Session Submissions)

Participants will be notified about the proposals that have been accepted for the conference and the session schedule by Monday, September 22.

Begin a submission to the following:

BREAKFAST ROUNDTABLES
New Submissions Closed

DISCUSSION SESSIONS
New Submissions Closed

WORKSHOP SESSIONS
New Submissions Closed

LIGHTNING ROUND SESSIONS
New Submissions Closed

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Ellen Hause
Program Director, Academic and Student Affairs
Ph: 202.728.0200 x217
ehause@aacc.nche.edu

Ken Laryea
ATE Project Coordinator
Ph: 202.728.0200 x257
klaryea@aacc.nche.edu

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