2017 ATE Principal Investigators Conference

Submission Deadline: Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hands-On, Minds-On: Pathways to a Highly Skilled U.S. Workforce

October 23 - 25, 2017
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC

Call for Sessions

The agenda for the 2017 ATE Principal Investigators Conference offers opportunities for leaders from ATE projects and centers to conduct panel presentations, lead demonstrations, and facilitate discussion sessions. Please read the session guidelines below. The submission deadline is Thursday, August 24, 2017.


The theme for this year’s conference focuses on the significant role that ATE projects and centers play in creating and implementing successful and impactful career pathways resulting in a highly skilled U.S. workforce. By engaging in strong industry, community, and academic partnerships, ATE projects and centers are actively leading development and implementation efforts to provide innovative, hands-on technician education programs that prepare students with the needed technical and professional skills to be successful in the global workplace.

Session Criteria

Sessions will be selected based on their alignment with the conference theme, Hands-On, Minds-On: Pathways to a Highly Skilled U.S. Workforce and the ability of session leaders to address the following criteria:

  • Share case studies, experiences, promising strategies, and lessons learned that demonstrate evidence-based project or center impact in one of the topic areas identified by the session tracks provided below.
  • Emphasize collaboration among ATE centers or projects with strong preference given to session proposals that involve more than one project or center in a presenting role.
  • Focus on learning experiences and promising strategies that are common or relevant across disciplines and different project areas.
  • Engage participants in interactive learning activities and provide take-away resources that participants can use in their own work.

Session Collaboration

AACC provides information on its conference website to assist ATE projects and centers with identifying potential session collaborators and similar projects—such as searching through ATE Central or the NSF awards database. AACC reserves the right to identify similar session proposals and ask those submitting to work together on conducting a session, as well as to change the presentation type as needed to adhere to session guidelines.

Session Tracks

In keeping with the conference theme, individuals proposing sessions for the 2017 ATE Principal Investigators Conference are encouraged to submit in one of the following six tracks. Where applicable in all tracks, submissions should demonstrate how the ATE community has successfully broadened impact through partnerships and collaboration with key stakeholders. Including internal and external stakeholders (e.g. college leadership, industry representatives, secondary or four-year college representatives, etc.) as presenters is encouraged.

  • Track 1. Hands-On, Minds-On: Educating Technicians for the Workforce of Today and Tomorrow

    Examples of topics in this category include: evidence-based teaching strategies; undergraduate research; competency-based learning; work-based learning; stackable credentials; credit for prior work experience; internships; apprenticeships; bridge programs; addressing emerging career fields/technologies; career pathways; and assessment strategies and resources.
  • Track 2. Developing STEM Leaders in Innovation

    Examples of topics in this category include: methods and models for professional and faculty development; faculty externships; leadership development; new PI succession planning; and mentoring programs.
  • Track 3. Engaging Students for Success in STEM

    Examples of topics in this category include: interactions with secondary school CTE programs; dual enrollment; career awareness/outreach; working with guidance counselors and career coaches; summer camps; direct student interaction with industry; strategies for recruiting and retaining underrepresented students.
  • Track 4. Advancing Innovation through STEM Research and Evaluation

    Examples of topics in this category include: strategies for conducting institutional and educational research; partnering with four-year colleges on student learning outcomes; strategies for sustaining and scaling programs; strategies for capturing reliable impact data; and evaluation.
  • Track 5. Broadening the Impact of ATE by Engaging Partners

    Examples of topics in this category include: creating and leveraging partnerships with business and industry, college administrators, secondary schools, funders, local/state government, and/or the community; addressing workforce development needs through collaboration with business/industry; and outreach and marketing to external constituents.
  • Track 6. Sharing Proven Practices in Grants Management and Program Administration

    Examples of topics in this category include: project and fiscal management; meeting evaluation and accountability challenges; strategies for sustaining and scaling programs; creating and leveraging partnerships; working with college administration; preparing annual reports; and dealing effectively with unforeseen project changes.

Session Formats

Proposals will be accepted as one of the formats described below.

A panel session should involve at least two, but no more than three presenters and a facilitator. Preference will be given to sessions that involve presenters who 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. Panels should include an experienced facilitator who will present 2-3 thought-provoking questions to the panelists. The session proposal should address how the panelists will coordinate their presentations and the general topic of the panel. The submitter is responsible for coordinating the presentations in advance. The session must allow for audience participation and interaction through questions and discussion, and share promising strategies and lessons learned in accordance with the session criteria.

Session Length: 60 minutes
Time Slots: Tuesday, October 24 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. or 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Session Capacity: Varies, up to 50 people
Maximum Number of Presenters: 3 presenters / 1 facilitator
AV Provided: Panel rooms will be equipped with a computer, LCD projector, and screen.

Demonstrations are formal 30 minute presentations that show how to use or apply a pedagogical tool or concept. The abstract should describe how the presenter (or a small number of presenters) will walk attendees through a clear, step-by-step explanation of the concept or tool, how it compares to other teaching and learning tools, its strengths and weaknesses, and how it can best be applied or implemented. Presenters should be experts on the concepts or tools they are presenting.

Session Length: 30 minutes
Time Slots: Tuesday, October 24 from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Session Capacity: Varies, up to 40 people
Maximum Number of Presenters: 3 presenters
AV Provided: Demonstration rooms will be equipped with a laptop computer, LCD projector and screen.

Birds of a Feather
The Birds of a Feather 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: 60 minutes
Time Slots: Tuesday, October 24 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. or 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Session Capacity: Varies, up to 30 people
Maximum Number of Moderators: 2 people
AV Provided: No AV is provided for discussion sessions. Flip charts and markers are available if requested prior to the conference.

Breakfast Roundtables
Breakfast roundtables provide forums for informal discussion of a specific topic among small groups. Attendance is first-come, first-served and limited to a maximum of 12 people, including the moderator, seated around one round table.

Session Length: 60 minutes
Time Slots:Tuesday, October 24 or Wednesday, October 25 from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Session Capacity: 12 people including the moderator seated around one table
Maximum Number of Moderators: 1 person
AV Provided: : No AV is provided for breakfast roundtables. Moderators typically bring handouts or take-aways for participants.

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 (Panel and Birds of a Feather 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 (Panel, Demonstration, and Birds of a Feather Submissions)
G. Presenter Qualifications - A brief statement on the presenter's expertise on the concept or tool they are presenting (Demonstration submissions)

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

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Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Ellen Hause
Program Director, Academic and Student Affairs
Ph: 202.728.0200 x217

Ken Laryea
ATE Project Coordinator
Ph: 202.728.0200 x275

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