ATE Principal Investigators' Conference 2022 Oct 26-28 Reconnecting & Advancing the Skilled Technical Workforce

EvaluATE Pre-conference Session

Engaging Intentionally with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your ATE Evaluation
Presenters: Ayesha Boyce, Tiffany Smith, and Lyssa Wilson Becho
Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET

It is important to engage meaningfully and systematically with diversity, equity, and inclusion in your ATE evaluation. This includes both formal and informal practices, from how you interact with others throughout the evaluation process to evaluation questions and indicators you choose to measure. This workshop will use an ATE-specific case example to enhance participants’ application of learning to real-world situations. Both project staff and evaluators are encouraged to join and will walk away with tools they can apply to their own evaluation activities, including developing evaluation questions, indicators, data collection protocols/measures, and reporting strategies. In this hands-on workshop, participants will (a) have space to reflect on their own mental models and interrogate their cultural identity, (b) role-play to practice engaging with difficult DEI topics, and (c) apply an equity lens to create an evaluation matrix for an ATE-specific case example.


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Evaluation Scavenger Hunt

This year we want to do something different. Instead of our traditional evaluation networking event, we are hosting a conference scavenger hunt! This activity can be completed throughout the multi-day conference, at your own pace, and with COVID precautions in mind. The scavenger hunt will challenge you to introduce yourself to new people, learn more about evaluation, and connect with others.

Complete any 12 of the 20 scavenger hunt tasks for the chance to win a customized evaluation themed gift from Kalamazoo. To enter, share a photo of your completed list in the comments section of our October 27 Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter post by 5 p.m. on October 28, or email Samantha Hooker.


Conference Sessions

Getting Started with Your Evaluation: How to Set Your ATE Evaluation Up for Success
Presenters: Lyssa Wilson Becho & Megan Lopez
Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 9:30 – 10:20 a.m. ET

The foundations of an effective evaluation are built at the start. If you’ve just received ATE funding, or you’re looking to refresh your evaluation efforts, this session is for you! In this Birds of a Feather, we’ll tackle questions like: I have an external evaluator, but now what? What is my responsibility versus my evaluator? When will I receive evaluation reports? What do I do once I have findings from my evaluator? What are the best strategies for communicating with my evaluator? ATE evaluators are also encouraged to join and share their experiences. All attendees will also receive the newly revised Evaluation 101 Checklist.

Download ATE PI Checklist for Getting Started with Your Evaluation Post-Award


Evaluating Your ATE Project with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Mind
Presenters: Ayesha Boyce, Tiffany Tovey, & Lyssa Wilson Becho
Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. ET

Approaching your ATE evaluation with diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind can impact all aspects of the evaluation process. It is important to engage with these concepts meaningfully and systematically both as an evaluator and as project staff. This session will share strategies for considering diversity, equity, and inclusion as you engage with others throughout the evaluation, as you collect and analyze data, and as you report evaluation findings. Attendees will walk away with practices they can put into action in their own ATE evaluation.


Get the Word Out: Sharing Innovative Practices, Resources, and Data with Others
Presenters: Megan Lopez & Lyssa Wilson Becho
Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 3:10 – 3:40 p.m. ET

ATE project staff and evaluators collectively generate a wealth of innovative practices, resources, evaluation data, and research findings. It is important to translate and disseminate this information in a way that can be used to develop or improve future ATE and STEM initiatives. This demonstration will show how to use a dissemination matrix to decide who, how, and where important information, resources, or findings from ATE projects can be shared. During the demonstration, attendees will have an opportunity to build a matrix relevant to their projects in real-time. They will leave with strategies and tools that they can apply to ensure findings are translated in an impactful and meaningful way.



Bridging Workplace Learning Research and Practice in ATE
Presenters: Valerie Marshall, Mary Slowinsky, and Lyssa Wilson Becho
Date: Friday, November 3
Time: 3:10 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Widely recognized as a critical component of career and technical education, workplace-based learning (WBL) provides students with an opportunity to gain exposure or hands-on experience in their field of interest. Currently, no standardized definition of WBL exists nor does a consensus on what distinguishes one opportunity from another. Using findings from a mixed-method study of ATE PIs engaged in WBL, this interactive session will discuss these findings and use them as a bridge for audience members to share ideas and lessons learned in implementing WBL.

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