Pre-Conference Workshops

Virtual Pre-Conference Workshops for the 2021 ATE Conference are offered complimentary but require advance registration. Workshop registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the workshop is full.

Monday, October 18 – Virtual Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop A: Getting Started for New Grantees*
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

This workshop is recommended for all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and other team members involved in newly awarded projects and centers in FY21. Others who may find the workshop useful include new awardees in FY20 and other project personnel from prior years who have recently become involved in ATE projects and centers. The goal of this workshop is to make new grantees aware of the reporting and financial requirements of their ATE grant and to connect them with other ATE projects and centers that can help them successfully manage, evaluate, and report on their projects. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from individuals representing Mentor-Connect, ATE Central, EvaluATE, and the National Science Foundation and to learn about the various resources they provide through this workshop, and through two subsequent follow-up interactive Zoom calls to be hosted for new grantees in November and December (dates TBA). Participants will be provided access to a resource packet and are encouraged to bring questions about the management of their projects for discussion.

*New ATE grantees are strongly encouraged to sign-up to attend this workshop to gain insight into managing their ATE awards.

Workshop B: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategies for STEM Student Populations *(WORKSHOP FULL)*
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Community colleges are leading the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) charge by infusing DEI throughout their academic programs. However, STEM programs continue to face some of the toughest challenges when it comes to graduating students of color. This workshop will bring together community college STEM faculty and administrators to share examples and highlight successful strategies focused on promoting a commitment to DEI in STEM courses and programs, while maintaining their mission to recruit and graduate diverse student populations. 

Workshop F: Engaging Students with Interactive HTML 5 STEM Activities *(WORKSHOP FULL)*
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

This workshop will provide participants with a hands-on experience using new HTML 5 interactive activities (E-MATES). Activities include basic mathematics, electronics, programming, cybersecurity, and information technology. The E-MATE library now has over 70 items available to schools. Activities are designed to engage students, address multiple learning modalities, and enable students to master difficult concepts. The activities presented can be run on any browser enabled device. 

Tuesday, October 19 – Virtual Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop C: Stories Are Data – Analyzing & Reporting Qualitative Evaluation *(WORKSHOP FULL)*
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Stories can add rich details and deep understanding to evaluations. Brené Brown has written, “Stories are data with a soul.” Many evaluators value a mixed-method approach, combining both numbers (quantitative) and stories (qualitative). This workshop will take a deep dive into qualitative evaluation what it truly means to conduct an evaluation from a qualitative perspective, how you can fit meaningful analyses into tight budgets and short timelines, and what effective qualitative reporting looks like. Join us to discuss how you can infuse your evaluations with stories. In this hands-on workshop, participants will (a) learn how to embrace and make the most out of qualitative evaluation, (b) apply efficient analysis techniques for qualitative data, and (c) identify practical strategies for reporting stories to busy readers.

Workshop D: Universal Design for Learning – Supporting Diversity & Equity *(WORKSHOP FULL)*
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Learn how to make your ATE project and center STEM curriculum materials, including documents, graphics, and videos, more usable for all learners through the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Led by experts from CAST (the Center for Applied Special Technology), this interactive workshop will focus on practical uses of UDL, a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. The first half of the workshop will focus on the four accessibility principles of POUR (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust). POUR will be applied to STEM-related course content through a series of material makeover demonstrations. Building on these four principles, we will help you think about how to engage all learners and create a more accessible environment the encourages and supports diversity and equity. Please bring a laptop or tablet to this workshop.

Workshop E: Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work by Implementing a Cross-Disciplinary STEM Core *(WORKSHOP FULL)*
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work has gathered input from stakeholders representing education, industry, and workforce interests to determine ways to prepare for the impacts of emerging technologies on work of the future. An outcome of these exchanges is that the project has identified core cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills that are increasingly important for all STEM technicians. This workshop focuses on methods for integrating advanced digital literacy, data knowledge and analysis, and business knowledge and processes into any technical program.