Pre-Conference AM Workshops

The ATE Conference will offer five optional Pre-Conference AM Workshops on Wednesday, October 25. Workshop A: Getting Started Workshop for New Grantees and Workshop C: Micromessaging to Facilitate Equitable Learning Environments are offered complimentary, but advance registration is required. All other workshops require advance registration and a $50 fee. Pre-Conference AM Workshop registration is available on a first come, first served basis until the workshop is full.

Workshop A: Getting Started for New Grantees*                        
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(includes box lunch and opportunity for meet and greet with NSF program officers)
This workshop is recommended for all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and other team members involved in newly awarded projects and centers in FY23. Others who may find the workshop useful include new awardees in FY22 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. Participants will be provided access to a resource packet and are encouraged to bring questions about the management of their projects for discussion. In addition, a meet and greet and box lunch opportunity with NSF ATE program directors will be offered from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for workshop participants.

*New ATE grantees are strongly encouraged to sign-up to attend this workshop to gain insight into managing their ATE awards. A virtual follow up session to this workshop will also be offered on November 7 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

Workshop B: Practical Accessibility – Making Your Website and Materials Usable for All Learners
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Deepen your accessibility skills and learn how to make your ATE project and center website and materials more usable for all learners. Led by experts from CAST, this interactive workshop will begin with a brief overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Workshop participants will then be introduced to four key accessibility principles – Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, & Robust (POUR) and learn how these principles can be applied at a practical level to help ensure accessibility. The workshop will be anchored around case studies conducted with members of the ATE community that showcase how ATE PIs made their materials and activities more accessible. Participants will come away with a clearer understanding of tools that can support their efforts, resources and organizations that can help them, and practices that can support the creation of accessible websites and resources, including videos, graphics, and presentations. Please bring a laptop or tablet to this workshop.

Workshop C: Micromessaging to Facilitate Equitable Learning Environments
9:00 a.m. – Noon 
(Note: This workshop has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 25 from 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. No advance registration is required).

The Micromessaging to Facilitate Equitable Learning Environments professional development program is one of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity’s (NAPE’s) flagship comprehensive educational equity programs. NAPE uses a humanizing approach to its equity work with educators by bringing them into a reflective learning community for ongoing professional development. Participants in this workshop will deepen their understanding of how equity and inequity operate in educational settings. In addition, participants will develop their individual and institutional knowledge, skills, and commitment to identify and eliminate inequities, and actively create equitable learning environments to improve student access, experiences, and outcomes. 

Workshop D: How to Elevate Your ATE Program Using Effective Communications Strategies  

9:00 a.m. – Noon

Interested in learning how to raise awareness of your ATE program? Want to strengthen your program messaging to key audiences? Need more insight into developing an integrated communications strategy? In this three-hour workshop, you will learn from strategists at Fenton Communications, a social change agency, which solely works with purpose-driven organizations like nonprofits, foundations and corporate social good companies focused on important issues such as climate change, global health, DEI/racial justice and education. Join us and learn how to use communications and marketing strategies to inform and strengthen how you communicate about your ATE program to improve student recruitment, outreach, and project dissemination. 


Workshop E: Interpreting Evaluation Data – Unlocking Insights for Project Improvement
9:00 a.m. – Noon
This interactive workshop is for ATE evaluators, PIs, and project staff who are looking to make the most out of their project evaluations. We will focus on the vital skill of interpreting evaluation data to inform meaningful project improvement and assess overall effectiveness. Interpreting evaluation data is a crucial step in extracting valuable insights and making informed decisions. Interpretation allows for sense-making and evaluative conclusions. Throughout the workshop, participants will explore various data interpretation strategies, including comparative analysis against historical or baseline data, benchmarking against national datasets, and participatory sense-making sessions. Using practical examples, hands-on activities, and engaging discussions, participants will be able to apply these interpretation techniques to their own ATE evaluations.