Pre-Conference Workshops

The ATE Conference will offer optional in-person Pre-Conference Workshops on Wednesday, October 26. The Getting Started Workshop for New Grantees is offered complimentary, but advance registration is required. All other workshops require advance registration and a $50 fee. Workshop registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the workshop is full.

Workshop A: Getting Started for New Grantees*                        
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This workshop is recommended for all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and other team members involved in newly awarded projects and centers in FY22. Others who may find the workshop useful include new awardees in FY21 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.

*New ATE grantees are strongly encouraged to sign-up to attend this workshop to gain insight into managing their ATE awards. For attendees that cannot attend the conference in person, virtual sessions on this topic will be offered in November and December (dates TBD).

Workshop B: Tools for Adopting the Framework for a Cross-Disciplinary STEM Core
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This workshop provides a step-by-step process and tools for community colleges interested in adopting the Framework for a Cross-Disciplinary STEM Core. The Framework recommends incorporating skill sets from Advanced Digital Literacy, Data Knowledge/Analysis, and Business Knowledge/Processes into associate degree technician preparation programs with employer input and regional customization. Any community college technical program can adopt systemic changes toward empowering learners with skill sets that cross industries and sectors—with steps that include: Recruiting a Cross-Disciplinary STEM Core Implementation Team; Convening Employers to Prioritize Topics; Determining Curriculum Gaps and Integration Points; Developing Real-World Scenarios; Participating in Professional Development Opportunities; and Supporting Systemic Change. 

Workshop C: Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning – How to Infuse DEI Across the STEM Curriculum 
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
As community college student populations are becoming increasingly diverse, STEM curricula needs to be geared to provide rigorous and equitable STEM education, particularly for students who have been historically underrepresented. Hear from leaders from Minority Serving Institutions (HBCU/PBI, HSI, and Tribal Colleges) as they speak to their work in infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion across the STEM curriculum to sustain student success for diverse student populations. This workshop will focus on how to cultivate safe, inclusive, and culturally relevant learning opportunities to improve a students’ sense of belonging and engagement; and showcase how these institutions have implemented culturally responsive STEM instruction and curriculum to broaden student participation in STEM fields. Each college will discuss and share culturally responsive instruments and strategies used to develop positive student success and outcomes.  

Workshop D: Critical Friends – Strengthening and Sustaining Industry Partnerships
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Industry involvement—regardless of type, duration, or intent—is crucial to the success of most ATE projects and ensures our work remains relevant and vital. Tending to industry partnerships is often a top goal for grantees but can sometimes feel overwhelming or get lost in the day-to-day. This hands-on, interactive workshop provides participants with the time, resources, and structure to exam how they might best strengthen and sustain these critical partnerships.  

Workshop E:  Engaging Intentionally with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your ATE Evaluation*
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
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. 

* EvaluATE will provide funding for up to 12 ATE evaluators (internal or external) to enable them to attend the 2022 ATE Principal Investigators’ Conference, including the preconference workshop, “Engaging Intentionally with Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in your ATE Evaluation.” For further information, click here.