Thursday, February 11, 2016
6:00 – 7:30 pm
2987 Clairmont Road, Suite 205
Atlanta, GA 30329
2015 offered exciting opportunities for members to learn, network, and share with others, and we want to grow these opportunities even more in 2016. This kick-off meeting will provide a chance for members to meet one another, organize, and plan for programming in 2016. Thanks to all who have expressed interest in supporting the AaEA Program Committee. Without your support and hard work, our events and programs would not exist. Please join us for our first meeting of the year!
Instructions to get inside: Free parking in the lot. Second floor. Elevator available. The Karna office is access card secured, so Aisha Rios will need have to escort guests once they get upstairs and are at the front door of the office.
Contact: Aisha Rios at 215-518-2414 (if you have trouble getting in)
Please join us for the kick-off meeting to discuss and sign up for specific tasks associated with the Local Arrangement Work Group (LAWG) tasks for the 2016 AEA Conference in Atlanta. We’ll provide more information about the tasks required of the LAWG, our plans, and LAWG governance structure. We’ll break into groups to discuss and sign up for specific tasks. If you are unable to attend and would like to receive the meeting minutes and sign up for tasks after the meeting, then please email Linda Vo-Green and Krista Collins.
When: Wednesday, February 10th 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ET
Where: 2987 Clairmont Road, Suite 205, Atlanta, GA 30329
Instructions to get inside: Free parking in the lot. Second floor. Elevator available. Our office is access card secured so I’ll have to go and grab people once they get upstairs and are at the front door. Everyone will sign in and that’s it. I am looking into getting a few extra access cards in case people need to use the restroom. Call Aisha Rios at 215-518-2414 if you have trouble getting in.
Free AaEA Lunchtime Webinar
October 26, 2015 12pm-1pm
Evaluators are faced with myriad choices as they design and implement evaluations. Which stakeholders must I absolutely have at the planning table? Will my budget accommodate that new qualitative software? Do I really need it?
The Program Evaluation Standards provide assistance in making those decisions, and they give us a framework for understanding just what constitutes a high quality evaluation in a given situation. In our October webinar, Paula Egelson will provide a brief overview of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE) standards development process and then will elaborate on the standards and how we can use them effectively. She will also cover the new classroom assessment standards and will briefly mention the personnel evaluation standards. While the Program Evaluation Standards were developed by the JCSEE, they are used throughout the field of evaluation, not just in education.
Dr. Paula Egelson is the director of research at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in Atlanta. Paula has an undergraduate degree in child development, a master’s degree in reading education, and a doctorate in educational leadership. She has worked as a community organizer, a school improvement and literacy program director for a federally funded educational lab, a K-8 classroom teacher, and as a reading specialist. Most importantly for this webinar, Paula contributed to the development of the Classroom Assessment Standards and is a JCSEE committee member. We’re honored that she’s sharing her expertise with us!
The webinar is free to AaEA members and nonmembers alike. Register at http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EC51D886864730. For more information about AaEA, visit us here at atl-eval.org, or on Facebook and LinkedIn. We are a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association.
Mason Mill Park
1400 McConnell Dr.
Decatur, GA 30033
Following up on a great workshop on realist evaluation at the AEA Summer Institute, some of the participants are getting together to discuss what we learned. Aisha Rios will lead us on a low-key walk at Mason Mill Park while we consider how we might use a realist approach in our work. Even if you didn’t make the session but are curious, come out and join us. We’ll meet at 10:00 at the trail entrance near the tennis center. (1400 McConnell Dr., Decatur, GA 30033) Walk and Talk events are free to members and nonmembers alike. Questions? Contact Aisha: arios at karna.com. (Rain location at Chocolate Coffee at North Decatur and Clairmont. Check the Facebook page if it looks like rain.)
From Tina Anderson Smith’s workshop description: Realist Evaluation offers a theory-driven approach to “explaining” how contextual attributes and behaviors triggered by an intervention combine to produce a complex signature of outcomes. This methodology helps arm practitioners and policy decision makers with a deep understanding of the contingencies for program success, positioning them to refine program strategies and maximize their impacts.