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Upcoming ATE Events


This is the 4nd Annual WASTC hosted Winter ICT Educators Conference. This is both a Cisco Academy conference and a general ICT educators' conference. Educators and industry representative are very welcome to attend.

This webinar helps you break the cycle of non-transformative reflection that educators often encounter. You’ll become familiar with (a) what learner reflection entails, (b) why learner reflection is critically important according to research, and (c) how to implement reflection in ways that help learners reap its benefits and become autonomous learners.

(3 days)


Join other Career Pathways and CTE Florida leaders and practitioners for a variety of workshops, professional dialogues, and a student showcase from around the state. More importantly learn from this year's selected Best Practice Award winners as they highlight all of the great innovation and achievements within their programs.

Active learning has been proven to help students analyze and apply course materials to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts being taught. Active-learning strategies include brainstorming, think-pair-share, case studies, discussions, in-class demonstrations, and many other deep-learning techniques. Kahoot, a free survey and quiz application, can be used to engage students in discussions about key events and survey them to assess their understanding of the course content. During this webinar, the facilitator discusses active-learning strategies and shares examples of engaging class discussions using Kahoot. By the end of this webinar, you will understand what is meant by the term active learning and are able to build a Kahoot survey and quiz and gather immediate results and feedback.

You will learn how to implement the strategies of each pillar, as well as how to use them for your own reflection. Sharing best practices will also be discussed using a research proven matrix where a department or entire campus can help teachers track successful activities and introduce them to other educators. 

Gain the understanding of how to use modes of reception and multiple intelligences as simple guides for developing differentiated lessons.

  • Knowledge of strategies for each pillar.
  • Obtaining four vital reflective practice questions.
  • Grasp of sharing best practices through the matrix.
  • Structured large and small group discussions.
  • Active involvement in one or more strategies for each of the four pillars.
  • Materials provided for active involvement, notetaking, and takeaways.
  • Built-in time for you to practice strategies with your peers.

Based on the popular book, Teaching With Your Mouth Shut (2000) by Donald Finkel, this workshop explores various active-learning strategies and activities that allow faculty to engage students without being limited to only lectures. The workshop incorporates the theory of multiple intelligences—interpersonal, linguistic, and kinesthetic intelligences—while demonstrating and sharing active-learning techniques and strategies. Participants receive lesson-planning ideas and learn how to incorporate music into the classroom. Participants also consider several classroom assessment techniques and explore at least three instructional technologies.

The root of the word ‘communication’ is ‘communis’, meaning to make common. Unfortunately, many of us in the education and grant-funded sectors struggle with identifying the main messages we need to make common to our key stakeholders. And for many of us in the ATE community, we could use help in creating simple, memorable ways to speak and write consistently about our project and center’s work. Clearly defined and consistently implemented mission statements and messaging platforms are key to ensuring that all points of contact with your project or center will reinforce the right messages.

In this live webinar, we will be joined by Farra Trompeter, Vice President of Big Duck – a communications firm that works exclusively with nonprofits based in Brooklyn NY, and Rachael Bower, Director/PI of ATE Central, who will review how these messaging elements can be created to more effectively engage students, partners, funders, and other key external audiences. For those who attended the ATE PI pre-conference workshop, we’ll also revisit the relationship between brand strategy (positioning and personality) and messaging. Farra will provide some examples of how other organizations define and use these tools with examples you can learn from, as Rachael helps connect lessons from the wider nonprofit world to the ATE community.

(4 days)

1380 Harbor Island DrSan DiegoCA92101

Community college workforce and economic development efforts are key to the economic well-being of the United States. Our work ensures that the organization will have a sustainable, inclusive and forward-thinking workforce. Key to this work are the collaborations with foundation, industry, and federal partners. Please join AACC at AACC’s Workforce Development Institute 2019: “Skill Up, Step Up” as we highlight promising practices, explore new opportunities, and celebrate all of the ways in which community colleges skill up, and step up. 

In this webinar, experienced STEM education evaluator Kirk Knestis will share strategies for effectively communicating with evaluation clients to avoid three common “evaluation fails.” (1) Project implementation delays; (2) evaluation scope creep (clients wanting something more or different from what was originally planned); and (3) substantial changes in the project over the course of the evaluation. These issues are typical causes for an evaluation to be derailed and fail to produce useful and valid results. Webinar participants will learn how clear documentation—specifically, an evaluation contract (legal commitment to the work), scope of work (detailed description of evaluation services and deliverables), and study protocol (technical details concerning data collection and analysis)—can make potentially difficult conversations go better for all involved, averting potential evaluation crises and failures. Getting these documents right and using them in project communications helps ensure a smoothly operating evaluation, happy client, and profitable project for the evaluator. For a sneak peek of some of what Kirk will address in this webinar, see his blog post,

Presenter: Kirk Knestis
Moderator: Michael Lesiecki

Intracortical neural interfaces (INI) have made impressive progress in recent years and are used to improve their understanding of the nervous system, understand function and disease models, and potentially develop new therapies and devices. A fundamental challenge rests with the implantable electrodes and their biocompatibility and questionable long-term reliability. Nanoscience and nanotechnology can play a key role in developing new approaches and new strategies for neural interfaces. This webinar will focus on studies of silicon carbide (SiC) micromachined semiconductor neural devices and the materials challenges that must be understood and overcome to bring this promising technology to clinical trial.


(4 days)

Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel9495 W Coyotes BlvdGlendaleAZ85305

This colloquium is designed to provide community college students who are conducting undergraduate research the opportunity to share research, develop professional meeting skills and network with students from across the country. 

The two day colloquium will be hosted at Glendale Community College and the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel. The event will include student poster sessions and various sessions on undergraduate research at community colleges.

For ten years, the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College have conducted the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE), which explore Americans’ attitudes towards energy and climate change. The researchers recently published "Solar, Wind, and State Mandates: 10 Years of Renewable Energy in the NSEE," which considers how Americans’ views on solar and wind energy have changed over the past decade. The report also explores attitudes towards and knowledge of state energy mandates, such as renewable portfolio standards. (Read the report at:

(2 days)

Macomb Community College South Campus, Sports & Expo Center, P Building14500 E. 12 Mile RoadWarrenMI48088

Learn about careers in automotive design, robotics, manufacturing, and the technology that makes it happen!

  • Check out the latest trends in automotive design and technology
  • Talk with experts in the fields of engineering and robotics
  • Experience digital sketching and automotive clay modeling
  • Realize the high-tech world of production design
  • Understand the world of automated connected vehicles
  • Discover coding and traffic light programming
  • Learn about augmented reality, drivelines, and surface traction
  • Experience high-tech vehicles on display
  • Operate hands-on skilled trades exhibits and learn about apprenticeship

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This webinar shares teaching strategies that the facilitator has used to increase student engagement and obtain good reviews from students and peers. CHEERS is an acronym that stands for: Challenge students to think critically, Help students by providing many resources, Encourage often, Excite students about the subject, Respect students, and Share stories that helped you become the professional you are today. During the webinar, participants are provided with examples of how to use engaging games in their classrooms; implement honor, encouragement, and respect in the classroom; and share personal stories with students that help them become more professional.


This annual evening event provides students, parents, and the general public the opportunity to learn more in-depth information on careers and education programs in automotive, advanced manufacturing, as well as apprenticeship information through presentations, discussions and networking.

Hear from a panel of experts:

  • Learn about job skills that are in high demand
  • Hear from recent grads who found good-paying career employment
  • Meet local businesses and learn who employers are hiring
  • Discover the career pathway that's right for you
  • Learn about apprenticeship programs, including the Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus (MAP+)
  • Explore internships and work-based learning

Attendance is free, but advance registration is required.

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Florida State College Jacksonville Downtown Campus101 West State StJacksonvilleFL32202

Promoting Student Success in Math is an informative workshop that explains best practices in math instruction for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. An emphasis is placed on experiential learning and strategies that promote best practices for non-traditional learners, particularly those who rely on visual representation for information.

During this interactive and fun workshop, you’ll explore ways faculty and other professional colleagues can increase your students’ success and professional growth and collaboration by improving attitudes toward work, relationships, and learning. You’ll also explore ways to encourage a mindset that leads to a stronger sense of self-efficacy and a more persistent effort among your students and colleagues, as well as within your academic and professional communities.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate the emotional impact of every single communication.
  • Describe the positive outcomes of achieving high levels of resonance.
  • Identify, nurture, and develop talents, rather than focus on weaknesses.
  • Understand how positive emotions expand cognition.
  • Explain how the affective domain profoundly influences persistence.
  • Analyze premises behind the “Growth Mindset” and “Brain Plasticity.”

Participate in a 60-second paper, roleplaying demonstrations, pair and share activities, and interviews with feedback.

Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completing the workshop.

Working Connections IT Faculty Development Institute offers cutting-edge, cost-effective professional development opportunities to current community college IT/convergence faculty (at non-profit schools only) that is often only available through expensive commercial training. Working Connections makes the newest technologies and industry trends available to attendees, as well as encourages the kind of networking and collaboration among educational and business leaders that can strengthen any IT educational program.

Working Connections training workshops offer several tracks that cover a range of the most in-demand topics in IT. The goal of Working Connections is to provide attendees with the expertise needed to teach their respective track in a subsequent semester, bringing the most current information to their classrooms either as a stand-alone course or as supplemental information to an existing course.

This webinar reviews the principles of emotional intelligence. The webinar facilitator provides reasons why it is beneficial to have students use high emotional intelligence skills throughout the community college curriculum and not just as part of psychology and other social science courses. Webinar participants learn about major emotional intelligence principles, why having high emotional intelligence skills is an important key to success in college and in life in general, and how much students can benefit from being encouraged to use emotional intelligence in all courses, including increasing pass rates and overall retention.