ATE Community Support
There are a number of ATE initiatives, like ATE Central, which support the rest of the ATE community. These projects and centers create materials for recruitment and professional development, disseminate research results, assist in evaluation, and generally spread the word about the impacts, resources and innovations within ATE.
Cross-Cutting ATE Projects
These ATE-funded projects support current and prospective ATE grantees.
EvaluATE is the evaluation resource center for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program, providing webinars, resource materials, workshops, and opportunities for ATE community members to engage around issues related to evaluation.
AccessATE supports the work of the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers in making the materials and activities they develop more accessible for all students and faculty, including those with disabilities. The project aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility requirements and provide guidance, tools, and support that offers solutions and helps achieve compliance with accessibility standards.
The ATE Impacts book and blog are intended to inform educators, college administrators, industry partners, students and parents about ATE's important work preparing technicians for employment in advanced technology fields, as well as improving the skills of educators who teach aspiring and incumbent technicians. Key audiences for the project also include elected officials, community college presidents, business and industry leaders, and ATE principal investigators.
ATE Mentoring Projects
These ATE-funded projects can help prospective grantees navigate the grant proposal creation and submission process.
Mentor-Connect provides current and relevant information, instruction, feedback, and links to resources that are augmented by peer mentoring to stimulate the engagement of STEM educators with, broaden participation in, and develop a next generation of leadership for ATE for the advancement of technician education to support our nation’s economy. Mentor-Connect effectively supports a cycle of talent development, engaging those with experience as mentors for those who will gain experience and become mentors to others in the future. Of particular note is the Mentor-Connect Resource Library, which offers a wealth of excellent materials for both potential and new ATE grantees.
MentorLinks is designed to help colleges develop or strengthen technician training programs in STEM fields through mentoring, professional development opportunities, and technical assistance; to establish connections for colleges to identify new ideas and relationships through networking opportunities at program meetings and Advanced Technological Education (ATE) National Conferences; and to help colleges gain insight about support for building and sustaining new programs.
Mentor Up seeks to increase the number and quality of proposals submitted annually to NSF’s ATE program, as well as educate potential grantees on how to most effectively apply for funding. This is achieved through an intensive 2.5-day workshop, accompanied by one-on-one mentoring with experienced Principal Investigators and past NSF Program Officers.
Pathways to Innovation
Pathways to Innovation builds on the ATE-supported Business & Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model, a proven method for strategic employer engagement. The project provides a BILT Academy to help participants implement their own BILT, as well as a Mentoring Academy that builds on the BILT framework to help participants create competitive ATE proposals.
Project Vision is designed to help colleges discover and match innovative ideas with NSF funding opportunities, with a specific focus on ATE. Their mission is to support the development of innovative ideas that produce award-worthy NSF proposals, offer support to college systems, provide professional development, and enable colleges to submit proposals regularly.
FORCCE-ATE seeks to strengthen technician education and ultimately the cyber workforce by empowering 30-40 community college teams, over three program years, to develop successful ATE grant projects that support program, curriculum, faculty, and student development. Essential elements of the program – mentor training/coaching, pre-workshop mentee preparation, a multi-day workshop, post-workshop webinars, and team mentoring – are all designed to help participants crystalize their innovative idea and craft successful grant proposals to ATE.