TOE TIG Week: Using Mural in Your Evaluation Course by Kelly McGinn

Hello, AEA! I am Kelly McGinn, Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Temple University, where I teach our undergraduate program evaluation course. Due to the shift to virtual learning this year, I had to rethink how I engage with my students. I am typically a very hands-on practice-oriented instructor, and …

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TOE TIG Week: Applying progressive pedagogy to how I teach evaluation by Dana Wanzer

Greetings from the land of the Anishinaabe and Sioux people, referred to by colonizers as Menomonie, WI. My name is Dana Wanzer, PhD, and I teach evaluation in our MS in Applied Psychology program at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Today I’m sharing with you why and how I shifted my approach to teaching during the past …

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TOE TIG Week: Teaching Evaluation During Societal Turbulence by Jill Hendrickson Lohmeier

Welcome to a week of Teaching of Evaluation TIG blog posts for AEA 365!  I’m Jill Hendrickson Lohmeier, an Associate Professor of Research and Evaluation in Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and part of the Teaching of Evaluation TIG leadership team. This week, the Teaching of Evaluation TIG will be writing tips about …

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Connecting the Intra/Inter/Structural Week: Active Listening through a Heuristic Approach by Dawn Valentine

Hi, my name is Dawn Valentine, founder of the Variable Scoop, based in Washington DC. Our work is centered on building capacity to create better programs that end human suffering and support social change.  As evaluators, effective communication is a critical factor in working relationships. Communication is such an ingrained part of being that it …

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Connecting the Intra/Inter/Structural Week: Mohala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua by Kathy Tibbetts

Note: Today’’s AEA365 post contains Hawaiian language words that use certain diacritical markings. We make our best efforts to include these markings to be as culturally and grammatically accurate as possible, however, these markings often display as question marks or boxes, and may display differently on different browsers and devices. For best readability we have …

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Connecting the Intra/Inter/Structural Week: CREE as Journey To and Through (the Intra, the Inter, the structural) by Karyl Askew, Monifa Beverly, and Angelicque Tucker Blackmon

Greetings, we are Karyl Askew, Monifa Beverly, and Angelicque Tucker Blackmon, three Black cisgender women evaluators who specialize in culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE). We are continually in reflection with one another about what it means to be and journey as CREE evaluators. As we reflected on this week’s topic, we discussed the journey …

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Connecting the Intra/Inter/Structural Week: Virtues that Measure Us by Geri Peak

I’m Geri Peak, founder of Two Gems Consulting Services. I believe we must transform ourselves continually in order to contribute successfully to the advancement of society.  The Virtues Project expanded my capacity to communicate ideas about the people and programs I support. Now I regularly promote virtues as descriptors and metrics and integrate the Five …

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Connecting the Intra/Inter/Structural Week: Using Our Evaluator Competencies to Live-Into Socially Just Evaluation Praxis: Activating Self-in-Context at Multiple Levels–Intrapersonal * Interpersonal * Systemic by Hazel Symonette

Greetings! I am Hazel Symonette. I have been an active member of the AEA community since 1993 serving, for example, on the Board; Co-Chair of the AEA Building Diversity Initiative and Co-Chair, the Multi-Ethnic Issues TIG; AEA Representative to the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation and now,  At-Large Member; Task Force Member for …

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Connecting the Intra/Inter/Structural Week: As above, so below; as within, so without by Vidhya Shanker

Greetings! I’m Vidhya Shanker, an interdependent evaluator of South Indian, oppressive-caste ancestry settled on the traditional homelands of the Dakota. I’m writing about the latest iteration in my quest to unlearn the binaries inherent in colonial knowledge systems and (post)positivism, which continue to underlie most evaluation and social sector work. I’ll offer some examples that …

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Connecting the Intra/Inter/Structural Week: An Invitation to Explore the Universal Current of Life by Libby Smith

Hi, I’m Libby Smith (they/them). I’m an educator, evaluator, and organizational healing consultant. I’m a white, queer person who has spent a lot of time reflecting on their gender this past year. Currently I live and work on Anishinaabe land known as Menomonie, WI. I’ve spent the better part of my nearly 50 years living …

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