Sheila B Robinson on Spreading Your Wings and Registering for Evaluation 2015!

Happy Fall loyal readers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with a reminder to register early for Evaluation 2015.

Hot Tip: Be an early bird! Register now. If you are planning to attend Evaluation 2015, the American Evaluation Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois this November, and have not yet done so, register today to receive early bird rates. After Tuesday October 6, registration rates will go up.

Hot Tip: Take advantage of high quality, in-depth learning opportunities. Register for professional development workshops now. AEA’s professional development workshops* are taught by some of the best presenters/facilitators in the field and with 60 half-day, full-day, and two-day options, you’re sure to find a session that meets your learning needs. Workshops are filling up fast! *PD workshops are an additional cost and require separate registration, but early bird rates apply here too!

Hotter Tip: The American Evaluation Association is proud to announce a partnership with the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) to offer a unique thread of professional development training options as part of the pre- and post-conference offerings during Evaluation 2015 in Chicago, IL. CREA will offer a thread of six professional development workshops on evaluation theory, methods, and practice grounded in culturally responsive evaluation.

Cool Trick: Learn about Chicago in order to plan some “down time” and take in some of the sights. Click here to find out a little about the city from the AEA website, and search on this blog for “LAWG” (that’s Local Area Working Group)  posts from this past July and September to learn more from AEA members who live and work in that area.

Cool Trick: Get ready to be a potent presenter! If you’re preparing a presentation for the conference (or for any other event!), learn more about our Potent Presentations (p2i) Initiative and read through some of the resources to up your game and deliver a strong, audience appealing presentation. It’s not about having “pretty” slides, but rather, about purposefully crafting your presentation’s central message, designing appropriate visual content that supports your audience’s understanding of the content, using audience engagement strategies to encourage and support their attention to the presentation, and learning how to deliver a strong presentation.

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