Stafford Hood on the 2013 CREA Conference: Repositioning Culture in Evaluation and Assessment

Welcome aea365 colleagues. I am Stafford Hood, Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The overall goal of CREA is to encourage evaluation research and practice that is not only culturally sensitive but also culturally responsive.

Hot Tip – Attend the 2013 CREA Conference: Repositioning Culture in Evaluation and Assessment: The Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) is pleased to convene its inaugural conference April 21-23, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois. CREA was established to address the questions, issues, theories, and practices related to culture and cultural context in research and culturally responsive evaluation of program interventions. It equips advanced degree students (both doctoral and masters student) and practicing professional with the comprehensive skills, understandings, and dispositions necessary to engage in culturally responsive research, assessment, and evaluation.

CREA’s inaugural conference will be the first known international event to focus explicitly on the discourse and practice of culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) and culturally responsive assessment, including CRE implementation, implications, and impact. Our featured keynote speakers will be:

  • Rodney Hopson (Current Past-President, AEA, Duquesne University)
  • Eric Jolly (Science Museum of Minnesota President)
  • Maria Araceli Ruiz-Primo (Director, School Research Center and the Laboratory of Educational Assessment, Research, and InnovatioN (LEARN), University of Colorado-Denver)

The conference also includes two invited panels entitled “Perspectives on Repositioning Cultural in Evaluation and Assessment,” that feature past presidents of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA), including:

  • Jennifer Greene (AEA, University of Illinois)
  • Karen Kirkhart (AEA, Syracuse University)
  • Gloria Ladson-Billings (AERA, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Carol Lee (AEA, Northwestern University)
  • William Tate (AERA, Washington University in St. Louis)

In addition to these internationally recognized scholars, we are pleased to offer a diverse conference schedule with over 120 papers, roundtables and symposia submitted by authors from the U.S. as well as seven non-U.S. countries and indigenous nations.

Hot Tip – Register before March 20 for the lowest rates

 Rad Resource – AEA Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation: The AEA Statement is an excellent place to start exploring issues of cultural competence. The statement presents the role of culture and cultural competence in quality evaluation, why importance of cultural competence in evaluation is important, and essential practices for cultural competence.

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