What is CREA?

A strategic initiative of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) was established in 2011 with a primary mission to generate evidence for policy making that is culturally and contextually defensible. In today’s pluralistic societies, to achieve relevant and valid conclusions, researchers must have a substantive understanding of the nature and influence of diverse cultural norms and practices. CREA’s focus on cultural responsiveness is unique in that no other university-based research center focuses on the centrality of culture and cultural context in evaluation and assessment theory and practice. CREA’s work increasingly has a national, international and indigenous presence in research, evaluation and assessment efforts and continues to promote the ever-increasing importance of cultural relevance in the formation of educational policies and practices. CREA is directed by Stafford Hood (Professor, Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Psychology) and Thomas Schwandt (Professor, Educational Psychology) is CREA’s Associate Director and Senior Fellow.

Register now for CREA 2017 4th International Conference!

September 27-29, 2017

https://crea.education.illinois.edu/home/crea-conference-2017

CREA 2017 Schedule and Early Registration

Early Registration Deadline August 25, 2017!!!

https://crea.education.illinois.edu/home/crea-conference-2017

CREA 2017 4th International Conference

September 27-29, 2017

Update

We are delighted to provide you with this preview of the detailed CREA 2017 conference schedule at: https://crea.education.illinois.edu/home/crea-conference-2017/conference-schedule.

As previously noted there will be keynote and plenary addresses by our internationally recognized scholars that include Drs. Gloria Ladson-Billings (University of Wisconsin-Madison),  Ernest House (Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado-Boulder), Teresa LaFromboise (Stanford University), Robin Miller (Michigan State University, and Guillermo Solano-Flores (Stanford University) (https://crea.education.illinois.edu/home/crea-conference-2017/keynote-speakers). Additionally, six pre-conference workshops (September 26) on major topics in culturally responsive evaluation and assessment will be provided by a stellar group of scholars and practitioners (https://crea.education.illinois.edu/home/crea-conference-2017/pre-conference-workshops).

Finally, we are anxiously looking forward to the American Evaluation Association’s live and webcast Dialogue on Race and Class that will be held on September 28 at the conference with panelists: Joan LaFrance, Owner of Mekinak Consulting and enrolled Citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Belcourt North Dakota; Amanda Lewis, Professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago; Alden Loury, Director of Research and Evaluation, Metropolitan Planning Commission; Robin Lin Miller, Professor of Ecological – Community Psychology at Michigan State University; Susan Smith Richardson, Editor and Publisher, The Chicago Reporter; and Susana Vasquez, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships; https://crea.education.illinois.edu/home/crea-conference-2017/aea-race-and-class-dialogue

Abbreviated list of confirmed conference program participants:

James D. Anderson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sharon Nelson Barber, WestEd

Katrina Bledsoe, EDC (Education Development Center)

Peggy Carr, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education

Henry Frierson, University of Florida

Leslie Goodyear EDC (Education Development Center)

Edmund W. Gordon, (Prof. Emeritus), Yale University and Teachers College, Columbia University

Drew Gitomer, Rutgers University

Jennifer Greene, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Melvin Hall, Northern Arizona University

Rodney Hopson, George Mason University

Karen Kirkhart, Syracuse University

Donna Mertens, (Prof. Emeritus), Gallaudet University

Kathryn Newcomer, George Washington University

Joe O’Hara, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

Lynda Pura-Watson Education Review Office, Wellington New Zealand

Claudia Rankins, National Science Foundation

Katherine Ryan, (Prof. Emeritus) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hazel Symonette, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Katherine Tibbetts, Liliʻuokalani Trust (Honolulu HI)

CREA Call for Papers Deadline Extended to February 27!

After numerous requests, “for just a little more time”, we have decided to extend the deadline (February 20, 2017) for the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) 4th International Conference (September 27-29), Evidence Matters: Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Translating to Action and Impact in Challenging Times call for papers (http://crea.education.illinois.edu/home/crea-conference-2017 ) to February 27, 2017.

We are also very pleased to announce that: Drs. Teresa LaFromboise (Professor of Developmental & Psychological Sciences, Graduate School of Education, and Chair Native American Studies, Stanford University) https://ed.stanford.edu/faculty/lafrom; Robin L. Miller (Professor of Ecological-Community, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University) http://psychology.msu.edu/Faculty/FacultyMember.aspx?netid=mill1493; and Guillermo Solano-Flores (Professor of Developmental & Psychological Sciences, Graduate School in Education, Stanford University)https://ed.stanford.edu/faculty/gsolanof  are confirmed to deliver keynote addresses with Dr. Ernie House (Professor Emeritus University of Colorado-Boulder) also delivering a featured plenary session presentation.

As expected, many are strongly resonating with the conference theme and purpose statement that is guiding our preparation. We are looking forward to the symposia, papers, and roundtable discussions that will also make major contributions to the work we must undertake during our time together.  This excitement is further amplified as a result of the American Evaluation Association’s Race and Class Dialogue (http://eval.org/RaceDialogues) to be held on September 28 in conjunction with our conference, as well as in San Antonio during the time of the AERA Annual Meeting.

Please share this information with your respective networks and we look forward to your submissions as well as seeing you at the conference. If you have any questions or difficulty with our proposal submission or conference registration system do not hesitate to contact us at: crea@education.illinois.edu

Dr. Bowman on CREA Blog

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Dr. Aluli-Meyer reminded us about the importance of transformative epistemologies that incorporate ways of knowing, ways of being, and ways of doing. She encouraged us as students of culturally responsive evaluation and assessment to challenge narrow cultrocentric standards and ideas that limit our ability, and tap into the brilliance of our mind, body, and spirit!

In leaving the Palmer house with Joe O’Hara (Dublin City University) and Alfredo Artiles (Arizona State U) on the Friday after the closing keynote, I knew I had been CREA’ed – that sense of having been at a special place where something special happened.  In fact, the gathering of this group of interdisciplinary and intergenerational scholars at that particular place of city, in this particular social, political, economic global milieu is historic, agenda and precedent setting, and worthy of continual repeating.

I recall hearing a colleague say at the inaugural conference that these are all the people you go to see at AEA and now they are all in the same room.  I also recall one of the keynote speakers from the inaugural conference, Eric Jolly (Science Museum of Minnesota), suggesting that the knowledge base in that room at CREA could essentially contribute to rewriting and rethinking research and evaluation agendas in major philanthropic, academic, government, and community board rooms around the country and potentially the world.  I believe him and I can’t wait until the 4th International conference!

Author

Rodney Hopson is a professor at George Mason University and Faculty Affiliate, UIUC – CREA

 

*Original post found here.

“Promising Practices in Tribally Driven Participatory Research” Presented by Dr. Bowman

IMG_1229Dr. Nicole Bowman-Farrell will present “Promising Practices in Tribally Driven Participatory Research: An Effective Model for Tribal and Non-Tribal Research Partnerships”, at the 3rd International Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) conference that will be held April 20-22, 2016 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton hotel.

Session Details:
Session Title: Paper 5b: Perspectives In Evaluation Training, Thinking And Practice
Date and Time: 22/Apr/2016, 9:00am – 10:30am

Registration and more info:

http://education.illinois.edu/CREA/conference

 

Sign Up for the CREA CRIE Workshop!

CREADr. Nicole Bowman will be providing a preconference workshop at the international conference for the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA). The Third International CREA 2016 conference will be held April 20-22 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

The preconference workshop is entitled, Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE): Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice that will be co-presented with Dr. Fiona Cram.

Dr. Nicky’s preconference workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in the Chicago Room of the Palmer House Hilton from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The annual CREA Conference is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from around the country and internationally to focus on the role of cultural theory and practices of evaluation and assessment. The conference title, The Next Generation of Theory and Practice: Rethinking Equity through Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, provides a central focus that is also guided by the five themes of: broadening participation in STEM and beyond; capacity building in global and local communities and neighborhoods; development of equitable measures, methods and metrics; policies and practices of influence and consequence; and examples of effective models of collaborations and networks.

We look forward to you joining us at the Third International CREA conference!

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See Dr. Bowman and Dr. Cram at a CREA CRIE PreConference Workshop

dr cram dr bowmanDr. Nicole Bowman and Dr. Fiona Cram will be presenting at CREA’s 3rd International Conference “The Next Generation of Theory and Practice: Rethinking Equity through Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment”

Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE): Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice

The workshop will provide real-world application of Indigenous Evaluation models, strategies, and tools using examples of collaborative models for working with Indigenous organizations and communities.

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Dr. Bowman at Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment

crea logoDr. Nicole Bowman-Farrell will present “Promising Practices in Tribally Driven Participatory Research: An Effective Model for Tribal and Non-Tribal Research Partnerships”, at the 3rd International Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) conference that will be held April 20-22, 2016 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton hotel.

Session Details:
Session Title: Paper 5b: Perspectives In Evaluation Training, Thinking And Practice
Date and Time: 22/Apr/2016, 9:00am – 10:30am

Registration and more info:

http://education.illinois.edu/CREA/conference

Check out the CREA Conference Schedule!

crea logoCheck out the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment’s (CREA) Third International Conference Schedule!

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The Next Generation of Theory and Practice: Rethinking Equity through Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment.

Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois April 20 to April 22, 2016 Preconference Workshops April 19

Early Bird Registration Deadline March 20, 2016

http://education.illinois.edu/CREA/conference

Selected Program Highlights

April 20

Keynote Address

Manulani Aluli-Meyer, Ph.D. (University of Hawaii at West Oahu).

Transformative Epistemology: Hawaiian, Indigenous, and Holographic (aka: Universality found in all specifics)

Welcome Reception

April 21

Morning Plenary

  1. Wade Boykin, Ph.D. Howard University

Human Diversity & the Pedagogical Troika

James Gee, Ph.D. Arizona State University

The Critical Role of Culture and Language in Learning and its Assessment

Edmund W. Gordon Distinguished Senior Scholar Lecture

Lloyd Bond, Ph.D. Retired, Senior Research Scientist, Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching

When Tests Miss the Mark: Toward More Culturally Responsive Assessment

Discussant: Joann Gorin, Ph.D. Vice President for Research, ETS

April 22

Keynote Address

Alfredo Artiles Ph.D., Arizona State University

Standard interventions in the time of differences: Notes on the role of culture and equity

April 19 Preconference Workshops

http://education.illinois.edu/CREA/conference/crea-pre-conference-workshops-2016

Full Day Workshop:

Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE): Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice

Fiona Cram, (Maori/ Ngati Kahungunu) Ph.D., Director, Katoa Ltd. (Auckland, New Zealand)

Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Munsee), Ph.D., President, Bowman Performance Consulting

Half Day Workshops:

Culturally Relevant Evaluation Meets Quantitative Research Methodology: What is the outcome?

Olatokunbo Fashola, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University/MERAssociates

Evaluating Broadening Participation in STEM Programs: Issues and Approaches

Leslie Goodyear, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, Education Development Center

Gary Silverstein, Ph.D., Associate Director, WESTAT

Kamau Bobb, Ph.D., Program Officer, NSF, Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Foundations of Culturally Responsive Evaluation

Rodney Hopson, Ph.D. Professor, George Mason University

Karen Kirkhart, Ph.D. Professor, Syracuse University

Putting Communities at the Center of Community-based Evaluation

Katrina L. Bledsoe, Ph.D., Senior Research Director and Founding Director, ThinkShift

Sign Up for the Center for CREA CRIE: Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice PreConference Workshop!

crealogoDr. Nicole Bowman will be providing a preconference workshop at the international conference for the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA).

The Third International CREA 2016 conference will be held April 20-22 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Nicky’s preconference workshop is entitled, Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE): Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice.

Dr. Bowman will co-present with Dr. Fiona Cram on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in the Chicago Room of the Palmer House Hilton from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

*Sign up!

*Stay tuned more info to come!