Using Social Media to Prepare for Evaluation 2017

Using Social Media to Prepare for Evaluation 2017 by Jayne Corso

Posted: 30 Sep 2017 05:06 AM PDT

Hi my name is Jayne Corso and I am the Community Manager for AEA. Evaluation 2017 is just a month away! I have compiled a few ways you can prepare for joining us in Washington D.C. using some social media tools.

Hot Tip: Follow AEA on Social Media

Follow AEA on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest news surrounding the conference. We will be sharing key deadlines, education updates, and announcements about what to except during Evaluation 2017.

Hot Tip: Follow #Eval17 on Twitter

If you are active on Twitter, start following our conference hashtag, #Eval17. Many members of the evaluation community are using this hashtag to discuss their presentations and start conversations before Evaluation 2017 even starts. Don’t be shy, join the conversation!

Hot Tip: Search for Speakers

Connect with Evaluation 2017 speakers on Twitter. Many of our speakers are active on twitter and share relevant evaluation resources. Start following these speakers and make a connection before you step foot in D.C.

I hope these tips help you prepare for your trip to Evaluation 2017. Stay tuned for more tips on how to use social media and connect with AEA online during the conference. I look forward to seeing everyone in D.C.

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CREA 2017 Schedule and Early Registration

Early Registration Deadline August 25, 2017!!!

CREA 2017 4th International Conference

September 27-29, 2017


We are delighted to provide you with this preview of the detailed CREA 2017 conference schedule at:

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) ( 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 (

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;

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)

Webinar: Youth Empowerment Part 1 – Indigenous Food and Healing

Youth Empowerment Part 1: Indigenous Food and Healing

Webinar Date:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


11 a.m. Alaska
12 p.m. Pacific
12 p.m. Arizona
1 p.m. Mountain
2 p.m. Central
3 p.m. Eastern

About the Webinar

Join the SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center, the Center for Native American Youth, and members of their 2017 Champions for Change class for a three-part webinar series on youth empowerment in Indian Country.

In Part 1 we will welcome Mariah Gladstone, who will discuss her work as founder of Indigikitchen, an online cooking show dedicated to the diets of indigenous communities. She will also discuss the growing understanding of food sovereignty and its connection to wellness in tribal communities.

BPC Partners with Northwest Area Foundation & Rainbow Research on National Workforce Development Project

Shawano, WI May 19, 2017 Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) has been hired to work as an evaluation and technical assistance subject matter expert to work on a new workforce development initiative funded by the Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF).  The NWAF “Reservation-based Work Opportunity Initiative” is part of the “Work Opportunity” portfolio of NWAF to provide funding and support to Native-led grantees for the focus areas of:

  1. Promising career pathway programs that link training to available jobs.
  2. Capacity building efforts to increase the effectiveness of workforce organizations and their leaders.
  3. “Building the field” activities that lead to a larger and more networked field of stakeholders invested in reservation-based workforce efforts.

BPC’s partnership with Rainbow Research (RR) will support the efforts of the grantees who will work to increase workforce development skills and capacities of their organizations; strengthening systemic supports with non-Tribal workforce partners; and increasing the participation, knowledge, and skills of Tribal workforce participants.   This will result in a Native-led grantee portfolio that documents Tribal workforce development best practices, best strategies for program effectiveness, and a greater understanding and capacity of local Tribal and non-Tribal workforce system partners to increase reservation-based work opportunities.

BPC will work with RR as an Indigenous evaluation and multi-jurisdictional workforce education systems subject matter expert.  BPC will provide support to needs assessments, grantee training and technical assistance, curriculum development and implementation, and design of a culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation study.  BPC will also provide technical feedback to grantees on their evaluation and data collection instruments and support the capacity, knowledge, and skill building of RR and NWAF to strongly support the efforts of Native-led grantees from Reservation or urban workforce contexts. Bowman Performance Consulting has contributed over two decades of culturally responsive and multi-jurisdictional evaluation, research, training and technical assistance.  Their living mission and motto is “working WITH people and not ON them.” If you would like more information about this project, please contact BPC at 715-526-9240 or by email


Evaluation Conference begins Tomorrow!

¡MilwaukeeEvaluation¡ Social Justice & Evaluation conference starts tomorrow, March 2, 2017 here in Madison. The event promises great opportunity to explore social justice as it relates to evaluation practice, all in community with evaluators from around the state.

*Click to view the flyer (PDF)

Visit for more information!

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask

Study Circles Online Conversation “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask” by Anton Treuer

Orientation** – February 15, 2017 | Online via Zoom; 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Session 1 – March 8, 2017 | Online via Zoom; 4:00-6:00 pm
Session 2 – Mach 29, 2017 | Online via Zoom; 4:00-6:00 pm
Session 3 – April 19, 2017 | Online via Zoom; 4:00-6:00 pm

**There is a prerequisite to receiving a copy of the book, which is participating in the orientation session on February 15, 2017.

These sessions will be a facilitated online conversation using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform and will be facilitated by:
Melissa Moe – Network Training and Supports Project Coordinator, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network (i.e. “The Network”)

David O’Connor – American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Fees, Schedule, and Registration
There are no fees to participate in this training, but pre-registration is required.

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All participants will be provided with the book at no charge. Please register early so a book can be sent to you prior to the first session.
Note: The book will not be sent to you until after you participate in the required orientation session on February 15, 2017.
  • February 15, 2017  |  4:00 pm – 4:30 pm via Zoom
    Prerequisite Orientation Session
  • March 8, 2017 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm via Zoom
    Readings: Terminology, History, Religion, Culture and Identity
  • March 29, 2017 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm via Zoom
    Readings: Pow Wow, Tribal languages, Politics
  • April 19, 2017 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm via Zoom
    Readings: Economics, Education, Perspectives

Contact Melissa Moe, Training and Supports Project Coordinator
Ph: (715) 986-2020, ext. 2127 or
For more great training opportunities offered by The Network,

AmeriCorps Affiliate Opportunity

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is accepting applications for designation of national service positions to be AmeriCorps Affiliate. AmeriCorps Affiliate began in 2016 as a pilot initiative to engage more youth in service and to increase the number of national service positions available through local support. CNCS is now expanding the Affiliate pilot and will consider additional requests to designate positions as National Service Positions. Applicants may only request designation of positions as National Service Positions; CNCS will not award financial resources to applicants. Applications will be reviewed three times in Fiscal Year 2017.

Applications for the first round of selection are due on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Selected applicants will be notified in April 2017.

Access technical assistance including upcoming calls and contact information for questions specific to this opportunity. 


RFP Training and Technical Assistance Provider

Please consider submitting a Proposal for Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Services to the Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources (DEHCR) and to local providers of housing and residential program services administered by DEHCR/Department of Administration.

Due February 10th, you can find all the info on VendorNet.


Find Funding for your Business!

Dr. Nicole Bowman of Bowman Performance Consulting discusses grant writing, services BPC offers, and how to get grants. She suggests diversifying your services, and communicating them well. Visit her website for a list of grants available for for-profit businesses.

Grants and Loans for Businesses through Non-Profits

Federal Funding Sources for Entrepreneurs

Wisconsin State Sources of Funding for Entrepreneurs

American Indian Business Resources

Does LEAD Need You?

Program Evaluation for Proposals

We can meet with you to discuss your program or proposal ideas. Please call (608) 263-4256 or email:

Current proposal deadlines

Title: Education grants
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Deadline: Ongoing; letters of inquiry accepted year round
Summary: Lumina’s goal is to increase the higher education attainment rate of the United States to 60% by 2025. While the Foundation’s mission focuses on both student access and success in higher education, its emphasis is on attainment, defined as completing associate and baccalaureate degrees and credentials. The Foundation focuses on increasing awareness of the benefits of higher education, improving student access to and preparedness for college, improving student success in college, and productivity across the higher education system. See the website for the foundation’s current funding strategies.

Title: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
Sponsor: NSF 16-552
Deadlines: June 14, 2016 and December 9, 2016
Summary: AGEP seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields. New and innovative models are encouraged, as are models that reproduce and/or replicate existing evidence-based alliances in significantly different disciplines, institutions, and participant cohorts.

Title: Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education
Deadline: August 4, 2016
Summary: IES’s research grants program is meant to provide the public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. These grants provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for disability, and (2) education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education. In carrying out its grants program, IES provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need and will conduct competitions in FY2017 through two of its centers.

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold six competitions in these areas (topics in parentheses):

  1. Education research (Cognition and Student Learning; Early Learning Programs and Policies; Education Leadership; Education Technology; Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching; English Learners; Improving Education Systems; Mathematics and Science Education; Postsecondary and Adult Education; Reading and Writing; Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning; and Special Topics, which include Arts in Education; Career and Technical Education; and Systemic Approaches to Educating Highly Mobile Students);
  2. Education research training (Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training [NOTE: An institution may submit only one application to the Pathways Training Program]; Postdoctoral Research Training; and Methods Training for Education Researchers);
  3. Statistical and research methodology in education (Statistical and Research Methodology Grants; and Early Career Statistical and Research Methodology Grants);
  4. Partnerships and collaborations focused on problems of practice or policy (Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research; and Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies);
  5. Low-cost, short-duration evaluations; and
  6. Research networks (Exploring Science Teaching in Elementary School Classrooms; and Scalable Strategies to Support College Completion).

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold three competitions in these areas (topics in parentheses).

  1. Special education research (Autism Spectrum Disorders; Cognition and Student Learning in Special Education; Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education; Families of Children with Disabilities; Mathematics and Science Education; Professional Development for Teachers and Other Instructional Personnel; Reading, Writing, and Language Development; Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning; Special Education Policy, Finance, and Systems; Technology for Special Education; and Transition Outcomes for Secondary Students with Disabilities).
  2. Special education research training; and
  3. Low-cost, short-duration evaluations.

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