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A Workshop to Improve the Assessment of Professional Development in Technician

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12/04/19 - FAS4ATE2 Recruitment Webinar (video available).  



Project Description

The development of a well-qualified STEM-oriented technician workforce is critical to the nation's continued economic competitiveness. A means for developing this workforce is to provide professional development (PD) opportunities to those who teach the technicians of the future. While professional development opportunities flourish, an on-going challenge is providing evidence that these types of activities make a difference in fostering the growth of the knowledge, skills, and productive attitudes of students who are pursuing technician careers in STEM fields. Building on a current system of resources to improve the assessment of professional development activities, the primary goal of the workshop and pre- and post-workshop activities is to refine and test a set of professional development resources. Collectively, these resources comprise the Formative Assessment Systems for Advanced Technological Education (ATE) resources (FAS4ATE) toolkit. Testing of this toolkit involves verification that the collection, analysis, and use of PD evaluation data are feasible for all ATE projects and centers, and in turn improve the assessment and reporting of student outcomes.

Drawing on current literature and work on formative assessment and learning, the project will revise and test the FAS4ATE toolkit for usability and scalability. The combination of piloting the implementation of the toolkit with well-experienced teams of principal investigators and evaluators with expert review of the resources will investigate the underlying assumption that availability and access to well-design resources to assess professional development will improve the evaluation of PD activities and in turn lead to well documented and evidence-based claims of the effect of PD on student outcomes.

Project Team:  PI: Robin Datta, Ph.D.  Faculty, Political Science Edmonds Community College 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood,

The National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program has been funding innovation at two-year colleges for over twenty years. With a focus on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy, and strong partnerships between academic institutions and industry, ATE promotes improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels.

To learn more about ATE, please visit the NSF ATE program home page.


FAS4ATE2 (2019-2021) - Coming Soon

FAS4ATE1 (2013-2016):

Project Team:

PI: Robin Datta, Ph.D.

Faculty, Political Science

Edmonds Community College

T: +1-425-640-1590 


Co-PI: Amy Gullickson, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Centre for Program Evaluation, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

The University of Melbourne

T: +61 3 9035 9682



Terryll A. Bailey, President

The Allison Group

T: +1-206-525-7175


Research Assistant

Mia Chen

Centre for Program Evaluation, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

The University of Melbourne


FAS4ATE 2.0 Intensive Workshop key activities and dates (tentative)




Recruitment Webinar (Register)


15:00-16:00 EST

Application Deadline


23:59 EST

Pre-Workshop Webinar 1


16:00-17:30 EST

Pre-Workshop Webinar 2


16:00-17:30 EST

2020 Intensive Workshop (ATE PI Conference)



Last updated: 12/06/2019