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  • July 24, 2018 10:40 AM | Deven Wisner (Administrator)

    Hello! I’m Sheila B. Robinson, Ed.D of Custom Professional Learning, LLC. I’m an educator, consultant, and program evaluator with a passion for professional learning. I design and facilitate professional development courses on program evaluation, survey design, data visualization, and presentation design. My book, Designing Quality Survey Questions, was published by Sage Publications in 2018.

    I’m an active American Evaluation Association member and currently Lead Curator and content writer for AEA365 Tip-A-Day By and For Evaluators, their daily blog on program evaluation, and Coordinator of the Potent Presentations Initiative (p2i). I’m Chair of both AEA’s Professional Development Workgroup, and Awards Committee. I’m also past Chair and Program Chair of the Pre-K12 Educational Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG).

    I have taught graduate courses on program evaluation and professional development design and evaluation at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education where I received my doctorate in Educational Leadership and Program Evaluation Certificate. 

    The Potent Presentations Initiative (p2i) is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and exists for the explicit purpose of helping evaluators improve their presentation skills, both at conferences and in individual evaluation practice. Potent Presenters think about three key components of a compelling presentation: Message, Design, and Delivery, and our free resources are largely organized around these areas.

    P2i got its start back in 2012 with Stephanie Evergreen, data visualization and presentations expert, and has continued to grow over the years, with several people contributing to the effort, including me! Initial identification of the three key components and inspiration for much of the early content and came from a study of a dozen highly regarded AEA presenters dubbed the “Dynamic Dozen,” who had the highest feedback scores from pre-conference professional development and Summer Institute workshops, and Coffee Break Webinars.

    Our p2i website features a p2i Presentation Tools & Guidelines page with free, downloadable checklists and worksheets, along with webinars and slides on Message, Design, and Delivery. Check out the Poster Presentations page for additional guidance and tools for posters. And our Presentation Preparation Checklist is a perennial favorite that guides you along a well-paced schedule to a prepared and calm session. Our newest resources are the Audience Engagement Strategy Book and Guidelines for Handouts tool, my contributions to the p2i collection. Up next will be a resource dedicated to helping you use images in presentations.

    As current p2i coordinator, I’m always on the lookout for ideas for new content, and engage with an advisory team a few times per year for input. In a recent effort to catalyze ideas I asked evaluators to participate in a brief, informal survey about presenting to help inform our future work. The survey asked about people’s past and future presentation work and what might help them improve their practice. I shared the link to “You, the Presenter: What Would Help You Up Your Game?” in an aea365 post and on EvalTalk, and 190 people responded! The results are quite informative, and I’ve been sharing them monthly in my p2i column in the AEA monthly newsletter.

    Are you getting ready to submit a proposal to present at a conference? Have you been hired by an organization to give a presentation? Or, do you have an upcoming presentation you need to make to your colleagues? It’s a great time to check out AEA’s Potent Presentations Initiative and download free resources to supercharge your next presentation!

    -Sheila B. Robinson, Ed.D., Custom Professional Learning, LLC



  • May 23, 2018 10:38 AM | Deven Wisner (Administrator)

    Happy monsoon season to all! This time of year is always a treat following a blistering couple of months. The AZENet Board of Directors is busy this summer diving into our 2018-2019 strategic plan for the Network. As a reminder, our work over this next year aligns with three key priorities: membership, sustainability, and community embeddedness. I welcome Network members to get involved to support the plan themselves in a few key ways.

    Invite a colleague to your next AZENet membership event to get to know the network. Pass on professional development activities on your listserv or contact list. We welcome all evaluative types – not just those with the word “evaluator” in their name. Know an organization that does evaluative work who should be engaged in this Network? Share our website or contact the Membership Recruitment Chair to introduce them to us.

    Consider joining our membership committee to expand your network and help us with outreach and recruitment. Contact Membership Recruitment Chair, Nicole Janich at Membership@azenet.org for more information and to get involved.

    A key focus this year will be to connect with the next generation of evaluation professionals in post-secondary institutions in the state. Are you interested in participating in mentoring events for students and early career evaluators? The Network is also exploring opportunities to connect directly with our Arizona communities to provide professional development & outreach.

    Interested in sharing your skills in a professional development workshop or have an idea for a community event? Contact the Professional Development Chair, Roseanne Schuster, at ProfessionalDevelopment@azenet.org.

    I invite you to connect with us to grow your connections to evaluation in Arizona. Have a thought or comment? Email me directly at President@azenet.org.

    In Evaluation,

    Jenny McCullough Cosgrove, AZENet President/CEO


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