2003 APA Education Leadership Conference — Workshops

Undergraduate Education Workshop
The undergraduate education workshop addressed issues of accountability and assessment in undergraduate education. Presenters included Diane Halpern (APA President-Elect) who provided an overview of assessment in the context of a liberal arts perspective. Caryn McTighe Musil (Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives, American Association of Colleges and Universities) addressed the role of diversity with respect to institutional evaluation. Bill Hill (Director, center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Kennesaw State University) and Dana Dunn (Professor, Moravian College) addressed assessment of the undergraduate major in psychology. Workshop participants then addressed the assessment of the psychology major with special attention to issues of human diversity and ethics. Participants were challenged to consider alternative models of assessment strategies, and to make recommendations for future directions in the assessment of the undergraduate major in psychology. This work built upon previous BEA task force efforts.
 
Graduate Education Workshop 
The graduate education workshop addressed issues of accountability and assessment in graduate education from the perspective of advancing scholarship and developing scholars. An overview of national initiatives to revisit the meaning of scholarship in the context of graduate education, especially at the doctoral level, was provided by eminent scholar R. Eugene Rice (Scholar-in-Residence, American Association of Higher Education), followed by a panel discussion of scholarship addressing the discovery and synthesis of knowledge through teaching, civic engagement, public policy, and mentoring doctoral students from ethnic minority backgrounds. Workshop participants then focused on what it means to be a scholar in the 21st Century. They addressed questions of accountability and assessment in graduate education, considering relevant ethical principles for psychologists as well as implications for curriculum development, the diversity of graduate students in psychology, and advocacy. This program built upon work completed at ELC 2001.
Professional Training Workshop

The professional training workshop focused on issues of accountability and assessment of competencies for the provision of health care services. The focus was on the assessment of actual skills in applying scientific knowledge to practice. Leon Smith (Professional Examination Service) provided a broad overview of different methods of competency assessment utilized in other disciplines. Anthony Errichetti (Director, Clinical Learning and Assessment center, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine) lead an in-depth review of the use of standardized patients in medical education and its application in psychology education and training. Workshop participants then addressed issues of formative and summative assessment, including issues related to ethics and diversity. This workshop built upon work completed at the 2002 Competencies Conference.

Applications to Education Workshop
The applications to education workshop focused on the application of psychology to the assessment of quality in K-12 teaching professionals. Representatives from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the American Federation of Teachers discussed issues related to the assessment of teacher quality. This panel was followed by a second panel consisting of Robert Floden (Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning, Michigan State University) and Lisa Towne (National Research Council). Workshop participants then considered the implications of these presentations for the assessment of quality in teaching professionals, whether these assessments provide sufficient accountability for preparing professionals capable of addressing students’ diverse learning needs, and what advocacy issues emerge from the implications. This workshop built upon work completed at ELC 2001.
 
Advocacy Training Workshop
The advocacy training workshop focused on a daylong advocacy training workshop, including a participatory session titled, "Reauthorization Fever: An Interactive Overview of the Legislative Process." Led by Christopher Kush, President of Soapbox Consulting, a grassroots training organization, the program educated APA members about the important role they can play in the decision-making process of a Member of Congress. For participants interested in more extensive advocacy and media training, there was another session "Media Training — How to Get Education Issues Into Your Local News." The ELC lunch program was devoted to recognition of the work of the newly established Federal Education Advocacy Coordinators (FEDAC) grassroots network and recipients of the Education Advocacy Distinguished Service awards. Nina Levitt, Director for Education Policy in the Public Policy Office, started the legislative updates by providing information about GPE - the only federal program dedicated to the education and training of psychologists. Jenny Smulson of the Education Public Policy Team followed with details of the Higher Education Act recommendations. Having completed advocacy training the day before, on Monday the largest contingency of psychology education and training representatives put their training into action as they advanced on Capitol Hill to discuss the reauthorization of the Bureau of Health Professions and Higher Education Act.