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Pre-Conference Workshop Line-Up for the ADP National Meeting – Thursday, June 2, 2011

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

This is by far the richest, most dynamic program we’ve had since the beginning of the project in 2003. I hope you will plan to take part in one of the six (6) incredible pre-conference workshops that we have planned.

RSVP is required for all workshops.

To RSVP, simply send me an email and let me know which Pre-Conference Workshop you would like to attend. Five (5) of the workshops are free to registrants of the ADP Meeting and one (1) pre-conference workshop requires an additional $40 registration fee. See below for additional details.

To register for the ADP National Meeting, please visit this website.

All Pre-Conference Workshops will take place on Thursday, June 2, 2011.

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Educating Globally Competent Citizens: Strategies and Resources for Teaching 7 Revolutions ($40 Registration and RSVP required – lunch included)This day-long institute introduces participants to numerous tools for educating globally competent citizens. Representatives from six AASCU campuses describe how they have integrated and infused the Seven Revolutions framework (population, resources, technology, information, economic integration, conflict, and governance) and content on their campuses for introductory, first year, major and honors courses. Institute leaders demonstrate the teaching materials and resources they have found most valuable in the courses they teach and will guide participants in anticipating how these same tools could be used effectively on their home campuses.Presenters: Steven Elliott-Gower, Director, Honors and Scholars Program, Georgia College, Darrell A. Hamlin, Senior Fellow, Center for Civic Leadership and Brett Whitaker, Instructor, Leadership Studies, Fort Hays State University, William E. Payne, Interim Dean, School of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota Duluth, Dennis Falk, Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth, Nathan Phelps, Faculty, Honors College, Western Kentucky University, Martin S. Shapiro, Associate Professor of Psychology and 7 Revolutions Scholar, California State University Fresno, and Blase S. Scarnati, Director, First Year Seminar Program and Global Learning, Northern Arizona University, Keisha L. Hoerrner, Chair, First-Year Programs, Kennesaw State University, GeorgiaTo learn more about the 7 Revolutions, visit this website.
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. An Introduction to Deliberative Polling® (Free and open to all registrants)The Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University is devoted to research on democracy and public opinion through Deliberative Polling® – an innovative method of public consultation. The Deliberative Polling process reveals the conclusions the public would reach, if people had opportunity to become more informed, engage with others, and consider the viewpoints from all sides. Join this workshop to learn how to use Deliberative Polling or conduct deliberative experiments on your campus, in your communities, state or nationally.Facilitators:  Sean Westwood and Nuri Kim, Doctoral Students, Center for Deliberative Democracy , Stanford University, CaliforniaTo learn more about Deliberative Polling, visit this website.
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Effective Strategies for Telling Your Story (Free and open to all registrants)Too often, good works go unnoticed even as universities and colleges conceive and execute creative programming in civic engagement. So how can you get the word out? The first part of the workshop identifies the goals of communication, the target audiences, and the communication options.  Presenters then share a technique for incorporating message, audience, and medium into a single strategic plan for publicizing civic engagement work. The second part of the workshop focuses on specific ideas for publicizing an initiative. What works? What doesn’t? How do you stretch a limited budget?Presenters:  Mark Neikirk, Executive Director, Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and Carole Beere, Associate Provost for Outreach (retired), Northern Kentucky University
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Political Engagement Project Institute: Getting Started with the Political Engagement Project (Free and open to all registrants)The Political Engagement Project (PEP) has the goal of developing a sense of political efficacy and duty on the part of undergraduates as well as a set of political skills that students will need as they engage with the political world. To do this, PEP campuses have infused political education and engagement tactics into a variety of disciplines and courses on campus and have made the tenants of political engagement central to the institutional framework of their campuses.This workshop explores the goals and pedagogies of the participating courses and programs, students’ perspectives on their experiences in the program, and the impact of these experiences on key dimensions of political development such as knowledge and understanding, active involvement, sense of political efficacy and identity, and skills of democratic participation. Learn how to launch PEP on your campus in this informative workshop.Presenters: David L. Carr, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow, William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and Marilyn E. Vito, Associate Professor of Business Studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Ralph J. Rascati, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kennesaw State University, Georgia, Stephen K. Hunt, Professor and Joseph Zompetti, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Illinois State University

For more information about PEP, please visit this website.

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Introduction to the Informed Citizen Project  (Free and open to all registrants)One key component tocivic engagement is critical consumption and analysis of information. The Informed Citizen Project focuses on media and information literacy efforts and strategies for building civic engagement.  Our pre-conference workshop establishes a plan for the first year’s efforts.Presenters:  Chapman Rackaway, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Fort Hays State University, and Lance Lippert, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Illinois State University
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Game of Politics Simulation Sponsored by The New York Times(Free and open to all registrants)

The Game of Politics Simulation is set 4-6 years in the future.  Participants are assigned roles in the Presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court (including lawyers), and the media. Then they work on legislative, budgetary and judicial issues while facing multiple and multi-session story lines that cover:

1) lobbying efforts (regarding legislative and budgetary matters);

2) emerging domestic and foreign policy issues;

3) constituency service matters;

4) legislative and executive wildcards; and,

5) plain old distractions.

Come to this session to experience the simulation and learn how to run a Game of Politics Simulation on your own campus!

Facilitator:  Don Jansiewicz, Creator, Game of Politics

To learn more about the Game of Politics, visit this website.

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