I stopped using pencils in 5th grade. Without ceremony, my teacher rather mundanely announced to the class that we were now allowed to use pens on our school work. Pencils would henceforth no longer be required (except for math, of course). Huzzah! This...read more
A successful blogger once told me not to return from a blogging hiatus with "Well, it's been awhile since I've written." So, I'm definitely NOT starting this article with that! 😉 How's this? This blog and site are dedicated to the power and promise of...read more
Presentations aren’t just about the presenter and there are many reasons to maintain humility as a presenter. Certainly, it will endear you to the audience. Positioning yourself as a co-learner with your audience members, and not the only “expert” in the room opens up the possibility of having your presentations serve as learning experiences upon which you can build to advance your practice.read more
Yep, it’s another great co-post with the splendid Kim Firth Leonard, of the actionable data blog. lmost everyone (probably everyone, actually) who has written a survey has discovered something they wish they had done differently after the survey...read more
The CASM that Bridged a Chasm: When Cognitive Science Met Survey Methodology and Fell in Love! (cross post with actionable data blog)
hen Kim Firth Leonard of the actionable data blog and I write together, we usually refer to each other with a superlative - fabulous, magnificent, wonderful, etc. (all totally accurate, of course) - but now, I’m even prouder to call her co-author!...read more
Presentation Principles: Two simple strategies for audience engagement and all YOU have to do is ask questions!
Do you want to read about two super easy audience engagement strategies you can immediately incorporate into your presentation practice? OK then, here we go! I’ve written about audience engagement strategies many times …but the two strategies I’ll share today are even easier than most and require no special equipment or materials. All you need to do is remember to use them.read more
What Is Different about K-12 Public Education Evaluations? Guest post by Rakesh Mohan and Lance McCleve
'm pleased to publish this guest post by my evaluator colleagues in the Idaho State Legislature's Office of Performance Evaluations. Working in a governmental context gives them a unique perspective on education evaluation, as their...read more
Designing Effective Surveys Begins with the Questions BEFORE the Questions! (cross post with actionable data blog)
The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. - Thomas Berger Hey readers, Sheila here, writing once again with the marvelous Kim Firth Leonard, of the actionable data blog. t’s survey design season, so get ready to...read more
Presentation Principle: Keeping an audience engaged throughout the presentation is one key to success. I recently wrote about handling the Q&A portion of the presentation, but did not cover this important facilitation move for audience engagement. Here's the...read more
Happy New Year! Forbes claimed in early 2014, "data visualization is the future." Microsoft called 2014 "the year of infographics." And a few weeks ago, my friend, fellow evaluator, blogger, and dataviz aficionado Ann K. Emery proposed that a bunch of bloggers write...read more
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