Structured Conversations

Structured Conversations

In an effort to provide ongoing professional development opportunities for SAAL members, the Professional Development Committee hosts Structured Conversations. Structured Conversations are monthly interactive assessment webinars. A listing of upcoming webinars and past records can be found below. Check the professional development calendar for a full listing of events. 

Structured Conversations

The SAALProfessional Development Committee is pleased to announce, our next SAAL Structured Conversationis scheduled for October 12, 3:00pm-4:00pm EST (12 noon - 1:00pm PST),titled "New Professionals: Five Tools for your Toolbelt " withAnnie Cole, Director of Research, Modern Classrooms Project, Sindy L. Fleming, Ed.D. Associate Dean of Students, Carleton College, and Angie Moreno, Manager of Assessment and Evaluation, Metropolitan State University of Denver, hosted by Renée Delgado-Riley, Director of Student Life Assessment & Research at the University of Oregon. Register HERE!!!

Abstract:  This structured conversation will focus on sharing resources and tools for new assessment professionals, ranging from graduate students to professionals in their first five years of assessment work. During the conversation, we will walk the participants through five essential tools: 1) Knowing your role, 2) Identifying resources, 3) Knowing your skills, 4) Building a team, and 5) Streamlining processes. The conversation will wrap up with an activity to identify resources and potential collaborators for continued career growth.

As aresultofthis conversation, we anticipate that participants will be able to:

  • Identify tools and resources available to various levels of assessment professionals (grad student - new professionals)
  • Consider which resources are most helpful at their stage
  • Identify key resources and individuals who can support their growth

The SAAL Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce, our September SAAL Structured Conversation has been rescheduled for November 10th from 3:00pm-4:00pm EST (12 noon-1:00pm PST), titled "Exploring the Relationship Between Student Grit and Non-Cognitive Skills," with Dr. Edward Hummingbird, Director of Analytics and Outcomes, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), hosted by Lea Campbell, Executive Director, Assessment & Accreditation at the University of Houston-Downtown and technical support from Vince Nix, Assistant Professor at Lamar University. Register HERE!!! 

Abstract: This session is a conceptual model of non-cognitive skills and grit, it demonstrates the modeling effort (using three years of data) to estimate the relationship between relevant non-cognitive factors and grit. This presentation also shares how to use the data to plan and program non-cognitive interventions throughout the student life cycle to increase grit, and consequently, graduation rates. Colleges place considerable effort in understanding student "grit" (passion and perseverance to achieve long-term goals) and its impact on student success. Greater effort is placed on measuring the impact of non-cognitive skills, those not reflected in IQ or other academic intelligence measures, on student success. Yet, little is known about how to improve student grit. This session will examine the predictive capacity of non-cognitive skill sets in positively affecting grit using linear modeling on three years of student grit scores and non-cognitive factors to uncover factors that directly affect grit.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to: 

  • Map out the student life cycle for their own institution, identifying all necessary educational transitions between college entry and completion.
  • Identify multiple measures of student success throughout the student life cycle.
  • Identify non-cognitive learning skills that positively affect grit, further enabling them to identify possible interventions to strengthen student grit.

If you have topics and/or presenters of interest in the upcoming year, please complete the proposal form below.

Past Conversations

Structured Conversations are FREE and anyone can participate. If you are unable to attend a Structured Conversation live, recordings are available on the SAAL YouTube Channel. Visit our YouTube Channel or browse it below by clicking the playlist link on the top left of the video frame. PowerPoint slides and handouts can also be found in the SAAL Resource Repository in the folder titled "Structured Conversations."




Topic Proposals

Would you like to suggest a topic for a future Structured Conversation (SC)? The SAAL PDC welcomes your suggestions! You are also invited to apply to lead a SC and share your expertise with SAAL by completing the proposal form below. We look forward to hearing from you!