Workshops

AAQEP offers online workshops on a regular basis. These workshops are delivered in pairs via 3-hour Zoom sessions on consecutive days. Register for both parts of a virtual workshop to benefit from the complete set, or take whichever one fits your current schedule and needs.

Note that in-person workshops are not available for the 2020-2021 academic year due to the pandemic.


Making the Case for Quality

These workshops are designed for providers actively pursuing AAQEP accreditation but are open to anyone interested in learning more about the system. If you are unfamiliar with AAQEP, you can prepare for your workshop by viewing an archived introductory webinar.

Dig into the AAQEP standards on candidate/completer performance (Standards 1 and 2) in this 3-hour virtual workshop.

We’ll start with a brief overview of the AAQEP system, then explore the types of evidence needed to document the performance of candidates and program completers. You and your colleagues (teams encouraged!) will consider the data you currently have available, discuss strategies for gathering new information from your graduates and their employers, and begin winnowing the options down to a manageable set of measures.

Discover how to frame your Accreditation Proposal and get a jump start on your self-study report, with the benefit of peer feedback. You’ll leave with an action plan!

Next Session: June 23, 1:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

Dig into the AAQEP standards on quality program practices (Standards 3 and 4) in this 3-hour virtual workshop.

After a brief overview of the AAQEP system, we’ll explore practical strategies for documenting specific program practices that promote candidate success, support completer career entry and growth, and ensure program capacity for quality.

Learn how to develop case studies linked to the standards that interrogate existing program processes and inform success at a practical level. (This will be especially helpful if you’re working on the process-focused appendices to your AAQEP Quality Assurance Report!) Leave with an action plan for making the case for Standards 3 and 4.

Next Session: June 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m. EDT


Ensuring Data Quality and Equity

These workshops are tailored to AAQEP members but explore concepts that are useful to anyone working with assessment in educator preparation. 

To effectively support quality assurance and program improvement, evidence must be fair, credible, and meaningful. How can you ensure that measures produce accurate and useful evidence?

In this interactive workshop, you will work in teams—from your own institution and/or other programs—to analyze assessment instruments for equity, validity, and reliability. You’ll also develop a plan for working with the school-based partners who host your candidates and hire your completers to simultaneously strengthen your evidence set for accreditation and achieve greater clarity of your joint goals and partnerships.

Next Session: May 12, 1:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

Empirical evidence is the best guide we have in seeking to strengthen and improve programs. But not all measures are of equal quality, and sometimes measures yield discrepant outcomes that undermine our efforts to promote equity.

In this interactive workshop, you will work in teams—from your own institution and/or other programs—to explore ways of ensuring the strength of qualitative data and of investigating the fairness and trustworthiness of both quantitative and qualitative evidence sources in your accreditation work.

Next Session: May 13, 1:00-4:00 p.m. EDT


Using Data to Sustain Improvement

These workshops are tailored to AAQEP members but explore concepts that are useful to anyone working on data-based improvement in educator preparation. 

Data abounds, but how do you ensure that you have the right information for the right purpose?

In this interactive workshop, you will work in teams to consider what data will most effectively tell your program’s story to make the case for quality. Using your AAQEP evidence inventory, program data, or your action plan, you will identify essential data to answer questions and to build your plan for improvement. In addition, you’ll review options for visual displays to effectively communicate your findings to a variety of stakeholders as you build on your action plan.

Leave with practical ideas to support and sustain your continuous improvement process.

Next Session: June 2, 1:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

This workshop will equip you to use improvement science as a framework for constructing an action plan that supports your continuous improvement process.

Explore the tools and protocols related to improvement science, get to know the PDSA (plan-do-study-act) model, and learn how these work together to support program quality.

In addition, you will learn how engaging in improvement science can build collaboration and community with your stakeholders around your action plan for continuous improvement.

Leave with ideas to implement with your team and partners.

Next Session: June 3, 1:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

Online Workshop Fees


$125 per person, per 3-hour workshop (AAQEP member rate)

$150 per person, per 3-hour workshop (nonmember rate)

Save 20% when you register 6 or more participants from the same institution/provider.

"The AAQEP process/format appears very collaborative, respects and honors unique institutional contexts, and focuses on program improvement from a lens of exploration and innovation rather than one of prescription and compliance. This workshop was a very uplifting, positive experience."

— Workshop attendee

"I liked the focus on continuous improvement and being encouraged to be honest and authentic with our growth and progress."

— Workshop attendee

"Excellent strategies shared by the attendees for getting at validity and reliability of key assessments."

— Workshop attendee