The following pre-conference sessions have been scheduled for Sunday, August 3, 2014:
- Fundamentals of our Profession (8:30 – 5:00 pm)
During the opening of this preconference session, the President and President-elect of the National Association of State Judicial Educators (NASJE) will discuss the foundation and benefits of belonging to NASJE. From regional and national trainings, educational resources, access the curriculum guide, and national networking opportunities, membership with NASJE provides the access and resources you need to be an effective judicial branch educator. Mid-morning will begin by examining the work we do in our respective court systems to create quality adult-centered educational programming. Utilizing our model curriculum, participants will engage in interactive exercises applying the instructional design model to their work. Participants will have opportunities to network and share ideas with other educators throughout the country.
- A seat at the table: positioning Judicial Branch Education for success within the branch (1-3:30 p.m.)
Understanding, developing, and implementing an effective governance system is crucial to provide the necessary infrastructure to support a judicial branch education program. Effective relationships and complementary roles among boards and committees provide a system that ranges from policy-making, to decision-making, and to program implementation.
- Forum for State Directors of Judicial Branch Education (3:30 – 5:00 p.m.)
As in the past, this session will highlight what state judicial educators have accomplished in the previous year and their plans for the upcoming year. However, these will only be a starting point. Lee Ann Barnhardt, Director of Education and Communication for the North Dakota Court System, and Tony Simones, Manager of Judicial Education for the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator, will lead a discussion on the larger issues of how our work as judicial educators allows us to pursue our passions and achieve objectives that are important to us. We will also talk about the barriers that prevent us from fully accomplishing our goals and how they can be overcome.