What is the Virtual Track?
We understand that some of you, for various reasons will not be able to join us in Baltimore, MD during this year’s annual conference. While we cannot give you all the excitement, networking opportunities and skill building sessions planned. We are excited to announce the 2016 Annual Conference virtual track! Virtual participants will be fully engaged in each session, just as if they were in the room. This is the first time ACR has offered the ability to join the conference in this way, so we are excited to see how it all comes to together. 6.5 continuing education credits are available for this track.
8:15 AM – Morning Plenary - Keynote Speaker: Honorable Michael Aloi - Federal Magistrate Judge and former ACR president. There will also be several awards and a "Ted-Talk" like presentation from one of ACR's New Voices.
10:15 AM - Applying Information and Communication Technologies to Multiparty CR Process - Colin Rule and Jason Gershowitz
Today, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are deeply rooted in our everyday lives. The same should be true for conflict resolution professionals. ICTs empower (and disenfranchise) facilitators and participants, especially where parties are engaging across distance and time. At the same time, ICTs should not be thought of as a one size fits all conflict resolution solution. Thinking about the tools available from the start helps to ensure quality process design and satisfactory outcomes in practice. This session will use interactive features (such as real time polling) to tailor a presentation introducing participants to available ICT tools and how to apply them in relevant situations.
1:45 PM -Special Edition - The Texas Conflict Coach radio program: Â Virtual Exchange: Renewing Civic Engagement at a Time of Unprecedented Interconnectedness
In a digitally connected world where diversity of identities is a reality which we must confront every time we log into our smart phones and social media accounts, academia has played a pioneering role in the way we learn how to be inclusive and embrace diversity. Nevertheless, recent demonstrations across American campuses as well as the growing expressions of hate and violence in online space worldwide make question the preparedness of traditional education methods to tackle the virtual multicultural world we live in. Grassroots intercultural dialogue programs between citizens living in different societies have flourished over the past decade as a response to the growing antagonism between some of those societies. Those programs aim at building mutual understanding and a sense of empathy among participants, creating bridges and fostering a new culture of constructive engagement between young citizens. Lately, online dialogue programs carried out by organizations like Soliya have received an official acknowledgement of their relevance in a fast changing world. Panelists involved as implementors of Soliya’s Connect Program will engage in an interactive discussion with participants on the lessons learned from Soliya's 13 years experience, the current evolutions of dialogue processes and the value of virtual exchange as a growing field in the world of intercultural dialogue and conflict resolution education.
3:30 PM - Here’s Looking at You—Targeting the Right Participants
National Association of Drug Courts Professionals (NADCP)
This session helps teams review their target populations based upon the current research literature. This literature provides an avenue for drug court programs to review who they serve to maximize resources and have the greatest impact on the justice system in their community. In this session, participants will learn how to target the best population for their drug court program; the importance and different types of risk and needs assessment tools; and how to develop a drug court system in their jurisdiction.
5:00-6:00 PM - The New Voices Presentation –We end the day with presentations by four 2016 New Voices. The New Voices: Emerging Professionals program selects, through a juried process, seven graduates or recent graduates to present a “Ted Talk like” presentation on research they had done and/or participated in.
All times are Eastern Standard Time.