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PAB Program Administrator Orientation

Thursday: 4:15pm5:30pm

Preparing for the Job Market

Friday: 10:15am – 11:45am

Workshop details to come.

Mobile Tour Workshops

Friday: 1:30pm5:30pm

Get out of the hotel and see some of what Denver has to offer! There are opportunities to learn about history, culture, neighborhood revitalization case studies, public housing redevelopment, and Denver's perspective on marijuana, beer, and urban planning. Mobile Tour Details

Case Teaching & Writing for Planners: The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Friday: 1:30pm3pm

To address the rising social, economic, and environmental challenges facing cities across the globe, planners need to acquire foundational knowledge and skills in planning and public finance as well as opportunities to apply them in real world situations. Thus the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy created a case library for teaching and learning. A case study re-creates a real-world problem, and asks students to walk in the shoes of public officials, business leaders, and citizens. Through debates, group work, and continuous feedback from educators and peers, participants develop a deep understanding of pertinent issues, analytical skills, and empathy for opposing views.

The workshop will introduce the Lincoln Institute Case Library initiative; strategies and supports for case research, writing, and teaching; ten ($1000) case study awards; and how you can use and contribute to the case library. Using two case study examples, we will review the definition of a teaching case, the learning goals and expected outcomes of using cases, and provide guidance on how to write them. During the last part of the workshop, participants will be invited to brainstorm cases they may be interested in writing. Prior to the workshop, participants will be asked to read two short cases that will be distributed in advance.

About the Speakers
Ge Vue is an Instructional Designer at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He collaborates with content experts in planning and urban development, public finance, and valuation and taxation to develop residential and online professional learning programs. He is also leading the Institute’s effort to create a web-based, case study library for teaching and learning. The case library will provide educators and practitioners free access to teaching cases on a wide range of issues such as climate change, municipal fiscal health, value capture, property tax, and informality and urban poverty.

William Ellet teaches Management Communication at Brandeis University and at the University of Miami in its Executive MBA Program for Athletes and Artists. He facilitates Case Method Training Seminars for Harvard Business Publishing, primarily in Latin America, and independently as a consultant. He has been a writing consultant and coach for the HBS MBA Program for over 20 years. He is the author of The Case Study Handbook; cases; and an online course on management communication, all published by Harvard Business Publishing. 

Student Outcomes Training

Friday: 1:30pm – 3pm

Training details to come.

PAB Site Visit Team Chair Training

Friday: 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Training details to come.

Professional Training Workshop: Being Heard—and Agreed with—in the Policymaking Environment

Friday: 3:15pm – 4:45pm

From environmental regulations to infrastructure to social justice to community development, what happens in Washington, DC doesn’t stay there. Every day legislators and staff make decisions that dramatically impact the planning community.  ACSP members can influence those decisions--we just need to know how! Join us in this interactive session to learn the four specific things you can do to ensure your legislators and their staff listen up and take notice.  We'll also go over what legislators are looking for from academic interests, the most important things to know about your legislators, and how to develop a winning message. Participants will come away with a specific plan for engaging effectively in the policymaking process. If you want to make a difference for communities across the country, this is the session for you.

About the Speaker
Stephanie D. Vance, also known as the “Advocacy Guru”, is the author of five books including Citizens in Action: A Guide to Influencing Government and the recently released The Influence Game. She’s a 25-year veteran of Washington, D.C. political scene and has held positions as a lobbyist, grassroots consultant and Congressional aide. Stephanie’s experiences as a legislative director and Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill led her to found Advocacy Associates, a firm dedicated to helping individuals and organizations be both heard and agreed with in the legislative environment. Ms. Vance holds a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University. She lives and works in Washington D.C.

Student Job Market Workshop

Saturday: 8am – 9:30am

Workshop details to come.


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  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.