Hello, my name is Jayne Corso and I am the Community Manager for AEA. As a community manager, I create weekly posts for AEA’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Although you can share similar content on Facebook and Twitter, your approach should be unique for each channel. I have put together a few tips for composing text for both Facebook and Twitter. Facebook: Hot Tip: Keep it to 80 characters The Facebook character limit is technically 63,206; however, when posting on Facebook, you should try to keep your text within 80 characters. Hot Tip: Don’t just post a link Facebook is a great channel for sharing blog posts or linking to external content, but don’t just post the link. Hot Tip: Use images Facebook posts that use images receive more engagement than posts without images. Twitter: Hot Tip: Keep it simple Twitter has a character limit of 140, but studies have shown that posts that are 120-130 in length receive better engagement. Hot Tip: Grammar is still important Good luck crafting your posts!
MN student testing faces big cuts after lawmakers slash budgetListen Story audio Minnesota students will see big changes in the number of statewide exams they take next school year after the Legislature chopped Minnesota's testing budget in half during the special session. Lawmakers repealed several required high school tests and stopped paying for all juniors to take the ACT college entrance exam, something they had ordered in 2013. This was the first year for those payments.Evergreen Data - Stephanie Evergreen - DataViz, ExcelThe Wrong Kind of White Space Long-ish reports are probably never going away entirely, so let’s make them suitable for a digital reading age. In the olden days, when we printed reports, they often had extra blank pages at the front and back. It probably gave printed materials a sense of... Adding Confidence Intervals to a Dot Plot Evergreen Data Visualization Academy member Dana McGuire recently wrote me to ask about her dot plot.
Career CenterCareer Center AEA maintains both job and resume banks as a service to the evaluation profession. Use of the Career Center is free for viewing. There is a $50 fee for those submitting a listing which may be waived for those groups for whom it would present a financial hardship and prevent posting.
Program evaluationThe process of evaluation is considered to be a relatively recent phenomenon. However, planned social evaluation has been documented as dating as far back as 2200 BC. Evaluation became particularly relevant in the U.S. in the 1960s during the period of the Great Society social programs associated with the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Extraordinary sums were invested in social programs, but the impacts of these investments were largely unknown. Program evaluations can involve both quantitative and qualitative methods of social research. People who do program evaluation come from many different backgrounds, such as sociology, psychology, economics, and social work. Some graduate schools also have specific training programs for program evaluation. Doing an evaluation
Weirding Word®There is this ridiculous intersection in Wiliamsburg, VA. As soon as westbound traffic passes through, the cars must then choreograph a merge in a very short space of time -- literally no more than about 20 feet and 3 seconds Now, merging is just a pain under normal circumstances, but this merge is a left-to-right maneuver; not the standard right-to-left. Yes, folks, the left lane (the side with the oncoming traffic) disappears about 3 seconds after you cross the intersection. Not only do you need to find a way to play nice with the folks in the other lane, you've got to make sure you don't stray over the double-yellows into the grill of some guy's F-150.Overstretched school counselors would get state relief under new planListen Story audio Rosemount High School counselor Chad Terry helps students plan for college, work through emotional crises and pass their classes. Nearly 500 students depend on him. That's more than 100 students higher than the national average for secondary school counselors. Terry said he's overstretched and can't give students all the support they need. "I've met with 45 students in the last couple days, when I look back on my calendar."
Visual Business Intelligence - Stephen Few - Dataviz, viz theoryThis blog entry was written by Nick Desbarats. As Steve has recently announced, he’s decided to transition away from teaching in the coming months to focus on new projects. After more than 15 years in the field of data visualization and more than 30 in IT, hopefully, we can all find our way to forgiving him for shifting his focus.
Student support gets boost in Minnesota's supplemental budgetSchool districts will have an opportunity to hire more social workers, counselors and other student support staff with a $12.1 million grant program included in the Legislature's end-of-session spending plan. Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, has pushed for the funding for several years. Last year's $95 million proposal didn't make it into the final budget. This year, she scaled back the request to $13.1 million, but the Republican-controlled House countered with a proposal to study the idea without dedicating money. "The House had a much smaller target than the Senate did for education, and the fact that, I think, in the process of compromise that ours is pretty close to intact — I think it sends an important signal about how much this is valued," Kent said.
Information Is Beautiful - David McCandless - Dataviz, data artThe Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2017 is now open, celebrating the world’s most excellent information design. To mark our sixth year – and the increasing importance of data visualization & infographics across all media – we’re refreshing & relaunching the Awards. Biggest change is, we’ve revamped the categories. So whichever data-driven artform you choose, your challenge is to illuminate the topic: Arts, Environments, Current Affairs, Corporate, Humanitarian, Science, Sports – and for everything outside the box – Unusual.
The Challenge of Organizational Learning (July 13, 2011)Disseminating insights and know-how across any organization is critical to improving performance, but nonprofits struggle to implement organizational learning and make it a priority. A recent study found three common barriers to knowledge sharing across nonprofits and their networks, as well as ways and means to overcome them. Illustration by Anna & Elena Balbusso.
Money for student counseling takes a back seatListen Story audio Lots of young, enthusiastic people want to be school counselors in Minnesota. Test scores and graduation data show there's plenty of need for the kind of support counselors provide. Without the intervention of counselors and other support staff, students can get off track for graduation, end up dropping out and find themselves with few options for employment.