Serving More PIE in San Francisco
By Leigh Armistead
The San Francisco convention will again feature Participant Information Exchange (PIE) sessions—but with a number of changes resulting from experience at the previous convention in Chicago. With this presentation format, presenters meet with up to 10 participants at round tables, allowing more interaction than other convention sessions. Presenters introduce their topic for 15–20 minutes and then lead a discussion of their work’s implications for practitioners. Some presenters use laptops to present slides or video related to their work. The PIE format also allows participants to look at sample materials and ask as many questions as they like. This year’s PIE sessions will be held Thursday and Friday in a large room separate from the poster sessions. Five presentations will be scheduled every hour.
Sixty-five presenters have accepted the invitation to present PIE sessions. Some will be part of a new feature this year: NASP Interest Group topical strands. Four Interest Groups responded to an invitation to submit presentation proposals for special PIE strands that are scheduled as follows:
- Bilingual School Psychology: three sessions beginning 8:00 a.m. Thursday
- Crisis Management in the Schools: three sessions beginning 8:00 a.m. Thursday
- Traumatic Brain Injury: three sessions beginning 9:00 a.m. Friday
- Supervision: three sessions beginning 9:00 a.m. Friday
If you would like to participate in a PIE session, look for the [PIE] logos denoting these sessions in your convention program and for special directional signs to the PIE session location.
Leigh Armistead, NCSP, is the Poster Sessions cochair.