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2014 NCRA Convention & Expo

Convention Agenda - Saturday, August 2

Saturday Convention Agenda

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Registration open

Room location: Yosemite Foyer, Ballroom Level

 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Concurrent seminars - Earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar.

Realtime track

Search DogsLatest in captioning output methods

Room location: Plaza A

Remember when we only had to worry about which baud rate to select on our modems?  Now we routinely caption to an IP address for broadcast or large audiences or one single person.  Larry Driver and Deanna Baker will explore a variety of new output methods our members encounter every day.  We will learn some of the features of the different outputs and what to watch out for when setting up to work with these new technologies.  We will cover dual outputs, StreamText updates, Text on Top, 1CapApp, and other outputs that have not yet been developed at the time of the printing of this seminar catalog.

Presenters:  Larry Driver, Driver & Nix Court Reporters; Deanna Baker, FAPR, RMR

 

Judicial track

Implementing realtime in the digital courtroom

Room location: Plaza B

Information coming soon!

Presenter: TBD

 

Business track

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

Room location: Imperial A

In memory of Atlanta court reporter Julie Brandau, America’s court reporters are embracing her passions – always giving to others and a love of dogs – by supporting the mission of the Search Dog Foundation, rescuing dogs from shelters and breed rescues, training them in search and rescue, and then partnering these extraordinary canines with America’s first responders at no cost. To date, the Julie Brandau Community Service Memorial Project has raised over $90,000 and sponsored the training of nine rescued canines, who now serve America when disaster strikes! Our current goal is to sponsor the training of our 10th canine, a Malinois named Ivan, who was rescued from Julie’s hometown of Snellville, Georgia. Join us for a very memorable and action-packed seminar when two canine-handler teams show off their extraordinary partnership and search skills. Year after year, “Rescue Dogs” has been named one of the top three NCRA convention classes. Join us in the Search!

Presenters: Jan Garnett Lopez, CSR, RPR, founder Julie Brandau Community Service Memorial; Tom Carney and Gypsy, California Task Force 3; Deresa Teller and Huck, California Task Force 1

 

Vendor showcase track

Magnum Steno: Learn how RHPEs can make you a better reporter!

Room location: Imperial B

 Kislingbury will share how he uses what he calls RHPEs in his writing, which makes small-word phrases come to life. Rehabilitate, rejuvenate, and revolutionize your writing to give you more speed, accuracy, and joy.

Presenter: Mark Kislingbury, RDR, CRR

8:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Student Seminar Program, day 2

For program description, see Student Seminar Program, day 1 (on Friday). Click this link for a detailed schedule.

Room location: Franciscan CD

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Teachers' Workshop – Earn 0.15 CEU for each module

Educational Coaching & Leadership Workshop

Room location: Yosemite A

A multitude of factors go into a teacher’s ability to master a change in practices: limited amounts of time, pressure to cover increasing amounts of content, and demands to prepare students for high-stakes tests, among others. Coaching an individual is something we all think we do or would like to do, and this day-long, four-module workshop is a peek into the world of coaching, complete with actions you can take immediately to incorporate aspects of coaching into your repertoire. Whether you are a teacher, administrator, mentor, or a reporter considering teaching/mentoring, this is for you!

Effective coaching incorporates an array of interrelated approaches that promote coherence, focus, and alignment at multiple levels. Come join us and acquire the fundamentals of educational coaching and leadership. You will learn how to:

  • Discover what’s preventing individuals from reaching extraordinary performance
  • Foster positive, sustainable change
  • Increase communication levels and listening skills
  • Deploy tactical coaching techniques
  • Implement skills that work
  • Create cultures of engagement
  • Sustain performance at high levels
  • Boost student results
  • Leave a leadership legacy

Module I: From educator/administrator to educational coaching leader (0.15 CEU)
Each individual brings his/her own set of beliefs, strengths, and weaknesses to the classroom. Each individual is a reflection of what the future looks like in his/her capacity as a role model, a mentor, an instructor, and a leader. It all starts with you. Module I examines who we are in building this future, explains why educational coaching is valuable, and helps us all to place the first building block to becoming educational coaching leaders.

Module II: Building educational team leaders through coaching (0.15 CEU)
Powerful teams are driven by shared vision, goals, and values. Powerful instructors recognize that each individual must contribute to, and be responsible for, achieving and sustaining that vision. Module II equips educational professionals with a foundational mindset and helps individuals see themselves as leaders.

Module III: Engage your students, teachers, and the programs in which you work (0.15 CEU)
When we all believe in a shared vision, goals, and values, we are more likely to deeply integrate what we have learned, take action, and continue to seek solutions on our own. Leaders thrive in a culture of engagement and so will your students. Module III provides a unique and proven approach that addresses individuals, students, and the administration inside your program.

Module IV: Focus on the whole student (0.15 CEU)
By providing robust tools that positively impact the whole student, Module IV allows educational coaching leaders to see a multitude of perspectives, understand the interconnectedness of diverse elements, and focus their efforts in ways that bring about holistic, positive, substantial, and sustainable change.

Presenters: Lynette R.. Eggers, CRI, CPE, CPC - Executive Director, ev360 Educational Solutions; Karen Sole, RPR, CRI, CPE

9 - 10 a.m.
Coffee break with exhibitors in Expo Hall

Room location: Grand Ballroom

 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Expo Hall open

Room location: Grand Ballroom

NCRA and NCRF information booths are open.

 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent seminars - Earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar.

 

Realtime track

Going mobile 101: Streaming realtime to tablets

Room location: Plaza A

Tablet sales continue to grow by leaps and bounds, and many tech-industry luminaries are predicting a not-too-distant future where tablets will be more common than laptops. But what software and hardware do you need to ensure seamless streaming to a wide variety of devices? Join a panel of realtime streaming pros for a discussion on how to put a realtime feed literally in the palms of your clients’ hands. This nuts and bolts presentation will include a live demonstration and comparison of two of the most common streaming solutions (Bridge Mobile and iCVN) as well as a walk-through of the most important steps you need to take to configure your computer for the best results.

Presenters: Lisa Knight, RPR, RMR, CRR, CLR; Christine Phipps, RPR; Kim Neeson, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP

 

Judicial track

Persuasive communications skills for officials

Room location: Plaza B

Students at Awards LunchHow can we best effectively represent and promote ourselves, our colleagues, and our profession? We pride ourselves in our ability to work as team members and to help mediate tense situations, especially those of us who are female reporters. Is this always-wanting-to-please attitude working for us? How we communicate in the legal and business world is important, but we tend to discount our achievements and our contributions to the workplace. How can we illustrate to our judges, court administrators, and the rest of the legal community our worth but still maintain our integrity and our calm demeanors?

In this rapidly-changing technological world, we official reporters, and not just the female component of our ranks, need to arm ourselves with the communication skills necessary to promote and lobby for our positions and our livelihoods. This seminar will help you develop the tools that will make you an effective communicator with the decision-makers in the court system.

Presenter: Andrea S. Kramer, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

 

Business track

Protecting our profession: Tools to protect and expand court reporting interests nationwide

Room location: Imperial A

 With the court reporting profession facing a new and expanding list of issues every year, what have court reporters done to protect and expand the role within the judicial, legal, and captioning fields. Hear from leaders from the National Committee of State Associations, state affiliate associations, and NCRA's government relations department as to what specific tactics have proved successful to benefiting court reporters and captioners across the country. This interactive session will give you the tools to ensure that stenographic court reporters remain a critical component of the legal and judicial system with broadcast and CART captioning helping the profession to remain vibrant throughout the 21st century.

Presenters: Kristin Anderson, RPR, NCSA chair; Linda McSwain,RPR, NCSA vice-chair; Adam Finkel, NCRA assistant director of government relations; Brandon Schall, NCRA government relations specialist

 

Vendor showcase track

myRealtimeCoach: Three secrets to speed, accuracy, and confidence

Room location: Imperial B

 Have a need for speed? Accuracy? Confidence? Join Marybeth Everhart, veteran reporter and speaker, as she reveals the three secrets to making it happen. In this fast-paced, entertaining session, you will learn:

  • What makes myRealtimeCoach so popular - over 1.8 million practice hours logged
  • Why over 78% of those who pass a skills test from NCRA used myRealtimeCoach
  • How to make it work for you

Presenters: Marybeth Everhart, RPR, CRI; Jared Carman; Richard Carman; Stephen Carman, Realtime Learning Systems

11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Awards Luncheon

Room location: Continental Ballroom 4-9

Enjoy a delicious lunch and join friends and colleagues as we honor those in our profession who have reached new heights during the past year. Among those recognized will be the newest group of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporting, as well as the winners of the CASE Award of Excellence, CASE Student Scholarships, the Realtime and Speed competitions champions, and others. This is a ticketed event.

12 - 4 p.m.
NCRA legislative consulting services

Room location: Union Square 23

Looking for free consulting advice on legislative or regulatory issues? Are you having trouble communicating the value of a stenographic court reporter to government officials, legislators, or court personnel? NCRA will be offering free consulting on these issues and providing advice specific to your situation, including any recent or proposed changes at the state level. This is your opportunity to bounce ideas off of your Association professionals in Washington, D.C., and to get help crafting the strategy and tactics for your campaign. NCRA is proud to offer this service to our members and affiliates.

 Sign up for an appointment with Adam Finkel, NCRA senior government affairs specialist or Brandon Schall, NCRA government affairs specialist at the NCSA meeting on Thursday or at the NCRA PAC/Government Relations booth.

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent seminars - Earn 0.15 CEUs for each seminar.

 

Realtime track

Know your consumer: Engaging and empowering as a CART provider

Room location: Plaza B

 The impact of hearing loss on the lives of consumers is the greatest barrier to knowledge of access. Fifty million American adults and children live with hearing loss and only a small percentage are involved with support and advocacy organizations. Bringing CART/captioning services to this population requires not only engagement, but empowerment. Led by Christine Seymour, deaf and hard-of-hearing resource specialist, this workshop will explore those impacts giving providers tools they can use to support and encourage consumers toward a more fulfilling life and expanding the use of CART/captioning.

Presenters: Christine Seymour, CS Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource Specialists; Colin Cantlie, CART Captioning consumer

 

Judicial track

Table Settings at LuncheonThe essential court reporter: Judicial perspectives

Room location: Plaza A

 Information coming soon!

Presenter: The Honorable W. Kent Hamlin

 

Business track

Are you backing up properly?

Room location: Imperial A

 Very few things seem so non-threatening and yet can do so much lasting harm as the loss of unprotected data. The good news is that there are many simple, low-cost solutions that you can use to protect yourself. Learn about how files get lost or corrupted and how to evaluate and refine your current backup procedures. If your needs are more complex, you’ll also learn how to select a third-party data backup vendor or other technology solution. Regardless of your backup solution, you’ll learn how to test your system to make sure that it’s working properly BEFORE you need it.

Presenter: Todd Combs, Combs Reporting

 

Vendor showcase track

Dictionary Jumpstart: Don't let your dictionary sabotage realtime!

Room location: Imperial B

 What's working against you? Your theory? Technology? Or could it simply be your dictionary? If so, this is easier to resolve than you think. Your reward? Faster editing, the ability to ease into different types of reporting, and more time to do what you want to do. Boost realtime, reduce time!

Presenter: Anissa Nierenberger, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CRI

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Concurrent seminars - Earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar.

 

Realtime track

Editing for your dictionary versus a transcript: Kick low productivity to the curb!

Room location: Imperial B

 Most reporters edit to produce a transcript. But what if we consider changing the way we edit to better our dictionary? Do not miss this never-before-seen seminar! By simply doing a 180 in your editing, you can improve your realtime and greatly reduce your editing time! Get ready for SADA: Search, Ask, Define, and Add, a process that will completely change the way you edit for the better!

Presenter: TBD

 

Judicial track

Treasure hunt: Top gadgets

Room location: Imperial A

 What are the great gadgets being carried by today’s top reporters?  Have you ever wanted to take apart a bag and see what other reporters carry?

Presenters: Lisa Knight, RPR, RMR, CRR, CLR

 

Business track

Intersteno: Expand your business and your horizons

Room location: Plaza A

 Intersteno 2015, a global competition and learning event for those who capture the record around the world, will take place in Budapest, Hungary. Intersteno veterans will share their experiences about this one-of-a-kind event while providing insight on the types of opportunities that are available to steno reporters with a global outlook.

Presenters: Karen Yates, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP; Teri Gaudet, CPE

 

Vendor showcase track

YesLaw: PDF transcripts, the new standard

Room location: Plaza B

 YesLaw has developed a full production solution for the delivery of PDF transcripts. For attorneys, the YesLaw PDF has the features they expect from an electronic transcript. For reporters and reporting firms, YesLaw provides the production and online delivery tools to streamline the creation process of PDF and multiple other transcript formats.

Presenters: John Garnett; Brian Clune, CLVS

7 - 11 p.m.

 Dance Floor

President's Red Carpet Party

Room location: Continental Ballroom 4-9

As the convention festivities begin to wind down, say goodbye to your new friends in style at the President's Red Carpet Party. Ladies, this is a great excuse to wear a pretty dress, and gentlemen, you have the opportunity to embody old Hollywood in a nice suit. Complete with a stop-and-go photo entrance, this event will be the ultimate court reporter party of the year. A fully catered dinner will be served, and be prepared for some epic dance moves.