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Standing Together in a Changing Landscape:
A Call to Action

New Orleans – April 11-13, 2018

About the 2018 Conference:

As our country navigates increasingly challenging times, NPEA’s 10th annual conference will focus on the importance of coming together as a field to best support underserved students on their paths towards college and career success. Each day, we witness the impact of a changing landscape on key issues in educational access, ranging from education policy to politics to immigration reform to social-emotional well-being. We must stand together to confront the challenges our students and communities face, promote a culture of resiliency and progress, address barriers to equity and inclusion in education, and seek meaningful ways to support our students and each other. This year’s conference is a call to action to share our best and brightest ideas in the face of uncertain times. Our united efforts to respond and adapt to adversity, work towards positive change, and create a landscape where students can thrive will prepare all of us for the possibilities and promise of tomorrow.

This year marks NPEA’s 10th annual conference and a true milestone in our work supporting the educational access field through sharing best practices and critical resources. As we celebrate this achievement, we are more focused than ever on the concrete learning and takeaways that benefit the field. For the 2018 conference we will provide ample opportunities for active learning leading up to, throughout, and following the conference. Participants will arrive actively engaged with the content and involved in conversations that will help them utilize the conference in the most effective ways possible. As an attendee, you should be ready to learn, willing to roll up your sleeves, prepared to network, and eager to grapple with critical topics to promote positive change. Our goal is for all participants to leave with as much actionable information as possible, and to create a culture and community of continuous learning that starts before and extends well beyond the conference.

The details:

Learn more about registration, our agenda and workshops, this year’s keynote speakers, the conference hotel, our planning committee, and our event sponsors and supporters.

What our members are saying about the conference:

“The consensus is the NPEA conference is now the gold standard…I think the focused mission of NPEA, combined with the myriad issues and the creative/progressive membership make the right recipe for a great conference.”
– Colin Lord, Former Director of Admissions, Latin School of Chicago

“Attending NPEA 2014 was an incredible gift. It was one of the best-run conferences I’ve ever had the joy of experiencing, and I picked up a larger number of best practices and networking contacts while I was there. I’ve brought a lot back to my workplace, and we’re already beginning to see some positive change.”
– 2014 conference attendee


To view information about previous NPEA conferences, please click here.

View the 2016 Conference Evaluation Summary

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View the 2014 Conference Evaluation Summary

View the 2013 Conference Evaluation Summary

View the 2012 Conference Evaluation Summary


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