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Journeys to Success: Equity and Access for All Students
Boston, MA – April 5-7, 2017

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for the 2017 NPEA Conference!

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Underrepresented students often navigate an educational path filled with opportunities and challenges, transitions and choices. From pre-K through middle school, to high school, college, and beyond, their journeys are not the same; instead, their varied experiences shed light on the many factors that shape a student’s story, illustrating how success looks different from one student to the next, and providing insights for how we, as professionals, can contribute to the lives and successes of the students with whom we work.

NPEA’s 9th annual conference will focus on the many experiences that merge to create a student’s educational journey and address best practices for meeting the individual and collective needs of underrepresented students and their families. We will explore and share effective strategies around topics including academic preparation for middle- and high-achieving students, social-emotional learning, financial planning and college affordability, family and community engagement, career readiness, and more. Through discussions about current trends, policies, and research in the field, as well as innovative models and approaches, a range of experts will present tools and ideas to help us support and improve positive student outcomes for all students. We will also consider how to ensure organizational sustainability, position ourselves for growth, attract and retain high-quality staff, manage and use data effectively, and form strategic partnerships that will further our mission and goals. Finally, we will reflect on our own journeys as we support underrepresented students through theirs.

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Conference Schedule:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017:
Optional Pre-Conference Activities
Pre-Conference Sessions* (1:00-4:00pm)
Site Visits* (1:00-4:00pm)
School and Program Networking Hour (4:00-5:00pm)
Evening Welcome Reception (5:00-7:00pm)

*= additional fee agenda items

Thursday, April 6, 2017:
Conference Day 1 (7:00am-7:00pm)

Friday, April 7, 2017:
Conference Day 2 (7:30am-3:30pm)

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, 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.


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View the 2015 Conference Evaluation Summary

View the 2014 Conference Evaluation Summary

View the 2013 Conference Evaluation Summary

View the 2012 Conference Evaluation Summary


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