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Reaching Out and Rising Up: Forging Ahead for Student Success

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Boston – April 15-17, 2020

Registration is now open! Early Bird rates have ended and regular rates are now in effect. Register today and join us in April.

Regular Rates:
NPEA Member: $680
Non-Member: $860

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Reaching Out and Rising Up: Forging Ahead for Student Success
The past two NPEA conferences have called attendees to stand together and raise our voices for underserved students in an increasingly challenging climate. We have looked to each other to elevate our work, empower students, and deepen our commitment to dismantling systems of inequity. While our collective efforts have undoubtedly strengthened the field of education, we find students across the country continue to face many of the same challenges.

As we look ahead to 2020 and NPEA’s 12th annual conference, we ask attendees to reach out — to our students, to each other, to our communities — and to rise up together and persist in the pursuit of progress. As a community, we can transform the future of access, equity, and opportunity for the students we serve today and those we’ll serve tomorrow. Together, we will engage in thoughtful conversation and learning opportunities around issues of student well-being and mental health, intersectional identity, race and equity, diversity and inclusion, social justice, and more. We will look holistically at the student experience throughout the K-16+ journey, and envision how we can make changes that will help students not only access opportunity but move onward and upward to thrive on their unique educational journeys.

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:

“I’ve registered for well over 20 other conferences in my professional life, and I am never satisfied with the sessions across the board. No other conference do I say to myself ‘Ugh! I wish I could do ALL of these!’ I also feel that no other conference reacts to the changing landscape of our profession quite as well as NPEA.”
– Gina King, Director of College Counseling, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore

“It is a remarkably productive conference EVERY year…There is no other conference or professional organization as important to me as NPEA.”
– 2018 conference attendee

“Attending the annual conference has given me the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals that have provided invaluable perspectives, which has catalyzed the development of new ideas and processes.” -2019 conference attendee


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

View the 2018 Conference Evaluation Summary

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View the 2016 Conference Evaluation Summary

View the 2015 Conference Evaluation Summary

View the 2014 Conference Evaluation Summary

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