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Raising Our Voices:
Bold Innovations That Empower Students

Chicago – April 3-5, 2019

About the 2019 Conference:

As our country continues to face overwhelming challenges, NPEA’s 11th annual conference invites us to collectively raise our voices to champion the power of educational access and success. We will focus on bold innovations with proven results designed to empower students on their unique educational journeys, and learn from those who are committed above all else to dismantling systems of inequity. The time is now for open and frank discussions on topics such as college affordability, student mental health and well-being, identity and character development, youth voice, college and career readiness, measuring our impact, and diversity, equity, and inclusion issues across the field. Working together, we will continue to meet last year’s call to action to unite for change as we reimagine educational access and success in partnership with students, families, colleagues, and communities.

NPEA continues to focus heavily on concrete learning and takeaways that benefit the field. For the 2019 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 maximize the conference experience. As an attendee, you should be ready to learn, willing to roll up your sleeves, prepared to network, open to self-reflection, 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:

“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

“The level of organization and guidance for a first-time attendee was amazing. I learned so much and am looking forward to going back to my school to unpack it all.”
– 2018 conference attendee


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