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Journeys to Success: Equity and Access for All Students

Boston, MA – April 5-7, 2017

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)

Conference Agenda:

View a PDF of the conference agenda here, and see below for an outline of workshop sessions and conference activities that took place Wednesday, April 5 through Friday, April 7. As PowerPoint presentations become available for workshop sessions, we will post them on this page.


Pre-Conference Sessions (1:00-4:00)

Note: Each Pre-Conference session is available for $50, and timing allows you to only select one (may not be combined with Site Visit).

Site Visits (1:00-4:00)

Note: Each Site Visit is available for $35, and timing allows you to only select one (may not be combined with Pre-Conference session).

CBO and School Partnership Hour (4:00-5:00)

Welcome Reception (5:30-7:00)


Breakfast (7:00-8:15)

Breakfast Roundtables (7:30-8:15)

Opening General Session: Journeys To Success Alumni Panel (8:15-10)

Welcome: Karin Elliott, Executive Director, National Partnership for Educational Access

Alumni and Counselor Panel:

Moderator: Nnaemeka Ekwelum, Graduate Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education (Alumnus, The Steppingstone Foundation)


Issac Berko, Undergraduate Student and Ronald McNair Scholar, Suffolk University

Bernadine Desanges, Program Manager of Student Development and Leadership Programing, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Northeastern University (Alumnus, Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School)

Shaun Hamilton, Senior Investment Advisory Associate, Andersen Tax LLC (Alumnus, Northeastern University Torch Scholars Program)

Doreen Kelly-Carney, Co-Director of College Placement, Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School

David Lamour, Director, Teen Advantage, Steps to Success (Alumnus, Steps to Success)

Daniela Ramirez, Graduate Student, Northeastern University (Alumnus, Excel Academy Charter Schools)

Concurrent Workshop Sessions I (10:15-11:30)

Networking Lunch (11:45-12:45)

Keynote Session (12:45-1:45)

Stella M. FloresAssociate Professor of Higher Education and Director of Access and Equity, Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

Concurrent Workshop Sessions II (2:00-3:15)

Concurrent Workshop Sessions III (3:30-4:45)

NPEA 10th Anniversary Celebration Reception (5:00-6:30)

Attendees joined us to celebrate NPEA’s 10th anniversary and network with their colleagues. They had the opportunity to sign the NPEA birthday card, enjoy cupcakes, and help us acknowledge this exciting milestone in NPEA’s history!

FRIDAY, April 7

Breakfast & Networking (7:00-8:00)

Morning Resource Sessions (7:30-8:00)

Please stop by the Morning Resource Session to learn more about services provided by three partners and leaders in the field of college access and success.

  • Association of Independent School Admission Professionals
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • The Common Application

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Partner Breakfast (7:15-8:00)

Morning General Session and Keynote (8:00-9:30)

Paul Tough, New York Times Bestselling AuthorHelping Children Succeed: What Works and Why and How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Book Signing with Paul Tough & Connections Hour (9:30-10:30)

Concurrent Workshop Sessions IV (10:30-11:45)

Networking Lunch (11:45-12:30)

Learning Exchange Roundtable Sessions (12:30-1:15)

Closing Keynote Session (1:30-2:30)

Christopher Emdin, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Teachers College, Columbia University; and New York Times Bestselling AuthorFor White Folks Who Teach In The Hood and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education

Book Signing with Christopher Emdin (2:30-3:30)

Important Dates:

  • November: Presenters Notified of Proposal Status
  • Late November/Early December: Presenters Confirm Participation
  • December: Conference Registration Opens
  • February 20: Deadline for Presenters to Register for Conference
  • March: Presenter Slidedecks Due (optional)
  • April 5-7: NPEA Annual Conference

If you have any questions, please email Carrie Tate at ctate@tsf.org. Thank you!

View the 2016 conference workshops and presentations.
View the 2015 conference workshops and presentations.
View the 2015 conference agenda.
View the 2014 conference agenda.

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