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Raising Our Voices:
Bold Innovations That Empower Students

Chicago – April 3-5, 2019

View the full conference agenda here.

View bios for all 2019 Workshop/Roundtable presenters here.

Conference Agenda At-A-Glance:

The majority of conference activities will take place on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5. The conference will conclude on Friday, April 5 at 3:30pm, with an optional book signing to follow.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

  • 1:00-4:00pm: Community/Site Visit Experience (University of Chicago and Chicago Scholars) (additional fee)
  • 1:00-4:00pm: Pre-Conference Workshop (additional fee)
  • 4:30-6:30pm: Conference Registration/Check-In Opens
  • 5:00-6:30pm: Welcome Reception
  • 7:00-8:30pm: Film Screening: America to Me

Thursday, April 4, 2019

  • 7:00-8:15am: Breakfast, Networking, Roundtable Discussions, Registration
  • 8:15-9:45am: Opening General Session, Alumni & Young Professionals Panel
  • 10:00-11:15am: Concurrent Workshop Sessions
  • 11:30am-12:45pm: Concurrent Workshop Sessions
  • 12:45-1:45pm: Networking Lunch
  • 1:45-3:15pm: Award for Excellence and Keynote General Session: Na’ilah Suad Nasir
  • 3:30-4:45pm: Concurrent Workshop Sessions
  • 4:45-5:30pm: Resource-Sharing Fair: Exhibit Tables and Demos
  • 5:30-7:00pm: Reception: Network with Purpose

Friday, April 5, 2019

  • 7:30-8:45am: Breakfast, Networking, Roundtable Discussions
  • 8:45-10:00am: Keynote General Session: Donnell Butler
  • 10:15-11:30am: Concurrent Workshop Sessions
  • 11:30am-12:30pm: Networking Lunch
  • 11:30am-12:30pm: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Partner Lunch
  • 12:45-2:00pm: Concurrent Workshop Sessions
  • 2:15-3:30pm: Closing Final Keynote
  • 3:30-4:00pm: Optional Book Signing: Dr. Eve Ewing


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

Site Visits (1:00-4:00)

Conference Registration (4:30-6:30)

Welcome Reception (5:00-6:30)

Film Screening: America to Me (7:00-8:30)


Breakfast, Networking, Roundtable Discussions, and Registration (7:00-8:15)

Breakfast Roundtables (7:30-8:15)

Opening General Session: Alumni & Young Professionals Panel (8:15-9:45)

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

Welcoming Remarks: Patrick Dobard, Chief Executive Officer, New Schools for New Orleans

Concurrent Workshop Sessions (10:00-11:15)

Concurrent Workshop Sessions (11:30-12:45)

Networking Lunch (12:45-1:45)

Keynote General Session (1:45-3:15)

National Partnership for Educational Access and Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Award for Excellence in Educational Access

A very special thanks to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for generously sponsoring the Award for Excellence in Educational Access for the fourth year in a row. The Award for Excellence will recognize an NPEA member organization, program, or school for excellence in supporting underrepresented students on the path to and through college and beyond.

2018 Award for Excellence Winner:

  • Chicago Scholars

2019 Award for Excellence Presenter:

  • Alan Royal, Senior Program Manager, Outreach and Partnerships, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation


  • Na’ilah Suad Nasir, President, Spencer Foundation, and Author, Racialized Identities: Race and Achievement for African-American Youth (2011)

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

Resource-Sharing Fair: Exhibit Tables & Demos (4:45-5:15)

Reception: Network with Purpose (5:15-6:30)

FRIDAY, April 5

Breakfast, Networking, Roundtable Discussions, and Registration (7:30-8:45)

Breakfast Roundtables (7:45-8:30)

  • First-Time Attendees and New NPEA Members
  • Difficult Conversations Made (Slightly) Less Difficult (The Noble Academy)
  • Telling the Story: Staying Mission-Centered When Communicating with Multiple Constituents (Purdue University, Downtown Boxing Gym)
  • An Educational Model for the Most Racially Diverse Generation in American History (New Roads School)

Morning General Session and Keynote (8:45-10:00)


  • Donnell Butler, Senior Associate Dean for Planning and Analysis of Student Outcomes, Franklin & Marshall College

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

Networking Lunch (11:30-12:30)

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Partner Lunch (11:30-12:30)

Concurrent Workshop Sessions (12:45-2:00)

Closing Keynote General Session (2:15-3:30)


  • Dr. Eve L. Ewing, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, and Author, Electric Arches (2017) and Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side (2018)


Closing Conference Remarks and Small Group Debrief:

  • Karin Elliott, Executive Director, National Partnership for Educational Access

Book Sales and Signing with Dr. Eve L. Ewing (3:30-4:00)

Important Dates:

  • Mid-December: Conference Registration Opens
  • January 18: Deadline for Presenters to Register for Conference
  • March: Presenter Slidedecks Due (optional), Pre-Conference Teaser Webinar
  • April 3-5: NPEA Annual Conference
  • April/May: Post-Conference Webinars for Select Workshops

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

View the 2018 conference workshops and presentations.
View the 2017 conference workshops and presentations.
View the 2016 conference workshops and presentations.

View the 2015 conference workshops and presentations.

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