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Boston – April 15-17, 2020

The 12th annual NPEA Conference has been cancelled.

The health and safety of the NPEA community and all who we come in contact with is our biggest concern and top priority. In addition, we are committed to following the local, state, and CDC’s guidance, including the Massachusetts Governor’s recent mandate banning all gatherings of more than 250 people through the end of April.

We know many of you are working around the clock to make equally difficult decisions in your day-to-day work as we all navigate next steps during this unprecedented time, and we stand in partnership with you.

What Happens Next?

If you already registered, please complete this form. You will be asked to choose from one of the following options:

  • Request a full refund – 100% of your registration fees will be returned to you.*
  • Request a partial refund – we’ll ask you to specify the dollar amount/percentage you would like to be returned to you.
  • Defer your registration to the 2021 conference – you choose not to receive a refund this year in exchange for a free registration to the 2021 conference.
  • Donate 100% of your registration fees – in appreciation of this gesture, we will offer you 15% off of your registration fee for the 2021 Conference.

*If you do elect for a full or partial refund, we ask for your patience. All refunds will be in the form of a check payment. We will make every attempt to process this as quickly as we can.

NPEA Hotel Room Block:

All hotel reservations made under the NPEA Conference room block will be cancelled directly by the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel. You will receive a cancellation email from the hotel.

Financial Impact on NPEA:

The NPEA conference is the largest source of revenue for NPEA and cancelling the conference has enormous financial implications for the health of NPEA. We hope that each of you might consider, if you are in a position to do so, donating your registration fee to NPEA.

Great News: 2021 Conference in Boston:

We have negotiated a contract to hold the conference at the same hotel (Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel) in Cambridge next spring. We will be in touch to share the dates as soon as we have confirmed them.

View the full conference agenda here.

Conference Agenda At-A-Glance:

The majority of conference activities will take place on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17. The conference will conclude on Friday, April 17 at 3:45pm, with an optional book signing to follow.


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

  • 1:00-4:00pm: Community/Site Visit Experience (Tufts University) (additional fee)
  • 1:00-4:00pm: Pre-Conference Institute: How Well-Intentioned Educators & Administrators Perpetuate, Widen, and Deepen the Achievement, Opportunity, and Access Gaps (featuring the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Equity & Access) (additional fee)
  • 2:00-4:00pm: Pre-Conference Institute: Giving WISE Support: Introducing a Framework to Support Student Identity and Wellness (featuring presenters from the College Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School) (additional fee)
  • 4:30-7:30pm: Conference Registration/Check-In Opens
  • 5:00-6:30pm: Reach Out and Rise Up: Conference Welcome Reception

Thursday, April 16, 2020

  • 7:00-8:15am: Breakfast, Networking, First-Time Attendee/New Member Roundtable, Coffee Conversations, Registration
  • 7:30-8:15am: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Partner Breakfast
  • 8:15-9:45am: Opening General Session: Young Visionaries and Emerging Leaders Panel
  • 10:00-11:15am: Concurrent Workshop Sessions
  • 11:30am-12:45pm: Concurrent Workshop Sessions
  • 12:45-1:45pm: Networking Lunch and Award for Excellence Presentation
  • 1:45-2:45pm: Keynote General Session: Howard C. Stevenson
  • 3:00-4:15pm: Concurrent Workshop Sessions
  • 4:30-5:30pm: Resource-Sharing Fair: Exhibit Tables and Demos
  • 5:30-7:00pm: Celebrating Our Commitment to Student Success: Networking Reception

Friday, April 17, 2020

  • 7:30-9:00am: Breakfast, Networking, Coffee Conversations, First-Time Attendee/New Member Roundtable, Registration
  • 9:00-10:15am: Keynote General Session: Angel B. Pérez
  • 10:30-11:45am: Concurrent Workshop Sessions
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Networking Lunch
  • 1:15-2:15pm: Concurrent Spark Sessions
  • 2:30-3:45pm: Closing Keynote Session: Marcia Chatelain
  • 3:45-4:30pm: Optional Book Signing: Marcia Chatelain

WEDNESDAY, April 15

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

Community/Site Visit Experience (1:00-4:00pm)

Conference Registration (4:30-7:30pm)

Reach Out and Rise Up:
Welcome Reception (5:00-6:30pm)

THURSDAY, April 16

Breakfast, Networking, First-Time Attendee/New Member Roundtable, Coffee Conversations, Registration (7:00-8:15am)

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Partner Breakfast (7:30-8:15am)

Opening General Session: Young Visionaries and Emerging Leaders Panel (8:15-9:45am)

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

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

Networking Lunch and Award for Excellence Presentation (12:45-1:45pm)

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 fifth 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.

2019 Award for Excellence Winner:

  • Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)

Keynote General Session (1:45-2:45pm)

Keynote Speaker Introduction

  • Shawna Young, Executive Director, Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)

Keynote:

  • Howard C. Stevenson, Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania; Executive Director, Racial Empowerment Collaborative; and Director, Forward Promise

Concurrent Workshop Sessions (3:00-4:15pm)

Resource-Sharing Fair: Exhibit Tables & Demos (4:30-5:30pm)

Celebrating Our Commitment to Student Success:
Networking Reception (5:30-7:00pm)

FRIDAY, April 17

Breakfast, Networking, Coffee Conversations, First-Time Attendee/New Member Roundtable, Registration (7:30-8:45am)

Morning Keynote General Session (9:00-10:15am)

Keynote Speaker Introduction

  • Jason Patenaude, Executive Director, Schuler Scholar Program 

Keynote Speaker

  • Angel B. Pérez, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success, Trinity College

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

Networking Lunch (12:00-1:00pm)

Concurrent Spark Sessions (1:15-2:15pm)

Please join us for one-hour Spark Sessions highlighting innovative ideas, unique challenges, and/or inspiring stories that speak to this year’s theme of reaching out, rising up, and forging ahead for student success. Each Spark Session will have brief 7-10 minute presentations followed by audience discussion.

Closing Keynote General Session (2:30-3:45pm)

Keynote Introduction

  • Kimberly Stezala, Senior Partner, Design Group International

Keynote Speaker

  • Marcia Chatelain, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor, Georgetown University; and Author, South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration (2015) and Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (2020)

Book Sales and Signing with Marcia Chatelain (3:45-4:30pm)


Important Dates:

  • Mid-December: Conference Registration Opens
  • January: Deadline for Presenters to Register for Conference
  • March: Presenter Slidedecks Due (optional), Pre-Conference Teaser Webinar
  • April 15-17: 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 2019 conference workshops and presentations.
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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