As our country continues to face overwhelming challenges, NPEA’s 11th annual conference invited over 430 attendees to collectively raise our voices to champion the power of educational access and success. We focused on bold innovations with proven results designed to empower students on their unique educational journeys, and learned from those who are committed above all else to dismantling systems of inequity. We held 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. The conference featured more than 40 workshops and breakfast roundtable sessions, as well as welcome and networking receptions, site visits, and a pre-conference session.
The 10th annual NPEA conference took place on April 11-13, 2018 in New Orleans, LA. Each day, we witness the impact of a changing landscape on key issues in educational access, ranging from education policy to politics to immigration reform to social-emotional well-being. This year’s conference was a call to action to share our best and brightest ideas in the face of uncertain times. Topics discussed included (but were not limited to): confronting the challenges our students and communities face, promoting a culture of resiliency and progress, addressing barriers to equity and inclusion in education, and seeking meaningful ways to support our students and each other. The conference featured 30 workshops and breakfast roundtable sessions, welcome and networking receptions, site visits, a pre-conference session, and a celebration of NPEA’s 10th Annual Conference.
The 9th annual NPEA conference took place on April 5-7, 2017 in Boston, MA. Underrepresented students often navigate an educational path filled with opportunities and challenges, transitions and choices. From pre-K through middle school, to high school, college, and beyond, their journeys are not the same; instead, their varied experiences shed light on the many factors that shape a student’s story. NPEA’s 9th annual conference focused on the many experiences that merge to create a student’s educational journey. Topics discussed included (but were not limited to): identity development, critical transitions, financial aid, college persistence, and career readiness. The conference featured 40 workshops and learning exchange roundtable sessions, welcome and networking receptions, site visits, a pre-conference session, and a celebration of NPEA 10th Anniversary.
View the 2017 conference agenda to learn more about the workshops, keynote speakers, planning committee, and sponsors.
The 8th annual NPEA conference took place on April 27-29, 2016 in Baltimore, MD. Looking holistically at the needs of underrepresented students and their families, as well as the partnerships and structures in place to ensure they reach their goals, our 2016 NPEA conference addressed the importance of building purposeful community connections to bolster pathways to success in college, career, and beyond. Topics discussed included (but were not limited to): academic preparation, supporting social-emotional skill development, leadership, summer learning, critical transitions, financial aid, career readiness, and college persistence. The conference featured 40 workshops, three keynotes, networking receptions, a documentary film screening, and a number of chances for best practice sharing from passionate members in the field.
View the 2016 conference agenda to learn more about the workshops, keynote speakers, planning committee, and sponsors.
The 7th annual NPEA conference took place on April 16-17, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. The conference focused on understanding the issues affecting our students, organizations, and schools from multiple perspectives will to help broaden our views, encourage us to incorporate new and innovative practices, and ensure students and families are on a successful path to college and beyond. Whether addressing college affordability, undermatching, education policy, research and evaluation, or program sustainability, together at the conference we took a 360° view of the educational access and success field and map a course for the future.
View the 2015 conference agenda to learn more about the workshops, keynote speakers, planning committee, and sponsors.
The 6th annual NPEA conference took place on April 24-25, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN. The conference focused on looking beyond the classroom, engaging attendees in thoughtful and open dialogue about the many ways students are impacted as they strive for success in education, and how organizations, school communities, and families can be more engaged and supportive. In addition to focusing on student services, we reflected on our role as practitioners, discussing ways we can develop stronger, more sustainable programs and practices and make a deeper impact on the educational pathways of underrepresented students.
View the 2014 conference agenda to learn more about the workshops, keynote speakers, planning committee, and sponsors.
The 5th annual NPEA conference took place on April 11-12, 2013 in Cambridge, MA. The conference focused on helping underrepresented students successfully navigate the K-16 pathway, and addressed how we can all work together to accelerate the pace of change for our students and our work. Participants shared strategies and best practices for working with students as they transition along the education continuum. The conference featured 34 workshops, three keynotes, two networking receptions, and ample opportunity for connecting with colleagues from across the country.
View the 2013 conference agenda to learn more about the workshops, keynote speakers, planning committee, and sponsors.
The 4th annual NPEA conference took place on April 19-20, 2012 in Chicago, IL. The conference focused on the innovative ways those in the field of education can collaborate in order to accelerate the pace of positive change for underrepresented students. Keynotes and workshops provided concrete examples of how to work together to catalyze change. Effective collaboration is one of the most critical ways we can share time, talent, and energy to better support underrepresented students.
View the 2012 conference agenda to learn more about the workshops, keynote speakers, planning committee, and sponsors.
The overall theme for the 2011 conference was a focus on leadership and how to create paths for success in the field of educational access. Our role as strong leaders in the field of education is critical for promoting college access and success, and for helping students complete college and ultimately become leaders and contributors in their own right. This conference addressed what professionals and students need to serve as effective leaders in the 21st century and explored what it takes to help students achieve success.
View the 2011 conference agenda to learn more about the workshops, keynote speakers, planning committee, and sponsors.
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