33rd Annual Conference
Achieving College Success Through Vision & Action | September 7-10, 2014 | Washington Marriott Wardman Park, District of Columbia

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Achieving College Success Through Vision & Action
Pre-Conference Sessions

To kick off the Council for Opportunity in Education's 33rd Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., we are offering the following pre-conference sessions to assist programs increase your performance in the areas of tracking, evaluation, plan of operation, compliance and presentation. All pre-conference sessions take place concurrently on Sunday, September 7th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m — please only register for one. Each session is an additional fee of $100 except for the Engaging in Real World Offsite Education Experiences which is $225.

Pre-conference sessions can be registered online at the same time you register for the Annual Conference! Already registered? No worries. Please e-mail Angelica Vialpando at (angelica.vialpando@coenet.us) and she can provide you details on how to register.

Are You in Compliance?

Are you ready for a site visit? Do you know what's covered when the U.S. Department of Education performs a compliance review of your project? This workshop will examine three primary areas of compliance in your TRIO grant — participant eligibility, participant files, and allowable costs. In addition, presenters will outline the basic review model so you know what to expect in the event of a U.S. Department of Education program review. Review the basic principles of compliance and be prepared!

Strengthening Your Student Support Services Program in 2015

What are some effective ways to demonstrate your successes to your institutional administration and faculty? Do you have a systematic plan to deliver mandatory and permissible services to your participants? Does your evaluation plan incorporate the new EDGAR changes? These and other topics are critical to the effective management of your SSS program. Learn how key components of your program can be used to implement a holistic approach to promoting, managing, and evaluating your program.

Increasing Student Success by Using Tracking Data to Improve Program Performance

In a time of increased accountability for student outcomes, it is important to use data beyond the APR to improve programmatic efforts and practice. This climate challenges the college access and success community to reconsider our practice in the context of new information and data priorities. This session will walk you through ways create a system to collect student data for program improvement and increasing desired student outcomes. If TRIO professionals can use this information to identify the root of educational challenges and track progress, they can more readily develop action plans that will have a positive impact on their students. The session will also cover ways to translate data into goals, priorities, and strategies that are clearly linked to the institutional planning and decision making processes.

Computer Lab, Powering Your Presentation Beyond PowerPoint

[ Only 25 slots available. ] Earned your stripes on PowerPoint? You’re now prepared for the next generation of presentation tools to help you showcase your program to prospective students, partners, and colleagues, and institution leaders. While PowerPoint is still a staple of many presenters’ repertoire, there are new programs that will help you get your point across with heightened creativity. Participants will leave this three-hour workshop with the latest presentation tools and training in software alternatives such as Prezi, GoAnimate, and Sliderocket. Learn to use these various multimedia components to enhance your ability to engage various audiences and impress your students and colleagues.

Engaging in Real World Offsite Education Experiences

[ 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $225 fee includes lunch, entrance fee, and transportation. ] On this, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, TRIO professionals have the opportunity to emphasize to their students the link between educational opportunity, the civil rights movement and the federal TRIO Programs. For this pre-con, join us for a day at the Newseum. Museum staff will lead a professional development workshop (Making a Change — The First Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement), which explores how civil rights activists use the First Amendment to achieve their goals and bridges the gap between current and past social movements. Resources, materials, and strategies to bring your new knowledge back to your students will be provided. The day includes lunch in the Newseum Café and a self-guided tour of museum exhibits, including 1964 — Civil Rights at 50.