NPEA is a membership association dedicated to promoting quality, success, and growth amongst member organizations, schools, colleges and universities, and other associations committed to educational access. Through professional development, information sharing, research and data analysis, and the dissemination of best practices, NPEA is working towards a day when all students have equal access to high-quality education and opportunities for college and beyond. We currently have over 300 members in 33 states, including more than 1200 professionals working in the field of education.
Among our member benefits, we hold a national conference each year in different cities across the country. This year’s conference will take place on April 16-17, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA and will focus on Improving Outcomes: 360° Perspectives on Educational Access. The field of educational access is continuously changing and evolving with new resources, policies, trends, and research. The recent White House efforts to increase FAFSA completion, support young men of color, and encourage greater commitment to supporting underrepresented students have highlighted a national focus on access and success. As professionals, it is essential we have a robust understanding of all aspects of the field and are well poised to positively impact student achievement and improve outcomes. The 7th annual NPEA conference presents a unique opportunity for committed professionals and thought leaders from a range of settings across the K-16 pipeline to discuss and share best practices for supporting underrepresented students on their path to and through college. Our keynote speakers include:
· Joshua Aronson, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University;
· Wil Haygood, Author, The Butler: A Witness to History. Wil Haygood is a first generation college graduate, Washington Post journalist, and author of The Butler: A Witness to History; and
· Laura Perna, James S. Riepe Professor and founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (Penn AHEAD), University of Pennsylvania