Educational Sessions

Plenary Sessions

Academic and Non-Cognitive College Readiness
David Conley, Ph.D., chief executive officer, chief strategy officer, Educational Policy Improvement Center (OR)
Steve Kappler, assistant vice president and head of postsecondary strategy, ACT (IA)
Lisa Merriweather, Ph.D., assistant professor for adult education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC)
Anna Green, Ph.D., educational youth specialist, Agape Community Center (GA)

Finding the Funds: Helping Students and Families Finance a College Education
Amy Weinstein, executive director, National Scholarship Providers Association (CO)
Beverly Wheeler, regional director of admission - Texas, University of Tulsa (OK)

 

Breakout Sessions

Perfecting Practice: Training and Support for Novice School Counselors
Bob Bardwell, school counselor & director of school counseling, Monson Innovation High School (MA)
 
First-Generation College-Bound Students: Do They Understand the Admissions Game?
Beverly Wheeler, regional director of admission - Texas, University of Tulsa (OK)
 
State of College Admission 2014
David Hawkins, director of public policy and research, NACAC (VA)
 
Can You Film Your Way Into College? The Power of the College Application Video Essay
Percy Angress, college admission consultant, filmmaker, creator of ThisIsMeVideo.com (CA)
Livia Linden, college admission consultant, filmmaker, creator of ThisIsMeVideo.com (CA)
 
Navigating NCAA Policies and Opportunities for College-Bound Student Athletes
David Hooks, Ed.D., director of college counseling, West Nottingham Academy (MD)
 
LGBTQ
Bob Bardwell, school counselor & director of school counseling, Monson Innovation High School (MA)
Joshua Burford, assistant director for sexual & gender diversity, University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

Social Capital: A Catalyst for Transforming Higher Education Narratives
Omari Scott Simmons, professor of law, Wake Forest University (NC)

Step-by-Step to College: NACAC's Hidden Gem
Patty Montague, director of counseling, Marist School (GA)

Effectiveness and Impact: Program Assessment and Evaluation for College Counseling Efforts
Jonathan D. Mathis, Ph.D, director of education and training, NACAC (VA)
Kim Johnston, director of membership and affiliate relations, NACAC (VA)

Understanding the Gap Year: Who and How Is It of Benefit?
Ethan Knight, executive director, American Gap Association (OR)
Karl Haigler, Haigler Enterprises International, Inc., (NC)

Right College Preparation+Right College Fit=Right College Supports: A Formula for College Success
Vincena Allen, executive director, college success, The SEED Foundation, Inc. (DC)
Tiffany Blacknall, college success specialist, The SEED Foundation, Inc. (DC)
 
Disability Services
Elizabeth Gorman, director of ClemsonLIFE, Clemson University (SC)
Zan Wiggins, director, Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning and Community Involvemnt, Costal Carolina University (SC)

Effective College Readiness Counseling Strategies:  Interpreting the Findings from the U.S. Department of Education's High School Longitudinal Study (HSLS)
David Hawkins, director of public policy and research, NACAC (VA)

Counseling the C-Student

Brandi Smith, assistant director of college guidance, Charlotte Country Day School (NC)  President-Elect of SACAC
Amber Long, associate director of college counseling, Horace Mann School (NY)

The Counselors' Tool Kit: Games, Presentations and other resources
Kim Stodghill, associate director of college guidance, Providence Day School (NC)
Phyllis Gill,
Student Centered College Counseling (NC)

Clearing the Hurdles: Helping Low-Income Students Get Into College
Nicole E. Smith, program officer of Achiever Scholarship Program, College Success Foundation (DC)
Bernard Samuel, college preparatory advisor, Ballou Senior High School & Maya Angelou Evans Campus Public Charter School (DC)
Kimberly Smith, academic and testing coordinator, Eastern Senior High School (DC)
Brett Gotlib, senior college preparatory advisor, HD Woodson SHS and Friendship Collegiate Academy (DC)

Federal Resources for the College Search and Quality Effectiveness
David Hawkins, director of public policy and research, NACAC (VA)

The College Essay: Helping Students Find Their Voice and Tell Their Story
Rod Skinner, director of college counseling, Milton Academy (MA)

Preventing Undermatching: Strategies and Best Practices to Support Students
Laurie Brown, KIPP through college advisor, KIPP Delta Collegiate High School (AR)

Parent Programming and Counseling Efforts
Anna Green, Ph.D., educational youth specialist, Agape Community Center (GA)
Rod Skinner, director of college counseling, Milton Academy (MA)
Brandi Smith, assistant director of college guidance, Charlotte Country Day School (NC)

Social Media, Technology and College Admission: Strategies Students Should Know
Kate Randa, senior assistant dean, Davidson University (NC)

FAFSA Completion Workshop
David Gelinas, director of financial aid, Davidson University (NC)

* All sessions are subject to change.