Virtual Conference: October

Join us for the October Virtual Conference!

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020
11 a.m. ET – 2:45 p.m. ET

This professional development opportunity is free if you registered for the conference—you'll receive an email reminder the morning of the event with links and sign-in information.

11:00 a.m. ET - 12:15 p.m. ET - Opening Main Stage  

This Moment in Time: How This Year’s Application Process Can Start Reshaping Our Future for the Better  
This panel will discuss changes in the admission process during this admission cycle, and engage in a panel discussion about how college admission counseling professionals can take this opportunity to enact change to improve equity outcomes for the transition from secondary to postsecondary education. 
Rick Clark, Georgia Tech
DJ Menifee, Susquehanna University (PA)
Todd Rinehart, University of Denver (CO) and NACAC President

Tevera Stith, KIPP (DC)
Moderated by: Angel B. Pérez, NACAC

12:30 p.m. ET - 1:30 p.m. ET - Breakout Sessions

Shaping the Future, Together: Preparing Students for College and Career  
How are K-12 schools preparing every student for success in a changing world? Join this session to hear from school leaders who are innovating to ensure that each student thrives, no matter where learning is taking place. Learn effective strategies to: connect students with equitable and holistic support from anywhere; equip students with the tools and connections needed for post-secondary success; and streamline processes to manage relationships with students, staff, community partners and more.
Kara Chiono,
Theress Pidick, Denver Public Schools (CO)

NACAC Research: Strategic Data Analytics in College Admission Offices - Findings and Discussion
Learn all about the findings from a joint research report from NACAC and Salesforce, Strategic Data Analytics in College Admission Offices
David Burge, George Mason University
Melissa Clinedinst, NACAC (VA)

Katharine Johnson Suski, Iowa State University
Margo Martinez, (CA)

1:45 p.m. ET - 2:45 p.m. ET - Closing Main Stage

Storytelling Through Letters of Recommendation  
For years, many secondary school counselors have faced growing caseloads (particularly those at public high schools) and admission representatives have been faced with unprecedented workloads. And then, 2020 hit us with the tridemic of COVID-19, the battle for social justice, equity and reform, and a wave of natural disasters across the country. Professionals on both sides of the desk are required to cover more ground in less time in an ongoing crisis. Letters of recommendation are one communication tool for telling our students' stories. How do counselors do this in this time of crisis in a way that honors the stories, experiences, and accomplishments of the students? How are the letters used in the evaluation process? Will the use of letters in the review process be different this year? Join us to learn one approach to storytelling with letters of recommendation and tips for how letters can effectively advocate for students.
Derek DuBose, University of Denver
Michelle Rasich, Rowland Hall
Calvin Wise, Johns Hopkins University