DAY 1 Wednesday, February 7, 2018
2–4 p.m.AP with WE Service: Learning through Action
Attend this session to learn about AP with WE Service, a program that combines service learning with AP to help students connect what they are learning to the world.College Board Search: Updates and New Ideas
Attendees will leave with best practices for using College Board Search.Counselors and the K12 Score Reporting Portal
Join us for this interactive workshop to learn helpful insights about the K12 Score Reporting Portal and an exploration of the reports school counselors use most.
DAY 2 Thursday, February 8, 2018
7 a.m.–5 p.m.
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
8:15–9:30 a.m.Opening Plenary: Sense of Belonging: An Evidence-Based Strategy for Achieving Student Success
Terrell Strayhorn discusses race, equity, and diversity issues, as well as major policy issues related to student access and achievement.
9:45–10:45 a.m.Building an Evidence Base to Support Diversity and Inclusion
The Access and Diversity Collaborative will provide guidance on how to create an evidence base for holistic review to support diversity on campus.Financial Aid 101: A College Education is Affordable
Designed for high school counselors, this session provides an overview of the principles behind financial aid and an in-depth investigation of the financial aid process.How Educators in the South are Using Free SAT Tools
Get insights from educators about how to boost Khan Academy and Roadtrip Nation usage in your school.NCAA Initial Eligibility 101
NCAA representatives will explain how school counselors can assist student-athletes in meeting NCAA Division I and II academic standards.The Future of Pre-AP
Pre-AP is a program that offers instructional resources, student practice, professional learning, and classroom-based assessments to institutions interested in earning an official Pre-AP designation.
11 a.m.–NoonAP Capstone: An Entry Point to AP for All Students
How can AP's new diploma program help schools increase equitable access to AP for all students?Clearing the Path: Support for Students with Disabilities
School counselors examine a new accommodations process and best practices to provide critical guidance and support for students with disabilities.Comparing Apples to Kumquats: Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters
Resources for high school counselors to help students and families compare college financial aid award letters.First-Generation Student Perspectives: Microaffirmations and Microaggressions
This interactive session will explore first-generation college student perspectives as well as strategies for strengths-based supports.The Future of Admissions: Can Data Unlock New Opportunities?
In this session, results, tools, and data will be presented from the College Board’s gathering of enrollment managers, researchers, and College Board staff to improve the practice of admission.
2:30–3:30 p.m.Disaster Strikes: Now What?
This session will explore what education professionals can do to support students impacted by disaster.Increasing the Number of Underrepresented Students in STEM
Explore strategies for engaging underrepresented students in STEM with a focus on AP Computer Science Principles.Lifting All Boats: How Khan Academy Delivers Results for Students
Participants will learn to maximize teaching and learning by using the PSAT/NMSQT and Official SAT Practice at Khan Academy.Trends in Higher Education: Student Mobility and Transfer
Join us as we discuss recent research on student mobility and transfer from the National Student Clearinghouse and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).Where Are We Now? Counselors, Colleges, and the Redesigned SAT
Learn effective academic and college advising strategies utilizing the score reporting portal for the SAT Suite of Assessments.
4–5 p.m.Coming Soon: New Resources and Supports for AP Teachers, Students, and Coordinators
Learn about the new teacher and student supports that will become part of the AP Program beginning fall 2019.Eye on Washington: Looking Ahead at Federal Higher Education Policy
Session participants will review the latest news from Congress and the Trump administration and will consider possible implications for higher education leaders.For the Win: Surviving the Competitive Bid Process
This session explores ways in which you can effectively secure quality programs and services to meet district strategic initiatives.Looking at Higher Education Inclusion Through a Global Lens
A panel of higher education leaders from prominent institutions in the Southern region and elsewhere will discuss how the idea of inclusion is interpreted and applied within their own unique contexts.What’s Now, What’s New, What’s Coming: The SAT Suite of Assessments, 2018-2020
This session will explore the latest innovations and changes to the SAT Suite of Assessments.
DAY 3 Friday, February 9, 2018
8:45–9:45 a.m.Southern Landscape: An Overview of Government Relations in Nine States
This session will touch upon how the Southern regional office’s work with governors, state legislatures, boards of education, and others impacts K-12 schools and institutions of higher education.The Affordability Equation: Trends in College Pricing and Student Aid
This session will provide context to help participants better understand the debate about the value of college and the need to effectively convey key information to others.The AP Program: Changes, Developments, and Updates
In this session, AP Program leaders will provide detailed information on program changes designed to provide more students with the opportunity to engage in AP courses and exams.The Early Show: Navigating Early Action and Early Decision
Participants in this session will gain insight into early action and early decision programs that will help them advise students.Using the SAT Suite of Assessments to Create Change
This session will explore how data from the SAT Suite of Assessments can be used to improve students' college readiness.
10–11 a.m.The College Admissions and Financial Aid Landscape: A Panel Discussion
The session will explore admissions trends, policies and practices related to advisement, recruitment, admission and financial aid, for both counselors and enrollment professionals.
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.