36th Annual Conference

Crossing the Finish Line — From Access to Career

Crossing the Finish Line — From Access to Career • September 13-16, 2017 • Washington Hilton • Washington, D.C.


Political Strategist and Commentator Ana Navarro to Open COE's 36th Annual Conference

Ana NavarroAna Navarro, one of the leading Hispanic Republican political voices in the United States, will be the opening speaker at COE's 36th Annual Conference on September 13, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Navarro is a political commentator on CNN, ABC, and Telemundo. She frequently comments on political issues and current affairs in national and international print media.

She was the National Hispanic Co-Chair for John McCain’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. She has advised numerous Federal and State campaigns in Florida and nationally. In 2012, she served as National Hispanic Co-Chair for Gov. Jon Huntsman’s Presidential Campaign. In 2013, she was a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

She served in Gov. Jeb Bush's Transition Team and Administration. In 2001, she served as Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

Navarro was born in Nicaragua and immigrated to the United States when she was 8. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and holds a B.A. and Juris Doctorate.

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To register, download the Registration Form Document is available for download (.pdf) or click below to register online.

Registration fees include the Conference Program and materials. No meals are included in the COE registration fees. Register online and save $30.

Special Half-Price Discount — If you attended last year’s Annual Conference and bring a newcomer with you, they can register for half-off of their regular registration rate (Council Member or Non-Member). These registrations must be submitted by fax at the same time — there is no online registration for this special offer. Discounts do not apply to those registering under the Retiree, TRIO Alumni, or Student rate.

Postmark Deadlines Council Member Non-Member Retiree TRIO Alumni Student
Early Bird (May 31, 2017) $740 $825 $275 $275 $275
Pre-Registration (July 18, 2017) $790 $875 $325 $325 $325
On-Site After (July 18, 2017) $840 $925 $375 $375 $375

Registration materials must be postmarked on or before August 26, 2017. Online registration is strongly encouraged. If not registering online, full payment or a purchase order form must accompany the registration form. Please make checks payable to the Council for Opportunity in Education. Mail check and registration form together to — 2017 Annual Conference, Council for Opportunity in Education, P.O. Box 742282, Atlanta, GA 30374-2102. Please fax purchase order and registration form to (202) 628-3726. For further questions, please contact Business and Finance at ( or at (202) 347-7430.

Registration fees paid in advance are refundable (less processing charge of $250 for registration fees and $50 for workshop fees) if written notice of cancellation is received on or before August 10, 2017. No refund requests will be accepted after this date. All refunds will be made after the conference.

NOTE — For inquiries about registration, contact Business and Finance at ( or at (202) 347-7430.


Download the Tentative Agenda Document is available for download (.pdf) for the Council for Opportunity in Education's 36th Annual Conference.

Pre-Conference Sessions

For more information about the five pre-conference sessions being offered at the Annual Conference, please click here.

Moderators Needed

Sign up to be a moderator by clicking here or do so when you register online for the Council for Opportunity in Education's 36th Annual Conference. All those who volunteer are asked to be registered for the conference by September 1, 2017. For more information, please contact Nicole Norfles at (202) 347-7430 or via e-mail at (

Volunteers Needed

Each year, COE is grateful for our team of volunteers who commit their time and talents to help us ensure an impactful and seamless conference. Volunteers gain invaluable exposure and behind-the-scenes insights into the orchestration of a multi-day conference. Many of our volunteers will be the face of the COE conference. If interested in joining this year's team — whether it is for one event or multiple — sign up today. Each volunteer will receive further instructions as we near the conference.

Click here to view volunteer opportunities.

TRIO Gives Back

Giving back to our host city has become a tradition at the COE Annual Conference. This year, the 2017 COE Annual Conference Planning Team has chosen the Homeless Children's Playtime Project as the service project for this year's conference in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 2003, the Playtime Project believes that play is a human right that children deserve, regardless of housing status. Through weekly programs, the Playtime Project provides activities, healthy snacks, and fun for children at emergency shelters and transitional housing sites throughout Washington, D.C.

We want to donate $5,000 to help the Homeless Children's Playtime Project help more homeless students. Please help us reach this goal by getting involved.

Give a monetary gift to enrich their educational curricula and provide healthy snack times, parent outreach, volunteer training, and field trips. Consider becoming a sustaining, monthly donor.

Donate goods to allow families to focus on setting and achieving long-term self-sufficiency goals.


The Washington Hilton is the official conference hotel. There is a mandatory three night minimum for all reservations that must include staying the nights of Wednesday, September 13, Thursday, September 14, and Friday, September 15. The meal plan must be included. One night's room and tax deposit is required to confirm a reservation. Cancellations within 72 hours of arrival will forfeit one night's room and tax. Room rates do not include applicable taxes. The meal plan includes a reception on September 13, a dinner on September 14, a lunch on September 15, and a breakfast on September 16.

Room Rates Per Night Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Additional Person
Pre- and Post-Conference
$309.00 $309.00 + $_25.00 per person
During Conference (September 13, 14, and 15)

*** Includes Meal Package ***
$420.53 $532.06 + $111.53 per person
Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009-5701
To make a reservation, please go to (