37th Annual Conference

Investing in Futures & Empowering Families

Investing in Futures & Empowering Families • September 13-16, 2018 • New York Marriott Marquis • New York, NY


Council for Opportunity in Education gives first-ever Family Achievement Award to Davis Family

Upward Bound program helped launch four sisters, including actress Viola Davis

The non-profit Council for Opportunity in Education announced that it will bestow its first-ever TRIO Family Achievement Award to the four Davis sisters and their mother, Mae Alice Davis, at its Annual Conference, September 15, in New York City. COE chose the Davis family as an inspiring example of how federal educational support lifts up not only low-income and first generation individuals, but entire families.

The four Davis sisters entered the college preparation program Upward Bound while attending public school in Central Falls, R.I. during the 1970s and 1980s. Several of the sisters went on to participate in Student Support Services as well. Both Upward Bound and Student Support Services are part of the federal TRIO programs, which provides access and supportive services to students from low-income families whose parents often have no college degree. All the Davis siblings went on to attend college.

Internationally-known actress and producer Viola Davis has won an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy for acting. Dianne Davis Wright is a career civil servant of more than 35 years who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture office of the assistant secretary for Civil Rights. Deloris Davis Grant, who has been an educator for more than 20 years, teaches drama and English at Central Falls High School, the same school from which she and her sisters graduated. Anita Davis, who attended school for business, has recently returned to college to earn a degree in social work. Mae Alice Davis, the Davis sisters' mother, is a proud matriarch of six children and 13 grandchildren.

"The success of the Davis sisters is a prime example of why federal support for education is an investment that strengthens families and communities," said Maureen Hoyler, President and CEO of the Council. "When one sibling enrolls in a program like Upward Bound and goes onto college, frequently younger brothers and sisters, and even parents, follow. Everyone benefits — especially our country. That's why we are so thrilled to present this award to the Davis family. They are an inspiration."

Exhibit and Sponsor

Be an exhibitor or sponsor at the Council for Opportunity's 37th Annual Conference in New York, NY, at the Marriott Marquis from September 13-16, 2018. This is a unique opportunity to demonstrate your products and services and increase your visibility among college access and success professionals.

For more info on opportunities & pricing, see the Invitation to Exhibit and Sponsor Document is available for download (.pdf). To register online, click here.


Conference registration is now open! Download the Registration Form Document is available for download (.pdf) to register or click below to register online.

COE encourages programs to register online to receive a $30 discount. Retirees, alumni and participants taking advantage of any other discounts than those listed below will need to register using our paper Registration Form Document is available for download (.pdf).

Special Half-Price Discount — If you attended last year's Annual Conference and bring a newcomer with you, the newcomer can register for half-off of his/her regular registration rate (Council Member or Non-Member). These registrations must be submitted by paper Registration Form Document is available for download (.pdf) and fax at the same time, care of Finance, at (202) 628-3726, or scanned and e-mailed to ( — there is no online registration for this special offer.

Postmark Deadlines Council Member Non-Member Retiree TRIO Alumni Student
Super Saver (March 15, 2018)
Council Members Only
$650 $825 $275 $275 $275
Early Bird (May 30, 2018) $740 $825 $275 $275 $275
Pre-Registration (July 15, 2018) $790 $875 $325 $325 $325
On-Site After (July 15, 2018) $840 $925 $375 $375 $375

Pre-Conference Sessions

All pre-conference sessions are now available to register for. If you have already registered for the conference, you can add a pre-conference session by completing the paper Registration Form Document is available for download (.pdf).

($275) Investing in Futures & Empowering Families Sustainability in Our Communities — All Day. All. Many communities are being empowered through different sustainability initiatives. Explore some of these efforts occurring in New York City at the Empire State Building, the High Line, and in Central Park. During this exploration, participants engage in educational activities that can be used in our local communities with the students we serve.

($100) Increasing the Odds: Learn from Insiders How to Improve Graduate School Applications to Selective Programs. McNair. In this hands-on workshop, explore how doctoral applications are assessed at selective, research-intensive doctoral programs. Learn about the process and approach used by faculty-led admissions committees and discuss how best to advise and prepare McNair Scholars for success in this context.

($100) Strengthening Your Student Support Services Program for 2020. SSS. Set the stage for successful funding in the 2020 SSS grant competition by strengthening your current SSS program. Or, if you’re thinking about writing a new SSS grant, learn about the elements contributing to a successful grant proposal. Learn ways to demonstrate positive retention, academic performance, graduation, and transfer outcomes for the SSS-eligible population at your institution. Review the SSS grant selection criteria that guide planning effective services and outcomes for participants. And take away implementation ideas for providing required and permissible services, the data required to show need for SSS, and expectations for campus support and resources. It's never too early to begin the writing process!

($100) Understanding the Power of Family Involvement. Pre-College. Parents can be some of your best advocates for your program with both students and the community. Learn creative strategies to reach out to families — simple approaches such as invitations to a family picnic to more complex outreach including involvement in a parent association. Discuss ways to start involving parents and other family members and enhancing current strategies already in place.

($100) Talk Tech to Connect! Reaching Students through Technology. All. Students from all walks of life have one thing in common: their lives are dominated by technology. Whether through text messages, social media, or apps, students rely on technology, including cell phones and tablets, to communicate. To fully meet the needs of today’s students, college access and success professionals must be well-acquainted with different media tools and innovative ways that they can be leveraged to connect with students. Learn specific examples of low-cost technology solutions that professionals can use immediately to connect to your students.

($100) Infusing New Approaches to STEAM into Your Program. Pre-College. Today’s economy is rapidly changing because of technological demands that influence the workforce. College access professionals provide students with skills and tools necessary to be successful in higher education and today’s demanding economy. New approaches promote critical thinking, problem solving, team building, autodidacticism, and a growth mindset. Dive into the world of STEAM education through 3D printing, Computer-Aided Design, drones, ROV’s, and computational thinking. All participants will be provided an opportunity to code their own autonomous drones and experience 3D printing with an academic purpose.

($100) The Critical Incident Technique: Ways to Face the Unexpected. All. Whether in response to a particular episode involving staff or students or a change in school district policy concerning academic credit, college access and success professionals can benefit from having the tools to address them. The Critical Incident Technique is a set of procedures used for collecting direct observations of human behavior that have critical significance and meet methodically defined criteria. These observations are then tracked as incidents, which are then used to solve practical problems and develop broad psychological principles. Workshop participants will learn how a TRIO program can use the critical incident technique to analyze and resolve unexpected situations that can place a program or students at risk and strategies to solve the problem.

Accommodations and Meals

The 37th Annual Conference is at the New York Marriott Marquis, located at 1535 Broadway, New York, New York.

The conference hotel, the Marriott Marquis, is now sold out. Please call A Room with a View for information on the official designated COE overflow hotel. They will secure the lowest available rates at the best available hotels within walking distance of the Marriott Marquis. Reservations processed by A Room with a View are automatically on a waitlist for rooms at the Marriott Marquis should cancellations occur within the COE group block at the discounted group rate.

A Room with a View can be contacted at 1-800-780-4343, Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. International, Puerto Rico, and Pacific Island attendees can reach them at (

This is a FREE SERVICE for all Council for Opportunity in Education's 37th Annual Conference attendees.

Meals — For those staying at the New York Marriott Marquis in COE's room block, you will receive three tickets for our plenary sessions that also have a meal component. Please review to make sure the correct occupancy is listed in your stay. If you have a single occupancy, you will receive one set of tickets. If you have a double occupancy, you will receive two sets of tickets, etc.

For those of you who are staying outside the block or at another hotel — three of the major celebrations at the 37th Annual Conference in New York involve meals. While you do not have to have a meal ticket to attend these events, if you choose not to purchase a ticket, you will only be able to enter the ballroom after the meal has been served. The Marriott will close on-site sales for tickets at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12. If you wish to purchase tickets prior to the Annual Conference, please click here.

The meals are — Thursday, September 13, the TRIO Achievers Dinner; Friday, September 14, the Awards Luncheon Celebrating 50 Years of Student Support Services; and Saturday, September 15, the Davis Family Educational Achievement Dinner. Meal tickets for pick-up will be available during COE registration hours at a special desk located near the COE registration area. Payment by credit card or check must be received by Thursday, August 30. Tickets can be purchased between today and August 30, 2018, by clicking here. Should you need any additional information or have problems with signing up for tickets, please contact Angelica Vialpando at (

Please see the New York Mariott Marquis Menu Document is available for download (.pdf) for the three meals being offered on Thursday (9/13), Friday (9/14), and Saturday (9/15). Those who do not have meal tickets can still participate in the plenary sessions. They will be escorted within 30-45 minutes after the start of each session (the meal course portion) and will sit in a designated spot.

Call for Moderators

The Council for Opportunity in Education's 37th Annual Conference, Investing in Futures & Empowering Families, is set to kick off Thursday, September 13, in New York, NY. As in years past the conference will host an array of pre-conference workshops, plenary sessions, and breakout sessions. This national event could not be possible without many of our national leaders volunteering in various ways.

This year, once again we will need approximately 100 Moderators to volunteer. We hope you will consider taking up this leadership opportunity by volunteering to moderate a session. If interested, please fill out the Moderator Registration Form as soon as possible. We will then contact you to let you know the date and time of the session you will be moderating. You may also sign up to be a moderator when you register for the conference on our website.

For more information, please contact Nicole Norfles at (202) 347-7430 or (, or also Jaime Lopez at ( Moderators are not compensated nor provided any travel costs. It is strictly volunteer. Thank you, in advance, for your continued support of the Council for Opportunity in Education and your commitment to TRIO!