No Better Time to Reinvent Your Program

We recognize the impacts of COVID-19 and understand the necessary steps institutions are taking to contain the virus will continue for many weeks, possibly even months. As a result there is NO BETTER TIME (NBT) for professionals to get guidance for continuing student services through this protracted time. Each virtual academy costs $350 per person for Institutional Members and $750 per person for Non-Members.

Due to the popularity of these sessions, please register early. Registration closes at 4:00 p.m. (ET) the day before each scheduled webinar. Please e-mail Vanessa Ramirez at ( to request any previously recorded sessions or if you have any questions.

Past Virtual Academies
To request materials and recordings of previously broadcasted sessions listed below, please e-mail Neda Wickson at (
Advising During a Pandemic
May 11 at 2:15p.m. ET
TRIO pre-college educators must stay in contact with students during this crisis. This webinar provides an overview of how Talent Search and Upward Bound can engage students both collectively and individually.
Advising During a Pandemic, for College Programs
June 18 at 2:00 p.m. ET
TRIO college educators must stay in contact with students during this crisis. This webinar provides an overview of how college programs can engage students both collectively and individually.
Beats and Lyrics Lite
March 18 at 2:00 p.m. ET
This first Beats and Lyrics Lite session builds off December's Wellness and Music webinar. Presenters will provide a foundation to integrate depth and complexity for each session or for a complete multi-session program.
Bringing a Book to Life
November 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Organizing a book club doesn’t have to solely consist of reading and discussing the chapters. Join us as we introduce a tried and true method of brining a book to life! Learn how to set up your own book club as we go over the logistics and considerations needed in providing a successful Book Club. Presenters will share book lists, questions to ask, outcomes sought, and accountability measures. Whether you are serving six or sixty students, this method is sure to be impactful for many years to come. By participating in this webinar you and one student will be invited to experience these methods through COE’s Book Club scheduled for late fall/early winter.
Budgets, Coding, and Virtual Programming
May 27 at 12:00 p.m. ET
A pre-collegiate TRIO program professional states “it is our responsibility to provide academic, college, and career guidance to our students.” Many programs have the additional charge of easing students’ entry into STEM. This presenter even led a lesson on coding. This workshop will provide STEM programming ideas for various budgets, levels of expertise, and formats. This workshop will also include new ideas and best practices that the University of Rochester learned during the switch to virtual programming.
Collaboration Between McNair and Graduate Programs
August 12 at 2:30 p.m. ET
Collaboration is critical throughout the admissions cycle to connect students with prospective graduate institutions. Learn how to cultivate a relationship between your McNair program and graduate institutions to ensure a smooth enrollment process for your students. In this webinar, receive insights from McNair and graduate administrators to facilitate student success, go beyond transactional collaboration and build authentic institutional relationships.
Designing the Virtual Upward Bound Program
May 13 at 1:00 p.m. ET
In this webinar, get three models of "transformed" UB Summer Programs focusing on urban, rural, and technology-enhanced models plus general guidelines for you to consider as you develop yours.
Designing the Virtual Upward Bound Summer Program
April 20 at 1:00 p.m. ET
If not shifting entirely to remote programming this summer, most Upward Bound summer programs likely will have at least one virtual component. Lay the framework for an engaging and creative summer experience for your students. In this webinar, understand three models of transformed UB summer programs focusing on urban, rural, and technology-enhanced models and get general guidelines to consider. Invite your full Upward Bound staff.
Documentation in the Pandemic
May 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET, June 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Missing guidance from the Department of Education, recognizing the flexibility the CARES ACT provides to institutions, and realizing the unquestionable need of students, this webinar explores how administrators can proceed. A panel of experts, including an attorney who served in the general counsel's office of a major university, will discuss how to make decisions and document those decisions during this time. Understand ways to measure possible institutional exposure, methods to protect your institution in the event of audit, and assistive technologies to document the services and resources provided to students and clients.
Engaging Everyone in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Efforts
March 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET
This webinar provides context for recent social movements, ways to support marginalized students through those movements, advice for TRIO staff to become more educated, and pathways to integrate social justice education into TRIO student programming. Participants will focus on specific strategies to broadly include dominant culture in DEI related work.
Going Beyond Your Program Objectives
February 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET
In this session presenters focus on non-cognitive student development (think growth mindset, resilience, goal setting, etc.) and discuss how TRIO staff can engage participants to shift mindsets and foster success that ultimately supports program objectives. This training is appropriate for both college and pre-college program staff.
Growing Justice
March 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET
“Growing Justice” shares resources and reflections from a Talent Search 10-day summer program that started with 20 students. In this program, students engaged in collaborative learning about environmental and social justice through creative, interdisciplinary exploration of a range of topics, including: psychology, sociology, ecology, atmospheric sciences, health, technology, arts, food science, political science, and geography. Students discovered research tools and resources, conducted original research, built a terrarium, cooked fresh produce, created memes and messages for social media, and created artwork. Learn to do this and more for your students.
How to Make Virtual Connections Feel Real (Part 1)
April 28 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Restrictions on how and where we move, while good for us all, make it hard to connect to our participants and their families. Get suggestions and resources to allow your team to use technology to help your students thrive in a virtual environment without usual supports.
How to Make Virtual Connections Feel Real (Part 2)
May 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Restrictions on how and where we move, while good for us all, make it hard to connect to our participants and their families. This webinar will provide suggestions and resources for video conferencing to allow your team to use technology to help your students thrive in a virtual environment without usual supports.
Implementing a Work-Study Program for Upward Bound
May 5 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Learn about your authority to implement virtual work-study programs and get creative ideas from two seasoned professionals on how to build the opportunity for your students to earn up to $900 this summer. This webinar teaches you how to convert work-study program to a virtual one and make this impactful practice part of your UB virtual summer program.
Logic Models in Action
April 2 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Whether you are using logic models for the first time into your evaluation plan, or about to write a grant that will ask you to incorporate a logic model, this session is for you. In this webinar, seasoned TRIO Professionals will talk about the practical application of logic models as an evaluation tool. Attend and learn how TRIO programs can utilize Logic Models to maximize effectiveness and efficiencies toward meeting their program objectives.
Making the Most of an Online College Experience (For All Programs)
December 15 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Prior to the pandemic, institutions were tackling problems that disproportionately impacted low-income students. Now they must address the additional challenges that manifested with the switch to online education. This webinar discusses methods to give students an engaging online experience. This webinar will provide suggestions of materials and resources to consider purchasing to maximize program services and meeting the needs of your staff.
Making Virtual Connections Feel Real Using Program Tools
August 20 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Conducting program services during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging. We have been forced into the world of distance learning and services. While we as educators may understand elements of online learning — probably have taken classes this way — we haven’t yet wrapped our brains around how to make it work in OUR TRIO world. Come have a little of fun while learning about some learning management systems to help you deliver program services and keep participants interested in your program.
Overcoming STEM Insecurities, Trusting the TRIO Way
November 4 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Can Talent Search deliver STEM curriculum without being subject matter experts? Hear how this program blended a working team of TRIO and STEM experts to develop a COVID-proof approach and engaging curriculum in the form of a 5-day virtual STEM Academy. In a conversational virtual meeting format, this session will cover topics such as recruiting students, hiring curriculum staff, training, delivery, documentation, reflections, flexible budgeting, supply order assembly lines at home, food delivery schedules, hot spot mishaps, and more.
Plan Your SSS Program Through COVID 19
April 29 at 3:00 p.m. ET, May 11 at 4:00 p.m. ET
Learn how SSS programs maintain and tailor services during the pandemic. Understand the challenges faced as they create virtual programming and examine the range of virtual components—advising, tutoring, peer support. Find out what steps they are taking to engage students and efforts they are taking to utilize this crisis to bring more visibility to their program on campus.
Planning for Summer 2021: Lessons Learned, McNair Summer Internship and Research Online
March 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET
This presentation reflects on the lessons learned from remote programming and opportunities, as McNair Scholar Programs adapted to a virtual environment in response to the pandemic. The panelists will present ideas and changes in preparation for the upcoming summer, using data collected from McNair staff. Participants will discuss future plans and new ways to host Summer Research Internships, whether institutions remain remote or go hybrid this summer.
Recruiting EOC and VUB Participants During COVID 19
April 30 at 3:00 p.m. ET, May 6 at 3:00 p.m. ET
EOC and Veterans Upward Bound are the front lines for adults returning to the higher education. With many community partners completely shut down, programs must shift gears and recruit virtually and on their own. Learn about how programs can creatively adapt outreach to communities.
Self and Community Care for TRIO Professionals
June 17 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Low-income populations and people of color live with the stress of being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. News stories of police brutality, murder and racial tension continue to traumatize and unemployment rates reach historical highs as the economy continues to decline. Amidst all of this, self-care can be challenging. This session focuses on approaches to self and community care relevant for TRIO professionals. Participants will be able to identify indicators of distress and conceptualize best approaches to caring for their selves and their communities.
Shifting Gears Through STEM
April 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET
COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in most, if not all, Talent Search STEM Recipients summer program plans. Now is the best time to develop a virtual summer boot camp and utilize the technology available at your fingertips. Join us as we explore alternative methods to reach our students while introducing them to the wonders of STEM.
Shifting Gears Through STEM (Rural Edition)
May 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET
COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in most, if not all, Talent Search STEM Recipients summer program plans. Explore alternative methods to reach rural middle and high school students and introduce them to the wonders of STEM.
Smash Hits and Dismal Failures of Virtual UB Summer Programs
February 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Summer 2020 will go down on record as one of the most spontaneous yet challenging summers in our Upward Bound history. Seasoned directors will highlight virtual programs and services that exceeded expectations, and discuss services that fell flat. Participants will glean ideas to inspire engagement and take away lessons learned to save precious time. This session is back by popular demand and is a repeated presentation from our Annual Conference.
Springtime Success with McNair
January 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Entering a full year of virtual implementation of our McNair programs, McNair staff are preparing for a spring term filled with new exciting programming. McNair Directors and staff discuss spring programming and share tips on managing budgets, creating engaging virtual events, and holistic mentoring.
Strengthening Your Talent Search Program With STEAM
November 23 at 2:00 p.m. ET
With the move from in-person to virtual programming for Talent Search programs in the 2020- 21 academic year, programs are jumping into providing science technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) activities to students. Learn how to implement fun and engaging projects that will help students learn math and music. Discuss how you can strengthen your students’ skills through a Talent Search STEAM Fair. [ADD ITALICS] Repeated due to popular demand, this session was presented at Annual Conference 2020.
Talent Search Commercial, Recruitment in the Time of COVID
October 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET
During this webinar, participants learn how to better reach prospective and current participants through digital marketing and media campaigns. Dr. Jonathan McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer of the Family Centered Educational Agency, presents. Dr. McKenzie has over 32 years of TRIO training experience and has also consulted with numerous colleges and universities, non-profit agencies, school systems, and faith-based organizations.
Talent Search Stipends and Summer Programming
March 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Join two Talent Search directors as they discuss how to write requests to incorporate stipends and how to enhance student and program outcomes by incorporating stipends and summer programming.
The Business Behind the Beats
March 19 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters will walk through the administrative side of making a music based program come to life within a TRIO program. Topics include allowable costs, timelines, staffing patterns, evaluations, student waivers, institutional partnerships, creating buy-in, and marketing.
Transitioning to a Virtual Environment for McNair Summer Programs
April 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET
During this time of transition to online and virtual education, McNair Scholar Program staff need to plan how summer programming will move forward. Get ideas for curriculum and creative ways to provide virtual research experiences, reconfigure programming elements, incorporate virtual campus visits, and work to support STEM students.
TRIO Peer Mentors Hang Out — Engaging Your Students
January 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Learn what TRIO peer coaches have done virtually and what you can do with your students in lieu of physical events. This two-layer peer mentoring process - academic and financial wellness - provides methods to engage students when an in-person connection is difficult and make real connections.
Upward Bound Stipends and Work-Study Lessons Learned
March 12 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Seasoned Upward Bound directors review opportunities to increase stipends and work study opportunities for students.
Utilizing the Benefits of a Book Club
July 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Book clubs can promote mental health. Discover which book increased male student participation and how a book club about women in leadership supported getting state legislators and commissioners to become mentors Learn how to structure programs of various sizes using a book club. Presenters will address book lists, questions to ask, outcomes sought, and accountability measures.
Virtual Wins For Talent Search Programs
November 17 at 12:15 p.m. ET
Engaging students during the roller coaster of the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged Talent Search programs. In this targeted session, seasoned Talent Search directors will present virtual wins for program success. This session helps directors strategize ways to incorporate virtual spaces as they plan required and permissible services in impactful ways and give program staff tangible ways to integrate virtual services into "regular" program operations: be they virtual, in person, or a hybrid combination.