Policy Seminar 2023

Marching Towards One Million

This year, the Council for Opportunity in Education’s annual Policy Seminar, Sunday, March 19 through Wednesday, March 22, includes three events: the Leadership Summit, the Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education, and the Legislative Conference. For individuals participating in Policy Seminar, COE strongly encourages online registration via the registration button below. Download the paper registration form here.

Testimonials from past attendees:

  • “Policy Seminar is a game-changer, these advocacy skills are incredibly transferable. These kinds of experiences can totally enhance your professional development–even though they’re kind of intimidating.”
  • “Your attendance at Policy Seminar makes a difference! Even if you are awed by the political process, take the step forward and be willing to use your voice for your students. TRIO has many mentors who would love to help you with the process.”
  • “You will not be disappointed! Policy Seminar is true advocacy in action, visiting the Hill offices as a group is extremely valuable. My favorite COE event!”
  • “Policy Seminar is where you experience firsthand the importance in personally advocating for and providing a voice on behalf of your students!”
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With new dynamic content every year, COE’s annual Leadership Summit provides high-quality professional development for all levels of leaders in TRIO. This year’s summit will focus on organizational capacity building and advocacy skills for leaders and include a case study poster session and presentations by state leaders who have completed this year’s Executive Leadership Institute. Whether you are new to TRIO or a seasoned professional, this day-long convening will heighten your skills and expertise at the local, state, regional, and national levels of leadership. For questions about the Leadership Summit, please contact Jen Rudolph at [email protected]

This seminar for college access and success professionals in post-secondary institutions and community agencies provides information about the following: U.S. Department of Educational fiscal and programmatic policies and reporting requirements; the latest information on TRIO regulations; and the outlook for upcoming TRIO grant competitions. For questions about the Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education, please contact Angelica Vialpando at [email protected]

The capstone feature of COE’s Policy Seminar is the newly rebranded “Legislative Conference,” during which the TRIO community educates Members of Congress, congressional staff, and others about the history and the success of federal college access and success programs. After a day of intense preparation, participants can represent the interests of low-income and first-generation students and students with disabilities through direct engagement with legislators in the policy arena.

overview

This year, COE’s annual Policy Seminar includes three events: the Leadership Summit, the Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education, and the Legislative Conference.

agenda

Sunday, March 19
  • 10:00–11:00 a.m. — Opening Plenary
  • 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — COE ED Talks
  • 12:30–1:45 p.m. — Luncheon and Executive Leadership Institute Group Presentations
  • 2:00–4:00 p.m. — Breakout Sessions
  • 4:15–5:00 p.m. — Reception and Executive Leadership Institute Poster Presentations and Pinning Ceremony
Monday, March 20
  • 10:00–11:00 a.m. — Remarks from leadership at the U.S. Department of Education, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Postsecondary Education Dr. Nasser Paydar (Invited)
  • 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Breakout sessions with U.S. Department of Education program officers
  • 12:45–2:00 p.m. — Luncheon featuring remarks from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Student Service, Senior Director Gaby Watts (Invited)
  • 2:00–8:00 p.m. — Legislative Conference Registration
  • 2:15–3:30 p.m. — Breakout sessions with U.S. Department of Education program officers (continued)
  • 3:45–5:00 p.m. — Professional development sessions with COE (Topics TBD)
  • 6:30–7:30 p.m. — Opening Legislative Conference Session
  • 7:45–8:30 p.m. — Orientation for Hill Team Leaders
Tuesday, March 21
  • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. — Registration
  • 9:00–10:00 a.m. — Funding the Future – TRIO Appropriations (Member of Congress)
  • 10:00–11:00 a.m. — HEA Reauthorization Concerns (Members of Congress)
  • 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Congressional Staffer Panel
  • 12:00–2:00 p.m. — Lunch on Your Own
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. — D.C. Expert Panel
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. — Capitol Hill Talking Points Overview
  • 4:00–4:15 p.m. — Break
  • 4:15–5:30 p.m. — State Team Meetings
Wednesday, March 22
  • 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. — Congressional Visits
  • 6:30–7:15 p.m. — Debriefing and Rally

Accommodations

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-1234
Fax: (202) 737-5773

Make hotel reservations here via hyatt.com or by calling 1-877-803-7534 and using the group code CO3E.

additional info

Important Note: All congressional meetings will be held in-person on Capitol Hill unless no one from a Congressional District is physically present at the Legislative Conference. For questions, please contact Zach Farmer at [email protected].

Accomodations

The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is the host hotel for Policy Seminar 2023.

Policy Seminar 2023 is hosted at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20001. Make hotel reservations here via hyatt.com or by calling 1-877-803-7534 and using the group code CO3E. The rate for a single or double room is $359 + taxes and fees. The cut-off date is Friday, February 24, or when the room block is full—whichever comes first.

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Pricing

Early Bird Discount Registration

Policy Seminar: (Leadership Summit, ED Seminar, and Leg. Conf.)
Policy Seminar: (ED Seminar and Leg. Conf. )
Leadership Summit and ED Seminar
ED Seminar Only
Leadership Summit and Leg. Conf
Leg. Conf. Only
For Members
$770
$620
$595
$445
$595
$445
For Non-members
$920
$770
$845
$695
$595
$445
Early bird registration rates end on Tuesday, January 31.

Full-Price Registration

Policy Seminar: (Leadership Summit, ED Seminar, and Leg. Conf.)
Policy Seminar: (ED Seminar and Leg. Conf. )
Leadership Summit and ED Seminar
ED Seminar Only
Leadership Summit and Leg. Conf
Leg. Conf. Only
For Members
$925
$725
$725
$625
$695
$495
For Non-members
$1,075
$875
$950
$750
$695
$495
Full-price registration begins on Wednesday, February 1.

Additional Registrations

Legislative Conference Only
TRIO Alumni*
$200
Retiree
$200
*Alumni rates are available to TRIO alumni NOT currently employed by a TRIO program.

Registration Instructions and Deadlines

For individuals participating in Policy Seminar, online registration at coenet.org is strongly encouraged. Online registrants will receive an immediate receipt.

All registrations not completed online must include a credit card payment, check, or purchase order to be accepted.

The registration fees include all conference sessions and materials. The cost for the Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education provides coffee and rolls in the morning, plus a luncheon. The price for Leadership Summit includes brunch.

Special Discounts: If you attended last year’s Legislative Conference and bring a newcomer this year, the newcomer can register for half their regular registration rate (member or nonmember). These registration forms must be submitted by fax at the same time. There is no online registration option for this special offer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This half-price discount only applies if you register for Legislative Conference only. If you register for both the Legislative Conference and the Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education, then the half-price discount will only be applied to the Legislative Conference portion. If you bring a member of your institution’s Government Relations staff or campus institutional leadership, their registration for the Legislative Conference only is also half of their regular registration price. This does not include the Seminar with the Department of Education. Registration for this special discount must be submitted by fax—there is no online registration for this special offer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This half-price discount only applies if you register for Legislative Conference only. If you register for both the Legislative Conference and the Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education, then the half-price discount will only be applied to the Legislative Conference portion.

Refund Policy

Registration fees paid in advance are refundable (less the processing fee of $250) if written notice of cancellation is received/faxed on or before Tuesday, February 28, 2023. No refund requests will be accepted after this date. All refunds will be made after the seminars. Return by mail or fax to: Council for Opportunity in Education; P.O. Box 742282; Atlanta, GA 30374; FAX: (202) 628-3726.

Get in Touch

Questions? Contact Director of Congressional Affairs Zach Farmer.

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Vice President, Public Policy

Zach Farmer

Director, Congressional Affairs
[email protected]

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