NPEA is a membership association dedicated to promoting quality, success, and growth amongst member organizations, partner schools, and communities committed to educational access.
We are pleased to welcome the following new members to the NPEA community:

Manchester, NH
Supporting Individual

Chantal Stevens (GO Project)
New York, NY
Supporting Individual

City Year Boston
Boston, MA
Affiliate Member

Doug Fletcher (University of Michigan)
Ann Arbor, MI
Supporting Individual

Kate Featherston (HGSE)
Cambridge, MA
Supporting Individual 

Katherine Weathers (University of Michigan)
Ann Arbor, MI
Supporting Individual

Rachel Davenport (North Kitsap School District)
Poulsbo, WA
Supporting Individual

Salem City School District
Salem, NJ
Supporting Institution

The Advent School
Boston, MA
Supporting Institution 

To see our full list of
NPEA members,
please visit our website.
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VOLUME 97/ February 2017 

NPEA Monthly Newsletter
Dear NPEA Members and Friends:

We hope 2017 is going well for you! We are excited to share the following updates with you in our February Newsletter.

9th Annual Conference:
Our 9th annual conference will take place April 5-7, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge overlooking Boston, in Cambridge, MA. Please see below for more details about the 2017 conference. Registration is currently open, and early bird rates are available through February 24.

Celebrating NPEA's 10th Anniversary in 2017:
NPEA is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! As we reflect on our 10-year history, we want to thank each one of you for your participation in and contributions to the critical work of supporting underrepresented students on the path to and through college. We are tremendously grateful you are a part of the NPEA community, and we applaud the work you have done over the past decade to make a difference in the lives of the students you serve. We invite members to submit a brief testimonial about your work with NPEA over the years and look forward to sharing your reflections and stories on our website, through social media, and at our 2017 Annual Conference.

Thank you for all you do in the field of educational access and success. We are excited to continue our work with you.

The NPEA Team

Karin Elliott, Executive Director, (617) 423-6300 ext. 284
Carrie Tate, Assistant Director, ext. 228
Zeva Levine, Member Services Senior Associate, ext. 263
Monique Hassel, Conference Assistant, ext. 243
Franny Hock, NPEA Intern
Afua Laast, NPEA Intern

Have news, job postings, or resources you would like to share in the next newsletter? Contact Zeva Levine , Member Services Senior Associate, NPEA.
Member Spotlight
Educational access work in the words of NPEA members.

The February 2017 NPEA Member Spotlight features Give Something Back ( Give Back).

"If I had to give advice, it would be that as a new chapter of an educational focused organization, we have learned so much from others in the field. There are groups out there who have best practices and we realized quickly that we can model our programs from them - rather than having to reinvent the wheel. They have pointed us in the right direction, and to the right people. Networking has been essential for us and we have learned to not be afraid to ask for help...This field is a community of people that really wants to help each other, because ultimately the need is so great and we all have the same end goal."
- Kathleen O'Connor
Deputy Director, Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Read the full interview, including advice, challenges, and other resources.
Resources Shared by Members
  • EXPLO Offers Grants and Scholarships: Applications Due March 1: EXPLO offers summer programming opportunities for students ranging from grades 2-12 hosted on the campuses of Wellesey College, Wheaton College, and Yale University. These programs include EXPLO 360, EXPLO Focus, EXPLO Mini, and EXPLO English. Through its summer activities, EXPLO creates a dynamic environment of intellectual inquiry, responsible decision making, and spirited adventure. Led by enthusiastic teachers, students are encouraged to respect individual differences and to find the common ground that creates community. At its heart, EXPLO inspires students to challenge themselves, discover the world of people and ideas, and experience the joy of learning. Learn more about financial aid offered by EXPLO, and submit completed applications by March 1.
Want to share a resource? Contact Zeva Levine to feature your opportunity.
NPEA Core Value: Diversity

NPEA developed a set of Core Values to guide our work as a community. Our Core Values emphasize what we all care about as a field, and unite NPEA members in our commitment to equal access, professional and leadership development, and program improvement.

This month's featured Core Value is: Diversity.

We promote diversity and inclusion in all schools, programs, and learning communities.

Featured Resource:
Creative Resources for Teachers Celebrating Black History Month (Education Week) 

NPEAConf2017 Conference
Our 9th annual conference will take place in Boston, MA on April 5-7, 2017.
  • *NEW* Award for Excellence Call for Nominations: NPEA members can now nominate themselves or a peer member for the prestigious National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) and Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Award for Excellence in Educational Access. The Award recognizes excellence in the college access and success field, will be announced at the conference, and includes a $5,000 prize. Completed nominations must be submitted by February 28.
  • *NEW* Fee Waivers for Boston and Middlesex County Educators: A limited number of fee waivers are available for Boston-area and Middlesex County educators to attend the 2017 conference. These fee waivers are made possible through generous sponsorships from Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and The Princeton Review. Learn more about this opportunity.
  • Keynote Speakers: Our 2017 conference keynote speakers include Paul Tough (Bestselling Author), Dr. Christopher Emdin (Teachers College, Columbia University), and Dr. Stella M. Flores (Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at NYU).
Pictured (left to right): Stella Flores, Chris Emdin (photo credit: Charles Davis), and Paul Tough (photo credit: Mary McIlvaine Photography)
  • Hotel: All NPEA 9th Annual Conference events will take place at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston. We are pleased to offer the discounted room block rate of $209 per night (plus taxes & fees). This discounted rate is for a limited block of rooms and will only be available until the room block is full.
  • *UPDATED* Sponsors and Supporters: Our annual conference is made possible through the generous support of our 2017 conference sponsors and supporters. Please view our list of sponsors and supporters on our conference webpage.
Questions? Contact Carrie Tate , Assistant Director, NPEA.
Featured Video
Monthly video highlighting work being done in the educational access field.

Best Practices
You Should Know

"In music, you have scales. In Jiu Jitsu, it's drilling. Most of us just call it practice. Whatever you label it, many believe that greatness, heck even mere competency, requires training a skill well past proficiency. It's continuing to practice your free throw even after you've nailed every shot. It's playing through that song one more time even though you've made no mistakes.

Scientists call this training past the point of improvement 'overlearning.' And a recent study in Nature Neuroscience suggests that it might improve performance by altering chemicals in the brain that 'lock in training.'" ( Popular Science )

Research and Articles
Webinars & Workshops

Applying Made Easier: Increasing Access to Independent Schools

The Enrollment Management Association is presenting a webinar (free for NPEA members) on Thursday, February 23 as part of the 2017 NPEA webinar series . When the process of applying to independent schools seems overwhelming to students and families, we create barriers to educational opportunity. Simplifying steps in the admission process and providing no-cost access to preparation for admission testing allows families and their placement officers more time to focus on finding the right school. Learn more about software for community-based organizations that combines applications and fee waiver processes to provide students simple, quick, and efficient application options.
Register for this webinar.

Creating Mutually Beneficial Corporate Partnerships

America Needs You is presenting a webinar (free for NPEA members) on Thursday, March 9 as part of the 2017 NPEA webinar series. This webinar will help attendees learn what it takes to develop strong, long-term relationships with corporate sponsors. The presenter will share an overview of corporate fundraising, provide tips and tools for determining if one is ready to seek corporate support, help participants articulate the benefits their nonprofit or school brings to a potential partnership, and share tips for how to approach corporate partners and sustain relationships with them.
Register for this webinar.
Featured Job Openings

Please click on any of the NPEA members below to view their current job openings:
  • Beaver Country Day School (Chestnut Hill, MA)
    • Upper School History/English Teacher
    • Upper School Math Teacher
    • Middle School Spanish & French Teacher
    • Middle School Spanish Teacher
    • Middle School French Teacher
    • Middle School Chinese Teacher (part-time)
    • Engineering and Robotics Instructor
    • Middle School Science Teacher
  • Pingree School (South Hamilton, MA)
    • Director of Athletics and Afternoon Programs
    • English Teacher
    • Mathematics Department Chair
    • School Counselor
  • REACH Prep (Stamford, CT)
    • Director of Placement & Prep Academy
    • Mathematics Teacher (Summer 2017)
  • SMART (San Francisco, CA)
    • Executive Director
  • The Steppingstone Foundation (Boston, MA)
    • Internship Opportunities - Summer 2017
    • TSF Teaching Opportunities - Summer 2017
    • NPEA Summer Intern
View additional job postings on our website.
Upcoming Events
Conferences, professional development opportunities, and more!
Have an event you would like featured in an upcoming newsletter? Please contact Zeva Levine , Member Services Senior Associate, NPEA.