Critical Conversations for Educators: Inspire. Impact. Empower.

Wed, April 18 2018, 12:00 PM - Fri, April 20 2018, 2:00 PM [PST]

17600 Center Drive, Sunriver, Oregon , United States


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Oregon TRIO Association Member Partial Approval -$285.00

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Must have a current Oregon TRIO Association Membership

Non-Oregon TRIO Association Member Partial Approval - $335.00

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If you selected this option, you are not have a current Oregon TRIO Association Membership. To purchase a membership, please visit

Student Partial Approval -$185.00

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Mr. Joshua Engler, President of the Northwest Association for Educational Opportunity Programs (NAEOP) Partial Approval - Free

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Wed, April 18 2018, 12:00 PM - Fri, April 20 2018, 2:00 PM [PST]

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Tentative Conference Agenda

DAY 1: Inspire

10:00am-5:00pm       OTA PDC Registration Table—Open!

8:00am-11:30am       Peer Review Session (Invitation Only)

12:00pm-12:45pm    Welcome Luncheon (Meal Provided)

12:45pm-1:00pm      Break

1:00pm-5:00pm        Interactive Learning Sessions 


ECMC: Believing the College Dream & Realizing the College Dream 

Presenter(s): (Coming Soon!)

Session Description: (Coming Soon!)


6:00pm-8:00pm        Networking Dinner


DAY 2: Impact  

7:00am-5:00pm        Registration Table—Open!

8:00am-9:00am        Breakfast on Your Own  

9:00am-10:00am      Social Justice Panel Discussion—Part 1

10:00am-10:15am    Break

10:30am-11:30am    Social Justice Panel Discussion—Part II

11:45am-12:45pm    TRIO Achiever Award Luncheon (Meal Provided)

12:45pm-1:00pm      Break

1:00pm-5:00pm        Interactive Training Sessions 


ECMC:Realizing the College Dream & PERSIST

Presenter(s): (Coming Soon!)

Session Description: (Coming Soon!)


TRIO Programs: 43 Years of Making an Impact on Students and Policy/TRIO Professionals: Your Impact Today!

Presenter: Amy Verlanic, Executive Director, Institute for Educational Opportunities, Montana Tech

Presenter: Sebastian Myrick, Executive Director of TRIO Programs, South Seattle College

Session Description: This 4-hour interactive training is geared for newcomers!  We will begin with an exciting review of TRIO history, including NAEOP and OR specific story telling.  Once Inspired by the Impact TRIO Programs can make, attendees will then be versed in the overarching legislation and regulations that guide our work today.  Providing a newcomer with the tools to begin their work on a solid foundation and protect them for compliance conundrums.


Trail Walk, A Transformational Learning Experience

Presenter: Phillip Dirks, Executive Director of TRIO Programs, Portland State University

Session Description: All TRIO professionals have transformed themselves through education. Phillip Dirks has been using transformational trail walks as a best practice in Upward Bound for 20 years now. Walk along this guided hike and stop at specific stations to reflect on your life as a TRIO professional and on your life in general. Learn how to use the natural environment as a reflection tool to enhance your own vision and ground yourself in your life purpose.  Learn about this model for your own use or come along for your own experience.


Trauma Informed Care

Presenter: Megan Petrucelli, LMFT - Child & Family Therapist, Trillium Family Services

Session Description: (Coming Soon!)


Mindfulness: The Direct Experience of Well-Being

Presenter: Michael Bode - Mindfulness Teacher, Peace in Schools 


Session Description:  In this workshop we'll focus on a direct experience of well-being with mindfulness. Mindfulness is both a set of skills and a way of being that supports mental, emotional, and physical health. For educators and youth-serving professionals facing chronic stress and overwhelm, mindfulness can be a game-changer. We'll introduce basic mindfulness practices and explore how mindfulness can support our relationship with ourselves, with youth, and with friends and family. Join a classroom educator from Peace in Schools, a national leader in mindfulness education, for an engaging—and possibly life-changing—training.


6:00pm-8:00pm        President’s Banquet, Silent & Live Auction (Meal Provided)  


DAY 3: Empower 

7:00am-1:00pm       Registration Table—Open!

8:00am-9:00am       Breakfast On Your Own

9:15am-10:30am     Program Sharing

10:30am-10:45am    Break

10:45am-12:00pm    Interactive Learning Sessions 


Empowering Student from Poverty into and Through STEM Programs 

Presenter: Amy Verlanic - Executive Director, Institute for Educational Opportunities, Montana Tech

Session Description: We are all Warriors or Worriers. Over the course of evolution, both Warriors and Worriers were necessary for human tribes to survive.  Using neuroscience as a tool to self-awareness is one of several interventions tested over the last twelve years with three cohort groups of low-income students in Montana Tech’s STEM programs.  The program, designed to increase baccalaureate STEM completion rates of disadvantaged students, was very successful.  Join in a Critical Conversation about how this projects lessons and others you have experienced are transferrable best practices for TRIO programs.  


Presenter: Stacey, Stonesifer - Program Analyst, Higher Education Coordinating Commission, State of Oregon OSAC, (Local Bend Office)
Session Description: This presentation will provide an overview of general financial aid terms, financial aid opportunitues, grants and scholarships for students in Oregon, and will also review some important tips to share with students as they search and apply for financial aid opportunities.
Presenter: Selena Ceja - Assistant Director for Congressional Relations, Council for Opportunity in Education
Session Description: (Coming Soon!)


Tools & Tips for Financial Aid

Presenter: Breana Sylwester - Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Central Oregon Community College

Session Description: This session will take your knowledge of the financial aid process a little deeper by providing tips for the FAFSA and ORSAA, IRS Data Retrieval Tool and tax return transcripts, and verification process. We will also discuss tips to help undocumented students and parents navigate educational funding. Please join us for these helpful resources.  


Ford Family Foundation

Presenter: (Coming Soon!)

Session Description: (Coming soon!)


12:15pm-1:30pm      Recognition/Closing Lunch (Meal Provided) 




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About the Organizer

The Oregon TRIO Association is a 501(c)3 organization that advocates on behalf of low income and first generation college students in the state of Oregon. Our mission is to increase the number of low income and underrepresented students in higher education. The Oregon TRIO Association is a member of the Northwest Association of Educational Opportunity Programs (NAEOP), which represents Region X TRIO programs in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. TRIO programs emerged from the Civil Rights Voting Act of 1964, and have since been established by the continual reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, first enacted into law in 1967. TRIO programs include Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, Veteran's Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers, Student Support Services, the Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and TRIO Training Grants. TRIO programs assist students with career exploration, college admissions, college preparation, financial aid, scholarships, and college retention and graduation.

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